Maybe you’ve already heard of body sculpting: the popular non-surgical treatments that promise to kill off fat, resolve flabby problem areas, and give you a more toned, shapely figure. These treatments, which involve little to no downtime, are helping men and women reclaim their bodies and their self-confidence. But are these treatments for real? And are they right for you? At Newport Face N Body Medical Spa in Irvine, CA, we can work with you to develop a body sculpting treatment plan that will achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
What Is Body Sculpting?
Body sculpting treatments, which are also sometimes referred to as body contouring treatments, use non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques to tackle problem areas like love handles, heavy thighs, and flabby upper arms. These treatments work in different ways to break down fat cells to the point that they naturally flush out of the body over a period of weeks.
Some of these treatments work by freezing fat cells, while others rely on radio-frequency or ultrasound therapy. Body contouring treatments have grown in popularity in recent years because they are effective yet have a short recovery and minimal downtime.
How Do These Treatments Compare With Liposuction?
Liposuction, which has been around since the 1970s, is well known for its ability to remove unwanted fat from the body. In fact, liposuction usually removes more fat from the body than many of the newer body contouring treatments do. However, liposuction is a surgical procedure, and, depending on the size of the area treated, it can require anywhere from 10 days to two weeks of recovery.
Body contouring treatments are popular because they also effectively rid the body of fat, but most are performed on an outpatient basis and require no more than a day or two of downtime. Some treatments even involve no recovery period.
Is Body Sculpting Right for You?
Body contouring treatments have helped men and women and patients with all skin types and tones. These are generally widely accessible treatments, but there are several signs that you may be an ideal patient for body contouring.
You Have a Healthy Lifestyle
You exercise regularly. You stick to a mostly healthy diet. But you still have a problem area or two that you just can’t seem to shed. Maybe it’s the extra weight you carry around your middle or that little bit of fat on your upper back that bulges around your bra line. If this sounds like you, you may be an ideal candidate for body contouring. The best candidates are no more than 20 pounds overweight and have maintained a stable weight for at least a year. These patients aren’t looking to lose a lot of weight or undergo a radical overhaul, but they want to tone up or address stubborn areas that have resisted diet and exercise.
Your Overall Health Is Good
In addition to having healthy habits, it also helps if your overall health is good. Some treatments are not recommended for patients with diabetes, thyroid conditions, or pacemakers. Patients who are currently pregnant may also be limited when it comes to body contouring options. Be sure to mention any significant underlying medical conditions during your consultation.
You Value Convenience
We all want to look our best, but not everyone can afford to take weeks off to undergo a painful and involved surgical procedure. One of the great things about body contouring treatments is that they can be done in your health care provider’s office and involve no or minimal downtime. We’ll provide you with individualized post-treatment guidelines, but most patients are able to get back to their regularly scheduled activities in no time.
You Have Sagging Skin
If pregnancy or a significant weight loss has left you with sagging skin, certain body contouring treatments may be able to help by tightening your skin and spurring collagen production in the skin. If weight loss is the reason why you have sagging skin, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve met your weight loss goal before embarking on body contouring.
You’re Not a Smoker
Smoking can have a negative effect on your circulation and can slow down the rate at which your body heals. Non-smokers are therefore best positioned for these treatments.
You’re Emotionally Stable
We know it sounds silly to say, but most of these procedures do change and improve your body. Even though it’s a change you’re probably looking forward to, it’s still a change. Individuals who are emotionally stable and realistic about the treatment outcomes are the best patients.
You’re Capable of Maintaining Your Results
Most sculpting treatments permanently zap fat cells, giving you long-lasting results. But in order to maintain your new silhouette, you’ll need to keep your weight in check through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Otherwise, it’s possible to gain the weight back with new fat cells, which could appear in other areas of the body.
You Want a Safe Treatment
Sculpting treatments are widely and effectively used, and many have won approval from the FDA. If you want a treatment that has been extensively studied and approved, there are sculpting options available to you.
How Do Sculpting Treatments Work?
There are two main categories of fat in the body. Visceral fat is the fat that collects around the internal organs. Visceral fat is hard to see with the naked eye, although the presence of a “beer belly” could be a sign that a patient has an unhealthy level of visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the jiggly, pinchable fat that lies just beneath the skin. Subcutaneous fat is easier to detect with the human eye, and it also happens to by the kind of fat that sculpting treatments target. Most sculpting treatments work to kill off subcutaneous fat cells using one of several different types of technology.
