With the New Year comes new resolutions that make many of us rededicate ourselves to changing our lifestyle habits, and at the top of everyone’s list is some variation of lose weight and get into shape. It’s a good goal to want to feel and look healthy, but for many of us it is an unfortunate truth that all the diet and exercise in the world won’t help us shed those final few pounds. At Delta Laser & Skin Care Centre in Delta, BC we believe that fat removal without surgery is an effective solution for patients who have hit a weight loss roadblock.
What Is Fat Removal Without Surgery?
Fat removal without surgery is simply a collection of non-surgical cosmetic treatments that eliminate unwanted pockets of fat from the body. Non-surgical treatments can be non-invasive or minimally invasive, typically have very little downtime, and allow patients to enjoy quick results that can last for years. Non-surgical fat removal treatments use high-tech, scientific techniques to alter the tissues on the body to contour the body into a specific desired shape.
What It Treats
Non-surgical fat removal treatments can be used virtually anywhere on the body where adipose tissue is present. These treatments are ideal options for patients who want to eliminate or smooth fat on the body in places like:
- Double chin
- Love handles and hips
What Is Adipose Fat?
Adipose fat is a medical term that refers to the fat that is used for energy storage in the body. While adipose fat is used to cushion the bones and organs, the fact is that adipose tissue can also create stubborn layers of excessive fat on the body that are difficult to shed because of the energy-storage roll those fat cells play.
Some adipose fat is normal and healthy for the body – excessive adipose fat is not. When adipose fat begins to collect in pockets, such as beneath the chin and on the stomach, it is time to find a solution to eliminate unwanted and unnecessary fat, such as with diet, exercise, and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
There are several non-surgical fat removal treatments that are commonly used in clinics such as ours. While we specialize in CoolSculpting, one of the most lauded fat removal treatments, there are other treatments that patients might want to consider. Common non-surgical fat removal treatments include:
Kybella is an injectable treatment that is typically used to eliminate unwanted fat from beneath the chin. As a minimally invasive treatment used exclusively for the facial area, Kybella is for those who have a double chin or fuller jowls. Kybella works by using an active acid in the injectable solution to dissolve fat.
Radiofrequency treatments are probably the single most diverse kind of cosmetic treatment. Radiofrequency can tighten skin, reverse the effects of aging, reduce the appearance of scars, and even eliminate unwanted fat. Radiofrequency fat removal treatments use heat to melt fat in the sub-dermal layers of skin and can be used on any area of the body.
Laser treatments are also popular techniques in clinics. Laser treatments are just as diverse as radiofrequency and are able to correct skin laxity, reduce the appearance of scarring and skin damage, treat acne, and eliminate fat. Laser treatments for fat removal are minimally-invasive, using a light-based energy beneath the skin surface to eliminate unwanted fat at the source.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat removal treatment that is gaining a reputation for being easy, quick, and effective. CoolSculpting works by rapidly cooling the fat cells beneath the skin surface, which essentially freezes fat right off the body. CoolSculpting works in as little as one treatment with results that can be seen in under 4 weeks. This is a good option for patients who have unwanted fat in the abdomen, specifically the lower stomach and the hips.
An Explanation for Unwanted Fat
You sweat, balance your diet, and do everything right – but you still have unwanted fat. For many people this is a baffling and incredibly frustrating problem that leaves us seeking answers. What causes unwanted fat? Generally speaking, there are four common culprits that are responsible for an inability to shed unwanted fat, including:
There comes a time when the natural process of our bodies begin to run out of steam. Between the ages of 25 and 30, most people begin to notice changes in their bodies, such as the early visible signs of aging or an inexplicable difficulty to lose weight. Around this age, our metabolic rates begin to level out, making it easier to gain weight and twice as hard to lose weight. Aging is responsible for the challenge of eliminating unwanted fat through traditional means.
The genetic lottery we all end up with is one of the things we truly cannot control. For some people, there is a genetic predisposition to store excess fat on the body. Those who have a double chin or fuller cheeks, or those who can look at the body composition of their family, can easily pin-point genetics as the cause for their unwanted fat. Fortunately, while there is little that can be done to correct your genes, non-surgical fat removal treatments can lend a helping hand in shedding unwanted fat from the body.
