Fat reduction treatments offer safe and effective options for those struggling to rid themselves of stubborn pockets of fat in areas like their double chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, hip/flank (“love handles”) or abdomen. In the past, liposuction was their only treatment option but now there are multiple noninvasive treatment alternatives.

Non-Invasive Procedures

When diet and exercise alone don’t suffice, many turn to non-invasive procedures as a last resort. Unlike surgical liposuction which requires incisions, anesthesia, and lengthy recovery time, these non-invasive solutions offer quick ways to address stubborn pockets of fat in problem areas like thighs, belly, love handles and bra area – with little or no downtime at all!

Non-invasive procedures typically employ heat and lasers to liquefy unwanted fat while simultaneously stimulating collagen and elastin production in skin laxity areas. Body contouring procedures like these are popular due to their convenience: most take less than two hours without downtime required and are safe for most people, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis), SculpSure, Ulthera Cellulite XL and UltraSlim are among the many non-invasive treatments designed to target and eliminate fat cells without surgical procedures. Most are FDA cleared and can generally be considered safe when administered under supervision from an ABCS diplomate cosmetic surgeon or licensed aesthetician.

Most non-invasive fat treatments only focus on subcutaneous fat cells – the wobbly kind found just under the surface – instead of visceral fat deposits inside your stomach, intestines and liver.

CoolSculpting has quickly become the go-to noninvasive solution for double chin reduction and slimming of upper arms, thighs and outer thighs, as well as shrinking of love handles. This non-permanent treatment employs a paneled or cupped device to apply heat directly to the targeted body area and cause fat cells to die off while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. However, this sculpting procedure cannot guarantee lasting results as fat may return if weight fluctuation significantly occurs. Photonic Lypolysis or red light therapy is another FDA-cleared noninvasive treatment with FDA clearance that utilizes red light therapy with its specialized lamp to create small openings in fat cells to shrink them; those that do not shrink are eventually eliminated naturally by your body. It’s safe for most patients and often referred to as the lunchtime procedure due to taking only 30 or 90 minutes for complete.


Mesotherapy is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes medications and vitamins to target fat in targeted areas. This treatment can also be used to decrease cellulite and enhance body contour. Mesotherapy typically requires multiple sessions over time to produce optimal results, with injections into targeted areas. Mesotherapy medications aim to break down fat cells by stimulating natural fat-burning processes in your body – while staying safe with healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Although mesotherapy has become an increasingly popular approach to combatting unwanted fat, its scientific backing remains limited. First developed in France for treating vascular conditions in 1952, its medications eventually proved their efficacy against excess fatty tissue as well.

Mesotherapy involves injecting microdoses of homeopathic or traditional pharmaceutical drugs, plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals directly into the mesoderm layer of skin to treat fat reduction. Combinations can be tailored specifically for each person. Some FDA approved medications can even be used off label for this purpose if necessary.

Mesotherapy involves applying an anesthetic to numb the area before administering medication injections with short and thin needles – not painful at all! Sessions usually last around an hour; patients can return to work or other activities immediately following therapy.

Mesotherapy may be appropriate for individuals who are otherwise healthy but who are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise alone. Mesotherapy injections should not be considered by people with medical issues that impede weight loss such as diabetes or heart disease history; also not recommended are people who have active implants such as pacemakers or defibrillators as mesotherapy injections may cause electrical disturbances in these systems.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid mesotherapy, as its chemicals could enter their bloodstream and have detrimental effects on other parts of their bodies, including their reproductive systems.


Lipolysis, more commonly referred to as injection lipolysis, is a minimally invasive fat reduction procedure using injections to target specific areas and target stubborn fat cells resistant to dieting and exercise. Our clinic offers this service and it can help target pools or concentrations of stubborn fat that remain stubborn despite diligent diet and exercise regimens. Lipolysis treatment has proven very successful at permanent weight loss when combined with healthy lifestyle changes like regular dieting and exercising habits.

Lipolysis refers to the process of hydrolysis, or breaking down of lipids. When triglycerides are broken down into free fatty acids and glycerol, for instance. This process occurs naturally within our bodies through adipose tissue where it mobilizes energy for use by our bodies. Certain hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine and testosterone stimulate this breakdown by activating receptors on adipocytes while increasing production of protein kinase A which boost cAMP levels further and activate lipases to break down fat molecules further.

Injection lipolysis works by injecting deoxycholic acid, a chemical which breaks down fat cell membranes to release their inner fatty content, which then naturally leaves through lymphatic drainage or liver processes, eventually being excreted through urine after three to four weeks. It is an efficient noninvasive solution for fat reduction.

At Bella Rose Aesthetics, we offer Kybella and PCDC injection lipolysis solutions to our patients. Kybella contains deoxycholic acid while PCDC contains both of these substances in addition to deoxycholic acid; when these injections are given directly into the skin they begin breaking down fat cells.

Patients should anticipate experiencing some level of pain and discomfort during an injection procedure, but this should be kept to a minimum by first applying local anesthetic to numb the area. You may experience bruising and swelling after treatment has concluded; these should resolve within several days.

Lipolysis injection treatments are usually most suitable for people who fall 10-30 pounds below their ideal body weight, have a stable diet, and exercise regularly. Results typically can be seen within one month and it is highly effective in treating double chins, buccal fat (under the cheek), and abdominal fat.


Liposuction is a surgical process to eliminate excess fat deposits from specific parts of your body, such as belly, thighs or hips. Additionally, liposuction may help with brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) to improve contour and assist weight loss. Liposuction may help with weight loss if you’re at your ideal body weight with good skin elasticity; however it typically costs quite a lot and typically isn’t covered by health insurance plans.

At the beginning of liposuction procedures, your surgeon makes small cuts around the area where fat will be extracted. They use various techniques to break up or liquefy it before suctioning it out through these small incisions. After liposuction has taken place, some swelling and bruising may occur and stitches may need to be placed – for maximum comfort, consider wearing compression garments or bandages during recovery time.

Befor undergoing any procedure, it is essential that you discuss both your goals and risks with a healthcare provider. They may suggest following a healthy diet and getting enough exercise prior to surgery as well as discontinuing certain medicines (blood thinners or NSAIDs) which might interfere with outcomes.

Your surgeon will place you under either general anesthesia, or, for lower body surgery, epidural anesthetic. Surgery typically lasts from 1 to 3 hours and if a lot of fat needs to be extracted it might require an overnight stay in hospital.

Once fat cells have been surgically eliminated, they cannot grow back. However, if you gain weight after having had surgery and gain fat cells to fill their spaces; thus it’s essential to maintaining a healthy weight after your operation.

Liposuction should only be considered after carefully considering all its pros and cons. Liposuction should not be seen as a cure for obesity or weight problems, nor as an effective means for eliminating cellulite or dimpled skin; rather it serves to alter the shape of your body where diet and exercise fail to make a difference.

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