Unwanted Lower Back Fat Part 5B
Date: April 6, 2016
Non-Surgical Options to Improve the Appearance of Unwanted fat
in the Lower Back
‘Love Handles’ and ‘Muffin Tops’
We know that diet and exercise and hormone therapy alone may not rid you of your love handles or muffin tops. And we know that modern science cannot reverse the aging process. The good news is that we also know that we can choose from many non-surgical medical treatment options to reduce lower back fat. Choosing the right treatment depends on many factors such as your willingness or unwillingness to undergo a significant recovery period, your budget, your timeline, the amount of fat in the area, your medical history & current medical condition and your goals. The great advances in medical science make it possible to treat lower back fat very effectively.
SculpSure™ is an FDA-approved light based treatment proven to permanently destroy 24% of the fat cells in the treated area. Additionally, the SculpSure™ treatment has 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 a slimmer lower back and flanks.
Great for: Age 18 and up, mild, moderate or severe lower back fat & flanks
Beautiful Effects for: Permanent destruction of 24% of fat cells (one treatment)
Recovery Period: None, no restrictions
Ouch Factor: Comfortable 25-minute treatment
In-Office Time: one visit only 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 lower back and tightens the skin in the lower back resulting in slimmer lower back and flanks.
Great for: Age 18 and up, mild, moderate or severe lower back & flanks
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 studied by the FDA for fat reduction or cosmetic purposes. The use of Lipodissolve for cosmetic purposes is considered “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 (not for moderate or severe) lower back and flank 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
Thank you for reading about (1) the causes of lower back fat (love handles and muffin tops) and (2) treatment options to reduce the fat in the lower back.
If you have concerns about unwanted lower back fat, please contact the body shaping experts at Sculpt Away at 210-227-3051.
Stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page for the next segment in our Educational Series about problem fat as it relates to different body parts.
In Part 6, learn all about unwanted fat in our abdomen, AKA ‘pot belly,’ ‘spare tire,’ ‘money belt,’ and ways to reduce it and look and feel beautiful.