Non-Surgical Liposuction: Sculpsure® and Pellevé
Great advances are being made in the aesthetics industry, and one of the most significant improvements is the development of low or even non-invasive procedures. By having treatments that do not involve incisions to the flesh, you avoid the need for general anaesthetic, and that means less discomfort, a quicker recovery and less risk of infections or adverse reactions. And without so much medical attention, the costs are minimised too!
Why Choose Juvea
Juvea Aesthetics is a well-established medical and aesthetics practice. It is owned and run by a team of highly qualified doctors and clinicians – most of whom are leading the way in education, research and ethical guidance.
Always at the forefront of the latest developments in fat reduction and skin rejuvenation, Juvea Aesthetics has successfully progressed to the less or non-invasive methods such as laser liposuction. Partnering with Cynosure, we use the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis – the Sculpsure® system.
We are also able to supplement these newer techniques with other ground-breaking methods such as the Pellevé® system. This skin tightening device uses radio frequency energy at the point where the skin and fat layers meet. One of the most successful and pleasant treatments available today.
Benefits of Non Surgical Liposuction
There are many benefits to having the non-surgical liposuction-type procedures to address excessive fatty areas of the face or body. No large cuts or even small incisions to the skin means:
- You can avoid the need for a general anaesthetic, therefore less serious risks to your health.
- There is no need for an anaesthetist, therefore a lower cost to you.
- Pain and discomfort is drastically minimised.
- You can expect a much quicker recovery – getting back to normal within days rather than weeks.
- You should have less risk of infections.
- You should have less risk of adverse reactions.
- Less scarring.
Different types of Non-Invasive Liposuction-Style Methods
Also known as lipolysis, laser liposuction is an advanced system for reducing small fatty areas of flesh that refuse to shift from dieting and/or exercise. Laser lipolysis can be combined with the conventional methods and is proving to be highly effective for men and women of all ages.
The procedure requires no local anaesthetic or sedation as it is completely non-invasive. The device is fitted to the area of the body requiring treatment. The laser light device then targets the unwanted fat cells. These fat cells are then removed naturally via the bodies lymphatic system over the following weeks.
At Juvea we use SculpSure which works by heating the fat rather than freezing. A good number of patients are showing interest in this unique procedure because it is non-invasive and requires virtually no downtime. We have found SculpSure to be more beneficial than fat freezing for many reasons. The fat cells are heated to the optimum temperature and, over a period of a few weeks, the fatty tissue is eliminated naturally through the body’s lymphatic system. Juvea Aesthetics partners with SculpSure This process is ideal for small parts of the body such as the chin and knees and male chest area – the problem commonly referred to as “manboobs”.
A term for certain procedures, body contouring is also an approach to improving the appearance of lumpy, uneven skin. The Cynosure system, Sculpsure,® works by smoothing areas of the body by a combination of ultrasound and radio frequency technologies. Effectively eliminating stubborn fat, cellulite, wrinkles and sagging skin at one time, this treatment is ideal for patients with small or multiple problem areas. With minimum invasion, body contouring offers excellent results, reduced risks and very little down time.
Quite often, liposuction type treatments will require some extra help. Because liposuction and other methods that remove the fat from deep within the flesh, the surface of the skin is left a little loose. It a bit like a cushion cover that has lost its cushion! Depending upon your age and the condition of your skin, and how much fat removal you are aiming for, it might be that you would benefit from some skin rejuvenation.
The Pellevé® system treats wrinkles, skin laxity, jowls and neck skin. It is ideal for addressing problems such as under-eye bags or dark circles and the “smokers” lip lines. It works by using radio frequency energy and building up a level of heat at the point where skin meets the fatty layers. The process encourages the growth of new collagen. Patients report noticeable improvements from just one procedure although 2-3 applications will give optimum results.
What Areas can be treated?
Most areas of the body and face can be treated through one of these non-invasive methods for fat reduction. Basically, wherever you have experienced a chronic (meaning over a long period of time) fatty area of the body – there is a solution for elimination or reduction. It will depend upon your own problem, and your consultant will consider many factors such as how long you have been unhappy with your size or condition before recommending the correct treatment for you. Typically, patients are having these areas of the body:
The stomach area and its abdominal surrounds are the most commonly requested area for treatment. Young and old, large and small, men and women can spend years dieting and/or exercising.
