Non-Invasive Adipose Tissue Reduction

Non-invasive adipose tissue reduction is a popular body contouring treatment, using modern technologies to dissolve fat cells without harming nearby tissues. Due to their effectiveness and relatively short recovery periods, non-invasive fat reduction has quickly gained in popularity among medical aestheticians, registered nurses and cosmetic surgeons. Liposuction may also help eliminate stubborn pockets of fat within the body but requires general anesthesia and surgical incisions as part of its more invasive approach.

Noninvasive liposuction utilizes cold, heat, or sound energy to selectively target individual fat cells for destruction. FDA-approved devices like CoolSculpting, TruSculpt by Cutera and SculpSure emit radiofrequency or laser energy directly into subcutaneous fat layers in skin layers adjacent to fat cells for targeted destruction that doesn’t harm surrounding tissue or cells. Over time these devices may seem to “melt away” these fat cells without harming surrounding structures.

Cryolipolysis uses cooling applicators to freeze fat cells directly. These techniques based on the observation that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than their surrounding water-rich tissues; when exposed to such conditions, their crystallization and destruction result in urine waste removal from the body.

CoolSculpting has become one of the most widely utilized noninvasive fat reduction treatments since its launch in 2005, being utilized over 17 million times worldwide since. This technique is effective at targeting stubborn pockets of fat on stomach, legs, love handles and love handles, double chins and bra fat rolls, as well as double chin reduction and bra fat rolls reduction. Furthermore, CoolMini was specifically created to treat hard-to-reach areas such as knees and ankles.

Adipose cell disruption technology, using ultrasound waves to break apart fat cell membranes and release their contents into interstitial fluid, has also recently seen advances. Fats produced from breakdown are then processed by liver enzymes for metabolism before being excreted through digestion systems.

While these procedures are effective at targeting stubborn pockets of fat in the body, they may not be appropriate for everyone. Patients should speak to a board-certified dermatologist trained in these technologies about their individual needs and goals to determine whether noninvasive adipose tissue reduction would be an appropriate course of action for them.

Finding the appropriate procedure depends on several factors, including how much fat needs to be removed and whether loose skin is an issue. Your dermatologist may recommend combining noninvasive techniques with other treatments – like tightening loose skin or tightening muscles in the area – for better results and to attain your desired look. To find a dermatologist trained in these procedures visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s Find a Dermatologist tool.