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Body Contouring Treatments: Which One is Right For you?

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Body Contouring Treatments: Which One is Right For you?

With summer just around the corner, we thought it was a good idea to educate you on the variety of body contouring treatments we offer. That way, we can work together with you to come up with the best option to get you feeling confident in your swimsuit at the pool or beach.

Under the umbrella of body sculpting/body sculpting treatments, the benefits from each treatment can vary and include:

  • Cellulite reduction
  • Fat burning
  • Fat loss
  • Muscle development
  • Skin tightening

Currently, our body contouring/sculpting treatments include:

Depending on your goals, we may pair one of our weight loss plans along with your body sculpting treatments. It’s also common for us to pair more than one of our body sculpting treatments together to more effectively reach your goal.

The first step is a free consultation with one of our medical professionals to discuss your goals and budget, Then we’ll conduct a body composition analysis using our Fit 3D. In less than a minute, it creates a 360-degree 3D scan of your body that measures body fat percentage, lean muscle mass and more, by specific body parts.

After reviewing your results with you, our medical professionals can recommend a plan to best address your goals, budget and timeframe.

We’ll start with the most well known treatments in this category

CoolSculpting 

Main goal: Fat loss

Treatment areas : 

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Back bulge and bra area
  • Double chin
  • Love handles and flanks
  • Male chest (Pseudogynecomastia)
  • Stomach
  • Thighs
  • Under buttocks (Banana Roll)

 

How it works:
You’ve heard it called “fat freezing” and that’s exactly what CoolSculpting is. Fat cells don’t like the cold and at a certain temperature, they freeze. Your body naturally eliminates the dead fat cells through your lymphatic system, resulting in a 20-25% reduction in fat in a treated area over time.

 

 

Benefits:

  • Permanently destroys fat cells
  • Quick results. After just one CoolSculpting session, the treated area will begin appearing smoother and more toned with change continuing over the course of six months. Many of our clients see fat reduction after only four weeks.
  • FDA Approved
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive

Downsides:

  • Not recommended for people who are more than 30 lbs of their ideal weight.
  • Each treatment takes up to 60 minutes so if you’re treating more than one area, it can be time consuming.
  • Treatments can be uncomfortable. You may feel intense cold as the treated area becomes numb. Since most applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue in, you may also feel some tugging, pulling, and/or mild pinching.

EmSculpt™

EmSculpt has become known partly because of these powerful statistics:

One thirty minute Emsculpt session is the equivalent of doing 20,000 crunches or 20,000 squats if used on your abs or butt. Pretty amazing!

Main goal: Strengthen, tone and firm by burning fat and building muscle

Treatable areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Butt
  • Calves
  • Thighs

How it works:

While lying down, pads will be placed on your treatment area. These pads emit HIFEM® (high-intensity focused electromagnetic) energy to induce powerful muscle contractions that mimic those of a workout (squats, lifts, crunches, calf raises, etc.), at a rate much faster than you could ever do on our own.

After this series of contractions, the EmSculpt machine performs a series of “ticks” to keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles, which helps prevent soreness after your treatment.

 

EmSculpt sessions are typically done in 30-minute increments and it usually takes a minimum of 4 sessions to begin seeing results. For ideal results, two sessions a week are recommended.

Benefits:

  • It not only tones and builds muscle but you also end up stronger overall.
  • On average, patients experience a 16% increase in their muscle mass in the targeted areas.
  • EmSculpt sessions ions are typically done in 30-minute increments and it usually takes a minimum of 4 sessions to begin seeing results. For ideal results, two sessions a week are recommended.
  • FDA Cleared

Downside:

  • This is not a treatment for weight loss. It’s best for individuals who are in good shape already and just looking to burn extra fat and/or build muscle.
  • The treatment sessions aren’t necessarily painful but they are intense and can be uncomfortable. It simulates an intense workout, not possible in a 30 minute session at the gym.
  • Clients who have an implanted electronic device, such as a pacemaker, or an artificial joint in the treatment zone, are not eligible for Emsculpt treatments.
  • While it is FDA Cleared, it is not yet FDA approved

