Skip the Knife: The Latest in Nonsurgical Fat Elimination

Liposuction is a tried and true method for body sculpting, successfully eliminating isolated deposits of fatty tissue. However, nonsurgical fat elimination methods are becoming increasingly popular, promising body sculpting results without the expense and recovery of a traditional liposuction procedure. Is it possible that ‘skipping the knife’, with a noninvasive fat elimination method, can still provide effective results? The short answer is yes.

First Things First: Understanding Nonsurgical Fat Elimination

Everyone has a set number of fat cells in their body. With diet and exercise, these fat cells become smaller, however, they never go completely away. If weight is gained, the fatty cells once again become larger. Although losing weight with diet and exercise is the preferred, some stubborn areas of fat can prove harder to address.

Unlike weight loss, noninvasive treatments, such as CoolSculpting and Kybella, damage targeted fat cells, which are then eliminated by the body. As the body’s fat cells will not reform, these changes are permanent. However, the surrounding fat cells can still increase in size with weight gain. Best for smaller, stubborn pockets of fat, CoolSculpting and Kybella can make an excellent option for the right patient.


CoolSculpting relies on the science of Cryolipolysis to freeze away fatty tissue. A contoured applicator is placed on the targeted area, slowly chilling fat cells. The ‘frozen’ cells, damaged by the extreme cold, collapse. Over the following three to four months, these broken fat cells are eliminated from the body. With no needles, incisions, or sutures, CoolSculpting is pain-free, and requires no anesthesia. CoolSculpting

  • Takes 35 minutes per treatment area
  • Can be use on almost any area
  • Most common treatment locations: abdomen, inner/outer thighs, flanks, upper arms, and chin
  • Results take four to twelve weeks to appear
  • One treatment provides 20-25% reduction in fatty tissue
  • Second treatment can be safely performed for additional results
  • No downtime required
  • Treated fat cells are gone for good


Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance responsible for metabolizing unneeded fatty tissue within the human body. Injected directly into fatty tissue, Kybella will break down the walls of fat cells. This tissue is then naturally eliminated. Kybella is designed to improve the small pocket of submental fat below the jawline, also known as a ‘double chin’. Following a series of treatments, the submental fat is permanently eliminated. Kybella

  • Takes 30 minutes or less
  • Approved for submental fat only
  • Two to four separate sessions are required, spaced six to eight weeks apart
  • Performed with a local anesthetic
  • Results are usually seen within eight weeks
  • No downtime required
  • No further maintenance treatments are required

Could a Noninvasive Fat Elimination Technique be Right for You?

Nonsurgical fat reduction is designed for those individuals struggling with isolated pockets of fatty tissue that prove resistant to a healthy diet and consistent exercise program. CoolSculpting and Kybella can also be paired with other body sculpting procedures, such as liposuction or a lift technique, for optimal results. Although noninvasive techniques can benefit most patients, they are not for everyone. Those who are pregnant or breast feeding, or with certain medical conditions, may be asked to postpone their treatment.

CoolSculpting and Kybella are not designed for weight loss, therefore should not be used as a treatment for obesity. Traditional liposuction is still one of the best available surgical options for those patients wanting extensive fat elimination. Plastic Surgery Associates’ liposuction is customizable, depending on the patient’s unique body sculpting needs. It can provide a meticulous method for achieving a trimmer appearance.

Call Allegro MedSpa for More Details:

Find out if CoolSculpting or Kybella could be right for you by scheduling a consultation with Plastic Surgery Associates’ Dr. Francisco Canales or Dr. Heather Furnas.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.