Fat reduction treatments are becoming increasingly popular as people look for ways to reduce fat without surgery. While these treatments can be effective, it is important to understand the risks associated with them. In this article, we will discuss the potential risks of fat reduction treatments, including thermal burn or heat injury, worsening of cellulite, and rare side effects. We will also discuss the importance of seeking out a qualified medical professional for any non-surgical fat reduction treatment. One of the most common risks associated with fat reduction treatments is thermal burn or heat injury caused by ultrasound with the technique of ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty.
CoolSculpting may also cause minor side effects such as irritation and pain. In rare cases, some people may experience a side effect in which fat cells grow more in response to the treatment, rather than shrinking. The risk of complications increases if the surgeon works on larger body surfaces or performs multiple procedures during the same operation. It is important to talk to your surgeon about how these risks apply to you. It is also recommended that individuals interested in performing any non-surgical fat removal treatment seek out a qualified medical professional who has received appropriate training in the process.
Cryolipolysisis a non-invasive technology that uses extreme cold to dismantle fat cells and help reduce fat accumulation.
Studies have used a variety of different modalities to determine the degree of fat reduction after cryolipolysis treatments. Multiple treatments in the same anatomical area can lead to a greater reduction in fat, although the effectiveness of cryolipolysis seems to be attenuated with subsequent treatments.
Injectable fat reduction treatments, such as Kybella, require advanced knowledge of anatomy and should only be performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon or provider with equivalent training and experience. For patients who have their ideal body weight or close to it and who do not need significant remodeling in an area, non-surgical treatments can be an excellent option to reduce isolated pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise without surgery and with little or no downtime. Safety and efficacy of bilateral submental cryolipolysis with quantified three-dimensional images of fat reduction and skin tightening have been studied. Despite some limitations, clinical data demonstrate a consistent reduction in fat in treated subjects, which supports the clinical utility of this technique. Recently, a wave of novel technologies that use non-invasive, energy-based techniques has been introduced to the market for fat reduction and body contouring practices.
FDA-approved ultrasonic fat reduction treatments include UltraShape, which uses pulsed ultrasound technology, and Liposonix, which uses high-intensity focused ultrasound. One of the most recent technologies that has been approved by the FDA for non-surgical fat reduction uses red light therapy to reduce the volume of subcutaneous fat cells. It is important to remember that any non-surgical fat reduction treatment should only be performed by a qualified medical professional who has received appropriate training in the process. It is also important to understand the potential risks associated with these treatments before undergoing them.