There has been an explosion in the number of body contouring procedures available. For anyone who is struggling to achieve the results they want through diet and exercise alone, this is excellent news. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. To help, here’s an outline of what your options are and how to decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Body contouring is a procedure that allows you to get rid of the most stubborn bits of fat on your body. These are the pockets of fat that no amount of diet or exercise will touch. Body contouring is also used to refer to procedures that can help to tighten up skin after weight loss. If you’ve lost a lot of weight, you can find that your skin is a little saggy and doesn’t reflect the new shape of your body.
In the past, the most common and well-known types of body contouring procedures were surgical. However, with all the advancements in the area, that is no longer the primary option. In fact, there are now two distinct classes of body contouring.
There are now procedures that can help to shape your body without the need for large incisions. This means there is no need for an anaesthetic so that you can have these procedures in an outpatient setting. Typically these use external method to either stimulate muscles or to dissolve fat. They can be a little uncomfortable, so your doctor can use a numbing agent. Additionally, there is no lengthy recovery time, and the risks are much smaller.
Most surgical options are used for people who have lost a lot of weight. However, once they get close to their target weight, they may need to have some surgical reshaping done. These include things like liposuction, tummy tucks and body lifts. These procedures need to be done with an anaesthetic and often involve at least an overnight stay.
Unsurprisingly most of the trending body contouring techniques are minimally invasive ones. These procedures are ones that you can easily schedule into your life without having to plan for extensive downtime. The flipside of that is that they may require multiple sessions to get the results you’re looking for.
Liposuction is possibly one of the most well known cosmetic surgery procedures. However, traditional liposuction has come a long way. Using advanced techniques, VASER lipo can be carried out with no general anaesthetic. You can walk out less than an hour after the procedure.
The main difference between liposuction and VASER lipo is how the surgeon removes the fat. The VASER wand uses high-frequency vibrations to liquefy the fat. The doctor can then gently remove it. They don’t need to scrape the fat away, so the after-effects are much milder and the recovery time shorter.
VASER lipo does require a small incision to carry it out. However, it should heal with minimal scarring, and your doctor will locate it in an area where it will not be noticeable.
You can have VASER lipo done on a range of areas:-
VASER lipo changes the consistency of the fat. Doing this has two benefits. Firstly it makes it easier to remove. Secondly, it makes it easier to sculpt it. The level of sculpting is what makes the distinction between mid and high def procedures. Which is right for you will depend on what sort of final effect you hope to achieve.
If you want to find out more about Mid and High Def VASER liposuction differences, book a free consultation where Hans Place can share some of our recent work and the subtle differences between the two treatments.
Renuvion is another minimally invasive procedure. This procedure tightens and firms your skin. It is an excellent option to partner with a VASER lip treatment.
In this procedure, a surgeon inserts a unique tool under the skin and uses it to apply heat to body tissues. The effect of this is to make the tissues contract which instantly firms up the skin surface. So as soon as the doctor finished the procedure is you’ll be able to see the difference. However, the great thing about this treatment is that it continues to work. You can continue to see improvements for up to a year after treatment.
One of the leading trends in body contouring is VASER lipo, followed by a Renuvion treatment.
If you hate sit-ups but want the effect of doing around 20,000 of them in a single sitting, the Emsculpt is worth looking at. This fantastic technology uses safe bursts of electromagnetic energy to contract your muscles. As a result, they move in the same way they would if you were exercising, except faster than you could ever achieve. In a 20-30 minute session, you can help contract the muscles, which helps to improve muscle tone.
You can have this treatment on either your abs or your buttocks. It only takes two treatments to see significant results. Not only will your muscles work hard, but this will have the knock-on effect of boosting your fat burn for the next few days.
Another bonus of this treatment is that it may help to reduce diastasis recti (ab separation) for many women, which can occur after pregnancy. As a result, it’s one of the most popular and highly recommended treatments of 2021.
Body contouring might sound like a magic bullet for getting the body you want. However, it’s not for everyone. For it to be effective, you need to already be close to your ideal weight. It’s not a tool for getting rid of large amounts of fat. It’s targeted removal of the stubborn fat you can’t lose otherwise.
You should be aware that the fat removed using these techniques is likely to be the first fat you regain if you put weight back on. So these are procedures that are best used once you are comfortable with maintaining your weight and fitness level.
If you are considering getting one of these procedures done, the best first step is to have a consultation with an experienced doctor, such as VASER expert Dr Mike Comins. They can discuss all the options with you and give you a clear idea of what results to expect.