Arms (“bingo wings”)
This delicate area on the arms is becoming more commonly requested by women. This is due to the area being almost impossible to improve with exercise especially after the age of around 40. If weight loss has been drastic and sudden, the connection between muscle and flesh is sometimes irreparable, therefore liposuction is the only solution. Laser liposuction is ideal for this problem as the incisions are minute and therefore scarring is virtually non-existent.
Due to hormones and hereditary traits, some women find they can never shift the excess fat from the breast area. Breast reduction techniques have changed over recent years and laser liposuction is being used as an effective method in treating this area. Achieving symmetry is important and therefore equipment such as the Sculpsure®® device can offer greater accuracy at the time of surgery and very good results when the patient has fully recovered.
Our “sitting flesh” can be problematic for some surgical procedures due to the resting pressure and deep muscle activity required for this part our anatomy. Because the laser liposuction offers minimal trauma to the flesh, patients can expect to see great results with little discomfort and speedy recovery time.
Hip Flanks (“love handles”)
The area below the waist and above the hips can be highly resistant to all attempts at weight loss. This is often associated to ageing and reduction here is only achieved if drastic, unhealthy weight loss affects the rest of the body. Laser liposuction is ideal for this part of the body. Depending upon the volume and your health history, your Juvea consultant will confirm the suitability of this procedure.
The knees are not typically known for being a big fat storing area, however, many people do have large knees in relation to their legs and sometimes this is due to small pockets of fat. The accuracy and skill that can be applied through the laser liposuction technique means patients can see a greatly improved shape to their legs. Care is needed to achieve symmetry and your consultant will advise on realistic expectations.
Male chest, Gynecomastia (“man boobs”)
For men, having excess flesh in this area can make them feel less masculine and can badly affect their self-confidence. Similar to women’s breast surgery, the reduction and reshaping for this part of the body through laser liposuction method is perfectly suited. The Sculpsure®® device delivers accurate and subtle results with minimum trauma to this delicate area of the body.
Neck and Jowls
Another ageing/hereditary problem area. Once gained, the fat around this area is virtually impossible to shift through activity/exercise and unless the person loses a drastic, unhealthy level of weight all over, they will never see an improvement unless they opt for medical treatment. Depending upon the severity of the condition, including excessive skin, it might be that a combination of methods, including some surgery. Your Juvea consultant will be best placed to advise you on the type of liposuction that will suit you.
Thighs (inner and outer)
For women, the inner thighs can be forever loose or uneven. The fittest athletes can have that little bit of inner wobble, which is seen as undesirable no matter your sex or age. The flesh on the inner thighs is very difficult to tone and easily “relaxes” back to its natural state.
Outer thighs can usually be worked on by exercise and diet but some people experience a stubborn layer of fat that simply will not shift. In both situations, the laser liposuction acts as a highly successful solution to these problem areas.
What are the results?
In all procedures, most patients say the results are exactly, or even better than expected. Smoother, firmer skin is the first thing people notice and because of this, some patients can also see a more youthful appearance to the surface of the skin. Size reduction will vary from patient to patient and for some this will be a subtle change, while others experience quite a large amount
Because of the nature of the fat freezing procedure, the fatty tissue is eliminated more slowly over a period of weeks via the body’s lymphatic system. Therefore full results might not be seen as quickly as say the laser liposuction.
Realistic attainment is set at your first consultation and depending upon your choice of procedure, you can expect to see an improvement in your shape and/or size within weeks.
Each of our non-invasive treatments starts with a thorough assessment during the consultation with the Juvea clinician.
Once you have made your choice, your booking will be made for a day that is suitable and when you are able to have a day of low-level activity following the treatment.
The procedure will be carried out at our Harley Street, London location. Depending upon the type of fat reducing or skin rejuvenation treatment a mild anaesthetic solution is applied to the area.
Most treatments take only 1-2 hours, but this will depend upon the area being treated and the type of procedure you have chosen.
Because there is no need for a general anaesthetic or sedation, recovery is very quick.
With liposuction compression garments will be applied to the area and you will receive instructions on managing these at home.
You will receive a Patient Brochure at the time of your consultation. The brochure will contain full process and recovery details for the treatment you have chosen. If you have any questions, please contact a Juvea clinician today to discuss your concerns.
What are the risks?
SculpSure, body contouring and Pellevé are virtually non-invasive and therefore risks to your health are minimised. This is one of the most advantageous benefits to these treatments.
There is still the potential for adverse reactions and where there are small incisions, risk of infection. On rare occasions, a patient might react to the device itself but in all cases, prompt and appropriate action will prevent any serious harm and avoid scarring.
