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Find Out How Our Technology Compares to 16 Others
Killing Fat Cells Through Different Types of Technology* and Why
They Won’t Work
*Permanent Methods: Cool Sculpting, Ultrashape, Sculpsure, Liposuction, etc.
Adults have a fixed number of fat cells that grow and shrink as weight increases or decreases. Overweight individuals generally don’t possess a greater number of adipocytes (fat cells); instead, their fat cells grow larger than those in a typical human.
When fat cells are removed from an adult via liposuction or cryolipolysis (a medical treatment used to destroy fat cells), the remaining fat cells eventually pick up the slack and grow larger.
As a result, these treatments fix the problem only temporarily. The body continues producing and storing energy-containing molecules in the surviving adipose (fat cells). Immediate side effects of cryolipolysis and liposuction are bruising, numbness, scarring, pain, and possibly skin necrosis and infection.
Liposuction carries the unwanted side effect of making other parts of a patient’s body fatter, a study has found. One year after having liters of fat removed, those undergoing the procedure will effectively be back at square one in terms of the amount of fat in their body.
However, the fat will not return to the areas of the body where it was removed from, usually the thighs, lower abdomen, and buttocks. Instead, it will reappear elsewhere, typically around the shoulders, arms, and upper abdomen, according to U.S. researchers.
Are There Different Types of Technologies for Fat Loss?
Though many companies and technologies currently on the market claim of inch-loss success, few have proven results to substantiate these claims.
It is easy to get confused attempting to understand what actually works. We did the work for you, so you can make an educated decision on what treatment is right for you.
Below you will find 16 different methods of fat loss currently on the market:
#1: PATENTED NEW COLD LEVEL LASER LIPO – Available at Slim U Canada
At Slim U Canada in Vaughan, Ontario, we are so confident that you will experience amazing results that we offer a guarantee program of 6 inches in 4 weeks (in the area of the abdominal).
This new technology provides the highest and most consistent power output, providing unprecedented results.
Typical results have proven to be substantially more effective and consistent, as the patent direct skin application allows for the focused delivery.
A recently patented direct skin contact delivery system, the cold laser technology clearly demonstrated a more robust fabrication and quality components. This is apparent in the metal connectors, the lens-covered, high-quality diodes. Furthermore, its direct skin application allows for the focused delivery of cold laser energy to specific treatment areas as well as deeper penetration leading to targeted and more effective treatment results.
A strong contender in this market, this new technology is a holistic, healthy approach to fat loss and body contouring. No pain, bruising, downtime, exercise, or side effects.
The laser process is similar to the effects exercise has on fat cells, only instead of hormones opening the fat cells, the cold laser does the job, right through your skin (patented direct skin application/contact delivery system).
The same triglycerides are removed from the fat cells and, as a result, the fat cells shrink significantly in size and get smaller, resulting in inch/fat loss and cellulite reduction.
#2: COOL SCULPTING FAT FREEZING BY ZELTIQ
The Cool Sculpting procedure is not for everyone. Cool Sculpting, in simplest terms, is a non-invasive procedure/treatment that actually freezes fat cells that causes them to die and progressively be washed off by the body. On average, the fat cells are destroyed, resulting in an average 1.5 - 3 inches reduction in waist size.
Cool Sculpting will eliminate approximately 20% of the fat cells in the treated area. Some results are seen in 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure, 70% results in 7 to 8 weeks and 100% results in 4 to 5 months. The fat cells that were killed during the Zeltiq's Cool Sculpting freezing do not grow back. But not all fat cells die, and if you gain weight then the fat will have someplace to go, both in the area treated and non-treated areas.
An interesting element of Cool Sculpting is that once the targeted fat cells are destroyed, they don't return. If you gain weight down the road, where will the fat go?
Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question. After doing Cool Sculpting, whether it be once or multiple times, some fat cells will undoubtedly remain in a given area. If a patient gains weight following a procedure, it can certainly still show up in the area that was treated or perhaps it may collect more easily in another area, such as your face, thighs, or backside.
