New technology means that getting rid of stubborn fatty deposits doesn’t necessarily mean having surgery anymore. For some people, no amount of diet or exercise will get rid of love handles, Turkey necks or post-pregnancy loose abdominal skin nor will it achieve that thigh gap that seems to be so popular these days. Not that long ago, achieving these goals meant having surgery in one form or another, but now there are alternatives. While these procedures are still the gold-standard and the only thing that will correct certain significant problems, they require a recovery period that some people just can’t accommodate in their busy schedules.
At my Toronto location, Clearview Plastic Surgery, we offer nonsurgical fat reduction using the BodyFX system which uses a radio frequency pulse to kill fat cells, improve the appearance of cellulite, and most importantly, contract the overlying skin that is often left empty and sagging by competing systems. It takes about 10 minutes per area and it is performed in a series of 4-8 treatments spaced 1 week apart. There is minimal downtime – at most some redness of the area for days after – so patients can go back to their regularly scheduled activities immediately after treatment. Common problem areas that show excellent results include the stomach, thighs, back rolls, arm flaps (“batwings”), love handles and the male chest. Patients can expect to see up to 3-4cm reduced from the circumference of their abdomen and 2-3cm from their thighs. Most patients with cellulite associated with these fatty deposits can expect to see a significant improvement in that as well.
Like any other treatment, not everyone will be a candidate for BodyFX. Patients with more significant fatty deposits and loose skin may still require liposuction or excisional surgery but thanks to another one of our high-tech systems, the BodyTite, many patients who would previously have required a major excisional surgery (tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift) with their associated large scars may now be able to achieve their desired results with incisions as small as 5 millimetres! I’ll save that discussion for another blog post however.