Body Sculpting: What Can It Do For You?

The popularity of body sculpting, a non-surgical way of shaping up your physique without endless hours in the gym, is on the rise. Its proponents include the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Molly Sims. So, what exactly is it? A miracle treatment that completely eliminates the need for diet and exercise? Or another tool you can use — in addition to a healthy lifestyle — to achieve your ideal body?
Here’s what you need to know about this procedure:

What Is Body Sculpting?
Body sculpting, also known as non-invasive body contouring, is a treatment that aims to destroy fat cells without surgery. Doing this allows you to subtly reshape areas of the body like the arms, tummy, thighs, and butt with minimal downtime and a short recovery process. How does it work? Well, there are actually a number of ways to accomplish this.

What Are The Different Types Of Body Sculpting?
There are many different body contouring treatments including:

  • CoolSculpting – CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat. Over time your body will naturally dispose of these dead fat cells, eliminating them without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue.
  • SculpShure – SculpShure uses both heat and cold to eliminate the targeted fat cells. First, your skin is cooled to help make the procedure more comfortable. Following this a laser will cycle on and off, heating the fat cells. Eventually, the damaged cells will die and your body will naturally remove them.
  • Vanquish – Vanquish uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and destroy fat cells. The distinguishing feature of Vanquish is that it uses a larger applicator that can more easily treat large areas such as the abdomen.
  • Kybella – Kybella is different from the other three in that it uses an injectable — deoxycholic acid — to eliminate fat. It’s most commonly used to treat stubborn fat under the chin.

There are other options as well. These are simply some of the most popular. To find out what treatment would work for you, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate?
Is body sculpting right for you? That’s hard to say without an in-person consultation, but there are a few things that most candidates have in common. You should have stubborn fat that refuses to go anywhere even after diet and exercise. You should already be at or near your ideal weight. And finally, you should be a non-smoker. If all of this applies to you, then you are probably a good candidate for body sculpting.

Is It Really A Replacement For Exercise?
This is a misconception that many patients tend to have. The short answer is no; body contouring is in no way a replacement for exercise or a healthy lifestyle. With body contouring — much like with any popular diet, exercise, or procedure — things tend to get a little exaggerated. The reality is that it’s best used as a supplement to healthy living. As mentioned earlier, you should already be at or near your ideal weight before you undergo this procedure. In addition, being healthy will ensure that recovery goes smoothly which in turn leads to better results.

So, that’s what body sculpting can do for you. It’s a great way to contour your body and eliminate stubborn fat. Want more information on non-surgical body contouring? Please, contact Dr. DeMercurio at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.