Recently I attended an advanced class in Florida that discussed various noninvasive procedures
for fat and skin that are currently available in the market.
Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive procedure that freezes superficial fat cells, causing their destruction
(lipolysis). The dead cells are permanently removed from the body by natural processes. The result
takes about 23 months to become visible. However, even after 46 months, the results persist.
UltraCavitation (ultrasound): An ultrasound probe transmits ultrasound waves into the fat layer
of the skin causing temporary rupture of fat cells. Fats are then released from the fat cells and
expelled from the body by natural processes. “Cavitation” refers to the microscopic gas bubbles
by which the ultrasonic shock wave propagates through the skin.
RF (Radio Frequency): Radio frequency energy is delivered via electrodes and converted to heat
in various layers of the skin. With repeated treatments the heat thickens the skin's connective tissue
(collagen), resulting in tightening of the skin. The heat liquefies fat as well, which is removed
naturally as in the above techniques. The RF head has to remain in motion throughout the
LipoLaser: Low energy cold diode laser with a wavelength of 650nm (red light) targets specific
fat cells. The process opens transitory pores in fat cells through which fats are released, thereby
emptying the cells.
LED (light emitting diode): Red light from LEDs with a wavelength of 640 nm is naturally
converted into cellular energy to promote healing and antiaging effects. LED light therapy is a
painless noninvasive procedure.
Which of these works better? Each has its advocates and each can bring positive outcomes. Our
instructor generally advocates cryolipolysis supplemented by one or more of the other techniques.
Althea currently performs radio frequency treatments and we have had very good results with it.
We plan to introduce other services to provide a more complete suite of services.