Non-surgical fat reduction includes minimally invasive treatments that selectively break down fat cells in specific areas to reduce the size of subcutaneous fat pockets (fat deposits found under the skin but above the muscle). These treatments allow for a less drastic change and destroy the amount of fat that can be pinched, which is called skin fat. The procedure also offers long-lasting results, as it destroys fat cells so that they do not return. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends liposuction for those who want to treat excess fat in a larger area of the body.
However, for those who want to target smaller areas, non-surgical treatments are available. These treatments use a variety of modalities, including ultrasound, radiofrequency, infrared light, vacuum massage, and injectable medication. CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is a cosmetic treatment that freezes excess fat to remove it from the most stubborn areas. Research generally suggests that CoolSculpting is a relatively safe and effective treatment for eliminating some areas of fat.
You'll usually see the full effect of the injections used to treat excess chin fat about 3 to 4 months after the last treatment. Good candidates for non-invasive fat removal have a small lump of fat that remains despite diet and exercise, and their weight is within the normal range for their height. A person who continues an unhealthy diet and remains sedentary while undergoing CoolSculpting can expect less fat reduction. When performing non-invasive fat extraction, the dermatologist uses a portable device or injections to destroy fat cells.
If you have an area of fat where diet and exercise don't move, you might want to consider non-invasive fat removal.