There are many treatments that can improve the shape and appearance of the body. There are three main goals of body contouring (also known as Body Sculpting) treatments:
Treatments that target fat use various forms of energy to actually kill fat cells under the skin. Fat cells in an adult cannot re-grow. Once they are gone, new fat cells cannot be made anew. However, if you gain weight, the fat cells that remain can become larger. So, if you kill a bunch of fat from your belly, and then gain 20 pounds, you’ll see that fat get larger on your hips and elsewhere– anywhere you still have fat. Thus, body contouring is not a weight loss program. But you can certainly reshape the body. If your weight stays stable, your results are permanent.
Treatments that target muscle strengthen and tone the muscles using muscle stimulation. The effects on muscle are remarkable, but not permanent. You have to keep using the muscle in order to maintain results.
Treatments aimed at skin tightening tend to heat the skin to stimulate collagen build-up. These treatments often result in a mild improvement that is long lasting, but also not permanent.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which fat is sucked out of the body with a vacuum. This requires anesthesia and incisions and is an invasive procedure that carries inherent risks as any surgery does. Body Contouring treatments that target fat damage the fat cells with energy so that they die in place. The fat inside the cells is released into the lymph system and eventually excreted over time. This process is slower, but carries fewer risks.
Body Contouring procedures also differ from liposuction in that they can target muscle and skin, which are not improved at all with liposuction.
No, Body Contouring treatments does not cause weight loss. They will cause fat loss. But in general, people do not lose weight with these procedures.
There is no special diet or preparation for a body sculpting procedure. However, there are some things you should know to get the most out of it:
Risks of each device are different.
The risks of cryolipolysis are the most concerning: numbness/nerve damage in the treated area, uneven results, paradoxical hyperplasia of the fat (meaning it grows larger and rock hard, requiring surgery)
Risks of RF: primarily burns, rare
Most treatments have essentially no recovery time. The skin may be red temporarily. Most people resume their usual activity right after treatment. People undergoing HIFEM treatments report feeling stronger right away.
For RF and HIFEM, there are very few contraindications for treatment: if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator, you will not be a candidate, or if you have metal in your body near the area to be treated.
For Cryolipolysis, the shape and arrangement of the fat may or may not be amenable to treatment. For this reason, careful patient selection is very important.
For any treatment targeting fat, someone with impaired or diseased lymphatic systems will not be able to be treated.
If you are healthy and have no metal in your body, you are very likely a good candidate for Body Contouring.