There is no true alternative or procedure, surgical or non-surgical, that can replace a healthy lifestyle. Medical procedures can, however, help nudge us toward healthy habits through motivation and kickstarting results.
Most people have some insecurity regarding their bodies and fat deposits in any body zone can spoil an individual’s desired figure. A procedure that has become more popular as the technology has developed is non-invasive body contouring, which can be used for:
- A reduction in body, neck, and facial fat
- Skin tightening
- Cellulite reduction/removal
- Stretch mark removal
What Is Non-Invasive Fat Reduction / Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a new and developing group of technologies that allow for the reduction of body fat with minimal risk, reduced cost and negligible recovery time compared to surgical options.
None of these devices rivals the results of cosmetic surgery, but patients may not want the associated recovery time, surgical scars, and waiting months to see their final results. Body contouring was designed for people who don’t want to undergo surgery and are willing to accept less immediate dramatic changes.
Non-invasive fat reduction is appropriate for individuals who can’t eliminate stubborn body fat despite diet and training.
What Are the Options?
There are five main technologies used: freezing fat (CoolSculpting®), ultrasound, radiofrequency, pulsed electromagnetic fields, lasers and combinations of these. The most effective has been a combination of both ultrasound as well as radiofrequency to reduce areas of unwanted fat.
A device from Alma Lasers called Accent Ultra™ offers both ultrasound as well as radiofrequency alone or in combination and the result is called shear-wave ultrasound body contouring, which is more effective at disrupting fat cell membranes leading to gradual breakdown and the release of stored fat.
Body contouring sessions usually last around an hour depending on the amount of fat, the treatment areas, and anything from a single treatment session to 6 or more may be necessary.
Where Does All the Fat Go?
The shear-wave ultrasound body contouring is designed to target the fat cells without damaging the skin and other tissue. Gradually, in a matter of few weeks destroyed fat cells are then disposed of the body through the lymphatic systems.
The remaining fat cells can replace the dead ones so after the procedure to keep the results; individuals need to maintain a healthy lifestyle post procedure.