Body sculpting — also referred to as body contouring — is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses heat, cold, or injectables to eliminate fatty tissue. There are many ways to perform body sculpting. The most popular forms are CoolSculpting, Kybella, Vanquish, and SculpSure.
Each of these methods have their pros and cons so knowing about the different types is important. Here's what you should know about the different types of body sculpting.
CoolSculpting, also known as Cryolipolysis, is a body contouring method that targets problematic fatty tissue by freezing it. CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. There are no needles or anesthesia involved and generally, there's very little downtime required after the procedure. CoolSculpting has been around for quite a while — it was approved by the FDA in 2010 — compared to other body contouring methods so it has a long track record of success at this point. The downside is that it takes the longest of all the treatments, clocking in at an hour for your average session.
Kybella, or injection lipolysis, uses the chemical deoxycholic acid to reduce fat cells in the target area. Some patients are uncomfortable with the idea of chemical injections, but rest assured that this compound is completely safe and FDA-approved. Kybella is typically performed under local anesthesia and treatment takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to complete. You will experience some discomfort for a few hours after the treatment, but otherwise, the downtime is minimal and you can return to your daily life immediately.
Vanquish uses radio frequency to heat the target area and destroy fat cells. Much like CoolSculpting, Vanquish is very non-invasive and no medical instruments will even touch the face during the procedure. Overall the procedure takes around 45 minutes to complete. That's more than Kyballa but quite a bit less than your average CoolSculpting treatment. Vanquish is a newer technology and was approved by the FDA in June of 2015, but FDA studies have shown that it is more effective at destroying fat cells.
SculpSure destroys fat cells using targeted laser energy. The main benefit of SculpSure is that the laser technology used is very precise, allowing a greater deal of control over where fat is removed. For removing small sections of problem fat SculpSure is often the most cost-effective method. It's also the second quickest procedure, requiring just 25 minutes for a complete session. One major downside is that SculpSure doesn't work as well on patients who aren't already at or near their ideal weight whereas a procedure like vanquish works well on patients at any BMI.
CoolSculpting, Kybella, Vanquish, and SculpSure are the most popular options around for body sculpting, but not the only options. This may seem like a lot of information to take in, but it's important to know the differences if you're going to be getting body contouring in the future. To find out which method is right for you, you should get in touch with a cosmetic professional. They'll be able to listen to your specific needs and determine the safest and most cost-effective method.
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