If you are struggling with an area of fat that diet and exercise won’t seem to budge, you may want to consider non-invasive fat removal. Modern Dermatology has several leading options that can permanently remove a pocket of unwanted fat, without making an incision. Non-surgical fat removal can be used almost anywhere on the body – common areas treated are the stomach, hips or “love handles,” thighs, chin, neck, back, upper arms,and knees.
This form of liposuction has eliminated the greatest dangers associated with the older forms of liposuction as it is done with local anesthesia alone and does not have the risks associated with general anesthesia.
With this technique, local anesthesia is injected under the skin. Then a cannula (small catheter) is used to remove the desired areas of fat.
Liposuction is the gold standard of body contouring and yields the greatest benefit. After the procedure, compression garments are worn and patients can generally return to vigorous activity after 2 weeks.
CoolSculpting is an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat away with no surgery or downtime. The FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn areas of fat. Treated fat cells are frozen and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cell. Results are permanent as the fat cells are gone. The number of treatments needed varies by patient – some see results in as little as one office visit where others require more. There is no downtime following treatment and little to no discomfort aside from temporary feeling of cold and some mild pulling sensation from the suction. There are 9 FDA approved areas including the abdomen, flanks, chin, arms, inner and outer thighs, back, bra and banana roll. Results are seen 2-3 months after the procedure.
The world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive fat reduction of the abdomen, flanks, back, inner thighs, outer thighs and is now available for the submental (under the chin) area. It’s designed to safely and effectively eliminate unwanted fat cells. Like CoolSculpting, the results are permanent and there is no downtime following treatment. Most patients require a series of two treatments separated by 6-8 weeks. During the treatment, you experience the sensation of mild to moderate heat. There is no downtime following the treatments and results are seen 2-3 months after the procedure.
Dr. Robinson was an investigator in the research trial for Kybella, which was approved by the FDA in 2016. Kybella is a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid, a substance your body naturally produces to dissolve fat. When injected into the skin’s subcutaneous fat it destroys the membranes of the fat cells, permanently destroying them. Most patients need 2-4 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart.
Treatments are quick and relatively painless. There is no downtime, however patients can experience swelling in the area for 3-5 days following each treatment, so appointments should be made at least 2 weeks prior to any special events.