Do you want to build a better body but not do too much work or can’t exercise too much because you have a medical condition that makes you allergic to your sweat? Then non-invasive body contouring procedures are for you! Below, in alphabetical order, are the five most popular non-invasive procedures for body contouring so you can keep them in mind or save up for them in the future.
1. Cryolipolysis (a.k.a. CoolSculpting)
Cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that utilizes a controlled cooling handheld device to freeze and destroy fatty tissue. Once the fatty tissue has been destroyed, the body will sense that fat cells have disintegrated and will start to remove them through natural absorption and elimination processes. Cryolipolysis has proven effective for slightly overweight people and those who can’t get rid of stubborn bulges and chest or back fat with exercise.
In addition, cryolipolysis is great for those who have trouble reducing fat in their inner & outer thighs, lower abdomen, and love handles. For most areas, the procedure takes about 35 to 60 minutes. It is not a form of liposuction. It is best to be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight before doing this procedure. Common temporary side effects include numbness, redness, tingling, and mild swelling.
2. Low-level Laser Therapy or LLLT (a.k.a. Zerona)
Known as one of the mildest non-invasive body contouring procedures, with little to no side effects, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or Zerona is FDA-approved for treating the waist, hips, and thighs. It differs from other non-invasive treatments in that the results can be seen within several weeks or less. According to data gathered, the average patient can lose a little more than 3 inches from their waist. The procedure exposes unwanted fat to low-level cold laser energy that breaks down the fat cells allowing your body to remove them naturally.
The doctor uses a handheld device to direct cold laser energy at the problem areas during the procedure. The device will not touch the skin, so there’s no discomfort. Some say it is the most relaxing 20 to 40 minutes of their day. It is recommended for people with particular problem areas who aren’t significantly overweight. However, patients must be willing to undergo a strict diet before and after treatment.
3. Laser Lipolysis or Laser Lipo (a.k.a. SculpSure)
Laser lipolysis or SculpSure is similar to cryolipolysis but does the opposite. In the procedure, controlled heat is used to disintegrate fatty tissue instead of controlled cold. Laser lipo’s gradual heat increase destroys fat cells and removes fat deposits from areas like the abdomen, back, and inner & outer thighs. Clinics like Shaman’s Leawood Total Wellness may use lipotropic injections to help your body metabolize fat better, but if you want something more drastic, then this should be a treatment to look into.
Laser lipo is one of the non-invasive body contouring procedures recommended for those who want to sculpt their body and tighten the skin around problem areas. One session takes around 25 minutes to complete. Common temporary side effects include bruising, numbness, redness, soreness, tingling, and mild swelling.
Remember to consult with your qualified doctor or cosmetic surgeon to make the best non-invasive body contouring decision! Remember that the right procedure is dependent on your desired results, timeframe, and body type. Also, would-be patients who are heavier or are far from their ideal weight may have to consider more invasive procedures such as liposuction or other surgeries for weight loss.
Though not a medical professional, Hodge Racter knows much about medical topics, including hormone replacement (having undergone the procedure himself) and medical weight loss surgeries. Today, he remains spry and energetic despite his age, and when he’s not doing freelance work, he has quality time with his wife and two dogs.