A guide to body shaping: Minimally invasive procedures that work

When it comes to body shaping, new non-invasive technologies are making it possible to lose inches and target stubborn gym-resistant areas. Along with ensuring that you are undergoing these procedures from a qualified doctor, it is also important to know exactly what to expect. Here is some advice if you are considering body contouring.


Do

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  • explore non-invasive options
  • ask about how many fat reduction treatments will be necessary
  • have realistic expectations about how much body contouring one will achieve
  • have your questions answered about potential downtime
  • ask when you can expect to see the final results
Don't

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  • think liposuction is your only answer
  • try body contouring technologies that are unverified
  • think cellulite will necessarily improve with the body shaping treatment
  • skip the gym routine
  • stop maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

Dr. Bruce Katz‘s recommendation to ExpertBeacon readers: Do

Do explore non-invasive options

Surgery may not be your only option for those stubborn bulges, pouches and rolls. With the advances in non-invasive body contouring technology, it is now possible to get great body shaping results without the downtime or cost of surgery. Newly FDA cleared UltraShape uses ultrasound to rid your body of unwanted fat. Other techniques use radiofrequency, infrared light energy and mechanical massage/suction to achieve desired results. Each technique is different, but generally, through a series of 3-4 treatments, patients can take inches off problem areas and smooth dimpled skin. It is important to do your research and make sure whichever option you choose; it is the best option for you.

Do ask about how many fat reduction treatments will be necessary

Different technologies require varying numbers of treatments. Results may not last and maintenance treatments may be required. Best to check before embarking on treatment.

Do have realistic expectations about how much body contouring one will achieve

There is no miracle pill or treatment that is a fix-all, meaning it is very important to understand the limitations of the treatments you are undergoing and have realistic expectations from the get go. Ask your doctor about any questions or expectations you have so that you know what you are getting into.

Do have your questions answered about potential downtime

Ask how long you will have to refrain from exercise and whether there will be significant numbness or pain after the procedure. Though body shaping procedures are typically non-invasive and have minimal downtime, there are always potential risks that you should discuss with your doctor.

Do ask when you can expect to see the final results

Depending on the procedure, it can take only a couple of weeks up to three to four months to see final results, so ask upfront what the time frame will be.


Dr. Bruce Katz‘s professional advice to ExpertBeacon readers: Don't

Do not think liposuction is your only answer

Many people consider surgical options for improving their body image. Surgery will always deliver the most drastic results; this is a key factor in choosing this option. SmartLipo and Cellulaze are two of the most popular surgical procedures for body shaping. Though minimally invasive, these procedures do require some downtime and many people prefer non-invasive approaches without any downtime.

Do not try body contouring technologies that are unverified

There are a lot of technologies out there that have claims to melt fat and tighten skin. However, they often haven’t been tested scientifically and do not have the benefits they promise. Don’t try body contouring technologies that do not have scientific studies to support their efficacy.

Do not think cellulite will necessarily improve with the body shaping treatment

Cellulite is due to structural changes in the skin and fat layer, and is usually not improved by body shaping treatments alone. If cellulite is a problem area that you are looking to fix, then you should speak with your surgeon or doctor about your options.

Do not skip the gym routine

After achieving improvement from a fat reduction technology, it is best to continue one’s exercise routine to maintain skin and muscle tone for optimal health benefits. Exercising regularly will also help your results last longer.

Do not stop maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

Following a well-balanced diet will help prevent recurrence of fatty deposits and maintain the benefits achieved from your investment in the fat reduction treatment. If you have questions about your diet and how to prevent weight gain, then you should speak with your primary care physician to help you get on a weight management program that is right for your lifestyle and goals.


Summary

For stubborn fat areas that are hard to get rid of, non-invasive body contouring (or body shaping) techniques allow you to achieve your desired results with minimal downtime. It is important to speak with your doctor about any concerns you have as well as know what to expect. The techniques discussed above aren’t meant to treat large amounts of fat, like liposuction or weight loss surgery, so speak with your doctor or surgeon about any of your concerns.

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