Alternatives to non-surgical Liposuction
For those with more complex problems and those who have lost a large amount of weight and now have excess skin, the non-invasive options are not always adequate. A surgical procedure combining traditional liposuction and a “tummy tuck” (or abdominoplasty) might offer the best solution.
The reduction in size is noticeable very soon after the body has settled post operation. The tummy tuck part of the procedure offers a more bespoke approach to fat reduction. You and the surgeon can discuss how best to reduce and reshape the abdominal area (with reasonable expectations), giving you the size and shape you are suited to.
Because the combined liposuction and tummy tuck operation is a surgical operation, you will receive all the testing and care required throughout the procedure
We have set out a number of questions that patients have when considering fat reduction and skin rejuvenation methods. We think most of these will address your concerns, but if you need further information please contact a Juvea clinician.
Is laser liposuction more expensive than other liposuction treatments?
Laser liposuction is one of the newest methods for fat removal. At Juvea we charge less than the surgical option but this is relative in terms of body coverage. The majority of treatment costs are calculated to factor in the expense of new innovative technology, staffing needs and after care. So prices continue to vary based on this and consumer demand. Please contact our staff at Juvea to discuss pricing options.
Will I need to take time off work for the less invasive treatments?
You should not need to plan for any down-time. If you have a very demanding job or your work is manual or involves heavy lifting, it is best to find time where you can take it a bit easier.
How long will the results last?
In most cases the fat loss is permanent. If your outcome is highly successful and has met your aims, it is very unlikely that you will experience an adverse change in the quality of your size/shape. However, people vary and further weight gain or changes to the contours in the treated area cannot be ruled out. Your Juvea consultant will be able to talk you through the long lasting results we see from our patients and answer any questions you have about this aspect to the treatment.
Will the fat come back to the area, or even find its way to another area?
SculpSure offers permanent fat reduction. Areas treated by liposuction can still store some fat in future (if the patient is to gain weight) but due to the procedure it might not appear as before. Future weight gain through ageing, pregnancy, medical conditions or disability cannot be ruled out.
Are non-invasive treatments less successful than surgical liposuction?
The non-invasive options are getting better and better. Improving technologies and techniques are producing more successful and long term results. However, there are certain conditions where these newer, less invasive methods are not the best option. Clinical obesity over a period of time is as serious condition and it might be that traditional surgery is required.
SculpSure sounds scary and painful – is it a better option that liposuction?
SculpSure is not at all painful. It is a gentle and subtle way to eliminate unwanted fatty tissue. Because the “waste” is drained away over a period of weeks through the body’s lymphatic system, the results can be less predictable than liposuction or other forms of body contouring.
If you have a large amount of fat to remove in an area where the surface appearance is not a priority, such as the back, you can see the progress and have another attempt if you and your consultant both think this would get the results you are looking for.
Can I have multiple areas treated and a combination of methods for fat reduction?
In many cases, yes. Your condition and the results you are aiming for will inform the choice of treatment and combination of procedures.
How long does the treatment take?
Usually 25 minutes to 1 hour is needed for these non-invasive procedures. It will depend upon the size of the area to be treated and the method of liposuction. Your Juvea clinician will explain these details in full at your first consultation.
Will it be obvious that I have had this procedure?
There should be virtually zero scarring from non-invasive treatments. There might be some mild inflammation at first but this will settle in a few days.
I like the idea of boosting liposuction with a skin rejuvenation treatment, does this mean more recovery time or risk or reactions?
At Juvea, we see these two treatments as a perfect match. Our patients tell us that having both the liposuction and for fat reduction followed by the Pellevé system is one of the best available today and we are now suggesting this extra procedure to improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. The only risk is the rare chance of an adverse reaction to the device itself, and no extra downtime is required.
These non-invasive liposuction-type procedures and complementing skin rejuvenation treatments are all slightly different to each other. Whilst we can assure you that these treatments are safe, they are considered innovative and therefore the market is adjusting to the demand.
At Juvea we believe that our prices are competitive with other clinics that offer these or similar equipment. It is worth noting that there are some clinics who allow minimally qualified clinicians to perform these treatments. At Juvea we employ the most qualified professionals for all our treatments.
Please contact our team at Juvea for further details on pricing and if you are keen to pursue this treatment.
Juvea Aesthetics is located in the country’s centre for medical excellence, Harley Street London. You will find us conveniently situated near two tube stations (Oxford Circus and Bond Street), where there is plenty of choice in hotels, theatres, restaurants and shops.