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Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures

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Dr. Lipy Gupta 89% (69 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  14 years experience
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Hello everyone!

I am Dr. Lipy Gupta and I am a dermatologist at Max Saket and have my own center at Green Park, Delhi. I will be discussing certain non-invasive body contouring procedures today. The urge for a perfect figure has been growing and everyone wants to look slim especially in today's scenario. Previously patients used to opt for surgical modalities for reducing weight and looking slim like liposuction and other body contouring procedures. But the need for non-invasive body contouring procedures has been growing tremendously. What will be discussing about today is known as cryolipolysis or fat freeze and this is a totally non-invasive body contouring procedure. This procedure uses cold energy to reduce fat bulges. The procedure targets fat cells which are selectively destroyed when the procedure is being carried out without causing any damage to the skin or any underlying structure. The procedure is painless and comfortable and it will not help you to reduce weight but definitely, it'll help you to reduce inches for sure. You can look slimmer in the same clothes after this procedure has been carried out.

What needs to be taken care is a balanced diet and physical activity which needs to be carried out well after this procedure has been performed and even later on. Now, sometimes we may wonder how this procedure is performed. In this procedure, there are applicators which are of different sizes and shapes which are applied on the area to be treated. The applicator generally works for around 50 to 60 minutes. The vacuum in the applicators sucks the fat cells and the area to be targeted inside and selectively cools down this area. After the applicator is removed the area may look slightly red and numb. The area after massaging gets comfortable however the numbing sensation may take a while to settle down. The procedure can be carried out on multiple body areas like the abdomen, flanks, arms, lower back and any other fat bulge which is easily targeted on in this area. Another area which is now commonly performed is the chin fat in which a specific applicator is placed on the chin area in which the vacuum sucks the fat cells inside and helps you to reduce the double chin. The cryolipolysis machine has different sizes of the applicator. The bigger applicator is specifically targeted to target the tummy area whereas the smaller applicators target areas like arms, back. For the chin there is a specific applicator which can be used to target the double chin area.

So the machine has different sizes and shapes of the applicator to target the different areas. When the procedure is being done, the area where the fat bulge is is marked and antifreeze membrane is placed on that area. This antifreeze membrane protects the skin from any damage. The applicator is placed on the area to be targeted and the vacuum is then pressed. The skin which is to be targeted goes inside the applicator and is selectively frozen as compared to the normal surrounding tissue. This treatment cycle generally takes around an hour and after the procedure is completed the area is massaged thoroughly. We may sometimes wonder what can we perform this procedure on all the individuals. There are certain candidates who are not ideal for this procedure. These are candidates who are morbidly obese, have very loose skin which has more of loose collagen rather than fat cells. Patients suffering from paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and other cryoglobulinemias are not candidates are candidates in which this procedure should not be performed. We may also sometimes wonder what are the downsides of this procedure.

Besides mild pain and bruising in this area which generally settles down within a week there can be a local discomfort which settles down within 7 to 10 days. This procedure has an advantage that there is no restriction of any activity even after the procedure has been performed the patient can resume activity of normal daily living within the same day. There can be a slight discomfort however it is pretty manageable and the patient may not need any medicines especially for this. After the procedure has been performed, it may take 4-6 weeks for the clinically results to get apparent which is seen as a 30% reduction of the fat bulge. After 4 to 6 weeks another session of cool-sculpting or cryolipolysis can be carried out in this area in which different target areas or the same area may be targeted again which may lead to further reduction of the fat bulges. Sometimes after the cryolipolysis has been performed we may combine it with other skin tightening radiofrequency procedures to give a better contour to the area which has been targeted.

This procedure when combined with other radiofrequency procedures will not only help you to reduce the fat bulges it also helps you to bring back the lost tone and improve the contour of the specific area which has been targeted. This procedure has an advantage over other procedures of being safe; totally non-invasive though it may be slow to act it is very very safe to be performed. Well if you are a right candidate and you are not morbidly obese and you are looking for local fat bulges reduction cryolipolysis or fat freeze is an excellent procedure which can be which can help you achieve your target image. It is available with us and you can contact us for your queries and will be happy to help you with all your queries.

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