A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are among the most common recommendations for reducing body fat. However, for a significant number of patients, changes in diet and increased physical activity may prove ineffective for reducing and removing stubborn pockets of body fat. Innovations in cosmetic dermatology and body sculpting provide patients with the opportunity to target and destroy fat cells without undergoing invasive surgery. For more information about the body sculpting procedures offered at Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center, or to schedule an appointment for cosmetic skin care treatments, contact a Gainesville dermatologist today.
What Is Body Sculpting?
Non-surgical body sculpting, also known as body contouring or non-surgical fat removal, comprises a number of non-invasive cosmetic procedures for the purpose of removing fat and tissues to contour and shape areas of the body. The majority of non-surgical body sculpting treatments use one of three principles — cryolipolysis, radiofrequency lipolysis, and radiofrequency infrared lipolysis — to selectively break down fat cells in specific areas of the body and to reduce the size of fat deposits which are located beneath the skin and above the muscle.
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment which safely targets and reduces fat cells in the body through cryolipolysis, or fat freezing. This procedure cools body fat to break-down fat cells, which results in a body fat reduction without damage to other tissues. The frozen fat cells are eventually flushed-out of the body through the lymphatic system for permanent, contoured results. Target areas for CoolSculpting include the abdomen, the thighs, the flanks, the arms, the back, underneath the buttocks, and the area under the chin.
UltraShape® is a non-surgical, FDA-approved procedure that uses targeted ultrasound technology to safely eliminate fat cells located within the abdomen, the flanks, the thighs, and the buttocks. Body sculpting with UltraShape is performed using either monopolar radiofrequency devices and multipolar radiofrequency devices — energy is passed from a single electrode into the tissues and directed to a return pad within another region of the body or two or more electrodes within the same handpiece are positioned at different points on the skin.
VelaShape® III is a non-invasive FDA-approved laser lipo treatment which uses a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light, and massage to reduce the prevalence of loose skin and cellulite. This effective, safe, and comfortable treatment provides patients with a significant loss of excess skin within the abdomen, the arms, the hips, the thighs, and the neck. Based on the desired results for body contouring and firming of the skin, patients may require multiple VelaShape treatments to achieve a toned, sculpted physique.
Is Non-Surgical Body Sculpting Safe?
Non-surgical body sculpting through the use of CoolSculpting, VelaShape, and UltraShape is a minimally-invasive treatment for stubborn fat cells. Each of these FDA-approved cosmetic treatments provides safe and effective results with few side effects and brief recovery time. To ensure optimal procedural results and patient health, it’s important that patients provide a detailed health history to our dermatologists in Gainesville.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Body Sculpting?
Most patients who are in good health are candidates for body sculpting treatments. Each of our body contouring devices work best for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) which ranges from 18.5 to 25. Patients who may be unsuitable for body sculpting include, but are not limited to, those with certain diseases and medical conditions which may worsen with body treatment; patients with anticoagulative conditions; patients who are prone to developing blood clots; patients with photosensitivity (for procedures which include light therapy); and patients who are pregnant. To ensure eligibility for treatment, contact our dermatology clinic today.
Are Results Of Body Sculpting Permanent?
Non-surgical fat removal procedures provide patients with permanent results through the identification, breaking-down, and removal of stubborn pockets of fat tissues within the body. The body naturally eliminates the treated fat cells — as such, results typically appear gradually in one to two weeks following the procedure. Once achieved, final results are permanent and can be maintained through proper nutrition, an active and healthy lifestyle, and other dermatologist recommendations. Multiple procedures are typically required with each type of body contouring procedure for patients to achieve their desired results.
Body Sculpting Vs. Liposuction
Body sculpting through non-surgical treatment poses fewer treatment risks to patients than liposuction and other forms of surgical fat-removal — patients who undergo fat freezing and laser fat removal, among other non-surgical procedures, avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia, infection, fluid accumulation, and cardiac complications, among other surgical risks. Non-surgical fat removal also tends to be less costly than liposuction procedures and requires less recovery time than a surgical fat removal treatment. However, non-surgical techniques are the optimal choice for patients who seek to reshape, make firm, and contour areas of the body. Surgical body sculpting is intended for large-scale removal of fat tissue but typically does not include the shaping-benefits associated with non-surgical options.