Cool Sculpting involves the use of a small or large for both, depending on which areas are being treated) paddle-like applicator attached to a hose that provides the cold. Regardless of size, each device has two panels with 3,000 sensors per side. A gel pad to help protect your skin is placed over the area being treated, and then the Cool Sculpting device is applied and powered up.
Once on, the applicator securely pulls up the area being treated between the two panels where it remains for the duration of the treatment. After a few minutes, one begins to feel intense cold. In many cases, the cold rush is accompanied by stinging, tingling, aching, or a cramping sensation. This is normal and will lessen as the area becomes numb.
Not surprisingly, this area will be tender, and one will feel a slight stinging or a sensation of cramping. One may also see a temporary whitening or reddening of the treated area, which may also feel stiff.
More than one treatment can be used, but the results of the second treatment are not as dramatic as the first.
During the procedure, you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. You may also feel intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping—sensations that subside as the treatment area becomes numb.
Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and firmness; transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area; tingling and stinging. Typically, these side effects are temporary and resolve completely. Many patients do experience redness in the treated areas for up to a few hours after the applicator is removed.
In rare cases, this redness may persist up to 2 weeks, but it will completely resolve itself. At 1 to 2 weeks after treatment, there may be redness, bruising and swelling; tenderness, cramping, and aching; itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, and numbness. In some cases, numbness may persist for several weeks after treatment. Talk to your doctor if these side effects persist past 2 weeks or women over time.
This is not a miracle, the cool sculpt procedure destroys bulges of fat, and is NOT a solution to weight gain. If you overeat and/or under exercise you can gain weight, therefore the weight gain after Cool Sculpting is more likely to be visible in areas where more fat cells exist.
Sadly, Cool Sculpting does NOT work to improve cellulite. This stands to reason because cellulite is not so much about the accumulation of fat but rather about how the fat gets deposited in the underlying support structure of skin on the thighs of women. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur.
Rare Side Effects of Cool Sculpting Include:
Results will be seen 3 months after treatment, but you may want to see some changes at the 6-week mark. The fat cells are destroyed and will not come back, but you can still gain weight in other areas. If a patient gains weight following a procedure, it can certainly still show up" in other area such as your face, thighs, or backside.
SculpSure uses heat to kill fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. Small applicator pads use hypothermic laser technology, which is able to target the fat cells while keeping the skin a safe temperature. If you are looking to treat a larger area or want to see a greater reduction in fat cells, this may not be an effective option.
The Sculpsure technology is designed to target cells and destroy them in waves of heal and cool. There are four applicators which can treat different areas simultaneously. However the applicators are small, so realistically all four would treat one general area.
SculpSure treatments are ONLY available to treat your lower stomach, flanks, and abdomen
The immune system will absorb the dead fat cells, and one could see up to a 24% reduction in unwanted fat (this includes thickness and circumference). Most patients have reported that the treatment is tolerable with minimal discomfort that lasts only a few seconds, however, every patient experiences the treatment differently and that everyone has a unique pain threshold. That is why there are measures in place should any patient feel more irritation than they are comfortable with.
The 24% reduction is an average percentage; therefore, two SculpSure sessions do not mean you will get a double reduction in fat. It simply means that each treatment will contribute to the 24% fat loss. It is an average amount, and some people will lose more than others. That is why one may need to do more than one treatment.
Most people are required to do 2 or 3 treatments to reach the desired goal of aesthetic body contouring. Depending on the person's aesthetic goals, one may also have to target the same areas to see significant improvements. Treatments are done in sets of 1 to 3 sessions every 6 weeks to achieve optimal results.
Additionally, 24% of fat toss does not mean that one will lose weight it is also important for the patient to maintain their current weight post-procedure to sustain the Sculpsure results.
