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Body Contouring Basics: What You Need to Know for the Best Results

Sometimes, no matter how much you exercise or how well you stick to your healthy diet, achieving the body shape you want still seems out of reach. If this is the case for you, body contouring treatments may be able to help you reach your appearance goals. But the right treatment for you will depend on your individual needs, so body contouring isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure.

Take a look at these common nonsurgical and surgical body contouring options to help you choose which might be the best fit for you.

Nonsurgical Body Contouring Treatments

There are now a variety of nonsurgical body contouring treatments available that can offer great results with little to no downtime. Two of the most advanced technologies used for this purpose are UltraShape® Power and VelaShape® III. Both of these nonsurgical treatments require no downtime and are relatively quick and easy to perform.

UltraShape utilizes pulses of ultrasound energy to target and destroy fat cells without the need for heat, freezing or surgery. One of the biggest benefits of UltraShape is the lack of side effects, so you can get right back to your normal routine directly after your appointment.

VelaShape III works in a similar way, although this innovative body contouring treatment combines infrared, bi-polar radio frequency, pulsed vacuum and massage rollers. This unique multifaceted approach means VelaShape III can get rid of stubborn pockets of fat while simultaneously improving the look and feel of cellulite and uneven skin texture. Like UltraShape, VelaShape III doesn’t require any downtime and is considered a low-risk treatment.

When to Consider Surgical Options

Even though nonsurgical body contouring treatments like UltraShape and VelaShape III can significantly improve your body shape and smoothness, there are some limitations to these procedures. For more dramatic results or if loose skin is also a concern, your plastic surgeon may recommend a surgical body contouring procedure like a tummy tuck, liposuction or both.

Surgical body contouring may be better for those men and women who desire a more advanced level of correction.

A traditional tummy tuck can remove and tighten loose skin and muscle tissue in your abdominal area to create a slimmer and more toned appearance. This procedure is a popular option among women who want to fix stretched-out skin after pregnancy, and men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess skin.

If both sagging skin and stubborn fat are an issue, the best solution may be to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction. The C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck is an innovative surgical technique that combines a traditional tummy tuck with liposuction and eliminates the need for post-surgical drains.

 

Choosing a Body Contouring Plastic Surgeon

Once you have an idea of which treatment or combination of treatments you’re interested in, the next step is to find an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to work with. During your consultation, he or she should carefully listen to your needs and goals and help you decide whether nonsurgical or surgical body contouring treatments could be the most appropriate solution for you. In some cases, nonsurgical procedures can help to enhance the results of your body contouring surgery. As long as you’re in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, you can expect beautiful, long-lasting results from either a surgical or nonsurgical body contouring treatment.

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