Some overweight people, frustrated with their weight-loss efforts involving dieting and exercising, are opting for quicker, guaranteed weight loss. For those who are afraid, or otherwise unable, to go “under the knife” there exist surgical liposuction alternatives. These non-invasive liposuction procedures generally involve topical applications, ultrasound treatment, and massage.
Classic liposuction requires a cannula be inserted under the skin; fat deposits are then suctioned out of the body. Alternatives have been developed that offer non-invasive treatments that have proven to be effective.
Mesotherapy is a treatment program that involves injections combining amino acids, lecithin, and other compounds. The mesotherapy injection helps dissolve fat deposits, basically emulsifying the cells which are then flushed out of the body naturally. The needles used in this treatment are very tiny; patients generally only experience mild discomfort, and experience few side-effects. This method is most popular South America and Europe. Similar treatments in the United States can be found under various trademarked names, such as Lipodissolve.
In non-invasive laser liposuction, a laser device is placed on the skin. After firing the laser in the targeted area, the underlying fat liquefies under the skin. In turn, this “sludge” is gathered in spaces around the body’s cells and then naturally removed by the lymphatic system. One side effect reported is the re-absorption of fat after a few days. Another downside is this treatment requires multiple visits to a qualified clinician before the desired results are seen. This treatment method has also been successfully used for face lifts and cellulite reduction.
These are but two of the alternatives to invasive liposuction surgery. Weight loss treatments and programs are a huge industry in the United States. As with any course of medical treatment it is best to do one’s homework before deciding upon a course of action. And, certainly, consult your personal physician for advice.