5 Things to Consider If You’re Thinking About Body Sculpting Treatments
If traditional diet and exercise just aren’t working, there are surgical and non-surgical body sculpting options that can eliminate stubborn fat and improve muscle tone. These days, there are quite a few different body sculpting treatments out there, and many of them can be quite effective.
Body sculpting—also known as body shaping or contouring—isn’t always the right choice, but it’s worth researching if you’re struggling with self-confidence or physical health issues related to your body. Check out these important facts so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed with your health goals.
Preparing for Body Sculpting Treatments
1. Not All Body Sculpting Treatments Are the Same
Most people are aware of tummy tucks and liposuction as body sculpting treatments, but they’re not the only option. While liposuction can work wonders, many folks who are struggling to lose weight prefer to seek out non-surgical body sculpting treatments first. The methods may vary, but the common goal of many of these procedures is to break down your body’s excess fat cells so that, over the next few months following the procedure, your body’s lymphatic system can flush them away, helping you to shed those extra pounds. Ideally, the part of your body that received treatment will also be less likely to accumulate fat cells in the future.
Here are some of the most common non-surgical body sculpting treatments available today:
Ultrasound body sculpting treatments are most commonly used to break down fat around the belly area. The practitioner uses a transducer that produces focused vibrations to rupture the membranes of fat cells beneath the skin without damaging the surrounding areas. The procedure usually only takes around an hour, and the results tend to show within two weeks.
Radiofrequency body sculpting treatments work very similarly to ultrasound treatments, in that the practitioner uses a device that emits high-frequency vibrations to target fatty cells beneath the skin. In addition to reducing fat, the device uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen which helps to tighten and firm the skin. This non-surgical body sculpting method is often used on the face, but it can be used on other parts of the body as well.
Heat treatments use lasers to target fat cells and liquefy them without damaging the surrounding tissue and skin. This painless procedure usually takes less than an hour. Heat body sculpting treatments can be used for various parts of the body including the abdomen, flank, back, and thighs.
Like the other treatments, cold body sculpting treatments work by destroying the fatty cells so they can be flushed out over time. Cold treatments are effective because fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells meaning the frigid temperatures can destroy fat cells without harming other cells. This non-surgical body sculpting technique is the only approved non-invasive option for reducing submental fat beneath the chin.
2. Most Non-Invasive Treatments Don’t Require Anesthesia
In most cases, body sculpting surgery recovery is quick, and you’ll be awake for the entire duration of the procedure, and most treatments only require an hour or less of your time. Temperature-based treatments may cause some pain and discomfort, but many patients describe it as a mild stinging or burning sensation. The amount of pain you experience also depends on the part of your body being targeted.
3. You May Need Multiple Sessions
You may notice results after the first session, but they’re usually quite subtle. Non-surgical body sculpting treatments tend to require multiple visits, and it may be weeks or even months before you start to see a difference. If you’re considering body sculpting, make sure you factor in the cost of multiple treatments into your budget as one may not be enough to make a significant difference.
4. Body Sculpting Isn’t a Substitute for Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Although body sculpting treatments can be beneficial, it’s more important that you also make changes in your long-term diet and exercise routines to achieve long-lasting results. Body sculpting isn’t a miracle cure. It’s a small part of a bigger picture, and it’s typically used by people with average amounts of excess fat. Those who are obese may find that liposuction is a more powerful solution than non-surgical body sculpting procedures.
5. Body Sculpting May Not Be Right for You
Before you book your body sculpting treatment appointment, make sure that you’re an eligible candidate. Different treatments may have different prerequisites, but these are the typical qualities an ideal candidate should possess:
- A relatively healthy adult with no medical conditions that would affect the healing process.
- Past major weight loss has since stabilized (no major fluctuations).
- You’re willing to put time and effort into long-term lifestyle changes.
- You have realistic expectations.
- You don’t smoke.
- You’re not obese.
If you’re still not quite sure if you’re eligible for body sculpting treatments, it never hurts to ask your doctor for a recommendation. Even though these non-surgical body sculpting procedures aren’t too demanding, it’s still always a good idea to consult a qualified physician before making any decisions related to your health.
Treat Yourself to a Serene Recovery
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Our gorgeous rooms within the luxury Viceroy Beverly Hills Hotel offers suites with five-star recovery amenities including personalized Kreation juice cleanses and nourishing IV therapy and 24/7 post-operative care. Our attentive all-female nursing staff will pamper you for the entire duration of your stay so you can relax and heal as quickly as possible. Book your stay today and enjoy a pleasant recovery from your surgical or non-surgical body sculpting procedure.