Exercise and diet are the keys to health, wellness, and longevity, but it’s an unfortunate truth that they can’t always get your body where you’d like it to be. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn love handles following weight loss, loose skin post-pregnancy, or a little extra quarantine padding, you’ve probably been on the lookout for finish-line solutions. That just might be non-invasive body contouring!
So what is non-invasive body contouring? Fortunately, we are living in the renaissance of non-invasive body sculpting! The popularity of non-invasive procedures is currently booming, and the technology behind the treatments is advancing rapidly.
Liposuction, with its risks and downtime, is on the way out. Read on to learn about the biggest body contouring treatments that are taking over.
How does it work? Our adipose tissue is more vulnerable to cold than the surrounding skin and muscle. It’s possible to freeze and kill fat cells without damaging other tissues, and that’s precisely what cryolipolysis, brand name CoolSculpting, does. The destroyed cells are then removed via the lymphatic system over the next few months.
What’s the deal? The treatment takes about 35 minutes and can remove approximately 25% of fat cells per application. Results will first be visible after several weeks and will be fully realized after 3 months.
Is it safe? Yes! Professional cryolipolysis equipment is safe and effective, and adverse side effects are rare and typically very mild. There is a risk, however, of frostbite and permanent damage when fat-freezing is attempted at home.
How does it work? Radiofrequency waves penetrate the skin and heat the fat cells and connective tissue (fascia). Fat cells shrink and collagen strands in the fascia tighten, reducing the appearance of cellulite and subcutaneous fat. Different radiofrequency devices have different effects--some focus on tightening the skin, some go deeper to shrink fat cells, and some heat fat cells so much that they are destroyed.
What’s the deal? Effective treatment usually includes 6-10 30-minute sessions at one-week intervals. There is no downtime and you will relax into an experience similar to a hot rocks massage. Improvements in your skin will be apparent immediately, and further results will develop over the next several days.
Is it safe? Yes; the only common side effect is some redness post-treatment that fades over a few hours.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
How does it work? Originally developed for the noninvasive treatment of tumors, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) was recently tested and found very successful at removing fat cells as well. HIFU uses sound-waves to heat and destroy a highly targeted region of cells, and is able to remove fat without affecting neighboring tissue. Waist circumference can be reduced by 2 cm in a single treatment.
What’s the deal? Many individuals are satisfied with the results after one treatment, while others go back for a second after the results have shown themselves 2 months post-op.
Is it safe? Yes, though depending on the depth and location of your target fat this procedure might be more uncomfortable than other options.
Low-Level Laser Therapy
How does it work? Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) stimulates your adipose (fat) cells and adipocytes (fat-creating) cells. The lasers don’t heat your tissues at all; rather, the photons of energy excite the cell’s metabolism, causing it to kick into overdrive until they collapse.
What’s the deal? Multiple LLLT treatments may be necessary; one study found that 12 treatments over six weeks yielded the best results, but you will want to consult with an aesthetic specialist to discuss your unique goals.
Is it safe? Yes, LLLT is safe and effective.
The ideal candidate for these procedures is close to achieving their “perfect” figure but needs a little help to get the rest of the way there (or wants a shortcut to the finish line!). They all work best when used as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. If non-invasive body contouring seems like a fit for your body and goals, contact our partners at 866.471.8874 to locate a dermatologist near you and ask: how much does non-invasive body contouring cost?