Contoured Curves: Noninvasive Body Contouring Trends

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Noninvasive body contouring continues to generate enormous interest among patients, allowing them to lose fat, tighten skin and reduce circumference without any scarring or downtime. One of the key benefits to practices offering these procedures is that they appeal to a wide range of patients and generate a high rate of repeat visits.

Current Options

There are three key technologies in the noninvasive body contouring arena. They include cryolipolysis, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and radiofrequency (RF). Only two—cryolipolysis and HIFU—are FDA-cleared for fat destruction, but that may soon change. A recent study by David McDaniel, MD, et al, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (November 2014), revealed that monopolar RF energy causes apoptosis of adipose cells in porcine models.

Until this finding makes it to clinical trials, RF energy is primarily touted as offering skin tightening, due to volumetric heating of the deep dermis, resulting in a reduced circumference of treated ..