Non Invasive Lipo Pros And Cons: Prices, Risks & Side Effects

Over the years, your curves may become a concern for you and you might have thought of removing excess fat. Eliminating pockets of excess fat that accumulate on areas of the body can be a frustrating process. You might have tried dieting or exercising but have yielded no results. If you have decided it is time to get rid of the stubborn fat, it might be vital to research the best options available. After doing the research you find that non invasive lipo is a viable option. So what is non-invasive lipo? This article highlights what non invasive lipo is, typical results, and pros and cons.

What Is Non Invasive Lipo?

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Whether it is due to weight, genetics, or aging, excess fat may accumulate in your body, which may add years to your appearance. No one wants excess fat and you might consult with your surgeon about the best liposuction procedure. Your desire is a procedure that is minimally invasive. Your surgeon may suggest non invasive or nonsurgical liposuction to improve your appearance.

Liposuction is a popular procedure. In fact, it is the top cosmetic surgery in the US with over 400,000 procedures performed annually. It is a viable option for individuals who have tried dieting and exercise but have not achieved the results they may want. In such cases, liposuction is recommended for you to achieve more aesthetically pleasing body contours.

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery techniques for over three decades and still counting. It is a safe and proven procedure that has allowed many patients to improve their figures through precise targeting and removal of isolated fat deposits.

Non invasive lipo is a nonsurgical procedure that entails the use of radio-frequency, laser energy, or ultrasound to reduce fat. Unlike traditional liposuction, it does not involve surgery, which makes it the preferred choice by many patients. Devices are typically applied to the skin of the treatment area and do not use injections or incisions. This is unlike traditional liposuction which needs incisions to be made through which a hollow tube is inserted to suck out the fat.

Laser lipo is the most common non invasive lipo procedure. It is known under various brand names, such as Accusculpt or TriSculpt. Other brand names include:

  • SlimLipo
  • SmartLipo
  • Lipotherme
  • SmoothLipo
  • ProLipo
  • CoolLipo
  • LipoLite


Similar to traditional lipo, laser lipo is performed under local anesthetic. Laser liposuction works by passing a thin fiber optic cable under the skin carrying a laser beam which consequently heats the fat tissues to 900 degrees. The extreme temperatures then cause the fat cells to melt.

Typical Results

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Laser lipo was first studied and introduced in the cosmetic industry in the early 1990s. It did not receive FDA approval as it had no visible benefits. The early 2000s saw laser lipo technology improve significantly when new lasers were introduced to the market. The new lasers received FDA approval, implying that the safety of the procedure had increased significantly.

Various studies to determine the effectiveness of laser lipo have shown that the procedure is effective and provides benefits to reduce fat and tighten the skin. However, renowned professionals in the field, like Dr. Michael Fredrick, a plastic surgeon of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, asserted that there has never been a good study that proved that laser tightens the skin more than any other liposuction method.

After a review of the recent scientific literature to prove Dr. Fredrick’s assertions, he was right to say so since there is a consensus that laser has no clinical advantage over traditional liposuction procedures. For instance, a study from The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology highlighted that clinicians have been reluctant in accepting laser lipolysis, citing longer procedure times, lack of evidence it is better than traditional liposuction, and has an increased risk of side effects.

Side Effects And Complications

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Non invasive lipo like laser lipo may seem like a great option on the surface. However, there are concerns as highlighted by many plastic surgeons who have warned that it may come with severe negative impacts. While traditional lipo uses a vacuum attached to a cannula to remove fat, laser lipo melts the fat by heating it at high temperatures. Since different tissues absorb the heat differently, it can result in an uneven texture of the subcutaneous fatty layer and connective tissues.

Laser lipo may lead to uneven texture due to scarred tissue. Each tissue is expected to react differently to the heat, and some tissues will be altered. Longer contact with the high temperatures may result in deep tissue burn The body takes a long time to clean up these tissues from the body.

