It’s 2017 and the options to slim and trim your body are more vast than ever. Gone are the days of having to commit to invasive surgery to contour your body.
Nowadays, there are plenty of non invasive options to diminish those last few stubborn pounds- without surgery, anesthesia or extensive recovery time required.
While they do come at a cost, we’ve narrowed down the list to give you three top procedures that have been proven to effectively remove unwanted fat from common “problem areas” (think love handles, tummy pouch or thighs) for good, with zero pain or hassle:
- CoolSculpting by Zeltiq
CoolSculpting is currently the #1 rated fat reduction treatment in the world- and for good reason. The FDA-cleared treatment uses a patented cooling technology to naturally dissolve fat cells in the body, without a single incision or anesthetic required.
The procedure is based on the science of Cryolipolysis, which states that exposure to extreme cooling can eliminate pockets of fat cells.
During treatment, an applicator and gel pad are applied to the targeted area of fat. The CoolSculpting applicator then delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat area (treatment typically takes an hour).
After the procedure, the fat cells undergo cell death and over the course of several weeks, are processed and eliminated naturally by the body. The entire procedure is completely non invasive and painless- many patients often watch TV or read a book throughout their appointment!
Keep in mind, CoolSculpting isn’t meant to be used as a serious weight loss method- its aim is to get rid of stubborn fat, cells that have been resistant to regular diet or exercise. Common treatment areas included abs, thighs, back, arms and love handles.
1-3 treatments are recommended for optimal results, with best results occurring gradually over the course of several months. While individual results will vary, some patients will notice a reduction in the area of targeted fat, as well experience an overall more toned look and feel.
- BTL Vanquish ME
Vanquish ME is another body contouring procedure gaining popularity in the beauty and skincare industry.
While CoolSculpting uses a cooling method to diminish fat cells, Vanquish goes the opposite approach and uses radiofrequency energy to heat and kill fat cells in the thigh and abdominal area.
The FDA-approved fat reduction treatment uses a three-paneled machine to target the specific areas of concern. During the procedure, patients lie on a bed and may be asked to rotate their bodies in order to target the exact body area. Whether on your back or stomach, most patients take this time to close their eyes and relax.
Individuals will feel a warming sensation, which is the Vanquish machine heating the targeted fat area in order to kill the stubborn fat cells within the body.
Similar to CoolSculpting, results for Vanquish treatment [will vary and typically occur over the course of 4-6 treatments scheduled throughout the course of several months. The plus side?
Zero recovery period. Patients can immediately go back to their regular routine as the radiofrequency technology gets to work to trim and tone, from the inside out.
- Ultra Shape
The third method to removing stubborn fat without surgery is by ultrasound technology. Through a handheld device, UltraShape delivers pulsed ultrasound frequencies to the targeted fat area.
Working at a different frequency than a regular ultrasound machine, these vibrations essentially cause the fat cells to be destroyed. The body’s natural metabolic process takes over and flushes out the eliminated fat cells over the course of a few weeks.
Ultrashape is a popular fat reduction treatment option, thanks to its high comfort level and simplicity.
When patients diligently follow post treatment recommendations (Lots of water, healthy diet and zero alcohol, to name a few) the results have shown UltraShape to be an effective method for reducing stubborn fat in the stomach, hips and thighs.