Body sculpting can change the contours of your body to give you a sleeker, more attractive shape.
Also known as body contouring, body sculpting is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of medical procedures that shrink areas of stubborn body fat and reshape your body to give it a slimmer appearance. A number of body sculpting treatments are now available – all without invasive surgery or overnight stays in hospitals!
Types of Body Sculpting Treatments
Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment to destroy the fat cells under your chin, also known as submental fullness. Fat cells here can ruin your profile by giving you a “double chin,” which can make you feel older or heavier than you really are. This excess fat around your neck can even sag to create an unattractive wrinkle across your throat.
The fat cells that create submental fullness are tough to get rid of, even when you eat right and exercise regularly. Until just a few years ago, liposuction was the only way to get rid of submental fullness. While liposuction was effective, it is an invasive surgery done with anesthesia – this means it requires a recovery period and carries a risk of serious side effects.
Kybella is injectable, which means it is non-invasive: your skin health specialist delivers the fat-burning treatment into your skin with a fine needle. Kybella contains a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that occurs naturally in your body. Deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells, which prevents the cells from storing or accumulating fat. Depending on your goals, you may need up to six treatments, given about one month apart. Once you reach your desired aesthetic goal, you can stop treatment. There is no downtime associated with Kybella; you can return to your normal activities right away.
Swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness may occur in the treatment area. Other side effects may occur.
CoolSculpting uses fat-freezing technology to get rid of fat cells without surgery. Fat cells do not like the cold –in fact, fat cells will freeze and break down when exposed to temperatures of around 4 degrees Celsius, which is 39 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body will naturally eliminate the broken down fat cells over the course of about one to three months or more. The procedure causes a 20 to 25 percent reduction in fat in the treated area.
The CoolSculpting procedure is non-invasive and does not require the use of anesthesia, needles, or incisions. Instead, your skin health specialist uses a handheld device that delivers controlled cooling to the target area. The provider applies gel to the target area and then moves the device over your skin while administering cooling technology.
CoolSculpting can reduce fat in target areas around your body, including:
- The fleshy part of your side between your ribs and hips, also known as flanks or “love handles”
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper and lower abdomen
- Chin area
- Bra area and upper back
- Underneath the buttocks, also known as a “banana roll”
There is little to no recovery time associated with CoolSculpting, so you can get back to your daily activities immediately after the procedure. Some minor soreness or redness may occur in the treated area, but these usually resolve within a few weeks.
Results may become visible within three weeks, but you should see the full results two to three months following your CoolSculpting procedure. The fat-flushing process can last up to six months. Certain people and some areas of the body may require more than one treatment.
BTL Vanquish Me
BTL Vanquish Me uses patented Selective RFTM technology that allows doctors to reduce the circumference of your entire abdominal area, or make your inner and outer thighs thinner. Unlike CoolSculpting that uses cold temperatures to freeze fat cells, BTL Vanquish Me disrupts fatty cells by heating the adipose tissue sitting just beneath the surface of your skin.
BTL Vanquish Me uses radiofrequency waves to melt away fat. The procedure is non-invasive – in fact, BTL Vanquish Me is unlike any other treatment because it never touches your skin. An adjustable panel hovers over the targeted area of unwanted fat. The energy from the radiofrequency waves pass through your skin easily, but have a harder time penetrating fat; unable to move further, the energy collects in fat cells and damages them. Your body then eliminates the damaged fat cells.
The treatment is not painful, but you can expect a mild, gentle warming sensation during treatment that is similar to a heating pad. You will lie in a comfortable position, so you can relax during the procedure. There is no recovery time – you can return to your normal activities right away. Mild to moderate redness or swelling can occur in the treatment area, but it typically goes away in one to two hours.
You may need four to six BTL Vanquish Me treatments scheduled one week apart to meet your goals. If you are like many patients, you will begin to see results in as little as two weeks and see optimal results in a couple of months.
Body sculpting can help you look and feel your best by removing unwanted pockets of fat. For more information on body sculpting, contact our Oregon skin health specialists at Center For Dermatology & Laser Surgery, or book your appointment online today.