Plastic Surgeon Explains Popular Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Options Which Produce Results

Plastic Surgeon Explains Popular Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Options Which Produce Results

According to 2015 cosmetic surgery statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there was a 19% increase in nonsurgical fat reduction procedures from 2014. More patients are seeking alternatives to liposuction that deliver the results they are looking for without going under the knife. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Walden discusses how the hot and cold nonsurgical fat reduction devices work.

“The most common areas for liposuction for women are generally in the abdomen, the side of the abdomen and the inner and outer thighs. There is a new wave of non-invasive fat reduction with various different technologies that can offer those results,” she notes. “Some use hot technology while others use cold technology.”

Dr. Walden points out two examples of systems that produce hot and cold technologies. “The Venus Legacy system is a radiofrequency thermal energy that produces heat that can tighten the skin and get rid of fat. Cryotherapy, the foundation of CoolSculpting, which is an amazingly popular device freezes the fat cells and also freezes the structures in the cells so that they cannot function anymore and are then flushed out of the body system naturally.”
Dr. Walden notes that after educating patients on the different technologies, patients are usually concerned with results and comfortability rather than hot or cold technologies.

Patients who receive nonsurgical fat reduction treatments must be cautious about gaining weight as the fat can look irregular in the locations that were previously treated. “You can form a cottage cheese appearance and indentations, which is why we encourage our patients to do the maintenance treatments which could help tighten the skin, and also maintain a good diet and exercise regimen,” notes Dr. Walden.

Nonsurgical fat reduction has a 91.2% patient satisfaction according to Real Patient Ratings. For more information about this procedure, go to the procedure page.