Body contouring is a procedure that eliminates or reduces excess skin and fat on the body. This is a very common form of cosmetic technique that follows after an individual experiences major weight loss. The goal of body contouring treatments is to reshape and tone parts of the body to give it a more defined and lean look. What’s unique about body contouring is its diversity in treatment methods. Depending on the severity of excess skin and fat, one can select either a non-surgical or surgical body contouring treatment course. Before undergoing treatment with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you will have a required consultation to discuss the areas you want to target, your goals, and preferences. From there, your plastic surgeon will recommend one of the many body contouring treatment options that best fits your specific needs.
BODY CONTOURING OPTIONS
Since everyone’s body contouring needs differ from one another, surgeons have spent years developing a variety of different surgical and non-surgical body contouring options. Now, with the ability to tap into modern and advanced technology, these options have expanded. More and more cutting-edge procedures in body contouring are available in plastic surgery offices and cosmetic centers. Depending on your health, goals, current body shape, and preferences, a body contouring treatment might be right for you.
HERE’S A LIST OF COMMON SURGICAL AND NON-SURGICAL BODY CONTOURING TREATMENTS:
- Liposuction: Liposuction is a common body contouring treatment for those who are looking to treat and remove larger areas of excess fat. This is a surgical treatment that has seen a lot of recent advancements. Years earlier, Liposuction used to be a very aggressive, very invasive form of surgery. Now, with better tools and knowledge, Liposuction is minimally invasive and gentler. By removing unwanted fat, surgeons are able to contour the body and sculpt as they perform the procedure. However, this is not a permanent solution to keep the fat away and the body perfectly contoured. Patients are advised to keep up with healthy eating and daily exercise.
- CoolSculpting: This is a very new, and very unique form of body contouring. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that removes fat cells by freezing them. Once frozen, the fat cells die and the body naturally sheds them over a course of a couple weeks. This treatment is preferred by many due to its non-surgical natural, therefore, requiring no downtime or recovery time.
- SmartLipo: SmartLipo is a different form of liposuction that involves heat to improve effectiveness. Typically, surgeons will use lasers to melt fat cells for easier removal. Once the laser treatment is over, surgeons will insert a very small tube to remove the melted fat cells.
- UltraShape: This is another unique form of body contouring that uses HIFU–high-intensity focused ultrasound–to eliminate excess fat. The energy from the ultrasound sends intense shockwaves that destroy fat cell walls. Once completed, your body will naturally eliminate the broken down fat.
Although these are just a few, there are many different body contouring options that fit the needs of every patient. If you are interested in body contouring treatment but are unsure of which treatment plan is best for you, be sure to speak to your doctor or board-certified plastic surgeon. They will be able to provide you with the best course of action for your body contouring needs.