Body sculpting — also known as body contouring — is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that uses heat, cooling, or injected material to reduce fatty tissue in problem areas. As with any cosmetic procedure, it's important to have realistic expectations, so here's what you can expect from your body sculpting procedure.
There Are Minor Short-Term Side Effects
This is a non-surgical procedure but there are still short-term side effects to consider. The most notable are bruising and swelling. These are normal side effects and you should return to normal within a few days after the procedure. Fortunately, you'll also be able to resume your daily routine immediately after the procedure and long-term complications are almost non-existent.
Results Take Time
Results from body contouring don't appear overnight. In some cases you may need multiple procedures. You will also need multiple office visits to discuss your desired results and which body contouring method is right for you. When all is said and done it could be a few months from your initial consultation before you have visible results, depending on what type of body contouring technology is used.
It's Best Used For Incremental Improvements
Body sculpting is not going to make you look like you've just lost a hundred pounds or completely reshape your entire physique. What it can do is make small, incremental changes to your physique that result in a more attractive body shape overall. Getting rid of loose skin around your neck, reducing the size of a post-pregnancy pooch, shaping up your underarm area — these are the types of things that this procedure excels at. These changes may be subtle, but they can result in a drastic improvement in your self image as long as you're realistic about your goals.
Results Vary From Person To Person
Not every responds the same to body contouring. Depending on your age, overall body makeup, level of health, and commitment to staying healthy you may experience dramatically different results. The procedure isn't for everyone either. Although body sculpting is non-surgical and minimally-invasive you will still need to be relatively healthy, and ideally at or near your goal weight, before you undergo the procedure. Your best bet is to schedule a meeting with a licensed cosmetic doctor to find out what body sculpting can do for you.
It Isn't A Miracle Cure
If you regain that lost weight, body contouring will not prevent you from ending up right back where you started. In order to maximize results, it's best used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime. It also bears repeating that this is not a weight loss procedure. You should be at or around your ideal body weight before you consider this procedure.
Body sculpting is a procedure that can produce great results, but the changes are often subtle and they don't happen overnight. You should also keep in mind that even though this is a non-surgical procedure, you may still experience some mild side effects including bruising, swelling, and pain. Going into this procedure with the right attitude is the best way to ensure that you're happy with your results.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your body sculpting procedure? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out more or to schedule your consultation.