Non-invasive fat reduction
Fat reduction has become a cosmetic and medical priority for many patients over the past decade, particularly considering the obesity epidemic and increasing focus on weight loss in society. In a 2019 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, more than 80% of Americans reported that they were bothered by excess weight on their body. The study also found that body contouring was the most frequently sought-after cosmetic procedure.
In recent years, non-invasive fat reduction options have emerged as an exciting alternative to liposuction, as they avoid many of the perceived side effects associated with surgery, such as higher costs, complications and extended downtime. These benefits have boosted the popularity of non-invasive fat reduction treatments, with procedure numbers jumping by 58% in 2021 from 2020, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The market is forecast to continue seeing double-digit growth each year until 2030.
The premise of nonsurgical fat reduction lies in using cooling or heating technology to induce fat cell destruction. A variety of modalities have been FDA-approved for these purposes and can be separated into four primary techniques:
- Radiofrequency (RF),
- Lasers, and
Each technology has witnessed expansion in the last decade. In the latest issue of PRIME Journal, Christopher N. Nguyen, MD, and Michael Gold, MD, take a deeper look into each of the available treatment modalities and share their experience with each one.
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