Non-surgical fat reduction is the latest trend in Plastic Surgery. Patients are wanting a little help scuplting their bodies to remove that last bump that just will not go away despite all the diet and excersize. In the past, we were only able to accomplish this with surgery, such as tummy tucks or liposuction. Now we have new technologies that allow us to accomplish this with non-surgical methods. Liposonix is the latest non-surgical method and utilizes ultrasound energy to heat the fat cells up to 133 degrees Farenheit for greater than one second to induce irreversible cell death. The science behind this technology is sound. The closest competitor to Liposonix is Cool Sculpting which "freezes the fat." The fault in this technology is that freezing tissue does not always induce cell death. Actually, we freeze tissue to preserve it for later use every day. The most common example of this is freezing embryos for later use. Since not all the fat cells that are frozen with Cool Scuplting die, the procedure usually has to be done multiple times to give the patient a visible result.
Regardless of the non-surgical fat reduction technology you are considering, it is very important that you go to a Plastic Surgeon for your consultation and treatment. None of the non-surgical fat reduction technologies claim that the results they can achieve are as drastic as surgical options, like liposuction or tummy tucks. Some patients are better candidates for surgical solutions, such as liposuction or tummy tucks, and will not be able to achieve their personal goals through non-surgical alternatives. For this reason, it is paramount that a Plastic Surgeon, who is able to offer both the surgical and non-surgical options, evaluate you and customize a treatment plan that is right for you.