Unwanted Back Fat Part 4B
Date: March 31, 2016
Non-Surgical Treatment Options to Improve the Appearance of
Upper Back Fat – Bra Fat & the Buffalo Hump
Though we recommend a lifestyle with a healthy diet and plenty of activity, we know that this alone may not alleviate the condition of upper back fat. Fortunately, many non-invasive medical interventions to improve the condition(s) are available and affordable. Choosing the right treatment depends on many factors such as the amount of fat in the area, your willingness to undergo some discomfort and recovery period, your budget, your time availability, your goals, and your medical history & current medical condition. Advances in science and technology have made it possible to improve these conditions without the risk and expense of surgery.
SculpSure™ is an FDA-approved light based treatment proven to permanently destroy 24% of the fat cells in the treated area. The SculpSure™ treatment has also been seen to result in tightened skin to the treated area. The treatment takes only 25 minutes and requires only one treatment for the 24% permanent fat destruction. The treatment destroys fat and tightens the skin, resulting in slimmer, more defined upper back.
Great for: Age 18 and up, mild, moderate or severe upper back fat
Beautiful Effects for: Permanent destruction of 24% of fat cells
Recovery Period: None, no restrictions
Ouch Factor: Comfortable 25-minute treatment
In-Office Time: 45 minutes to one hour
See Results When: 6 weeks, with optimum results at 12 weeks
Skin Tightening?: Yes
Cost: 375 – 1500 per treatment area
RadioFrequency Fat Reduction
RadioFrequency Tissue Tightening
RadioFrequency technology is FDA cleared to reduce fat. The technology also results in tightened tissue. It does this through the delivery of energy to the fat areas of the upper back by driving controlled heat into the fat cells and subsequently destroying some fat cells and shrinking others. RadioFrequency technology also has the ability to target energy to collagen cells resulting in tissue tightening. The treatment reduces fat deposits in the upper back and tightens the skin in the upper back resulting in slimmer, a more defined upper back.
Great for: Age 18 and up, mild, moderate or severe upper back
Beautiful Effects for: Fat will not return unless weight is gained
Recovery Period: None
Ouch Factor: Comfortable treatment
In-Office Time: Weekly one hour treatments for 6-8 weeks
See Results When?: Some immediate, remainder at 3-4 weeks, results continue to improve for 3 months
Skin Tightening?: Yes
Cost: 350 per treatment
Lipodissolve is a treatment utilizing a combination of compounds injected for the purpose of fat reduction. The treatment has also been seen to result in tissue tightening. The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is Phosphytidycholine, a substance derived from soy. Lipodissolve has not been approved or intensely studies by the FDA for fat reduction or cosmetic purposes. The use of Lipodissolve for cosmetic purposes is condiered “off label” use. “Off label” means that it has been approved or occurs naturally for one purpose, but providers are using it for another purpose. It has been used for reducing fat deposits for many years.
Great for: Age 18 and up, mild to moderate upper arm fat
Beautiful Effects for: Insufficient scientific data; effects lasting many years have been noted clinically
Recovery Period: None, but there can be swelling, discomfort, bruising for 1-4 weeks
Ouch Factor: Multiple micro-injections can cause discomfort during & after injecting
In-Office Time: 45 minutes to one hour; may treat again in 6 weeks
See Results When: 4 to 6 weeks (recommend 3 to 5 treatments)
Skin Tightening: Insufficient scientific data: skin tightening has been noted clinically
Cost: 400 per treatment
Photomology™, aka SmoothShapes®
SmoothShape® utilizes a technology called photomology™, FDA approved to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The technology employs laser, light, vacuum and mechanical rollers. Since the fatty tissue associated with the ‘buffalo hump’ condition is often hard and fibrous, photomology™ can be helpful in breaking up the fibrous tissue within the fat prior to a fat reduction treatment. This readies the tissue, allows greater access to the fat and improves the results for the fat reduction treatment.
Great for: Age 18 and up with buffalo hump or other area of dense, fibrous fatty tissue
Beautiful Effects for: To condition the area prior to fat reduction; not a stand-alone treatment for fat reduction
Recovery Period: None
Ouch Factor: Some discomfort with the 20-40minute treatment (breaking fibrous tissue)
In-Office Time: Will add 20-40minutes to visit
See Results When: Not a stand-alone treatment for upper back fat
Skin Tightening?: Maybe slight; some stimulation of collagen cells
Sculpt Away CelluC™ Cupping Therapy
The CelluC™ cupping therapy employs a variation of ancient cupping. The cupping therapy effects tissue up to 4 inches below the skin surface. The fatty tissue associated with a ‘Dowanger’s hump’ is often hard, compact and fibrous. CelluC™ cupping assists in breaking up the fibrous tissue and dense fat cell pockets often associated with the fat of the ‘buffalo hump,’ prior to the fat reduction treatment. This allows maximum effect when the fat reduction technology is employed.
Great for: Age 18 and up with ‘buffalo hump’ or other area of dense, fibrous fatty tissue
Beautiful Effects for: To condition the area prior to fat reduction treatment
Recovery Period: None
Ouch Factor: Some discomfort with the 15-20minute treatment (breaking fibrous tissue)
In-Office Time: Will add 15-20minutes to the visit
See Results When: Not a stand-alone treatment for back fat
Skin Tightening?: Maybe slight, some stimulation of collagen cells
Thank you for reading our discussion about upper back fat, bra fat and buffalo hump. We hope you enjoyed learning about these conditions and the treatments available to improve the appearance.
If you are concerned about upper back fat and want to learn more, contact the body shaping experts at Sculpt Away @ 210-227-3051 or learn more online at www.SculptAway.com.
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In Part 5, learn about problem fat in our lower back, aka love handles, flanks, muffin tops, and ways to reduce it and look & feel more confident and beautiful.