Body contouring treatment options
What is body contouring?
A significant weight loss related to diet, bariatric surgery or postpregnancy changes often leaves loose skin behind.
Body contouring procedures can help fine-tune your new body shape.
Types of body contouring
Surgical body contouring following major weight loss removes excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue.
There are two types of surgical body contouring: liposuction and body contouring surgery, the latter necessary to achieve the desired contour after massive weight loss, and when there is excess skin or areas where liposuction results would be insufficient.
In many cases, some of the procedures can be combined. Your surgeon will perform an in-depth analysis of your body habits and lifestyle before recommending a specific surgical technique.
Meanwhile, non-surgical body contouring, also known as nonsurgical fat reduction, helps reduce or remove stubborn pockets of fat to contour and shape different areas of the body.
Most nonsurgical fat reduction treatments are based on one of these four principles:
Cryolipolysis, or controlled cooling, uses freezing temperatures to target and destroy fat cells.
Laser lipolysis uses controlled heating and laser energy to target fat cells.
Radiofrequency lipolysis uses controlled heating and ultrasound technology to target fat cells.
Injection lipolysis uses injectable deoxycholic acid to target fat cells.
Nonsurgical body contouring procedures aren’t intended to be weight loss solutions.
Ideal candidates are close to their desired weight and want to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. With most body contouring procedures, your body mass index shouldn’t be over 30.
What are the body contouring treatment options?
Here you can find options for your body with an in-depth look at surgical and non-surgical treatments.
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