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Does Non-Surgical Body Contouring Actually Work?

People ask us a lot of questions about body contouring. Does it work? How long does it take?

Body contouring refers to a set of cosmetic procedures aimed at altering the shape or contours of the body. These procedures are often performed to enhance the appearance of specific areas, improve body proportions, or remove excess skin and fat. Body contouring can be both surgical and non-surgical, and the choice of procedure depends on the individual’s goals and the areas they want to target.

When searching for a ways to improve their appearance, people feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of treatment options available. Most people just don’t know what treatments do and do not work. Without the right guidance, it can be extremely difficult to know what option is best.

Surgery is not an option for many. In fact, most people want to avoid surgical options. A lot of people want to get body contouring, but they’re not sure how it works, and they are not sure if they will get results from it. 

People want a firmer, toned body. To determine if non-surgical body contouring really works, there are some details that need to be discussed.

How Body Contouring Works

Before paying for the procedure, patients want to know how body contouring works. In most cases, a cold laser is used to perform body sculpting. The laser delivers pulses into the body, and it uses pads to deliver these pulses of energy. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a slight tingling sensation.

However, after the laser is activated, many patients feel absolutely nothing. Once the pads have been applied, the procedure is automated. The machine is turned on, and the rest of the procedure occurs automatically.

Body contouring with a cold laser is considered safe by the FDA, and it is not uncommon for each treatment to take as little as 20 minutes. Unlike surgery, this is non-invasive and it does not harm the body. Laser body contouring reduces the size of fat cells that are just beneath the surface of the skin. A single session can be used to address multiple areas of the body because the technician can easily move the pads.

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What Can I Get Done with Laser Body Shaping?

Body contouring performed with a laser, also called laser body shaping is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to target fat cells and reduce fat deposits in specific areas of the body. This form of treatment can work for women and men. Different people want to contour different areas of their body. Before choosing laser body contouring, people want to know what body parts the treatment can be used for.

Women want treatment for their buttocks, abs, arms, hips and thighs. Men prefer to get treatment for their abdomen and back. However, body contouring is not used exclusively for these areas. In fact, it is commonly used for areas of the face.

For example, some patients might wish to correct the issue that is causing them to have a double chin. Laser contouring can work well for a man’s chest, but it is not safe to use on a woman’s breasts.

How Does RF Body Contouring Work?

During Radio Frequency body contouring electromagnetic waves create a deep heating action on subcutaneous fatty tissue. This heating action targets underlying fat cells, causing them to heat and contract. Increased blood circulation and lymph flow in the location of fat cells reduces the liquid and toxin environment, resulting in a more firm, slimmer and tighter body silhouette with reduced orange-peel looking skin.

Realistic Results

Before undergoing any type of treatment, it is crucial that patients have realistic expectations. Most patients report getting great results from the nonsurgical fat reduction treatments. After each session, patients can expect to lose as much as an inch.

However, although there is the potential to lose an inch, it does not mean that every patient will experience such results. As patients progress through multiple body contouring treatments, they get closer to the body shape that they desire.

Patients need to understand that laser body contouring permanently removes fat cells. Once these cells are gone, they are not coming back. However, the key to maintaining the results is a healthy lifestyle. Adequate diet and exercise are crucial.

If a patient doesn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, then new fat cells will form and take the place of the cells that were removed. After experiencing the great results, patients have no shortage of inspiration to stay healthy.

Other Body Contouring Procedures

Common surgical body contouring procedures include:


Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. It is often used to improve body contours and achieve a more sculpted appearance.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

This surgery is designed to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter and more toned midsection. Learn more about our abdominoplasty procedure.

Arm lift (brachioplasty)

This surgery focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the upper arms, resulting in a more toned and defined arm contour. Learn more about our arm lift surgery procedure.

Thigh lift

Thigh lift surgery aims to tighten and reshape the thighs by removing excess skin and fat, often after significant weight loss or due to aging.

Consult with a Professional

Consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon at Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery to determine the most suitable body contouring options based on your individual goals and health considerations.

Request a body contouring consultation here.

Our plastic surgery private facility is located in Barrie, fourty minutes north of Toronto.