Weight loss is more than a goal to strive toward these days. It’s an industry that’s growing with each passing year. In 2018, the United States weight loss industry hit a new peak of $72 billion.
It’s clear that we are unhappier with our bodies now than ever before. It doesn’t need to be this way, though. Thanks to technology, there are plenty of options for dealing with excess body fat.
Body contouring procedures have become popular as a non-surgical fat removal option. Sure, there is always liposuction. But with its high price tag and invasive nature, it won’t be right for everybody.
Non-invasive procedures to contour the body are the safest and most cost-effective route. But with so many to choose from, it can be challenging to know which will be right for you. Read on for seven non-surgical body contouring treatments to consider.
Ultrasound cavitation is a non-invasive body sculpting treatment with results comparable to liposuction.
It’s a simple process that uses sound waves to flush out fat. Your doctor will use a special machine that heats and vibrates your fat cells. The pressure from the device will eventually cause liquefaction of the fat cells.
Once liquified, these cells will release their contents into your bloodstream. Your lymphatic system will then process the fatty acids to dispose of them.
One great thing about ultrasound cavitation is that it empties out your fat cells. Liposuction destroys your fat cells, but you can continue making fat after. Because lipo destroys these cells, new ones may show up in other areas of your body.
At least with ultrasound cavitation, you won’t find new fat cells where you least expect them.
Coolsculpting, or cryolipolysis, has been around for almost a decade. It is an FDA-certified treatment, so you know that it’s safe.
The procedure involves “controlled cooling,” which freezes fat cells. Your body will process the targeted fat post-treatment and get rid of those dead cells.
Most people use Coolsculpting to remove unwanted fat in their abdomen and thighs. In most cases, more than one treatment will be necessary to ensure every target area is hit.
The length of your Coolsculpting treatment will depend on what area is being treated. Stomach sessions can last up to an hour, while arms may be only 30 minutes.
Vanquish is a treatment option that works exceptionally well on stubborn belly fat. It’s the opposite of Coolsculpting in that it uses heat and radiofrequency to get rid of fat cells.
Vanquish differs from other procedures because no device ever touches your skin. This makes it an excellent option for people with sensitive skin.
During your procedure, you will lie under a machine with adjustable panels. Your doctor moves these panels as he needs to during your treatment.
The apparatus has sensors built into it that will determine how much energy to expel. Another great thing about Vanquish is that its large device means you’ll need fewer treatments to get results.
Vanquish also has fewer side effects than other body contouring treatments.
One procedure will last around 45 minutes. Most patients will need four treatments spaced one week apart to see results.
Emsculpt focuses on finding your abdominal muscles amidst your fat cells.
This procedure is designed to constrict your abdominal muscles beyond the physiological norm. This allows for fat targeting that isn’t possible with traditional abdominal exercises.
The procedure makes 20,000 muscle contractions in 30 minutes. These strong contractions force your muscle tissues to adapt. This leads to the remodel of the entire structure, resulting in more defined muscles.
You’ll need to go for at least four sessions, sometimes more, to see results. Each treatment lasts only 30 minutes and feels like an intense workout.
SculpSure is another treatment that uses heat to target and destroy fat cells.
At the start of the treatment, you’ll feel a cooling sensation. This cooling lasts throughout the whole procedure, with a laser cycling on and off. This laser works to raise the temperature of your fat cells.
Patients use SculpSure to treat several different areas of their bodies. Under the chin, love handles, and thighs are the most common.
Each treatment lasts only 25 minutes, making this the fastest of all the procedures on our list.
Zerona is a cold laser treatment and is one of the most gentle procedures on our list. The FDA approves its low-level laser for body contouring.
The Zerona laser emulsifies fatty tissues by using cold laser technology. It produces low levels of light that won’t heat the tissues of your body. The lasers disrupt the fat cell membranes, making it easy for the fatty materials to seep out.
Zerona works best for patients without a significant amount of weight to lose. Most patients use it for treating their waists, thighs, and hips.
Each procedure takes around 40 minutes. Patients can expect to see results in as little as six treatments.
Exilis is a unique procedure that combines two powerful energies: radio frequencies and ultrasound technology. The result is tighter skin and less fat.
Your physician will use radiofrequency flows right on the skin. These heat up to around 111° Fahrenheit, creating structural changes in skin collagen.
In the weeks following your treatment, new collagen will grow. This leads to improvements in skin texture and tightening. People with skin laxity and wrinkles are especially great candidates for this procedure.
Exilis is mostly pain-free. You’ll be able to return to your regular schedule as soon as you leave your physician’s office. Most patients need several treatments to see results.
Body contouring procedures should be used alongside exercise and a healthy diet. There still is no magic weight loss cure that makes the process easy. But your dream body is achievable with a little patience and the right treatment.
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