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What is Body Sculpting or Body Contouring?

Dec 05, 2021

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What is Body Sculpting or Body Contouring?

Excess body fat deposits affect our everyday lives. Not only do they pose health hazards, but they can also reduce self-esteem. Having low self-esteem often affects every aspect of your life from job performance to personal relationships. There are many ways to target fat deposits. One of the most popular modern treatment options is body sculpting or body contouring.

Body Sculpting

Body sculpting involves controlled fat reduction and body contouring procedures. Treatments are designed to effectively address specific areas with unwanted address fat deposits. The non-surgical, in-office treatments use non-invasive approaches to reduce fat cells and create a body with a more sculpted shape.

What is body sculpting?

Most body sculpting treatment options use non-invasive procedures that present very little or no side effects. Different methods may be used to target and destroy fat cells. The methods used may include extreme temperatures, acid injections, or sonic vibrations. These methods are all designed to effectively flush fat from pesky areas. Final results of these non-surgical medical procedures include shrinkage of stubborn body fat and reshaping the body to give it a slimmer appearance.

How long do body sculpting results last? 

Body sculpting procedures offer many benefits. To achieve your goals, depending on how much body fat you need removed, you may undergo numerous treatments over a few weeks’ time. You will start to notice changes in your body contour after a few treatments, usually in about six to eight weeks. Contouring is considered a permanent solution and you should be able to enjoy the results for 10 or more years. To ensure that you can enjoy long-lasting results, you will want to maintain a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine following your final treatment and recovery.

What are the different types of body sculpting treatments?

There are two main types of body sculpting treatments: surgical and non-surgical. Even though they are widely different, all of the different methods help reduce and eliminate fat cells and leave the body slimmer and more contoured in appearance. Healthy and active men and women alike often seek out fat reduction treatment options for isolated bulges of fat that are resistant to dieting and exercising. Some of the most popular body sculpting treatment areas include:

  • Reducing belly fat in the abdomen
  • Flank treatments reduce the size of love handles and hips
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Reduce double chins and neck fat
  • Upper arm regions
  • Back and armpit areas (reduces bra bulge)

Once fat cells are eliminated, they do not grow back, and the body won’t replace them. Body sculpting offers long-lasting results. However, individuals still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight to continue having the body shape they desire. Surgical procedures present disadvantages such as high surgeon bills, stitches, scars, painful recovery, lengthy downtime, and side effects of general anesthesia. Non-invasive fat reduction treatment, however, requires no surgery and almost no downtime.

Non-surgical treatments options

There are a variety of non-surgical treatment options for reducing fat. The procedures differ in the energies they use to destroy fat cells. Energies used include thermal energy, cold energy, radiofrequency, and ultrasound. Even though they use different approaches, they cause lipolysis, which means fat cell death. Each method has different advantages and disadvantages even though they each work to the same goal. Non-surgical options include:

  • CoolSculpting – Cryolipolysis destroys fat cells with cold energy. Temperatures that are low enough to not damage the skin are applied to areas of fat. The fat freezes, killing the fat cells. The body then removes the dead cells through natural processes.
  • Laser Reduction – Laser fat reduction contours the body using heat energy. The heat is safe for skin and internal organs, but hot enough to eliminate fat cells.
  • Ultrasound Fat Reduction – Ultrasound methods break down fat cells using highly focused sonic waves.
  • Acid Injections – Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the body. It aids the body in breaking down fat during the digestive process. A syringe is used to inject this acid into targeted areas where it will then break down fat cells.
  • Electromagnetic Energy – EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation causes muscles to contract and relax like they would while exercising. Ultimately, it builds up muscle and consumes fat in the targeted muscles.

Benefits of non-surgical body contouring

No-surgical body sculpting, and contouring procedures remove fat cells from the body using a more natural approach. The treatments apply specific energy to fat cells below the surface of the skin. When the fat cells are damaged and can no longer store fat, the body removes them naturally in the form of waste. Here are the top five benefits of non-surgical body contouring.

  1. Procedures can target many various areas of the body they are not limited to just one or two troublesome areas.
  2. There are very little or no side effects or pain.
  3. Non-surgical contouring methods are safe.
  4. You can enjoy long-lasting results.
  5. Enjoy well-shaped body contours even in stubborn areas.

What happens during non-surgical treatments? 

Most non-surgical fat reduction treatments occur in an office or a clinic. One session usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. You may be given a robe or gown to wear during the procedure and you may be asked to lay on a table, or you may be positioned in a chair.

The areas to receive treatment will be marked with a pen or marker. Then the procedure will take place. A tool like a paddle or wand may deliver ultrasound waves, cold or heat treatment, or laser beams depending on the type of treatment. For some, a drug is injected into the treatment areas. When the treatment has been successfully completed, you will go about the rest of your day normally.

Why EMSCULPT NEO is different? 

EMSCULPT NEO is a different type of non-surgical body sculpting treatment. What sets it apart from the rest is that it is the first treatment to combine advanced heat energy with HIFEM using electrodes. The additional boost of heat helps supply blood flow to muscles, so they build up faster and stronger. The technique also heats layers of fat so that they physically break down. The body metabolizes them naturally so that they are permanently removed. Just one 30-minute session can contract muscles up to 24,000 times.