What Is Non-Surgical Liposuction?
Sometimes we are born with features that, no matter how strict your diet and exercise regimen may be, cannot be reduced. Aging can worsen this and cause uneven fat deposits across the body. Stubborn fatty deposits can be unsightly and have a big impact on your appearance, leaving you looking older and heavier. These fat deposits affect many of us, and it may seem that your only choice is to undergo liposuction. However, there is a non-surgical option using injections of deoxycholic acid which can help break down small areas of fat. Seattle Plastic Surgery performs the best non-surgical liposuction Seattle and Tacoma offer.
What Is Deoxycholic Acid?
Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the digestive system and functions to break down and absorb fat. In the digestive system, deoxycholic acid breaks down fat by destroying the cell membranes. When injected, the targeted fat cells are destroyed in the same way and swept away through your body’s natural system. Once the fat cells are destroyed, your body will no longer store fat in the area in the same quantity.
Non-surgical liposuction uses a synthetic form of this acid and delivers it straight to the areas of fat the patient wants to address, thus, localizing the breakdown of the fat. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the body’s response, and desired results, patients may need more than one treatment.
Possible Treatment Areas
Deoxycholic acid injections can treat multiple areas of the body. It works best in smaller areas or for specific stubborn pockets of fat. Possible non-surgical liposuction treatment areas include:
- Under the chin
- Bra roll
- Love handles
It may be possible to perform deoxycholic acid injections in other areas of the body depending on a patient’s specific anatomy and needs.
Non-Surgical Liposuction Injections Process
Before your non-surgical liposuction procedure, your injector will carefully mark the area to be treated. You may apply a cold compress to alleviate any pain or discomfort, or a topical numbing agent may be applied. Next, a series of injections–usually between 20 and 70 injections depending on the size of the area–will be administered under the chin by your healthcare professional. The entire process should be completed in about 15 to 30 minutes.
Once destroyed, your body’s lymphatic and circulatory systems sweep away the fat cells. This process can take a few weeks and subsequent injections take place between four and six weeks later. Multiple sessions can help provide optimal results.
Deoxycholic Acid Injection Aftercare
Aftercare non-surgical liposuction injections, it is normal to experience mild swelling, redness, bruising, numbness, and discomfort. You should experience minimal downtime, and any side effects should subside within two weeks of your injections (or sooner). Without incisions, stitches, or liposuction, there is little hindrance to your normal routines.
Your injector may provide some aftercare instructions such as:
- Do not partake in strenuous exercise
- Avoid smoking
- Can use cold compresses for swelling
- Keep out of hot environments
- Do not intentionally touch the area
As your body’s natural processes get to work, you will notice that fat cells are beginning to dissipate. The results will be subtle at first, with maximum results being visible in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. You may require multiple treatments to achieve the maximum improvement.
The Best Non-Surgical Liposuction In Seattle
With non-surgical liposuction, there is no need for incisions, downtime, or a long recovery. In the comfort of our Seattle office, we can contour and sculpt a new jawline, reduce arm fat, and remove uneven pockets of fat near the knees and ankles. Deoxycholic acid can be a long-term solution for stubborn fat since the fat cells affected cannot come back after treatment.
With more than 20 clinical studies of deoxycholic acid and more than thousands of patients treated, you can be sure that non-surgical liposuction is a safe treatment to reduce small areas of fat. Once your treatments have been completed, typically within about six months, you can enjoy life ahead with a significant increase in self-esteem and confidence in your appearance.
The plastic surgeons and injectors at Seattle Plastic Surgery proudly offer non-surgical liposuction as an option for patients looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. In some cases, they may advise you that liposuction or another treatment may serve your needs better. They will determine candidacy upon a consultation at Seattle Plastic Surgery.