#4: VENUS FREEZE
Radiofrequency fat contouring device that permanently kill the fat cell, fat cells underwent a death cycle. However, this does demand patients to be disciplined in weight loss or weight gain following their non-surgical liposuction and fat reduction program and any weight gain will be manifested in excess carbohydrates being deposited in other body contouring areas outside of the treatment zone, which will compromise appearance.
Venus Freeze is a fat reduction, skin-tightening, and cellulite-improving radio frequency technology. The external radio frequency applicator is applied to the contour area of concern and moved back and forth slowly over the top of a small layer of ultrasound gel. Venus Freeze fat reduction patients are treated for 20 minutes per zone once weekly for a series of 6-8 treatments.
During each treatment, the skin and subcutaneous tissue are heated to a temperature of 42-45 degrees. There may be some very mild swelling and redness, or erythema. In general, between 2 and 6 centimeters 16 cm = 2.36 inches,) of circumferential reduction and fat reduction can be achieved.
Venus Freeze non-surgical liposuction programs for fat reduction are designed to kill the fat and tighten skin. The dead fat cells do not return and therefore anybody contouring improvement is thereby permanent.
#5: BODY FX
Making use of radio frequency energy, deep tissue heating, and light vacuum pressure, the BODY FX applicator distributes healing to the skin and underlying fat causing the tissue to heat and contract to tighten the skin and melt fat cells over time.
BODY FX destroys fat cells via radio frequency and heat Fat cells disappear through apoptosis. Radiofrequency creates healing deep in the skin to tighten it up. Radio frequency and heat melt fat cells slowly over time.
If a patient gains weight after BODY FX, the fat that remained in the treated area can increase in size. The same is true of the fat in other areas of the body. Since you have less fat in the treated areas, you might notice that you gain more weight or fat in other areas of the body instead.
Best results are seen 2 to 4 months after the procedure. Fat cells may continue to melt away even after 5 months.
A series of 8 treatments within a 4-8 week period is recommended for best results. Maintenance sessions are recommended
2-3 times annually post-treatment to achieve optimal results.
Side Effects Patients will notice some redness and warmth in the treated area which will subside within a few hours. The warmth is equivalent to the sensation that felt after a deep tissue massage.
"This is per one more radio frequency device aimed at reducing cellulite and tightening the skin. It uses a combination of vacuum, heat and radiofrequency energy. I'm not saying these technologies have no usefulness but I would set expectations on the low side prior to investing in these treatments. Prices vary but in my opinion, the Limited results make these treatments on the expensive side."
- Real Self.com Mats Hagstrom M.D.
Third-party testing and analysis of a relative newcomer to the non-invasive body contouring marketplace has revealed problematic technology and flawed apparatus. The “i-Lipo" reduction system by Chromogenix Technologies Ltd. had been proven to be replete with construction issues that resulted in inadequate performance.
The decrease in the price of this "antiquatedly" designed unit comes at a manufacturing cost. For starters, the machines are poorly powered using an RJ45 connector (or phone jacks) instead of a more robust power cable source.
Yet another evident flaw of the system is that the diode lasers are not shielded by a lens or aperture, leaving the lasers exposed to environmental pollutants such as dust and aerosols. Furthermore, it allows for deposits on the facets of the diode, which in turn leads to absorption of radiation, localized heating, and destruction of the diodes.
Technology issues translate into performance issues once the machine is switched on. The i-Lipo provides an insufficient heat transfer and allows for heal losses so apparent that ambient (external) temperatures affect the performance of the equipment during treatment.
Insufficient power sources, compromised diode technology, and inadequate construction can only mean disappointing results. With Inconsistent underpowered application, the i-Lipo device does little but cast doubts on the legitimacy of its ability and deliver the results patients have come to expect.
#7: Accent Laser
It uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to treat cellulite and tighten loose skin. Doctors usually recommend six treatments, and results can last up to 18 months.
Radiofrequency lipolysis is a procedure which uses a radio frequency to heat the fat without an instrument making physical contact with the patient. The applicator heats from a distance of a centimeter from the skin. Fat cells are preferentially heated without impacting other types of cells in the skin or other structures.