Temperatures at both ends of the spectrum can be used to zap fat cells. Cold treatments, including one known as CoolSculpting, use controlled cooling to essentially freeze fat cells to death. Meanwhile, heat treatments like SculpSure use heat generated from lasers to break down fat cells. Heat treatments can be especially effective on the stomach and thighs.
Some treatments rely on ultrasound and radiofrequency technology to not only break down fat, but also tighten up sagging skin by stimulating collagen production. Treatments like Exilis can be popular among those who have sagging skin after a significant weight loss.
Yet another category of sculpting treatment uses electromagnetic energy to increase muscle density and eliminate the fat that lays over muscles. A treatment called Emsculpt uses electromagnetic energy to contract muscles in the body in the same way as during a gym workout.
What Benefits Does Sculpting Offer?
At their core, these treatments are designed to improve the shape and silhouette of your body. This can involve everything from giving you a thinner, more toned look and eliminating problem spots to tightening and sculpting the abdominal area. Many patients say they are highly satisfied with their results after undergoing sculpting treatments. They say they feel younger, fitter, and more self-confident about their appearance.
What Body Parts Can Be Treated?
As a class, body sculpting treatments can be used on just about any part of the body. Love handles, heavy thighs, fat in the underarm area, and even double chins can all be tackled by sculpting techniques. As sculpting technology has evolved, treatments have become more precise, and now even small, hard-to-reach areas of the body can be effectively addressed.
Will These Treatments Help Me Lose Weight?
It’s important to remember that while body sculpting can improve your shape and silhouette, it’s not a weight loss tool. It’s possible you’ll lose a few pounds simply because body sculpting basically kills off your fat cells, but you shouldn’t expect a lot of weight loss. Still, most patients are amazed at how they look after sculpting. During traditional weight loss, you lose fat uniformly throughout your body. Sculpting, however, targets certain parts of the body and gives you a more shapely and defined look.
If your primary goal, however, is shedding a notable amount of weight, you’ll be best served by pursuing weight loss through traditional means like diet and exercise, or in some cases, bariatric surgery.
Can Sculpting Address My Cellulite?
Cellulite, the condition that’s characterized by dimpling, bumpy skin, results from a complex combination of factors, including age and genetics. It can be tricky to treat, but some body contouring treatments can improve the look of cellulite. Cellulite is caused by the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the muscles that lie beneath. As fat builds up and starts to put pressure on those bands, the skin can begin to take on a puckered look. By getting rid of some of that fat and toning the body, sculpting treatments can sometimes minimize the look of cellulite.
From a medical standpoint, cellulite isn’t something to lose sleep over. It poses no threat to your health and is not linked to any underlying medical conditions. But cellulite is bothersome to many patients from a cosmetic standpoint, and concerns about the appearance of cellulite are frequently raised by individuals interested in body contouring.
What Other Anti-Aging Benefits Does Sculpting Offer?
Some sculpting treatments spur collagen production in the skin, which can help tighten up the surface of the skin and leave it looking firmer and smoother. Sagging skin can instantly age a body or a face, so most patients welcome the firming benefits of a sculpting treatment.
How to Find the Right Treatment
Body sculpting is a broad category of treatments that can include everything from skin tightening to fat reduction and muscle tightening. That’s why it’s important to schedule a consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. During your consultation, we’ll review your health history, the medications you’re taking, and make sure we understand what you want to achieve with treatment. We’ll work with you to determine a treatment plan that will meet your individual goals. Once that consultation has taken place, it’s just a matter of scheduling your treatment.
Can I This With Combine Treatments?
Depending on what you’re hoping to achieve, we may recommend that you combine a body contouring treatment with one of our other aesthetic services. We offer a full range of treatments, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other skin rejuvenation services.
Why Choose Our Practice?
Are you tired of wrestling with stubborn flabby areas that simply won’t respond to diet and exercise? Are you ready to take control of your figure and put your best self forward? Call Newport Face N Body Medical Spa in Irvine, CA today and schedule your consultation. We offer body sculpting treatments and a full slate of other aesthetic treatments in a comfortable spa setting so you can look and feel your best.