When diet and exercise can’t budge that stubborn fat, you may consider noninvasive fat reduction. Without incisions, this procedure can permanently remove pockets of unwanted fat. It can be used on almost any area of the body, including the stomach, love handles, chin, neck, thighs, back, upper arms, and knees.
What is Noninvasive Fat Reduction in Northern Virginia?
There are different types of noninvasive fat reduction in Northern Virginia. Some use a handheld device to destroy fat cells while others use injections.
The FDA has approved several handheld devices. The device is placed on or just above the skin. They work by sending sound waves, heat, or cold directly into the fat cells of the targeted area. Fat cells are destroyed without injuring the skin, nerves, or other parts of the body.
Injections work a bit differently. They contain an acid similar to bile acid. This is the substance secreted by the gallbladder that allows our body to digest fat. Like bile acid, the acid in these injections dissolves fat cells. The FDA has approved these injections for use in treating a double chin. Since both treatments kill or destroy the fat cells, results are permanent.
Understanding Fat Cells
When you are born, you have a certain number of fat cells. While you gain or lose weight, you still have the same number of fat cells. When you gain weight, the fat cells expand, but they do not multiply. When you lose weight, the fat cells shrink, but the number of cells remains the same.
Noninvasive fat removal kills some of these cells. The targeted cells are gone forever. However, you will still have some fat cells in the area and gaining weight after treatment can make these cells expand.[Related: Muscle Sculpting in NOVA]
With noninvasive fat removal, results are not as drastic as liposuction. Typically results appear more gradually. With a device, you many start to notice changes around 3 weeks after treatment. Most people see full results between 3 and 6 months after their last treatment.
With injections, you will see the full effects around 3 to 4 months after the last treatment. although some people see results earlier.
Many people return to everyday activities immediately after their treatment. While you may experience some swelling, mild bruising, or discomfort afterwards, this usually is not cause for downtime. After getting injections for excess chin fat, some people will be extremely swollen for as long as two weeks. Despite this, they can return to normal activities.
Generally, noninvasive fat reduction in Northern Virginia takes more than one treatment to see optimal results. Each treatment sessions lasts between 30-90 minutes. After your first treatment, your provider will re-evaluate you in a few weeks to determine your needs. Treatment times and number of sessions will depend on the type of noninvasive fat reduction that you choose.
After your treatment, you may experience swelling, bruising, or discomfort. These are temporary and usually go away in a few days. After getting injections for chin fat, the skin on your chin may feel firm or lumpy but this too will fade.
In some cases, clients may feel a burning or stinging sensation in the treated area, like the pins and needles feeling you get when an arm or leg falls asleep. This is temporary.
Schedule a Consult for Noninvasive Fat Reduction in Northern Virginia
If you have small areas of stubborn fat that won’t budge with diet and exercise, you are probably a good candidate for noninvasive fat reduction in Northern Virginia. If you think you would benefit from this procedure, please contact us online or call (703) 988-2000 today. Our experts are highly trained in noninvasive fat reduction. Tell us your concerns and we can create a treatment plan to help you reach your goals.