Body sculpting, also known as body contouring, is a non-surgical method for removing fat from problem areas. It's a highly-effective procedure for most patients, but it isn't right for every situation and there are a few things that you should be aware of. That's why it's important to ask questions.
Here are the answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions about body sculpting.
1. How Much Does It Cost?
Like with any other procedure, the exact cost will vary from patient to patient. How much you pay depends on what your issue is, how many treatments you need, and what type of body sculpting you get. In general, it tends to be no more expensive than other fat-removal procedures.
2. How Long Does It Take?
Treatments can take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. The exact timing will depend on the area you're treating as well as the technology used. You should also count on undergoing multiple treatments. Most patients require anywhere from 1-3 for best results.
As far as how long it will take to actually see these results, that also varies. You can expect fat cells to start dying off within a few weeks. You'll see some results after about a month. The full extent of the results will be apparent roughly three months after your final treatment. These are just rough guidelines. You may begin to see results earlier (or later) than this.
3. Can It Fix 'X' Problem?
Body sculpting works well on many different areas of the body including the neck/chin, the arms, the abdomen, the thighs, and the buttocks. The primary use is to remove stubborn fat, not add fullness or completely reshape an area. If you have questions about whether this is the right procedure for your problem, it's best to consult with your plastic surgeon.
4. Can It Help Me Lose Weight?
While removing fat will result in you weighing less, body sculpting is not a weight loss procedure. It's no substitute for a healthy lifestyle and in order to get the best results, you should already be at or near your ideal weight.
5. Do The Results Look Natural?
All you're doing is (non-surgically) removing fat cells. The results you see are all-natural and 100% you. That also means that you need to be realistic about your results. Body contouring can help you bring out your ideal natural physique, but it won't completely change your body.
6. Is It Painful?
Body contouring is non-invasive and as such you avoid much of the discomfort associated with liposuction and other surgical procedures. A topical or general anesthetic can also be used to minimize pain. The worst that most patients report is a slight pinch during the treatment and some numbness that may last for a few hours afterward.
7. Are There Any Risks?
One of the benefits of a non-surgical procedure like this is that the risk of complications is reduced. It's very unlikely that you'll experience anything more than discomfort or a bit of numbness following your procedure. Still, if you do feel that anything is seriously wrong don't hesitate to get in touch with your cosmetic surgeon to follow up.
Are you looking for more information about non-surgical body contouring and what it can do for you? Please, contact us at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.