People ask us a lot of questions about body contouring. Does it work? How long does it take?
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. The main question they have is, “Body contouring. Does it work?”
People want a firmer, toned body. To determine if body contouring really works, there are some details that need to be discussed.
What Can I Get Done?
Body contouring is performed with a laser, so we call it laser body shaping. 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 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 contouring. 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.
Before undergoing any type of treatment, it is crucial that patients have realistic expectations. Most patients report getting great results from the treatment. 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 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. For example, 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.