Body Contouring at a Glance
- Modern body sculpting procedures use nonsurgical (minimally invasive to noninvasive) procedures.
- No anesthesia is needed.
- There is little to no downtime. Most patients can instantly resume their daily activities after the treatment.
Side effects and risks:
- The risks associated with many medical procedures including infection, scarring and prolonged pain are close to non-existent in contemporary body contouring.
- According to numbers kept by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2016 there were 169,695 procedures performed. The vast majority of reported side effects were minor and short-lived. These typically were redness, swelling, and minor pain.
- According to the ASAPS the average cost of nonsurgical fat reduction and injection lipolysis cost $1,681 and $1,257 respectively in 2016.
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You Have Options
All of our bodies are unique. In some cases, nonsurgical body contouring may be able to help you achieve your ideal body shape. The only way to know for sure is to talk to a qualified specialist. Our staff can complete a thorough intake evaluation and provide you with a variety of options. Once you know your options, you can make an informed decision on which treatment is best suited for your individual needs and expectations. Below are a few of the most common treatment techniques.
Depending on the amount of treatment done and the size of the incisions, recovery time following surgical alternatives might range from weeks to months.
Recovery times from nonsurgical methods are substantially quicker. Most patients resume their jobs and other responsibilities right away.
Your Options at a Glance
CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a noninvasive body sculpting technique that targets unwanted fat with cold temperatures. Cryolipolysis is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It applies cold temperatures to pockets of fat hiding under the skin in targeted areas of the body. The skin and other surrounding tissues are unscathed by the cold. Prolonged exposure to the freezing temperatures will kill the fat cells. They are then broken down by the body and eventually flushed out through the lymphatic system. Once removed, these cells should not reappear.
Common target areas:
Truth be told, CoolSculpting can be used almost anywhere on the body. Some of the most common trouble areas where CoolSculpting can be most effective include:
- bra and back fat,
- double chin,
- thighs and
- underneath the buttocks (aka banana roll)
Time of Treatment:
- One treatment session can take between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the size of the area, the depth of the fat and other factors.
- In the vast majority of cases, there is little to no downtime. Most people return to their normal activities right away.
- More than one treatment is usually required to achieve optimal results.
Are body contouring procedures permanent, or do results require maintenance?
The permanency of body contouring results depends on several factors, including the specific procedure performed, the patient’s lifestyle, and natural aging processes. Here’s a breakdown based on common body contouring procedures:
- Surgical Body Contouring (e.g., Tummy Tuck, Liposuction): Surgical procedures can provide long-lasting or even permanent results, especially if the patient maintains a stable weight and adopts a healthy lifestyle. However, significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or natural aging can affect the results over time. While the effects are long-term, they are not entirely immune to the body’s natural aging processes.
- Non-Invasive Procedures (e.g., CoolSculpting, Laser Therapy): Non-invasive body contouring treatments typically offer more subtle and gradual results.
What is the difference between non-invasive and surgical body contouring treatments?
Non-invasive and surgical body contouring treatments differ significantly in terms of invasiveness, recovery time, and the extent of results. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between these two types of procedures:
– Non-Invasive Procedures: Non-invasive body contouring methods do not require incisions or surgery. These treatments utilize technologies such as laser therapy, radiofrequency, ultrasound, or cryolipolysis (cooling) to target and reduce fat cells or tighten skin.
– Surgical Procedures: Surgical body contouring, on the other hand, involves incisions and is more invasive. Common surgical procedures include liposuction, tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), body lifts, and arm lifts. Surgical techniques can remove excess fat, tighten sagging skin, and reshape specific areas of the body.
- Recovery Time:
– Non-Invasive Procedures: Non-invasive treatments usually have minimal to no downtime. Patients can often resume regular activities immediately after the procedure. Some may experience mild discomfort or temporary side effects.
– Surgical Procedures: Surgical body contouring typically requires a recovery period. Patients may need to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Swelling and bruising are common after surgical procedures and can take time to subside.