The rate of obesity in the United States has skyrocketed over the last few decades. Today, more people than ever are dealing with stubborn fat that affects the way they look, the way they feel about themselves, and even their health.
One solution to this problem is liposuction, and there’s no doubt that this procedure is effective. Unfortunately, it’s extremely invasive, it can be painful, and it can take weeks to recover.
There are alternatives. If you don’t like the idea of traditional liposuction, consider one of these three noninvasive procedures instead.
Getting rid of stubborn fat is difficult when you’re overweight, but even people at a healthy weight can end up dealing with saddle bags and belly fat. CoolSculping offers a way for people to get rid of those last few stubborn pounds that just won’t seem to go away.
CoolSculpting involves crystallizing fat cells to a temperature just higher than the freezing point. This destroys the cells so they can be digested by your body.
This liposuction alternative is arguably the most popular option because:
- Safe and effective: It’s the only FDA-cleared fat freezing technique.
- Natural looking results: Results are gradual, with a fat reduction rate of about 20 percent with each visit.
- Permanent results: Fat cells are removed from the body permanently. If you gain weight in the future, the distribution of fat will be more even throughout your body.
Laser Liposuction, also known as MELT, is another liposuction alternative that’s fairly popular because it uses a laser instead of a knife. However, unlike CoolSculpting that freezes fat cells, this technique heats them up.
This process heats up the fat cells, causing them to release their fatty tissue into the body. Your body is then able to get rid of the fat by burning it for energy.
Like CoolSculping, there are no major side effects, but that doesn’t mean this treatment is right for everyone. People suffering from a long-term disease shouldn’t opt for laser liposuction, and it’s not a good option for the obese. Only healthy people with a few stubborn pounds of fat should opt for laser liposuction.
Dubbed as the French way to lose weight, mesotherapy is different than both CoolSculpting and laser liposuction because it uses injections to get under the skin. These injections introduce chemicals into fat cells that destroy them. Mesotherapy can even help with wrinkly skin and sagging that can sometimes accompany weight loss.
Some caution is needed. This method hasn’t yet been proven to be effective, and mesotherapists don’t have to be licensed in the United States. In addition, although the injected chemicals have been approved for other applications, they haven’t been approved for weight loss.
Whether you want to lose just a few stubborn pounds, or you’re looking for more dramatic changes in your body, make sure you consult a professional. They will be able to help you choose a fat reduction treatment that will provide you with the best results.