What Are the Risks of Radiofrequency Lipolysis?
Mild erythema has been reported.
What Are the Results of Radiofrequency Lipolysis?
Patients with treatment to the abdomen have averaged a reduction of just under 2inches, though not all patients have a measurable, perceptible reduction.
After four treatments, an average of 2 inches of fat was lost around the waist It is an FDA-cleared body contouring procedure, which uses radio frequency energy to heat and All fat cells in a non-invasive way (a process called apoptosis occurs, where the heat causes fat cells to die).
This death of the fat cells is usually instant, but some cells may take several weeks to disappear. These dead cells are filtered naturally through the body by the lymphatic system. The treatment is not intended for massive weight loss, but for reduction of the abdomen and thighs.
Immediately after treatment, some patients report mild redness, tenderness, minor swelling, or warmth. Side effects are temporary and minimal and may include mild redness, warmth, and tissue tenderness.
Are There Any Long-Term Side Effects?
The Vanquish system is a newer technology thus long-term side effects are not yet known. Early data demonstrates that there have been no issues with damage to the skin, muscles, or internal organs nor has there been any nerve pain.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The results should remain so far as you do not gain weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a reasonable diet and exercise regimen.
How Does the Vanquish Fat Removal System Work?
The Vanquish system precisely heats your skin with radiofrequency to 100°F (40-41°C) and the underlying fat to 120°F (44-45°C). The fat cells rupture from the heat. The dead fat cells are then removed by your immune system.
#9: ULTRA SHAPE (Ultrasound Cavitation)
It promises to help you lose 1- 3 inches in 6 weeks. This uses ultrasound treatment that heats the fat cells until they die and these dead fat cells are slowly removed from the body's natural processes over a period of weeks. This procedure is painful and doesn't work on large fat deposits, so it won't help you lose belly fat. That's because it breaks down the fat but the body has to process the melted fat cells.
Secondly, you can't treat fat that is located under scar tissue or tattoos. And thirdly, you're supposed to maintain a negative calorie intake for four days after treatment to make sure the released fat is properly processed by your body. The treatment is primarily designed for patients who are normal to slight), overweight and have a body mass index IBM of less than 30.
Patients with extensive, non-localised fat are not suitable for this technique. The ideal candidates are people who are committed to a healthy lifestyle. This is because in order to optimize the effects of the treatment patients need to maintain a regular exercise programme and have a healthy well-rounded diet.
After a series of three Ultra Shape treatments, once every two weeks patients can expect between four and six centimeters NOT inches) of circumferential fat reduction.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Ultra Shape?
Persons with a high degree of skin laxity – Ultra Shape Is not a skin tightening treatment, thus, excess skin laxity may not contract less than 1.5 cm. of subcutaneous fat in the treatment area.
If patients are to gain weight after their Ultra Shape treatment program, the fat will go elsewhere, not to the areas that were treated. It is not a treatment for weight loss, obesity, skin laxity, and cellulite.
Studies demonstrated that on average, patients lost 1 inch in waist circumference. This means that some patients lost more, while others achieved less. Newer data indicate that most people, who are good candidates, lose at least one inch when stomach and flanks are treated with Liposonix.
Regardless, one cannot guarantee this result; there are still patients who achieve less improvement despite excellence in treatment delivery. It takes up to 4 months to see the difference. But later if you gain weight, the fat cannot go to that body part again. it has to distribute itself elsewhere.
Ultrasonic liposuction isn't recommended as a treatment for obesity. It works by using a high-intensity ultrasound to destroy any unwanted fat from just below the skin. It is a painful procedure.
Following Liposonix, you may have temporary redness, mild bruising and swelling of the stomach area. Women should be aware that Liposonix is not a treatment intended to reduce large amounts of fat or to help you lose weight, it is intended to re-sculpture the abdominal area. The fat cells that are removed through the Liposonix treatment will not come back! Because adults have a limited number of fat cells, whatever is gone will not regenerate.
