Does body contouring work? Our doctors discuss the benefits of body contouring by non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting and SculpSure.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring also known as non-surgical fat reduction, is one of the hottest trends in the cosmetic industry. These non-invasive treatments are designed to reduce stubborn fat pockets in areas like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and neck, leading to a more sculpted shape.
Who does body contouring work for?
The ideal candidate for body contouring is someone with noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Body contouring is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise.
How does body contouring work?
There are two main type of body contouring treatments on the market. The first one reduces fat by heating it; and the second one uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat – but both methods have the same goal.
SculpSure heats the underlying fat and initiates a process that leads to the loss of fat cells. The SculpSure laser raises the temperature of fat cells damaging their structural integrity. Over the next three months, the damaged fat cells are processed and eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. Fat cells are permanently removed and will not regenerate. Results can be seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks.
The CoolSculpting procedure delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
Can I lose weight with body contouring?
Whether it is excess skin after massive weight loss, stubborn fat that no amount of exercise can eliminate, or the desire to get your pre-pregnancy body back, body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting and SculpSure can reshape your silhouette with up to a 25% reduction in fat cells.
We recommend combining body contouring, exercise, and healthy eating for best results.
Should You Try It?
If you’re interested in trying body contouring, it is best to set up a consultation with a dermatologist who can explain each option and help you decide which is best for you.
Whether or not you’re the ideal candidate for body contouring depends on your current weight, your lifestyle, and the condition of your skin. Patients who are overweight, don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, and have loose skin won’t see the results they want.