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Non-invasive fat removal technologies offer alternative to liposuction for removing stubborn fat


For many people, getting rid of excess fat can be a lifelong battle. Whether it is undesirable love handles, excess fat around the knees, or flabby upper arms, pockets of fat can be difficult to reduce and sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to make a noticeable difference. Now, dermatologists are finding that the introduction of non-invasive fat removal technologies is opening the door for more people who are not candidates for liposuction to remove stubborn fat, safely and effectively.


“Fat cells are by nature very different than other cells, particularly in how they respond to stimuli such as temperature. “Most of the new technologies recently introduced for fat removal were developed based on this knowledge and, as a result, can target specific areas of body fat using energy delivered as either heat or cold.”

Radio-frequency: A hot new way to target fat

One of the newest fat reduction technologies is radio-frequency, which delivers energy to the areas of fat by driving controlled heat deep within the fat cells and subsequently destroys them. This technology is being widely used by dermatologists with much success for people with pockets of excess fat. Since there is no downtime with this procedure, patients can resume their regular activities immediately.

“Radio-frequency is a very versatile procedure that can be used on any area of the body – from large areas like the abdomen to very small areas such as the chin – with the same degree of success,”. “For people who are not considered overweight but have stubborn pockets of unwanted fat that are not responding to diet and exercise, radio-frequency is a good option.”

Another benefit of radio-frequency is its ability to both reduce fat and tighten the skin by directing energy to target collagen. For example, a patient with flabby upper arms may have more loose skin than fat in this area. In this instance, you might use radio-frequency to tighten the skin first and then remove excess fat. 

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