The latest in body contouring technologies are non-invasive procedures that require no surgery, little to no downtime and no surgical scars. Modalities like radio-frequency, high intensity focused ultrasound, and cryolipolysis has become commercially available to the consumer recently.
Cryolipolysis also called “fat freezing” is a procedure that involves the non-invasive cooling of body fat to break down fat cells, resulting in a reduction of body fat without damage of other tissue. It has been one of the most researched and efficient procedures when it comes to stubborn areas like flanks, abdomen, back bulges and thighs.
During the procedure, a vacuum applicator is placed on the area, the tissue is drawn into the hand piece and two cooling panels will freeze fat cells in about 45 minutes, followed by a two minute massage upon completion to improve the outcome. The patient then can go home and resume normal activities.
An inflammatory process starts within three days after treatment. Four weeks after treatment, the inflammation lessens, and two to three months after treatment, the fat volume in the treated area is apparently decreased.
Although there is many non-invasive body contouring procedures, cryolipolysis is considered to be both safe and effective with a high patient satisfaction rate of up to 73 percent after one treatment.