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What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring helps individuals of all ages regain an attractive figure with tighter skin. It isn't meant to replace diet or exercise. Body contouring procedures may be used on one or more parts of a patient's body, including the face, neck, jowls, double chin, arms, thighs, buttocks, back and abdomen.

The term body contouring may refer to non-surgical or surgical methods of reshaping the body. Surgical methods are expensive and require an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic and weeks of recovery time. These surgical methods are referred to by the body part treated, followed by the word lift, i.e. stomach lift, breast lift.

Non-surgical methods have become more popular in recent years, and they are performed on an outpatient basis in an office, medi-spa or clinic with little to no recovery time. Cellulite or fat reduction and skin-tightening procedures are types of body contouring (also referred to as body shaping).

What body contouring accomplishes:

  • Eliminates or reduces extra skin that remains after childbirth or weight loss
  • Improves the shape of arms, thighs, abdomen, buttocks and other body parts
  • Tones legs, arms, buttocks and other areas
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Circumferential reduction of thighs
  • Reduces fatty deposits around knees
  • Reduces the appearance of post-pregnancy stretch marks
  • Tightens lax skin

Several non-invasive methods are used to perform body contouring. They usually involve radiofrequency energy, vacuum therapy, laser therapy, fat-freezing or focused ultra-sound. Some methods have been used successfully by many patients for years; others are relatively new. Viora Reaction, CoolSculpting, VelaShape and Lipo Laser are just a few of the machines and methods used for non-surgical body contouring. Only machines cleared for use by the FDA are used for body contouring in a medical or medical aesthetic office.

A non-invasive body contouring treatment takes place in a medical aesthetics spa or doctor's office. The machine or method is only as good as the practitioner, who must know how to adjust the settings to benefit the patient's needs. Reducing cellulite on the thighs requires one type of treatment adjustment, while tightening lax skin on the abdomen or neck needs another setting. A body shaping practitioner will spend less time on a patient with a bit of "padding" on their belly than a patient who needs excessive skin tightening after losing 100 pounds.

Who is a Good Candidate for Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

If you're in relatively good health, and have small pockets of fat or cellulite you can't lose even after dieting and exercising, non-invasive body shaping will probably work for you. Non-invasive fat reduction through body contouring isn't a substitute for weight loss. It's best for limited to moderate amounts of fat on the abdomen, thighs or other parts of the body. Non-surgical body shaping for excessive amounts of fat requires multiple treatments, and results may vary according to the treatment method.

For non-surgical skin tightening (another form of body contouring) corrects lax skin and improves its texture. If you have mild to moderate lax skin anywhere on your body, experience loose skin after an operative procedure or have post-pregnancy stretch marks, non-invasive skin-tightening treatment will help tighten skin without surgery. Several treatments may be necessary, and the results won't be as striking as those attained after a surgical procedure. Non-invasive skin tightening treatments are suitable for all skin types. The extent and location of the loose skin determines the intensity and number of treatments required.

Does Body Contouring Work?

Non-invasive body shaping helps you look and feel like your old self again. Results are dependant upon the severity of your cellulite or lax skin, the non-surgical method you've chosen, the number of treatments needed and your practitioner's skill. Having non-surgical body contouring at a younger age (in your 30s or 40s instead of 50s) can act as insurance to help some patients avoid the need for surgical treatments as they get older. All non-invasive body contouring methods have no to minimal discomfort and no downtime. With some methods, you may experience redness or swelling for a short time after treatment. There's no healing period for in-office body contouring; most patients resume their regular schedule immediately after leaving the practitioner's office. Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle will ensure body contouring results last longer.

Consult a licensed, experienced physician, physician assistant or other degreed practitioner to discuss which non-surgical body contouring treatment is right for you. Any decision regarding treatment should be made after a personalized consultation with a practitioner who is knowledgeable about all types of non-invasive body shaping methods.

Individual results may vary.

Call us today to learn more about this safe, non-invasive treatment for body contouring to reduce cellulite, post-pregnancy stretch marks and lax skin.