Non-invasive treatments are those which work ‘through the skin’, that is, without cutting the skin. There are a number of really exciting developments coming out now for this. We will see some remarkable breakthroughs for removing fat non-invasively over the next two or three years. These treatments are able to utilize energies while still leaving the skin intact. This may involve lasers, ultrasound, radiofrequency energy or a combination of them. All are designed to deliver energy to fat and collagen cells within the skin to stimulate rejuvenation and reduce body circumference.
These technologies generally require a few treatments, anywhere from 4 to 6, depending on the body. Each treatment may take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes. The longevity of the results really depend on the patient. If you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle including maintaining your weigh with no large weight fluctuations, exercise, proper diet, you are more likely to retain results longer, up to 6-12 months. Maintenance treatments are generally required for most patients to retain their results.
Here is a brief review of some of the devices non-invasive fat removal. This is just a brief list and may not include every device out there. It is merely meant to give you an overview of what’s available and how some of these technologies work.
Thermage is a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and contract collagen fibers that lie deep in the skin, reducing the appearance of fat in the process. The Thermage treatment can also have a "plumping" effect on wrinkled or lined skin, which means rejuvenated and younger-looking skin. There can be some pain during this treatment so when we perform the procedure we give oral narcotics. The Food and Drug Administration currently approve Thermage for temporary cellulite reduction and treatment of wrinkles. It has not yet been approved for fat reduction or body contouring.