Non-invasive lipolysis can be performed in your doctor’s office and has a shorter recovery period than surgical liposuction. It employs lasers, heat, cooling or sound waves to destroy fat cells which are then excreted from your body as metabolic waste and tighten your skin by encouraging collagen synthesis. Non-surgical lipolysis should only be considered for small areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise or people unable to undergo surgery.
Your doctor will carefully explain and address any queries about the procedure to you and will answer any queries that arise during it. Depending on its complexity, procedures can take anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours; typically patients lie on a table while nurses or anesthesiologists help prepare for treatment by marking your skin, injecting local anesthetic or using topical anesthesia before using a tool to remove excess fat; typically this process is pain-free but you may experience some discomfort; then they clean and cover it up again afterwards with dressings or covers over.
Cryolipolysis, which utilizes freezing temperatures to destroy fat cells, is another solution available to you. This technique forms the basis of popular treatments like CoolSculpting and CoolTone; fat cells are more sensitive than other tissues to cold temperatures so the device uses pinpoint cooling technology designed specifically to target pinchable fat areas while leaving other tissue and skin intact. Generally this procedure takes around an hour with results becoming noticeable as your body flushes away dead fat cells gradually over time.
Other nonsurgical lipolysis devices include laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency energy devices. With laser lipolysis or laser-assisted lipolysis, your doctor makes tiny incisions before using a laser to change the shape of your tissue – this may involve reshaping stomach, hips, thighs or buttocks; eliminating excess fat from face or neck; reducing stretch marks/wrinkles caused by pregnancy; or even just smoothening out stretch marks after pregnancy. You may experience mild discomfort but most patients tolerate treatment well with mild side effects including bruising/redness/swelling while rare instances could result in subcutaneous nodules/purpuric lesions developing under your skin – side effects typically mild with minor side effects typically limited to skin tissue surface areas affected.