5 Non-invasive Fat Reduction Solutions

  • slim woman in shorts measuring her waist

    Diet and exercise have long been viewed as the best way to reduce fat and manage weight, but this doesn’t necessarily comport with ideal body shape. Stubborn fat deposits around the abdomen or thighs can be difficult to get rid of via diet and exercise alone.

    Liposuction has long been the gold standard when it comes to cosmetic fat reduction. The procedure can be performed under two hours and provides permanent results for targeted fatty areas. However, liposuction is a relatively invasive surgery that does carry associated risks such as infection, bleeding and complications with anesthesia. Although complications are relatively uncommon and the procedure safe, patients seeking fat reduction may feel more comfortable opting for a non-invasive option.

    Here are five non-invasive fat reduction solutions to consider:

  • 1. Kybella

    reduced double chin before and after

    Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a type of injectable approved by the FDA in 2015 for the treatment of “double-chin” fat. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that helps to break down dietary fat. Kybella injections supplement this natural process helping to aid the breakdown of chin fat. As many as 50 injections may be required to achieve desired results, spread across six treatments administered monthly.

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  • 2. Coolsculpting

    woman laying down and getting coolsculpting on her abdomen

    Zeltiq CoolSculpting selectively targets localized fat deposits through cryolipolysis, a process that involves cooling fat cells to just above freezing. Subcutaneous fat is more vulnerable to this process than surrounding tissue, meaning that fat cells can be dissolved without harm to other tissues. The treatment can be performed in one to three hours, and is capable of reducing fat layers by 20 to 40 percent.

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  • 3. Radiofrequency Lipolysis

    woman getting radiofrequency lipolysis treatment on her abdomen

    On the opposite end of the spectrum from CoolSculpting, radiofrequency lipolysis targets fat cells with a heat applicator. FDA approved for the removal of fat in the abdomen and thighs, radiofrequency lipolysis targets the fat layer of the skin. The targeted radiofrequency causes fat cell death over the course of four, 45-minute treatments spread across one month.

  • 4. Exercise and Eat Right

    woman getting ultrasound therapy to reduce abdominal fat

    Ulthera is an FDA approved skin tightening and toning procedure designed to lift skin of the neck, chin and brow. Even though Ultherapy is not technically a fat reduction treatment, loose and sagging skin can give the same impression. Treatment involves delivering focused ultrasound into the skin’s deepest layers to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy is performed in a single sitting over a 60 to 90 minute period, with complete results visible in two-to-three months.

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  • 5. Red Light Therapy

    woman getting red light therapy on her face

    Red Light Therapy (also called phototonic lipolysis) is a relatively new type of non-invasive fat reduction procedure for the abdomen, hips and thighs. Rather than removing/destroying the fat cells, red light therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to create small openings in the cells, allowing them to release some of their contents and shrink in size. Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes, with three seasons being required on average.


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