However, the remaining fat cells still can expand and contract depending on many factors such as diet, exercise, genetics, age, and medications. This procedure probably isn't the best for someone with an aversion to pain or someone who needs to lose 30 to 80 pounds. This is mainly for toning and tightening targeted problem areas by making small tweaks.
You shouldn't be any more than 10 pounds from your goal weight and you should only expect to lose a few stubborn inches from this procedure. Removal of 10 to 20 percent of the fat, if the patient gains weight, they can still gain weight in that area.
Also, be advised: Liposonix Treatment can be very uncomfortable. Liposonix has published studies showing modest fat reduction (1-2 cm around the waist, after several treatments).
#11: IllumiWave 635 Lipo Sculpting Laser
Patients can expect a standard loss of 2 to 3 inches from 4 to 6 weeks of treatments. This is a non-invasive treatment and cause no bruising or scarring little risk of tissue damage. Patients are requested to adhere to a healthy diet including exercise under a regiment of 45 minutes, 3 times per week in conjunction with the laser treatments.
#12: VELA SHAPE
It’s used to treat cellulite. It combines radiofrequency energy, infrared light mechanical rollers, and vacuum suction to heat and massage the shallow layers of fat that contribute to cellulite. Vela Shape is painful and not a permanent procedure. As soon as you quit using the device, cellulite may return, resulting in getting follow-up treatments every one to three months. It may offer a temporary solution to the problem of cellulite, but it doesn't seem to offer any benefits for those who actually need to lose body fat.
This is the solution used in Lipodissolve or mesotherapy. Injections are not approved by the FDA. There is not enough evidence showing that the injections are effective or safe.
It's a tempting premise: Get a series of drug injections and see pockets of fat on your body go away for goal, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers about false and misleading claims being made about products used in Lipodissolve and about other misbranding of these products.
Recipients of Lipodissolve get a series of drug injections intended to dissolve and permanently remove small pockets of fat from various parts of the body. The process is also known as injection lipolysis, lipozap, lipotherapy, and mesotherapy.
What Consumers Should Know
FDA is alerting consumers that:
The safety of these substances, when used alone or in combination, is unknown.
Thermage is not for fat loss. In 2002, it obtained FDA approval for the treatment of wrinkles around the eyes, for facial wrinkles in 2004, and for all body laxity and cellulite in 2005.
Thermage uses monopolar radiofrequency energy to deliver an electrical current that generates heat through the inherent electrical resistance of dermal and subcutaneous tissue. Thermage had been cleared for the "temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite".
The problem is that the technology works for some people with minimal loose skin and wrinkles. It usually has to be combined with something else. There is also concern that Thermage could make cellulite matters worse. One of the known adverse effects of Thermage is that it causes fat atrophy (recipients who have their face treated sometimes complain of shrunken cheeks, sunk temples and thinning skin).
The bottom line? Thermage for cellulite is unlikely to work, will hurt like hell, and may even make your dimples more noticeable.
Are There Possible Side Effects?
#15: TUMMY TUCK
Tummy Tuck is an invasive procedure. An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, so expect to be out of action for a while. Some people return to work after 2weeks, while others take 3 to 4 weeks to rest and recover. Bruising after the surgery is usually quite light, but the swelling is substantial and it can take up to 3 months to disappear.
Risks also include numbness of the abdominal skin and it may take several months for the sensation to return. The surgery does produce a permanent scar which, depending on the extent of the procedure, may extend from hip to hip. If you gain a lot of weight after tummy luck then the skin and subcutaneous tissue will stretch again. If you lose weight again, the result of tummy luck will look worse.
In order to have a flat belly, you need to maintain a stable weight after tummy tuck surgery. Gaining weight after abdominoplasty is always a problem, as the stable weight can go back into the abdomen or back. Excessive weight gain can result in thickening of the abdominal region because of extra fat in the abdominal flap and intra-abdominal far. With excessive weight gain, a new abdominal pannus, or drooping belly "pooch," can develop.