It seems like a no-brainer, but diet is obviously the most common cause of unwanted fat. Depending on your lifestyle habits and the way your metabolism works, diet can be a constant source of frustration when you are trying to lose weight. Eating all the right foods in the perfect portions often isn’t enough to shed fat, especially for those whose bodies are eager to convert foods into fat to be stored in the body.
Medication is the final common cause for unwanted fat. Medications that regulate your other health concerns are often responsible for altering your metabolism just enough that it becomes easier to gain – and keep – unwanted fat. Even when you are no longer on a medication, it can be difficult to shed the fat you gained while on it.
What to Expect From Fat Removal Treatments
Regardless of which fat removal treatment you will have, there are a few steps all of our patients have to take before, during, and after treatment. Here are a few things you can expect.
Your initial consultation will be a time where we can gather information about you, including your general medical history, current medications, and any cosmetic treatments or surgeries for fat removal you have had in the past. We will talk about your goals for treatment and your areas of concern to help determine which treatment is right for you.
Most non-surgical treatments for fat removal can be completed within 30 to 60 minutes. Many treatments can be done in as little as one session, such as CoolSculpting. Other treatments may require additional treatment sessions.
Non-surgical fat removal treatments have very little downtime. You may be advised to continue light activity, including normal exercise, for several days following treatment to encourage the best results. Most patients are recovered from treatment within one week or less.
Results for fat removal treatments vary depending on the treatment, but generally speaking most patients notice the results after 2 to 4 weeks. Depending on the severity of your condition and how well you are responding to treatment, you can have an ideal body appearance within 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Fat Removal Without Surgery Effective?
Yes. Non-surgical fat removal treatments are all effective options to eliminate unwanted fat from the body. As recently as 20 years ago, the only option for eliminating unwanted fat was liposuction, a surgical technique that literally sucks fat from the body. Now patients have many more options that might be better suited to their exact needs and aesthetic goals. Non-surgical fat removal treatments remove unwanted fat and are appropriate for most patients.
Is Fat Removal Permanent?
Non-surgical fat removal treatments can be permanent, provided the patient makes an effort to maintain their ideal body weight. The results for fat removal treatments last the longest when you do not gain a significant amount of weight after the treatment. Some treatments can last for a year or two at a time, while other treatments can last for as long as a decade.
Is There a Best Time for Fat Removal Treatments?
The best time for fat removal treatments is when you do not have any immediate important life events and when you have enough time for recovery. Many patients seek fat removal treatments in preparation for summer, so the fall and winter months are usually ideal times for these treatments. For women, it is best to have fat removal treatment after you are no longer planning to be pregnant, as pregnancy will undo the results of the treatment.
Can You Combine Fat Removal Treatments With Other Cosmetic Treatments?
At our clinic, we commonly combine CoolSculpting with other treatments to help enhance results. Z Wave breaks up fat cells, for example, and CoolBlast boosts metabolism. For any fat removal treatment, it is common to add other cosmetic treatments to your treatment plan, including dermal injections, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, hair removal, and vein correction treatments. If you are interested in combining fat removal treatments with other cosmetic treatments, we can help you create a treatment plan to reach all of your aesthetic goals.
How Do I Know Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
Deciding on a treatment depends on your exact goals, your lifestyle, and your main appearance concerns. For example, if you only want to eliminate belly fat, then CoolSculpting might be your best option. However, if you want to address multiple areas of unwanted fat, you might consider radiofrequency or laser treatments.
We will help you determine which fat removal treatment is best suited to your individual needs at your consultation appointment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Removal Treatments?
Many patients are good candidates for fat removal treatments. Regardless of your gender, age, or the amount of unwanted fat you have, you are likely a candidate for non-surgical fat removal treatments. You may be an ideal candidate if you want to:
- Correct a double chin
- Eliminate fat on the stomach, hips, buttocks, and thighs
- Tighten and lift skin
- Smooth the appearance of cellulite
- Tone and contour your body shape
Look the Way You Want!
Don’t let this year be another year where your resolutions to lose weight are lost in the shuffle of life. It’s time to eliminate unwanted fat from your body and start loving the way you look. If you think that fat removal without surgery will help you look the way you want, contact Delta Laser & Skin Care Centre in Delta, BC. We offer services to anyone in Delta, Surrey, Langley, and White Rock and can’t wait to help you get started on your resolution.