For patients who have tried dieting and exercise but are still unable to get rid of those troublesome fat deposits, liposuction is an option that more than a quarter of a million people chose to address this concern in 2018. Liposuction uses a tube called a cannula and a vacuum to suction fat cells from your body. While it can be effective, the treatment can also be painful for some patients and pose health risks, including but not limited to infections, bleeding, fluid accumulation, and blood clots. Post-procedure, patients may have problems with wound healing and skin irregularities. Additionally, the appearance of cellulite may worsen because the fat under the skin has been removed.
Fortunately, there are non-invasive alternatives to liposuction that patients can opt for. Here’s a closer look at some of those options and the advantages and drawbacks.
This procedure uses cold temperatures to destroy fat cells; the body then eliminates them naturally. Sessions typically last for one to two hours. During treatment, patients feel an intense, cold sensation at first, but usually discomfort is minimal. Possible side effects include numbness, tingling, redness and bruising of the targeted area. Results are visible from one to three months after treatment.
This technique uses high-intensity sound waves to target and destroy fat cells in the top layers of tissue. The body then disposes of the damaged cells. Sessions take about an hour, and recipients may experience pain and sensations of tingling, pricking, or heat or cold. After receiving treatment, patients may have pain, swelling, and bruising. Generally, results are seen in about eight to twelve weeks.
With this procedure, pulsed ultrasound is used to rupture fat cells; the body’s lymphatic system then absorbs and removes the cellular debris. The treatment is comfortable and doesn’t produce known side effects. Results are usually seen after three to four sessions over two-week intervals.
This method uses radio frequency to destroy fat cells. It does not usually cause discomfort for patients, and it takes four to five treatments to achieve results. Patients may feel tenderness and see some redness in the treatment area after the procedure.
With this technique, a 1064 nm diode laser creates heat in the fat cells, which triggers a process called lipolysis. Lipolysis happens when the lipids, or fat, inside the cell are broken down into smaller parts so they can pass through the cell wall to be used by the body. The broken-down fat is then absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system and eradicated. While the cells themselves are not damaged, their volume is reduced, producing a slimmer appearance. A typical appointment takes 20 to 40 minutes and usually produces results after four to six sessions. There are no known side effects or specified recovery time, and it is safe for all skin types.
Venus Bliss™ is designed to provide non-invasive lipolysis treatments that can serve as alternatives to liposuction. It uses diode laser technology to target fat cells in the abdomen and flanks, which shrinks them with no side effects and no recovery time. It is often an effective choice for people who have specific, stubborn problem areas. We’ve also put together some tips to help you approach patient selection with Venus Bliss™ treatments. Patients typically see results in four to six sessions.
Venus Bliss™ also has an (MP)2 applicator that uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields for cellulite reduction. It is an ideal procedure for patients who want to reduce the cellulite on their thighs, abdomen, or buttocks. Best of all, Venus Bliss™ can help patients achieve a sleeker, smoother appearance with minimal discomfort.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, demand for liposuction and similar treatments increased five percent year-over-year. Want to learn more about non-invasive fat reduction technology and how it can benefit your practice? Reach out to Venus Concept today. Our subscription model provides more than just state-of-the-art medical aesthetic devices — we also offer marketing support, ongoing education, easy equipment upgrades, and practice enhancement to help you grow your business. To learn more about our exceptional devices and unique business model, contact one of our experts today.