When laser lipo is done, you run the risk of third-degree burns, disfiguring scars, and infections. Based on current statistics, 1% laser lipo procedures result in complications compared to 0.3% in traditional liposuction. Laser lipo also has a 3.5%-7.3% revision rate, so you may need to return to have things fixed.

However, the number of patients who experience these complications are low. Another issue that may factor in to the  failure rates is that about 40% of the laser lipo is performed by practitioners with little surgical training. This includes gynecologists, obstetricians, orthopedic surgeons, dermatologists, and family medicine physicians. Therefore, we recommend finding a skilled professional if you need the procedure performed.

The following are the potential results that laser lipo could have compared to traditional lipo:

  • Results are noticeable sooner
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less painful
  • More effective
  • Less invasive
  • Provides superior skin tightening
  • Results in less blood loss

Pros & Cons

The following are the pros and cons of traditional liposuction and non invasive lipo:

Traditional Liposuction

PROS

  • It is permanent
  • It is a once-off procedure
  • Leads to a toned appearance
  • The best solution for eliminating massive amounts of unwanted fat deposits

CONS

  • Recovery time, 1-2 weeks
  • Downtime, a night or two of stays in the hospital
  • Cannot treat small pockets of fat
  • The skin may not shrink to fit your new body shape
  • Ineffective on cellulite and can make it worse
  • Expensive compared to non-invasive lipo
  • It is invasive surgery, accompanied by pain, bruising, swelling, and scars
  • Weight gain after the procedure may lead to fat deposits in other areas
  • You should not wear compression garments for approximately 6 weeks after the surgery

Non Invasive Lipo

PROS

  • Non-invasive, no scars, no surgery, no downtime
  • Simple and takes a short time, you can return to your day-to-day routine soon after
  • Non invasive lipo targets only fat cells, improves the skin’s texture and cellulite
  • Targets small fat pockets in problem areas where liposuction cannot be performed
  • It is FDA approved, meaning it is safe and effective
  • Cheaper compared to liposuction
  • A comfortable procedure as it feels like a warm deep tissue massage
  • Shorter treatment sessions, about 40 minutes implying that it is the perfect fit for a busy lifestyle
  • Only 3 treatment sessions are required
  • Apart from some redness which fades quickly, there are no noticeable scars if done by a professional

CONS

  • Is less effective than traditional lipo in removing a lot of body fat
  • May need maintenance treatment in 6-18 months, dependent on your diet and exercise regime
  • Cumulative results; you will not notice tangible results in the first session as your body needs time to dispose of the fat cell contents

Conclusion

No one wants excess fat, but it may be caused by weight gain, genetics, or aging. A recommendable procedure is liposuction, which is a viable option for individuals who have tried dieting and exercise and have not worked. Non invasive lipo is a current liposuction procedure that entails the use the use of radio-frequency, laser energy, or ultrasound to reduce fat. Compared to traditional liposuction, it does not involve surgery, which makes it the preferred choice by many patients. It is known under various brand names, such as Accusculpt or TriSculpt.

Studies looking into the effectiveness of laser have highlighted that the procedure is effective and provides benefits to reduce fat and tightening the skin. However, professionals in the field have cast doubt on the effectiveness of non invasive lipo as no good study has proved that laser tightens the skin more than any other liposuction methods. Unlike in traditional lipo where a vacuum attached to a cannula is used to remove fat, laser lipo uses heat to melt the fat. Different tissues absorb the heat differently, which leads to an uneven texture. It also leaves behind scarred tissues.

Current statistics reveal that 1% of laser lipo procedures result in complications compared to 0.3% in traditional liposuction. Laser lipo has a 3.5%-7.3% revision rate, so you may need to return to have things fixed. However, it is non-invasive, which means no scars, or downtime for you. It targets small fat pockets and is cheaper compared to traditional liposuction. It is a comfortable procedure, takes shorter treatment sessions, and you only require 3 of them to achieve a younger and rejuvenated look.

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