Is There a “Best” Method of Nonsurgical Fat-Reduction?

As we go through life, many of us expect to see some bumps and bulges where we used to be much smoother. Before we notice these problems, we may believe they are related only to a significant change in weight. Once they appear, we realize there are much subtler nuances to the aging process. If your bulges and bumps haven’t been eliminated by your diet and exercise routine, now is a great time to switch things up. We’re happy to help. In our Louisville office, patients have options for nonsurgical fat reduction. The question we usually hear about this is “which is best?” Here, we compare two popular options: CoolSculpting and Exilis.

Freeze Fat with CoolSculpting

Many people have heard of CoolSculpting, the fat-freezing treatment that is super-hot at the moment. This popular treatment has been performed for many years and has helped millions of people get the shape they have wanted. The noninvasive procedure works by securing a localized area of fat between cooling panels. These panels are cooled to freezing temperatures that direct energy from both sides of the fatty deposit. In a short session that lasts just over half an hour, the target fat cells have been frozen. They form crystals inside that damage their outer membrane. As a result, the body flushes these cells to permanently reduce the number of fat cells in the treated area.

Patients who choose CoolSculpting do not require downtime to recover. They do not require anesthesia or have to follow post-treatment guidelines. Starting a few weeks after the first treatment, the shape begins to visibly change. Three or more treatment sessions may be needed in some cases.

Melt Fat with Exilis

Exilis is the FDA-cleared device that emits radiofrequency waves to target unwanted fat. Treatment sessions may last 30 to 90 minutes, during which panels sit on the skin to deliver thermal energy that heats subcutaneous fat cells. The built-in cooling mechanism works throughout the treatment to protect the epidermis and ensure that thermal energy permeates the skin to affect fat only. After an Exilis session, patients may resume normal activities, making sure to drink plenty of water to support the metabolism of fat. Because Exilis works through heat, patients may notice a skin-tightening effect that they wouldn’t get with CoolSculpting.

We love helping our patients achieve their goals because we know it enhances their self-esteem. If you are interested in reducing unwanted fat, come talk to us. Call 502-425-5200 to schedule a visit to our Louisville office.

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