What is Body Sculpting?
Sometimes stubborn fat cells won’t budge – no matter how much you exercise. While there’s no such thing as the “perfect body,” most of us have areas we wish were more slim and toned. Body sculpting helps eliminate excess fat that’s hard to lose.
These non-invasive body contouring treatments reduce fat cells to help give you a natural-looking slimmer appearance without invasive plastic surgery or downtime.
What is Body Sculpting, and How Does it Work?
Body contouring includes several non-invasive treatments to target fat cells in different areas of the body, including the abdomen, bottom, thighs, upper arms, double chin, and love handles. Body sculpting procedures can help reshape your problem areas when eating healthy and exercising doesn’t help.
These fat reduction treatments use controlled extreme temperatures, sonic vibrations, or injections to destroy fat cells. Most treatments have little to no recovery time or side effects.
Who is Body Sculpting Best For?
If you have minor fat pockets and are close to your ideal weight, body contouring may help you shed that pesky extra fat. These treatments are not intended for weight loss, and obese or overweight people may need to lose weight before undergoing treatment.
The Top 5 Most Common Body Sculpting Treatments
- Fat Freezing
- Laser fat reduction
- Ultrasound fat reduction
- Muscle stimulation
Here’s a breakdown of each treatment.
Cryolipolysis or fat freezing gets rid of body fat in targeted areas. You’ve probably heard it referred to by the brand name CoolSculpting. Most patients treat the belly, thighs, or butt with CoolSculpting. Fat freezing can reduce body fat in targeted areas by 20-25%.
#2 Lipolysis Injections
Fat loss injections chemically reduce the number of fat cells around the injection site. Lipolysis injections work better in correcting smaller treatment areas like a double chin. Most patients compare the pain to traditional botox shots.
#3 Laser Fat Reduction
Laser fat reduction or SculpSure uses radiofrequency to heat and destroy fat cells. The heat doesn’t affect the skin or internal organs but can kill stubborn fat to reveal a smaller figure. The process can take around 12 weeks for your lymphatic system to flush out the dead fat cells.
#4 Ultrasound Fat Reduction
Ultrasound fat reduction breaks down excess fat using sonic waves around the abdomen. As a result, your body will naturally metabolize the fat and reduce unwanted fat pockets through vibrations. UltraShape is one of the more popular FDA-approved ultrasound fat reduction treatments.
#5 Muscle Stimulation
Muscle stimulation is best to tone the arms or abdominal muscles. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) uses electromagnetic energy to strain and contract the muscles the same way exercise would. Over time, EMS can build muscle and eliminate toxins that can cause cellulite the same way a workout routine would.
Is Body Sculpting Right For Me?
Body sculpting can make a difference in how you look. While the results will not be as drastic as a surgical procedure, there are benefits to consider. Here’s what to consider.
No Recovery Time – There is zero downtime involved, and you can leave the clinic yourself without any assistance immediately following treatment.
Non-Invasive – No incisions or cuts are needed. Body contouring is ideal for patients that don’t like the idea of surgery.
It’s Convenient – Some of these treatments are essentially the equivalent of working out at the gym without actually having to move.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There may be risks involved like any other cosmetic treatment (surgical or non-surgical). The most common risks with body sculpting are tingling or discomfort during the session. Some patients experience bruising, redness, or swelling in the treatment area. Side effects are temporary and should subside on their own.
Does Body Sculpting Hurt?
Most patients don’t experience pain during treatments. That said, hot and cold treatments can be uncomfortable and cause a stinging or burning sensation. Body contouring treatments are typically short, but you will likely require multiple sessions to notice results. Always follow your treatment provider’s skin care recommendations following your procedure.
Other Body Contouring Procedures to Consider
Non-invasive fat removal treatments can’t achieve the same drastic results as surgical procedures. For some, cosmetic surgery like liposuction is a better option. Lipo can completely reshape and rejuvenate treated areas in just one session if you have a lot of excess fat or want to see a more dramatic change.
Modern liposuction techniques are less-invasive than plastic surgery and can even be performed in a medical spa as an outpatient procedure. Small incisions are placed in different areas of the body to draw out unwanted fat and reshape your figure. Lipo can also provide skin tightening and whole body rejuvenation.
How to Maintain Your Body Sculpting Results
Regardless of the kind of fat-removing technique you choose, fat can grow back if you gain weight. Body contouring can help change the way you look and feel. However, it’s up to you to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure long-lasting results. Be sure to focus on your overall health and wellness by following a strict exercise routine and eating a healthy diet.
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If you’re dealing with stubborn fat that’s unresponsive to diet and exercise, share your body concerns with us. We’ll work with you to create a custom care plan to help you achieve your body goals.