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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Non-invasive Procedures for Excess Fat


Treatment Options


Learn more about treatment options for excess fat


There are several non-invasive options for excess fat removal, including:

Zerona Laser: emits cold laser energy into body tissues that are absorbed by fat cells, which then are broken down and absorbed into the body. The procedure has been approved by the FDA.Ultrasound: uses high-intensity, focused sound waves to disrupt fat cells, causing them to dissolve gradually over time.Radiofrequency: delivers controlled energy to excess fat areas, creating heat deep within fat cells and subsequently destroying them. Radiofrequency therapy for excess fat removal has not yet been approved by the FDA.  

Why choose non-invasive procedures for excess fat

Ideal candidates are relatively fit but have some stubborn body fat that cannot be easily reduced by diet or exercise. In addition to fat removal, radiofrequency therapy can be used to tighten the skin by targeting collagen with energy. Other benefits include:
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Non-invasive
  • Minimal pain

Possible risks

  • Redness in treated area lasting no more than a few hours.
  • Localized bruising that usually clears within a few hours.

Estimated cost

The average cost for a non-invasive excess fat removal procedure is $1,500 to $3,000 depending upon the areas treated. Since most medical insurance companies consider fat removal procedures a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered. 

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, and ASDS dermatologist will review the patient's medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectation, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients should understand that there are not yet any long-term studies on these procedures and that there is no guarantee regarding their effectiveness. 

What to expect after the procedure

  • Non-invasive procedures to remove excess fat involve minimal recovery time; patients can resume their normal activities the same day.
  • Non-invasive therapies typically require multiple treatment sessions.
  • Patients will observe a visible decrease in fat bulges in two to four months.

Find a doctor for your non-invasive procedure for excess fat.

Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon" and choose "Non-invasive Fat Removal" from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 38,000 non-invasive fat removal procedures. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition.


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