While Tumescent Liposuction definitely gets great results, there is also a demand for non surgical, non invasive liposuction techniques. Two types of non surgical lipo have recently received FDA approval, making them a great way for patients to get rid of unwanted body fat, without the risks attached to traditional liposuction!
Zeltiq cryolipolysis makes use of things we know about the cold. If we are subjected to certain cold temperatures above freezing, there will be no frostbite or skin damage, but fat cells undergo cell death. This occurs in a condition called panniculitis. It is sometimes seen in children who eat a lot of popsicles.
The Zerona laser works to damage the membranes surrounding fat cells causing them to leak. As they leak stored fats, the cells shrink. Exactly how the laser light accomplishes this feat is unknown. What we do know is that in clinical trials, volunteers lost an average of 3.5 inches from their waists, hips and thighs after one treatment.
The Zeltiq procedure can be used on nearly any part of the body. Use of the laser light is restricted to the waist, hips and thighs. The three areas of the body are treated at the same time through the use of four adjustable and one non-adjustable arm. The arms support the lasers.
Both non surgical liposuction procedures are relatively new in the US. Zeltiq and Zerona received FDA approval in 2010, although the Zerona laser had been in use for two years as an off-label (non-FDA approved) device for slimming the waist, hips and thighs.
The side effects of non invasive liposuction are minimal, far less serious than the original suction assisted devices. With cryolipolysis, there may be some redness or numbness…the effects you would expect to see after being exposed to cold temperatures. Bruising occurs in some cases.
The numbness may last as long as a month, but researchers have found that there is no permanent nerve damage. Following up with patients over the course of six months, there have been no long-lasting side effects, no scarring, no ulcerations, and no changes in cholesterol levels or liver function.
No side effects have been reported with the use of Zerona non invasive liposuction. Either procedure may cause some localized discomfort during the treatment, but there is no need for anesthesia. People can truly go in for a treatment during their lunch hours and go on with their day.
It can take some time to see results. One treatment with the Zeltiq procedure may be all that is necessary. At least six 40 minute sessions with the Zerona laser are necessary to see maximum results.
Overall non surgical liposuction is the safest form of body slimming other than diet and exercise. You can get rid of the fat without any risk.