If you are like many Americans, you might have some stubborn fat around your thighs, upper arms, or on your stomach that you simply cannot get rid of. Liposuction is a great option. However, this invasive treatment can be expensive, and you might not be a good candidate. Whatever the reason, if you want to lose stubborn fat with a more minimally invasive treatment, you have several options. Here are a few of the most popular non-surgical fat removal options.


If you are dealing with stubborn fat that you cannot eliminate, no matter how much you diet and exercise, cryolipolysis is a great option. This technology uses targeted cold temperatures to freeze fat cells. The fat cells are broken down by the cold temperatures, but the skin and surrounding tissues are not damaged. During the procedure, a specialized gel is applied to the skin and the cryolipolysis tool is placed next.

The tool, which is curved at the end, is placed against the skin and a slight vacuuming effect occurs before the cold is applied directly to the targeted area. There is a minor amount of discomfort that will quickly fade. Depending upon the desired results, it might take several sessions for the treatment to be completely effective.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Another great option for people looking to lose some stubborn fat, laser therapy is typically used to reduce pockets of fat on the stomach and love handles. Unlike cryolipolysis which uses cold technology, laser therapy uses targeted heat to destroy subcutaneous fat cells. This treatment is typically not painful, and you will notice results a few weeks after your first treatment.

In many cases, low-level laser therapy is so effective that patients will only require one treatment to see the desired results.

Ultrasound Fat Reduction Treatment

Ultrasound cavitation, or ultrasound lipolysis, uses safe ultrasonic waves to break apart fat cells. The fat cells are then reabsorbed by the body. Like the other types of non-invasive treatments, ultrasound fat reduction is ideal for people who looking to lose some small pockets of fat from around the abdomen and love handles. It might take a few treatments for the desired results to occur.

Some of the biggest advantages of ultrasound fat reduction technology is that there is minimal discomfort, and this treatment is often less expensive than other types of non-invasive fat reduction treatments.

If you want to lose some stubborn fat but do not want to have liposuction, there are several options available.