Mesotherapy (similar to newer LipoDissolve)
- What it is: Injections of chemicals, herbs and vitamins into middle skin layer to dissolve fat
- Pros: Non-surgical, minimal down time
- Cons:Infection risk, bruising, tenderness 1-5 days
- Costs: Average 8 to 10 sessions, about $400 per visit
- Results: Smoother skin after third treatment. Lasting results if followed by healthy lifestyle; maintenance every 6 to 12 months.
- What it is:Deep tissue massage and suction to loosen fat drained by lymphatic system
- Pros:Reduces swelling, smoothes lumps
- Cons:Better on patients less than 30 lbs. overweight, many treatments
- Costs:Average 8 to16 sessions, 1 to 2 times weekly, about $100 per visit (doctor's office or spa)
- Results:Temporary improvement after 6 to 8 treatments. Frequent maintenance required.
VelaShape (similar to SmoothShapes & AccentXL)
- What it is: Radio frequency, optical energy, vacuum and massage
- Pros: Noninvasive, no down time, minimal discomfort, short treatment time
- Cons: Multiple sessions, redness
- Costs: Average 4 to 8 sessions over 1 to 2 weeks, $250 to $600 per treatment (doctor's office or spa)
- Results: Cumulative results in 6 to 8 weeks. Lasts 6 to 12 months.
- What it is: Pressure waves disintegrate deeper fat layers
- Pros: Non-surgical, no down time, treat multiple areas per session
- Cons: Multiple treatments, must be near ideal weight
- Costs: Average 6 to 12 sessions, twice weekly, $150 to $300 per visit
- Results: Gradual results, noticeable by fourth treatment. Quarterly maintenance.
- What it is:Small cannula (slender tube) with laser fiber loosens fat
- Pros: Local anesthesia, small incision, minimal downtime
- Cons: Bruising, infection risk, discomfort, expensive
- Costs: Usually a single visit, 1 to 2 hours depending on areas treated, $2,000 to $10,000
- Results: Immediate results continuing over several months. Fat won't return to treated areas, but weight gain can create disproportioned appearance.
Cryolypolysis, Zeltiq, Cool Sculpting
- What it is: Cold gel pack, strong vacuum, crystallizes fat cells which body disposes through liver
- Pros: Noninvasive, no anesthesia or recovery time
- Cons: Some numbness, temporary redness, tenderness, expensive
- Costs: Number of hour-long treatments depend on how many areas (3 to 4 cm wide) treated, $500 per area
- Results: Results in 2 to 6 months, up to 25 percent fat reduction; better for small volumes of fat reduction than cellulite.
- What it is: Radiofrequency heats inner skin layers while skin's surface is cooled to remodel collagen
- Pros: Noninvasive, usually single treatment, no downtime or anesthesia
- Cons: Minor peeling, redness, gradual results
- Costs: Single, 45 to 90 minute treatment, averages $2,200
- Results: Gradual results in 2 to 6 months, lasting up to two years. Minimally effective on cellulite compared to others.
- What it is: Mechanical massage, low-energy lasers that loosen fat, increase collagen production
- Pros: Noninvasive, no down time
- Cons: Temporary bruising, swelling, multiple treatments
- Costs: Average 14 sessions twice weekly, $125 to $150 per visit; multi-visit value packages available
- Results: Improvement in 5 to 7 sessions, best results after 10 to 15 session. Temporary, but maintenance prevents reoccurrence.
- What it is: Ultrasound waves and controlled heat disrupt collagen fibers
- Pros: Nonsurgical, no anesthesia or down time
- Cons: 7 to 10 days between treatments, better for small fat pockets
- Costs: Average 4 sessions, depending on areas treated, $200 to $400 per area
- Results: Progressive, lasting results in cellulite reduction, skin tightenin