Best non-surgical and non-invasive procedure for the removal of belly fat

Hello doctors. There are too many of non-surgical and non-invasive procedure for the removal of belly fat (freeze fat??? burn fat???? laser??) I don't know, too many. Would you please tell me which one is the best out there now with little to no recovery ? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 16

Non surgical fat removal

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Thank you for your inquiry about fat removal.

All the non-surgical treatments offer minor results. So there is no 'best'.
If the treatment is inexpensive, it may be worth a try.
But surgical removal remains the only predictable treatment.


Recovery for belly liposuction takes only a few days and results are permanent -
although you do need to eat to your new shape or fat will reappear elsewhere on your body.
Best wishes.

Best non-surgical and non-invasive procedure for the removal of belly fat

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None of the nonsurgical options are perfect but for certain patients, they may be useful. Based on published studies, you may want to consider CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. It will take multiple treatments and may cost as much as liposuction. Some patients have a minimal responce but overall satisfaction seem high. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Non-surgical procedures for the removal of belly fat

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Performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Liposuction is a surgical procedure where the fat cells are surgically removed. In order to achieve the best results. Non-surgical methods have variable results and are unpredictable.

Non-invasive reduction of abdominal fat

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The first thing to say is that liposuction, which is invasive, but a very safe procedure when done by the tumescent method as an awake patient, is the gold standard for fat reduction. For the right candidate, one procedure will yield about 80-85% reduction of the fat (complete reduction is not desirable). The recovery from liposuction done in the gentle way of tumescent liposuction is really not that big a deal for the overwhelming majority of patients. By 2 or 3 months, most patients have achieved about 80 to 90% of their healing and are reaping the benefits of 80+% reduction of the fat space.

The non-invasive methods will only yield about 20% reduction of the fat space and the time to full effect is about the same for CoolSculpting as it is for liposuction.

Fat can also be reduced by heating it to destroy fat cells. Vanquish is a non-contact device that heats the fat of the lower abdomen and hips simultaneously, or the upper abdomen and flanks. 

The main difference between freezing the fat or heating the fat may actually be in the side effects that may occur after the procedures If you choose a non-invasive method because you don't want liposuction, or aren't a good candidate for some reason, your decision may be made based on side effects. The reviews from the RealSelf community may give you some insight into that.

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Liposuction is the standard for removal of fat.

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I have used devices to freeze fat and find that they are effective. The problem is they are time consuming, require multiple treatments, and are relatively expensive. Liposuction can be performed with sedation and local anesthesia in most patients in gives consistently good and safe results in properly selected individuals.

Best non-surgical and non-invasive procedure for the removal of belly fat

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I am not sure that any are worth the money due to the multiple treatments required and modest results at best.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Either Coolsculpting or Liposonix

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Both Coolsculpting/zeltiq and Liposonix permanently remove fat cells.   We have been using both devices for well over 3 years in our practice in addition to Liposuction.  The results have been good in my opinion with both devices, albeit its hard to compare any non-invasive technique with surgical results whether its comparing liposuction to coolsculpting or botox to a facelift.  These days many patient do not want to have a surgical procedure or may not have the time for the downtime, as long as expectations are discussed non-invasive procedures can be very satisfying.   I would visit a plastic surgeon that performs both non-invasive and traditional techniques for a consult, that way you can have an opinion on what will be best for you, not just base on which device the medspa owns.  

Reps B. Sundin, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Non Surgical Fat Removal

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There are two reasonable non surgical fat removal systems. One freezes the fat and the other uses a laser to melt the fat. Both do an excellent, almost equal, job of getting rid of fat. However, of the 2, I believe the laser technology, Zerona, is the better of the two. The freezing technology is quite uncomfortable, while Zerona is painless. 

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Belly fat solutions with simple recovery

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Liposuction under local anesthesia is by far your best option to remove unwanted belly fat.  It is dramatically more effective than any of the other options. The fat removal is immediate and complete.  Control is more precise than with the other techniques.  You can go back to work immediately after the procedure. Just make sure you choose a great surgeon. Good luck!

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Non Surgical Fat Reduction

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Non surgical fat reduction and skin tightening ( both of this happens with liposuction) can be achieved with many machines. Each of these may use a different technology. Cool sculpting ( cryolipolysis) , Ultrashape power (Ultrasound), Exillis Ultra ( USG and Radio frequency), Sculp sure( laser ), Vellashape (RF).

The results delivered by them cannot be compared to liposuction. Not all of them are without downtime or discomfort. You must understand that once the fat lysis is achieved by these machines the body has to remove the fat cells by the process of " APOPTOSIS". 

This may take weeks to months depending on the area treated. You will need multiple sessions and each area need to be treated separately. Any inch loss or tightening  that you experience immediately is only because of dehydration of cells and would return to normal measurements within a couple of days. For best results you may require a combination of two or more of these procedures.

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