There are a number of different non-surgical weight loss procedures that have been developed over the last few years. In fact, apart from gastric band surgery which involves cutting the abdomen and attaching a silicon band to the stomach which effectively makes the stomach smaller, you could say that most weight loss procedures are non-surgical. Dieting, taking pills and supplements, drinking green tea, and taking exercise do not involve surgery.

Other treatments for weight loss include ultrasound cavitation. In this procedure a machine targets areas of the body with low frequency sound waves which heat and vibrate fat cells below the skin causing them to dissolve into the bloodstream. Although results are said to be immediate, most people will need between 8 and 12 treatments.

Another process is cryolipolysis or fat freezing. This procedure takes about an hour and targets a fat bulge, freezing the fat cells. The body then gradually eliminates these over 4 – 6 months. 3D shockwave therapy is another procedure which also breaks down the fat cells. Typically, the patient will require 8 – 10 treatments over a 4 – 5 week period.

There is also a procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty which involves inserting a tube down the patients throat. The surgeon then sews pleats into the stomach which has the effect of reducing the size of the stomach in much the same way that a gastric band does. It appears that this is “non-surgical” because nothing has actually been cut.

Yet another procedure is called Aspire Assist. In this case an endoscope is used to insert a tube into the stomach which connects to a port in the skin. For this to work, the patient has to chew very slowly. Around 20 -30 minutes after a meal the patient has to find a toilet and attach a device to the tube which will suck out about a third of the stomach’s contents.

It is also possible to lose weight through hypnotherapy. In this case the patient is hypnotised and made to believe that he or she has had a gastric band fitted. The mind then believes that the body cannot eat so much and the patient feels full after eating less.