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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 one centimeter from the skin. Fat cells are preferentially heated without impacting other types of cells in the skin or other structures. A common type of radiofrequency lipolysis is Vanquish.
Patients who wish to reduce a localized fat bulge that has persisted despite diet and exercise may be interested in radiofrequency lipolysis. Risks are minimal.
Patients with loose skin or poor tone may not be suitable candidates for the procedure.
The goal of radiofrequency lipolysis is to reduce the volume of fat in a fatty bulge. Some patients may opt to have more than one area treated or to retreat an area more than once.
This procedure is done without anesthesia.
The treatment takes approximately thirty minutes and is repeated once a week for four weeks or as determined during the assessment.
Mild erythema has been reported.
There are no activity restrictions and no downtime.
Patients with treatment to the abdomen have averaged a reduction of just under two inches, though not all patients have a measurable, perceptible reduction.