Nonsurgical liposuction is a noninvasive procedure that aims to remove subcutaneous fat without penetrating the skin. Because there is no surgery, there is no anesthesia and no recovery time. Patients can walk out of the doctor’s office and resume their day.
One nonsurgical liposuction procedure is Lipodissolve. Chemicals are injected that break down fat and allow it to pass in the urine. Other than the obvious disadvantage of chemicals, Lippodissolve requires more than one treatment to remove fat from specific areas.
Mesotherapy is another technique that dissolves fat within the body with the use of injected amino acids and medications. Mesotherapy is popular in Europe and South America. Mesotherapy is nearly painless because of the small needles but often multiple treatments are needed to see real results.
Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a FDA-approved non-surgical liposuction procedure that removes unwanted fat permanently. Through a process called Cryolipolysis, Zeltiq works by cooling down fat deposits until they break down. The fat cells are then absorbed by the body. Specific fat cells are targeted and the surrounding cells are left untouched.
Thermage is another liposuction alternative that really works best in combination with liposuction. Thermage is a skin-tightening technique that works well on the neck, arms, inner thighs – places that need additional skin tightening after liposuction. Thermage is not for everyone but can be a helpful addition to liposuction.
The nonsurgical liposuction techniques mentioned here are not replacements for well-done liposuction. These methods may provide limited fat reduction but only liposuction provides permanent fat removal and body contouring. Liposuction breaks down fat cells and removes them from the body. At the same time, the doctor sculpts the body with precision. One tumescent liposuction procedure is all it takes to dramatically reshape the body.