Recently, technology for non-surgical fat reduction has come a long way. A few years ago, anyone wanting to remove stubborn or excess fat was faced with only one option. Surgery, general anaesthetic, visible scars and possibly a long recovery time.
However, now with non-invasive treatment options encompassing technologies such as Cryolipolysis, Radiofrequency and Ultrasound, it is possible to remove stubborn and unwanted fat, all without surgery or significant downtime.
While many people may have a general understanding of Radiofrequency and Ultrasound, most people are unfamiliar with how they work in the context of fat removal. Even fewer people will know what Cyrolipolysis is!
A question we are often asked in our clinic, is which non-surgical fat reduction treatment is best?
Unfortunately, like most questions, the answer frequently is: ‘it depends’.
It depends on the type and amount of fat present on the individual patient, their medical history, their lifestyle, the results they hope to see and the type of treatment they are prepared to undertake. By this last point, I mean, are they prepared to undergo a course of regular treatments at fixed intervals and prepared to wait to see results gradually, or do they want to come in for only one or two treatments in order to achieve noticeable results?
We recognise that when it comes to medical treatment ‘one size never fits all’ and so we have a range of treatment options at our clinic on Harley Street in London. Below is a short comparison of some of the features of CoolSculpting, UltraShape Power and Vanquish which are all excellent for removing fat non-surgically.
CoolSculpting – uses Cryolipolysis technology (or controlled cooling), to freeze and then permanently kill or destroy fat cells in the treated area. Once the fat cells have died, they do not return. CoolSculpting can be used on any areas of the body wherever someone has what we like to call ‘pinchable fat’. Popular areas where we see requests for CoolSculpting are on the flanks or love handles and fatty deposits underneath the chin. We have the latest CoolSculpting technology in our clinic and treatment times can be as little as 35 minutes for an area such as the chin, but are typically 60 minutes for most areas. One to two treatments only are usually sufficient for most patients. Results will start to be visible after 3 to 6 weeks but it takes between 2 to 4 months to see the best results.
UltraShape Power – uses Ultrasound energy to target and permanently destroy fat cells on the stomach, flanks, upper arms and inner and outer thighs. We were the very first clinic in the UK to offer non-surgical fat reduction using UltraShape Power and we appeared in the 2017 Tatler Cosmetic Surgery Guide for removing stomach fat with UltraShape Power. Each treatment takes about 60 minutes, and a course of 3 treatments, each spaced 2 weeks apart, is initially recommended. Best results will appear between two to four weeks after the final treatment.
Vanquish – uses Radiofrequency energy to heat and disrupt fat cells non-surgically. Vanquish is capable of being used for larger treatment areas and is especially suitable for reduction of fat on the abdomen and thighs. A course of 4 to 6 treatments, each spaced 1 week apart is usually required. Treatment time is usually between 30 to 45 minutes. Results will start to be noticeable from one month after the final treatment with the best results appearing after a couple of months.
The question we are often asked with all of these treatment options that we offer in our clinic, is ‘what happens to the fat afterwards?‘ That is a good question. For all of the above technologies, once the treatment has been completed and the fat cells destroyed or disrupted, the body metabolises the fat from the treated area, it is processed and removed from the body naturally. Good results should last, provided that a healthy diet and lifestyle are maintained afterwards. None of the above treatments are intended to be treatments for weight loss or a substitute for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
What is important to keep in mind is that no medical procedure is completely risk free. Each of the above treatments has known side effects associated with them and these will be explained to each patient during their initial assessment to determine suitability for treatment.
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