Body contouring procedures are ideal treatments for people who have a tough time removing stubborn pockets of fat after reaching their goal weight. Body contouring is minimally invasive and convenient. The recovery time is relatively short, and most people are able to return to their regular activities immediately following their treatments. You should understand that body contouring is not done to promote weight loss; instead, it is helpful for those who want to shape different problem areas of their body after already losing their desired amount of weight. Here is an overview of four common body contouring procedures.
Injection lipolysis is minimally invasive and is intended to treat the area under the chin. The treatment consists of injecting deoxycolic acid under the chin in order for it to kill the unwanted fat cells. The dead cells are then reabsorbed by the body and do not regenerate. Deoxycolic acid naturally occurs within the body.
Radiofrequency lipolysis utilizes ultrasonic waves to destroy fat cells in problem areas. This body contouring procedure is completely non-invasive and people who use it tend to not report any discomfort. An ultrasound transmitter is applied directly to the skin covering the problem area in order to target the unwanted fat cells. It takes approximately an hour to treat each area when using radiofrequency lipolysis, and many treatments are necessary to address each different problem area. The treatment of an area typically takes an hour.
This method of body contouring uses cold temperatures to target and kill fat cells. Once the cells have been destroyed, they drain out of your lymphatic system and do not regenerate. Cryolipolysis can be applied to one area of the body at a time, and each application takes an hour or less. If you are interested in having multiple areas treated, then you are able to have multiple applications one after the other without any required rest time.
Like cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis targets fat cells with extreme temperatures. This body contouring procedure uses heat to target problem areas and to destroy unwanted fat cells. A non-invasive laser utilizes light as a heat source to kill fat cells, which then travel through the lymphatic system to drain within four months. Laser lipolysis is best suited to larger areas for treatment, such as the abdomen, sides and back. Treatment of an area typically takes a half-hour or less