Losing weight isn’t just about getting a slim and contoured body; its importance extends far beyond getting a model look. An overweight body is host to a number of diseases. From heart illnesses, diabetes to cholesterol; there are a number of life-threatening diseases caused due to excess weight.
For some, exercise and diet is enough to get rid of the excess weight but for others it doesn’t yield fruitful results. Thankfully, medical advancements have come up with numerous surgical and non-surgical procedures that help you lose weight.
Non-surgical weight loss options have increasingly become popular due to lesser downtime, being economic and excellent results. Why spends hundred of thousands on painful surgery when you have the option of non-surgical procedures. Let’s explore some non-surgical procedures to lose weight.
What are non-surgical procedures to Lose Weight?
The most popular and effective non-surgical procedure is cryolipolysis or cool sculpting. More than 8 million procedures have been performed worldwide. The procedure involves freezing the targeted fat cells at extremely high temperature. The frozen cells die and are removed from the body through natural absorption process.
The results are visible within 1 month of first treatment and final results can be seen after 3 months. According to research, cool sculpting has proven to be the most effective procedure for weight loss.
Anyone having trouble losing weight across belly, lower abdomen, inner and outer thighs, chin or love handles are the best candidates for this procedure.
Common side effects include mild swelling, numbness and redness but all the symptoms are temporary.
- Laser Treatment
Laser treatment involves the use of controlled heat to dismantle the stubborn body fat. The fat cells are heated at specific wavelengths destroying them and permanently removing them from the body. To prevent any damage to skin, it is rapidly cooled along the process.
One session takes around 30 minutes. Early results can be seen in 6 weeks with final results after 12 weeks.
If you are looking for losing weight around the area of thighs, waist and love handles, laser treatment is the best option.
Redness, slight swelling, itching and temporary bruising are some of the side effects that wear away with time.
- Red light Therapy
This is a fairly newer technology. This procedure uses a specialized lamp to deliver specific wavelengths. This helps cell to create tiny openings, release their content and the cells shrink in size. The procedure has no downtime.
Treatment requires only 30 minutes and require up to 3 treatments. Results appear after a few minutes and are expected to last as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Red Light Therapy is suitable for people looking to target hips, thighs and abdomen.
The risks of this procedure are low with no strong side effects.
- Fat Reduction through Ultrasound
Ultrasound energy is used during this procedure and is transmitted through the skin. This creates rapid changes in pressure and leads to the destruction of fat cells. Since the destroyed cells don’t grow back, the weight can be maintained.
On average 1 to 3 treatments are required with a gap of 2 weeks. The final results appear within 6 to 12 weeks.
The abdomen and flanks are best targeted using this method.
As the surrounding tissues are not damaged therefore, there are no significant side effects.
- Injection Lipolysis
Kybella is the most commonly used injection lipolysis. Deoxycholic Acid is a substance naturally found in your body that is responsible for fat digestion. When this acid is injected it breaks down the fat cells and causes reduction of fat pockets.
2 to 4 treatments are required for best results with little recovery time.
Mild side effects include swelling, numbness and redness. In rare and severe cases, the patient may experience prolonged numbness.
- Gastric Balloon
A soft, inflatable silicon balloon is inserted into the stomach using an endoscope. On reaching the stomach the balloon is filled with sterile water. The balloon presence in stomach makes the person feel full, while eating they will quickly fill up their tummy. The balloon can stay for about months in the stomach.
To sum it up
All these procedures have effective results to lose weight a non-surgical way. But for prolonged results you will need to work to maintain the lost weight. Changes in lifestyle and including physical activities in your daily routine are very necessary for results to last longer.