Looking for a non-invasive fat loss procedure?

As a culture, we are consumed and even obsessed with fat reduction and weight loss. Daily we are exposed to “too good to be true” promotions of fat removal and weight loss techniques including of weight loss supplements, exercise regimen, and different invasive and non-invasive treatments to get that much hyped perfectly contoured body.

non-invasive fat loss procedure

The invasive procedures or surgical removal of fat such as liposuction have significant risks as well as complications which may arise from anesthesia, infections and even fatal results. Because of this, there is an ever increasing interest and demand in the non-invasive procedures. The interest has been equally generated by the patients and the physicians. These novel approaches for the non-invasive treatments include heating, cooling and selective targeting of adipocyte or fat cells ultrastructural components. The most popular of these techniques involve cryolipolysis, lipid selective wavelengths of laser light and high frequency focused ultrasound. VIBHAlife has been promoting ultrasound cavitation and you will soon get to know why?

Cryolipolysis is a technique which uses freezing to bring about fat removal. This technique has been approved by US FDA in 2012. It has been studied that the fat cells in the body are more susceptible to cold at certain temperatures than the surrounding tissues. This is the basis behind the development of the non-invasive removal of fat and body sculpting. Cryolipolysis can also induce apoptosis of fat cells as well as cold induced reperfusion injury of temperature sensitive adipocytes, causing free radical damage, oxidative stress and hence ultimately cell death.

What you must know
The problem with this treatment is that reduction of fat occurs gradually over a long period of treatment. The commonly occurring adverse effect is the localized erythema which lasts for several hours following the treatment. Pain sensitivity, light touch and temperature sensitivity may also be seen in some patients. Some patients also experience numbness at the site of treatment. One of the major drawbacks of cryolipolysis is the sharp shooting pain which initiates within 1 week of the treatment. This treatment needs to be undertaken with caution in those patients with cold-induced dermatologic syndromes.

Laser therapy
Also cleared by FDA in 2010 for fat reduction, laser therapy helps in releasing the contents of the lipids into the interstitial space thereby resulting in the deflation of the fat cells. Various reports have been published which have highlighted the role of laser-induced adipocyte modification as an adjunct to liposuction but it is also successfully employed singly for fat reduction.

What you must know
The laser treatment generally involves multiple sessions ranging from 6 to 8 sessions of about 30 minutes duration. Along with the use of this treatment therapy, the use of nutritional supplements such as niacin, Ginkgo biloba, green tea extract and L-carnitine have been suggested. It is said that the use of these dietary supplements helps in increasing the lymph and blood circulation. Even though its use in fat reduction is being tapped, there is low clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction which has been demonstrated so far.

Infrared lasers
Popularly referred to as selective photothermolysis, it includes delivering a selective light and pulse duration which has the ability of sufficiently heating up the specific target without causing considerable damage to the tissue around the target area. The infrared vibrations are successful in targeting the lipid rich tissues. This device may also have benefits on reducing cellulite.

What you must know
The most significant drawback with this treatment modality is that even though it has been claimed to be a successful tool for the non-invasive fat destruction of selective target areas but there are not many research studies which have been conducted to provide substantial evidence for the clinical efficacy patient satisfaction over larger treatment areas.

Focused ultrasound
The use of high-intensity focused ultrasound has been prevalent for the treatment of tumors of various organs. The use of ultrasound in fat removal has been recently demonstrated. It is used for the selective destruction of the fat tissues. In the techniques using ultrasound energy such as Cavi Lipo body treatments, the high energy ultrasonic waves are focused into the inner layers of skin, thus increasing the temperature above 56˚C bringing about a coagulation of the fat cells and hence a resulting reduction of the fat layers. When the ultrasound is focused in the right way, the beams travel through the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin without causing undue heating as well as ablation of fat.

What you must know
There are many ultrasound technologies which are targeted to destroy fat cells selectively. The fat cells are damaged at only the target site and do not spread to the surrounding tissue or the overlying regions of the skin. No pain or inflammation has been reported by any of the treatments carried out so far.

As is evident from the above discussion, the focused ultrasound technology is by far the safest and most effective means of non-invasive method of fat reduction. It removes fat from the targeted area and does not leave any scars. Ultrasound is also efficient in cellulite reduction. Try a session of focused ultrasound technique to be a witness to the results.


  1. April Cook says:

    I didn’t realize there were so many options for non surgical weight loss. Laser therapy sounds interesting. Are there any side effects after the treatments? What happens to the lipid contents once they are in the interstitial space? Does your body dispose of them or do you need to do something to treat it? Thanks for sharing all this great information.

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