This is an invasive procedure that melts and removes the fat cells which are vacuumed out through a probe that enters the body through an incision. It requires recovery time and is expensive, and sometimes results in uneven contours, uneven texture, pain, and downtime.
Liposuction and Fat Regain
Teri L. Hernandez and colleagues recently performed the first ever randomised liposuction study to answer this question. Participants were randomly selected to either receive liposuction or not. They were all instructed not to make any lifestyle changes for the duration of the study, and body fatness was measured at 6 weeks.
At 6 weeks, the liposuction group was significantly leaner than the control group. At 6 months, the difference between the two groups had decreased. At one year, it had decreased further and the difference between the groups was no longer statistically significant Furthermore, the liposuction group regained fat disproportionately in the abdominal area (belly), which is more dangerous than where it was before.
Article: Fat Comes Back After Liposuction By Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
"But like a bad dream, that fat has a way of sneaking back into your body. By a year after surgery, most people who have liposuction of their thighs wind up with more fat in their bellies. And if it was the tummy that was suctioned, don't be surprised to find chubbier arms and thighs a year later".
Please note that the Cold Laser Lipo treatments are not intended to be a diet. It will help you melt fat in problem areas and aide in body contouring, assisting you to get rid of that stubborn fat cellulite, loose skin, love handles or muffin op. Majority of people do experience a dramatic body transformation and are extremely thrilled with the results.
It will not remove 50 pounds from your body in 9 treatments (this expectation is achievable for the majority of clients; however, over a longer duration of treatments), the inch loss, however, is extremely substantial for the majority of clients during a 3-week to 4-week course.
If you are interested in a weight loss program we do offer several healthy options that complement the Laser Lipo treatments. Results are seen in both circumference measurement and degree of body contour in the area.
Clients can optimise their results through multiple laser treatments combined with cardio type activity. The post treatment is a whole body vibration machine. Studies have found that clients who eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly will experience the best Laser results; however, even the majority of clients with a sluggish metabolism remark that they are content with the number of inches lost and experience a positive body transformation during the course of treatments.
Independent clinical studies have shown Laser Lipo to be helpful in decreasing inches and unwanted fat. Additional treatments improve results further. Results can be seen immediately after each treatment for the majority of people, as the fat cell contents are released. Even though the new patented Lipo Laser has been proven effective, like any medical procedure, its results vary and can't be guaranteed for all.
In contrast to high-power, high-heat lasers that are used in various medical procedures, the low-level laser used for this treatment is a cold laser and has no thermal effect on tissue. Though safe and non-invasive, any medical or cosmetic procedure carries risks, complications and varied results to its effectiveness. The majority of clients, however, to achieve an ongoing inch loss of up to 2 inches per treatment (3 measurements combined of the abdominal area), results do vary. Also, a healthy lifestyle is important.
Fat / Inch Loss and Guaranteed
The limited guarantee program is offered on the inch loss of the abdominal area only (must be a 20-minute treatment of that area, upper and lower part of the abdominal region).
Abdominal (stomach area) includes three measurements, at the navel, below the navel and above the navel. The abdominal area is calculated by adding the loss from the guaranteed area (guarantee is on cumulative loss area of stomach area in measurements added together), from the base measurement to the navel measurement). The abdominal area must be measured before the first treatment (base measurement) and immediately post the final treatment.
The client must adhere to guarantee program/qualification terms and Slim U Canada Inc. protocol for treatments. Ask for details. Some restrictions apply must be eligible. There is no guarantee program on inch loss in the areas on the chin, arms, upper back, buttocks, or legs (upper thigh, lower leg, or around knee area).
Additionally, there is no guarantee with respects to treatments purchased for weight loss, cellulite, or skin lightening as this procedure is an elective, cosmetic procedure and is not an exact science, there are no guarantees.
How Is the Laser Lipo Different From Competitor Fat Dissolving Devices?
The Laser Lipo does not kill your fat cells. It simply collapses them. Treatments which chill or dissolve your fat cells actually kill them.