A question that sounds like it should have an obvious answer, right?
There are, however, lots of fat removal treatments so there isn’t a standard answer to this query. Probably the best way for me to tell you what fat removal is, is to give you a brief overview of some the different fat removal treatments available.
From fat removal with no surgery to medical weight loss, I’ve got it covered.
Fat Removal with Heat
This body contouring treatment uses HIFU technology; an acronym for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, this technology has been used for decades by the medical community to ablate tumours within the body and has since been adapted for medical aesthetic treatments, allowing us to target subcutaneous fat cells and help get rid of stubborn pockets of fat.
Treatments such as Liposonix, use the HIFU technology to ablate the adipose tissue (fat cells) and cause molecular vibrations which causes an increase in heat the targeted tissue, inducing the fat cells to die.
Following the Liposonix fat removal treatment, your body safely removes the fat cells in the same way it would a fatty meal and most people can expect to see their treatment results four to twelve weeks after their treatment.
Fat Removal With Cold
This fat removal treatment is more frequently called ‘fat freezing’ and uses a non-surgical technique to freeze targeted fat cells in your desired area. Some treatments that use this technology are better known as Coolsculpt and Cristal.
During the Cristal treatment two treatment heads can be placed on the area of concern, for example, if you want fat removal for stomach, a treatment head can be placed above and below the belly button or either side of the belly button. The fat is then gently vacuumed and cools the area down to such a degree that it causes the death of the desired fat cells, without damaging any surrounding tissue.
The technical term for the ‘fat freezing’ technology Cristal uses is ‘medical cryolipolysis’ and it causes the permanent removal of your fat cells allowing you to remove bulky pockets of fat and sculpt your figure.
Your body removes the treated fat cells in the same way it would following fat removal with heat and the results usually follow between four and ten weeks after this hour-long treatment.
As you can see, fat removal with heat is like fat removal with cold in that both technologies bring about the death of your fat cells. However, at our fat freezing Hertfordshire clinic, our preference is to treat smaller, stubborn pockets of fat with HIFU (heat) and larger, bulkier areas of fat with Medical Cryolipolysis (cold).
Fat Removal with Fat Dissolving Injections
There are a few brands of fat removal injections that you may have heard of; Desoface, Desobody, Aqualyx, Belkyra, Celluform and Celluform + are some of the main, leading brands currently in the UK.
At our Hertfordshire clinic we use Desoface and Desobody because it’s the next generation in fat dissolving injections. This is a safe, FDA approved treatment which allows you to target and sculpt fatty pockets. The most popular area that our clients have treated is the double chin area.
Desoface and Desobody use a synthetic form of bile acid, Deoxycholate Acid (DA), which has been used across many medical specialisms for decades; the name of this synthetic ingredient is Sodium Deoxycholate (SD).
Within the body DA emulsifies fat so that it is ready for the gut to absorb it. When applied to the subcutaneous fat during the Deso treatment, the synthetic SD dissolves the treated fat cells. Following the treatment, your body will naturally and safely metabolise the treated fat.
Fat Removal via Medical Weight Loss
To put it simply, this is an overall weight loss treatment and not targeted fat loss or body sculpting like the other treatments I’ve mentioned. I’ve included it because, well, if you lose weight, you are reducing your fat stores; some of us may benefit from losing general weight before we go down the route of body sculpting and fat removal.
The National Weight Loss Programme is designed to treat those who have a BMI of 30 and above to lose weight; this is for both aesthetic purposes, like the fat removal treatments above, but also for the health benefits of being in a healthy weight range.
Alongside on-going support and education from medical practitioners, FDA-approved, UK licenced medications are used to assist with your medical weight loss. It is a once-weekly medication that helps to control your appetite and supress food cravings which has been adapted to aid with weight loss rather than control Type 2 Diabetes, as was its original use.
At our established weight loss clinic, those undergoing the medical weight loss programme are monitored and supported by our medical team throughout their journey to reap the health benefits that come with a healthy BMI, including reducing the risk of 13 types of cancers and cardiovascular disease; improving mental well-being; reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes; and even reducing the risk of premature death.
Surgical Fat Removal
Liposuction and, more recently Laser Liposuction are very popular surgical options to remove targeted pockets of fat. Both are effective methods of fat removal.
Traditional liposuction uses a cannula (a thin tube) which is attached to a vacuum and sucks the targeted fat out of your body. During the body contouring treatment the surgeon uses a solution in the area which makes it easier for them to suction the fat, helps to reduce blood loss and, importantly, helps to make the area numb so you are comfortable during the procedure.
Laser Lipo, sometimes called SmartLipo, uses…yep you guessed it…a laser to help liquefy your fat in the chosen area. The fat is then sucked out in the same way as traditional liposuction.
The recovery from surgical fat removal is usually much longer and can be more difficult in comparison to non-surgical liposuction; a course of antibiotics is usually prescribed after the procedure and you may be required to wear a compression garment to control swelling in the area for a month or two afterwards. There are also risks from surgery that should be considered and should be discussed during a consultation at your chosen laser lipo clinic.
Should you like to know more about our non-surgical fat removal treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team, we’d love to tell you more.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
Sometimes a balanced diet and regular exercise just won’t shift stubborn pockets of fat. Since opening in 2013, we have seen a huge range in those seeking non-surgical fat removal at our non-surgical fat removal clinic; males and females of different shapes and sizes; those who work out religiously and those who don’t; those on […]
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