Everyone has problem areas on their body that make them feel a little self-conscious. Whether you’ve put on a little extra weight over the course of the pandemic (also known as COVID weight) or you simply want a more toned physique without having to spend hours working out at the gym, body contouring is an effective procedure that can help you reach your goals.
What Is Body Contouring?
Also known as body sculpting, body contouring is a type of cosmetic or medical procedure that targets specific problem areas of the body with high fat deposits or excess skin. The objective is to manipulate and reshape these areas to eliminate fat to create a leaner and more toned figure for the patient.
Contrary to what you might think, however, body contouring isn’t meant to be used in lieu of an exercise regimen. Rather, it’s meant to complement your existing exercise routine by targeting stubborn fat deposits in common problem areas throughout the body such as the waist, the thighs, and underarms.
Why Is Body Contouring Used?
Patients typically seek out surgical or non-surgical body contouring procedures as a means of supplementing their existing weight loss efforts. Certain parts of the body are a lot harder to effectively target during a workout than others. These areas often have larger fat deposits and excess or loose skin than others.
Body contouring or sculpting is an effective solution for actively targeting certain problem areas that have higher fat deposits when dieting and exercise doesn’t work. It also works to remove excess saggy and wrinkled skin post-weigh loss. As a result, body contouring is a great confidence booster for many patients who are in the market of self-betterment and on the journey to reaching their health and wellness goals.
Common target areas for this procedure include:
- Love Handles
What Are the Different Types of Body Contouring?
As is the case with just about any cosmetic procedure, there are a few different types of body contouring and sculpting treatments available. Body contouring can use hot or cold temperatures or laser treatment to remove excess hanging skin or fatty deposits throughout your body.
Depending on your specific needs, health history, and the amount of work that’s required, your doctor may recommend either a surgical or non-surgical procedure.
Surgical body contouring is used in more extreme cases where stubborn fat deposits and excess skin can’t be removed by more conventional non-surgical procedures. These include:
- Tummy Tucks
Here, we’re going to focus more on non-surgical body contouring and sculpting options.
As the name suggests, CoolSculpting (also known as Cryolipolysis) uses cold temperatures to freeze and remove stubborn fatty deposits in problem areas. Using a gel pad and electronic applicator, the technician applies a controlled cooling temperature to the target area while gently moving the device over your skin to evenly distribute the cooling and suctioning sensation.
Coolsculpting is an FDA-approved completely non-invasive topical procedure that can be done in as little as half an hour depending on the number of target areas you want to work on in each session. You can opt to have multiple areas targeted during one session. Of course, this will prolong your appointment.
Since this is a simple non-surgical procedure, there’s little to no downtime involved and you should be able to resume your daily business afterward.
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable form of lipolysis. It contains a chemical called deoxycholic acid, which helps eliminate fat cells in targeted areas of the body. This procedure requires general anesthesia as you may experience some discomfort or a slight prickly sensation from the needle.
It only takes about 5 to 20 minutes to complete. Again, the length of the session is subjective based on how many areas you want to target at the same time and how you’re feeling after the anesthesia wears off. Your healthcare practitioner may ask you to stick around for an extra couple of minutes to examine the effects of the treatment and make sure you don’t experience any adverse reactions.
You may experience minor discomfort such as a little soreness in the target area for a few hours post-treatment, but that should subside fairly quickly with minimal downtime.
For those who are squeamish about needles, Vanquish is another great option. This is a completely non-invasive procedure that uses radio frequency to vanquish (pun intended) stubborn fat cells in targeted problem areas of your body.
No medical or procedural instruments come into contact with your skin at any point during the procedure. Instead, the applicator hovers above your skin, delivering heat that permeates through several layers of skin to destroy fat cells and tone your body.
Vanquish is specifically used to target the midsection from flank to flank. This procedure takes a little bit longer than the other body sculpting treatments on this list because it covers a much larger surface area.
SculpSure is a highly innovative fat removal method that uses precise laser technology to effectively destroy fat deposits and remove excess sagging skin in targeted areas.
Due to its high precision laser technology, SculpSure is arguably the most effective and best choice for removing stubborn fatty deposits in miniscule or harder to reach areas. It also happens to be the most affordable body sculpting treatment method on this list and can be completed in less than 30 minutes depending on the amount of work that’s required.
SculpSure is most effective when combined with a strict health and exercise regimen.
Post-Body Contouring Recovery Instructions and Guidelines
Individual cases and patient history varies, so your healthcare professional will most likely provide you with a specific set of recovery and aftercare instructions. Here’s a general guideline to follow.
Downtime for non-surgical body contouring or sculpting procedures is typically limited or non-existent depending on your specific circumstances. The risk of complications occurring from these procedures is also low or unlikely. If you do experience complications such as an infection at injection site, redness, swelling, or bleeding, be sure to contact a healthcare professional immediately.
Body contouring isn’t a weight loss method; rather it’s meant to supplement your weight loss achievement. It’s recommended that you reach your ideal weight loss goals prior to undergoing this type of procedure to maximize the results.
Why Choose SculpSure Treatment at The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic?
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic is one of the premier body contouring and sculpting clinics in the GTA. We cater to variety of clientele and are well-equipped to help you meet your physical goals. We’re committed to helping our clients live their best lives by delivering top notch life-altering cosmetic procedures that give them a much-needed confidence boost. Contact us today to learn more about SculpSure treatment at our clinic!