5 Things You Need to Know About Non-Invasive Fat Reduction
You exercise at least five days a week — those indoor cycling classes are no joke — and you watch what you eat (no carbs… pretty much ever), but you still can’t seem to shed that unwanted fat.
Small pockets of stubborn fat (think muffin top, love handles, double chin, “cankle” or bra roll) can be resistant to even the most intense cardio workouts and draconian diets.
The good news is that there has been an influx of non-invasive (no cutting) approaches to taming these trouble areas once and for all.
Lasers can melt away fat in the belly, thighs, buttocks and more. Cryolipolysis literally means freezing the fat; forcing it to die a timely death. And ultrasound and radiofrequency tap sound waves or radiofrequency energy, respectively, to damage and destroy fat cells. There are a lot of device names out there, but they all fall into these categories and they all share one thing in common: fat’s got a fat chance of surviving them.
Here are five things you need to know about these non-invasive fat reduction methods:
1: Rarely One-and-done
Non-invasive fat reduction treatments typically require multiple treatments to elicit satisfactory results. The exact number will depend on the amount of fat being treated as well as individual responses to the treatment.
2: Results are not Immediate
Fat reduction is gradual; it takes about three months before you’ll start to see results. For the most part, the fat is excreted naturally from the body over this time. (There is no evidence that this fat builds up elsewhere in the body.)
3: Results Don’t Hold a Candle to Lipo
The type of results you can achieve with non-invasive fat reduction cannot compare to those achieved with liposuction or surgery. However, there is no downtime, nor are there any of the risks associated with surgery. We are basically talking about a 25 percent reduction of fat in the treated area with each session. Mild redness or swelling may occur. There is no recovery period after treatment. You can immediately slide back into any activity.
4: Treatment Time Improvements
Non-invasive fat reduction treatment typically takes up to an hour (sometimes significantly less). New delivery applicators and platforms are cutting treatment times in half.
5: Say Goodbye to Fat Cells
Once the fat cells die, they are gone forever. If you re-gain weight, it will be distributed throughout your body. These treatments get rid of fat — that’s it. There are some rumblings hinting that some technologies may also tighten skin and banish cellulite, but the data isn’t there yet. There are also some doctors who are combining different devices to achieve a result that is much closer to what can be achieved with liposuction or surgery.
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