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Every so often a potential patient will come into our New York Plastic Surgery practices looking for a liposuction or SmartLipo alternative. Why? Some people simply want a procedure combining great results with a low cost, fast recovery, and no pain.

However, I’m always forced to tell them that a procedure like this currently does not exist. Even so, there are still a couple procedures that the FDA claims are lipo alternatives.

Zerona is the first procedure that received FDA market clearance in the United States. Using a low-level laser therapy device, this procedure showed that patients in a clinical trial lost an average of 3.65 inches total across their waist, hips, and thighs in as little as two weeks. Because this procedure uses light, the procedure is completely pain-free.

CoolSculpting is the other FDA approved, non-invasive, fat reducing procedure. Whereas Zerona uses light, CoolSculpting uses cold therapy on fatty areas to crystallize and kill the fat cells. The fat cells are then flushed out of the body naturally. Results for this procedure were at an average 20% reduction of fat in the treated areas.

Although our practice does not offer either of these lipo alternatives, it’s because we’re not entirely convinced that they really work. We do, however, perform SmartLipo which will only take you out of your daily life for just a few days!

When it comes down to it, painless procedures, without any downtime, are not going to have the same results as a surgical procedure. When a true liposuction alternative is developed, perhaps we will reconsider.

To your health and beauty,

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team

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