Over the past decade, there has been a tremendous shift in the way the medical profession treats areas of unwanted fat on the body, particularly the love handles, the lower abdomen, the upper abdomen, and upper arms. Ten years ago, the only fat removal available required invasive surgery with all the pain, expense, and potential risks that anesthesia and surgery implies.
Currently, the majority of fat removal or body contouring is done in offices, not operating rooms. Fat removal is now predominantly non-invasive or minimally invasive with no flesh-cutting, no anesthesia, and virtually no downtime after the procedure.
In fact, data from the American Society of Dermatological Surgery in 2016 showed that for every invasive or surgical procedure, there are 10 non-invasive fat removal procedures. That is equivalent to about 6 million non-invasive procedures per year.
The main advantage of surgical fat removal is that the treatment can be done in one treatment session and the removal of fat is immediate. However, the procedure is usually followed by bruising and post-operative pain.
Plus, when it comes to surgery, the risks from anesthesia and infection are real. Also, patients who have undergone surgery in the past note that managing drains and wearing compression garments after surgery are uncomfortable.
In contrast, the fat removal procedures performed at Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa, both in our Augusta and Scarborough locations, are shorter in duration and less painful. They also require less recovery time and minimal side effects.
Current CoolSculpting treatment cycles can be completed in 35 minutes, whereas previous versions took 60 minutes. Better yet, after a CoolSculpting procedure is done, you can get off the treatment table and go out to do all your normal activities without restriction.
Kybella, the injection therapy for the submental or “double chin” area, does involve needles and some discomfort that is minimized by a topical numbing cream. There is a burning sensation right after the treatment with redness and swelling for a week, but the pain is still a far cry from the after-effects of invasive surgery.
It usually takes a period of several months for the fat cells that are damaged by Kybella and/or CoolSculpting to be completely removed from the body. However, most patients feel that this difference from surgical treatment is still a worthy trade-off in terms of improved post-procedure comfort, decreased expense, and significantly shorter downtime.
As you can see, much has changed over the past ten years in the area of fat removal. This area of aesthetic medicine is likely to continue to change and grow.
Here at Maine Laser Skin Care and Medispa, we will continue to remain at the forefront of these procedures in the state of Maine as we continue our mission to “beautify Maine one face (and body) at a time”. If you have any questions about these fat removal technologies and how we can help you eliminate those pesky bulges that resist proper diet and exercise, call us at (207) 873-2158 in Augusta or (207) 303-0125 in Scarborough for a free and confidential individualized consultation.