Choosing to go undergo surgery for fat reduction is a big decision. Procedures can be expensive, take many hours to complete, and require weeks of aftercare. For these reasons, many patients are now seeking non-surgical methods to lose fat. Fat removal machines can offer great results for certain patients based on doctor evaluation. CoolSculpting is a fat freezing technique to remove pockets of fat from stubborn areas of the body. Another common procedure is SculpSure, which uses laser technology to melt fat cells.
There are many benefits to these treatments. One is convenience, as the patient doesn’t need to take time off work for surgery. The procedures are office-based and there is little downtime. They are also quick to execute: CoolSculpting takes 35 minutes for each region and removes about 20-30% of the fat in that area. The patient might have fear of going under the knife, which makes non-invasive options more attractive. They have less pain and complications compared to surgeries, which is also reassuring to the patient. Cost is another factor, as surgery tends to be more expensive.
However, surgeries are more effective and treat a larger area in one day. Procedures such as CoolSculpting usually take multiple sessions. Sometimes patients are not suited to these treatments, making surgery the best option. CoolSculpting is designed for relatively fit rather than obese patients. Obese individuals should consider exercise, diet changes, and surgical procedures for weight loss. Patients can also have unrealistic expectations: non-invasive treatments typically don’t result in drastic changes.
Fat reduction machines are growing in popularity as they offer fast and easy options to contour the body. If you are looking to avoid surgery, these treatments can give you results you’re happy with at a lower cost. In either case, the patient should follow a healthy and active lifestyle. Consult with your doctor to see if non-surgical treatments are suitable for your fat reduction goals.
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