Non invasive liposuction also called non-surgical liposuction, as the name suggests are effective substitutes to the traditional surgical liposuction procedures. Traditional liposuction is tumescent liposuction, which means that fluids are placed in the layers of fat cells which is then removed through a cannula along with the unwanted fat.
The first of many non invasive procedures was developed in the later part of the 1980’s. Today there are many types of non invasive systems being promoted as alternatives that help in fat reduction in problem areas of the body and help achieve a well defined and contoured body shape.
There are basically three types of techniques used in non surgical lipo procedures:
One of the newest fat reduction technologies is radiofrequency, which delivers energy to the areas of fat by driving controlled heat deep within the fat cells and subsequently destroys them.
“Radiofrequency is a very versatile procedure that can be used on any area of the body — from large areas like the abdomen to very small areas such as the chin — with the same degree of success,”
A new, non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA that is being used to remove localized areas of fat in the lower abdomen or along the sides of the body is cryolipolysis. Since fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other skin cells, cryolipolysis freezes the lipids in fat cells which then slowly dissolve with no trauma or injury to surrounding tissues. For this reason, results are not immediate and fat layer reduction becomes visible gradually over the course of two to six months.
Ultrasound, using high-intensity, focused ultrasonic waves (sound waves) to cause destruction and leakage of fat cells, is being investigated for fat reduction. Similar to other non-invasive procedures used for fat reduction, the ultrasound energy penetrates through the skin layers into the targeted fat without harming skin or surrounding tissues.