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The body fat battle is never-ending for most of us. No matter how religiously you stick to a diet, how hard you hit the gym, or how many hot yoga classes you attend, fat can stubbornly remain in undesirable places. Luckily, there have been major breakthroughs in noninvasive fat reduction treatments that eliminate unwanted body fat without surgery or injections. But there are some treatment options that use different types of technology to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells and involve little to no downtime.

SculpSure is one of the newest nonin- vasive fat reducing and body contour- ing laser technologies on the market that targets the abdomen, flanks, back, and inner and outer thighs. In as little as a 25 minute session, SculpSur permanently destroys fat cells with heat while leaving the skin’s surface and other tissues unharmed. Over time, your body naturally eliminates the destroyed fat cells. Results are seen as soon as six weeks after initial treatment, with further improvement continuing during the following six weeks.

CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells without affecting surrounding tissues. Once the treated fat cells are frozen, they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. CoolSculpting is used to treat visible body fat bulges in the thighs, abdomen, and flanks, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks, and the upper arm. You may start to see changes in as quickly as three weeks after your treatment. The most dra- matic results are typically seen after two to three months.

TruSculpt 3D uses controlled radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat up and destroy unwanted fat on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Treatment typically lasts around an hour, and several problem areas can be treated with TruSculpt. Most patients require one to two treatments to see noticeable results. TruSculpt 3D involves zero downtime. You can return to your usual activities immediately after your treatment.

Vanquish also uses radio frequency to heat and de- stroy fat cells. One of the ways Vanquish differs from TruSculpt is that the device is positioned around the patient to deliver energy into areas of stubborn fat. It never comes in contact with your skin. Although most commonly used around the abdomen to reduce the circumference of the waist, it can now also be applied on the inner and outer thighs, bra line, back, and arms. Your body will naturally repair the treated area and permanently excrete dead fat cells.

UltraShape does not rely on heat or cold to destroy fat cells. Instead, it delivers ultrasound energy di- rectly into stubborn fat below the skin’s surface. The ultrasound pulses rupture fat cell membranes while leaving the surrounding skin, nerves, and blood vessels unaffected. Because there is no downtime associated with UltraShape, you can resume normal activities right away. And unlike some fat-reduction procedures that use heat or freeze fat, UltraShape is virtually painless.

Zerona uses cold laser technology to eliminate unwanted fat. Zerona, which never comes in contact with your skin, targets superficial fat cells with low-level laser stimulation, disrupting the cell mem- brane and causing the cellular contents of these fat cells to be released. Sessions are virtually painless. The laser is directed to the targeted area while you lay on the treatment table. Treatment areas gener- ally include a combination of the waist, hips, thighs, arms, chest, knees, ankles, and back or bra fat. The minimum suggested treatment period is two weeks, with three full sessions each week.

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