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When we talk about liposuction, the first thing that comes to mind is images of ourselves going under the knife so that we can surgically remove our stubborn and unwanted fat cells. Now, innovative developments in fat removal procedure brought about several techniques on how non surgical liposuction can less invasively remove excess fat in the body.


Non surgical liposuction types:

With modern technology paving the way to more innovations and improvements in the techniques and methods of almost anything, several non surgical liposuction procedures are now available on the market. Here are some of the most common non-invasive liposuction techniques and how they work.


Low-level laser light

Low levels of laser light aim to reduce the stability of fat cells, allowing the body to discharge its stored fat. The procedure melts and shrinks the fat cells without damaging the surrounding cells of the body. Cellulaze Anti-cellulite treatment, Zerona, and SmartLipo are just some of the famous brand names of laser liposuction to replace regular surgical fat removal procedures.



Ultrasound-assisted liposuction melts and liquefies the fat cells to remove it from the body easily.  It uses high-intensity ultrasonic energy to destroy subcutaneous fat on the target body part (usually the abdomen, thighs, and flanks) and deliver evenly-smooth results after the treatment. The heat energy brought to the skin may also trigger collagen production. LipoSonix Ultrasound is the most popular ultrasound-assisted non surgical liposuction today.



Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction or RFAL uses a cannula inserted into the skin where radiofrequency waves travel and melt the surrounding fatty tissues. Suctioning the liquefied fat completes this non surgical liposuction procedure. Accent Body contouring, Exilis skin tightening, Thermage are just some of the names of non surgical liposuction that uses radiofrequency technology.



Cryolipolysis is the term for using cold temperature to damage and eliminate fat cells in target body parts. Fatty tissue is frozen during the procedure causing localised fat cell death and elimination. CoolSculpting and Zeltiq are two of the most common cryolipolysis procedures available on the market today.




What are the pros and cons of non surgical liposuction?

All cosmetic surgery and non-surgery procedures are not perfect. Here are the most common pros and cons of non surgical liposuction.



Recovery time is fast. Most non surgical liposuction procedures are on an outpatient basis, and most patients can return to work the next day.

Less infection. Because this type of liposuction needs minimal to no incisions at all, wound infection and other complications connected to incisions are rare.

Less post-surgical symptoms. There is also less pain and swelling reported after this type of fat removal procedure.



Several treatment sessions. Non surgical liposuction techniques usually need one or more treatment sessions to fully appreciate the results.

Targeting fat cells is more difficult. Because the devices or machines used to kill the fat cells are only used externally, it is difficult for surgeons to target some stubborn fats accurately.

Only intended for small body areas. Since targeting the fat cells outside the body limits the surgeon from producing remarkable effects, using this type of liposuction in large body areas can be considered useless.


Considering all the benefits and disadvantages non surgical liposuction have, it is still best to discuss your concerns with your chosen plastic surgeon to make sure that the appropriate liposuction procedure that can address your body issues may be utilised.

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