Many people who try to lose weight discover that certain parts of their bodies are very stubborn about holding onto fat no matter how well they follow a good diet and exercise regimen. Liposuction is one option for getting rid of persistent fat, but it is a surgical procedure that involves some risk and requires several days (or more) of recovery time. People who are seeking a less-invasive method of fat reduction have several options to consider.
This method uses cold to attack and break down fat cells, which are more sensitive to temperature than other types of cells. That means fat cells can be frozen while outer skin cells are not damaged. When a patient goes in for treatment, the doctor will select an applicator according to the size of the area targeted for fat reduction. The applicator will vacuum the skin and underlying fat into a hollow area where the cold is applied.
This method of fat reduction is specifically for the area beneath the chin. During the procedure, the doctor injects deoxycholic acid, a chemical that kills fat cells. The injection is administered under local anesthesia, and most patients have two or more treatments spaced at least one month apart. They begin to see significant results after six to eight weeks.
Radiofrequency lipolysis uses heat generated by a radio frequency to destroy fat cells. Just as fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other types of cells, they are also more easily damaged by heat. An advantage of this method is that no instrument needs to touch the skin. Each treatment takes thirty minutes, and most patients have multiple treatments on a weekly basis. Most patients notice a reduction in their waistline of a little less than two inches.
This method uses laser heat to target and kill fat cells. An applicator is placed on the skin during the treatment, and most patients report feeling a warm or tingling sensation. A typical treatment takes 25 minutes, and the fat loss is permanent as long as patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about this FDA-approved treatment, follow Dr Zacharia on Twitter.