Exilis

Main goals: Fat reduction, skin tightening and cellulite reduction

Treatable areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Eye area
  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Thighs

How it works:

The Exilis Ultra 360 is the first and only treatment to combine radiofrequency and ultrasound to reduce fat and tone and smooth loose or sagging skin. The non-invasive device uses controlled heating and cooling to deliver targeted treatment from deep tissue all the way up to the superficial layer. As a result, new collagen is produced to remodel and tighten, resulting in firmer skin and a reduction in fatty deposits with no downtime.

Benefits:

  • The Exilis Elite is the only non-surgical device that is FDA approved for fat reduction, skin tightening and cellulite reduction, making the Exilis Elite one of the most versatile treatments systems available, being able to treat all areas on the face and body.
  • Some patients report visible results after one treatment. The results will typically continue to improve over the next few months.

Downsides:

As a heat-based treatment, you may experience the following temporary side effects on the area that has been treated:

  • Redness
  • Heat
  • Mild sensitivity
  • Mild swelling
  • Heat graze

Kybella

Main goal: Fat loss in small areas

Treatable areas:

  • Under the chin
  • Lower jawline
  • Armpit fat
  • Bra bulges
  • Lower buttock fatty folds

 

How it works:

The active ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, is the secret weapon against the double chin. The synthetic deoxycholic acid that is injected under your chin obliterates the fat cells in the injection area. The cells themselves pop open and disappear permanently, rendering fat storage impossible and producing a more streamlined appearance and profile.

The procedure is done by someone experienced in cosmetic injectables. Anywhere from 20 to 50 injections can be required with each session.

Benefits:

  • Kybella only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile
  • Treats the fatty area under the chin, an area previously only able to be treated by liposuction
  • Permanent fat reduction
  • Treatment time is short (between 15 – 20 minutes) after the area is numb

 Downsides:

  • Swelling, redness, bruising and pain can occur at the area of injection
  • Usually requires 2 to 3 treatments, spaced out over 1 to 3 months. Clients may see some initial benefits but it can take 12 weeks to begin seeing results and maximum results are seen after six months.

SculpSure

Main goal: Fat loss

Treatable areas:

  • Under the chin
  • Stomach
  • Love handles
  • Back
  • Inner and outer thighs

How it works:

The laser used during the procedure gently heats up the fat cells and shrinks them so they are permanently expelled through the body’s lymphatic system as waste. and that’s exactly what it is.

The best results are seen when someone receives between two to three sessions in the same area. However, improvement can be noticed as early as six weeks after treatment and further improvements will be achieved within the following six weeks, as long as you keep up a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Benefits:

  • Can treat up to 4 areas at once
  • Session times are only 25 minutes
  • Results can be seen after one session
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Little to no discomfort. Expect a general sense of warmth, though you may also feel more of the cooling sensation or some tingling periodically (nothing major).

Downsides:

  • Since it is a laser procedure, it’s recommended that you avoid the sun for one week before and one week after each treatment.
  • Just like CoolSculpting, it’s typically not an effective treatment for people who are more than 30 lbs. of their ideal weight.
  • After each session, the treatment areas need to be regularly massaged for a few days. The skin around the treated area may become delicate and sensitive, making it prone to temporary bruising or swelling

What’s the verdict?

In summary, you’ll notice there’s no clear “winner” or “loser.” The most effective body contouring/body sculpting treatment will be based on your particular goal and how many areas you’re wanting to treat.

The benefit of all of these is that they’re non-invasive with little to no downtime.

The downside to each of these is that almost all require more than one treatment plus making sure you’re keeping up with a healthy diet and exercise plan.

It’s important to reiterate, these are not weight loss solutions. These are for people who are within 30 lbs. of their goal weight and looking to lose or burn extra fat, build muscle and tighten loose skin. These are all great body sculpting/body contouring treatments to take advantage of after you’ve gone through one of our customized weight management programs.


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