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Discovering the Less Painful Body Sculpting Stomach Techniques

They say that the secrets to a sculpted body are a clean diet, cardio and strength training, and a good night’s sleep. While these do contribute a lot to a better-looking body, it’s genetics that’s often the heaviest factor. Because even if you do all of the above diligently, you may not get the results you want because of genetic predisposition. No amount of work can seem to make that stomach as flat as you want it to be. Body sculpting can help you in this frustration — it can reduce fat in your stomach and all the other areas in your body that you want to improve.

So now the question is, “What is the less painful body sculpting stomach techniques minimal discomfort to none?” In order to understand this better, you need to learn about the benefits of non-invasive body sculpting treatments, the types of methods available for fat removal, and who are the good candidates for such treatments.

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Benefits of Non-Invasive Body Sculpting Treatments

Gone are the days that you have to resort to liposuction to get rid of pockets of fat from your body. An assisted liposuction procedure is indeed effective, but it’s a surgical procedure and not all people are keen on dealing with everything that comes with it: the incisions, general anesthesia or local anesthesia, and long recovery period. There’s also the possibility of scarring when it comes to plastic surgery.

This is where non-invasive body sculpting comes in. These are non surgical treatments that use heat, cold, radiofrequency, or other methods to safely destroy fat cells. After these fat cells are destroyed, your body just naturally flushes them out of your system. This means that the treatments don’t offer immediate results because it takes time for your body to eliminate the fat cells in a safe and natural way. But when you finally see the full results of the treatment, you’ll discover that it's definitely worth the long wait. In this way, you get the shape that you want without needing a plastic surgeon.

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Why Body Sculpting Is Used

People opt for body sculpting to look and feel thinner or to attain a certain body contour. It’s often used on specific areas of the body that can't be improved with diet and exercise no matter what. Body sculpting is the more practical alternative for those who aren’t willing or ready for surgical options, which can also remove excess skin or loose skin to make the skin look smoother and younger.

The most common areas targeted by body sculpting include the arms, back, belly, flanks (love handles), buttocks, neck, chin, and thighs. Body sculpting can also be used for the breast to get the breast lift or breast reduction effect without surgery. If you’ve had breast augmentation, you need to get your doctor's approval to undergo the procedure.

What Happens Before Your Body Contouring Procedure

During your initial consultation, the doctor will ask you about your goals and note your medical history, including health conditions, allergies, and previous surgeries. He’ll also ask you about any medications you’re taking, including vitamins and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. Your doctor will examine and measure the area(s) you want to change and mark those spots with a marker or pen.

He’ll then discuss your options and make recommendations with the cosmetic procedure. You’ll also get to know the risks involved.

Depending on the body sculpting method you’ll choose, your doctor may request blood work or a physical exam. You’ll be advised to stop smoking and taking certain medications, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and herbal supplements.

Types of Methods Used for Non-Surgical Fat Removal

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There are several types of methods used for nonsurgical fat removal: low-level laser therapy, cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis, radiofrequency, and ultrasound. Get to know each method to discover which best method is for you.

1. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) 

Low-level laser therapy will emit cold laser energy into your body tissues that are absorbed by fat cells. These cells are then broken down and absorbed into the body. The treatment incorporates cool-laser technology in eliminating fat deposits around your arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and other areas of your body. LLLT exposes unwanted fat and subcutaneous fat to low-level laser energy which forces fat cells to expel lipids into your body.

Once outside the cells, the fat is assimilated by the body and eventually removed via natural processes. During treatment, your local doctor will use a hand-held device to direct cold laser energy at the target areas. The device doesn’t touch your skin, so there's no discomfort at all.

Zerona is the most common brand name for this type of therapy. It's known as one of the most gentle fat reduction treatments in the market today. The Zerona LLLT is FDA-approved to be used for the waist, hips, and thighs. What makes Zerona different from other non-invasive treatments is that the results are usually seen within several weeks or less after treatment. The average patient loses approximately 3.72 inches from the circumference of the waist, hips, and thighs in just six treatments. A Zerona session lasts around 20 to 40 minutes and side effects are virtually rare. According to most patients, the treatment is completely painless, although some may experience a slight tingling, but never pain.

2. Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis utilizes controlled cooling (about 4°C or 39°F) to cause cellular death of fatty tissues. Once the fat cells are damaged irreparably, they’ll be disintegrated and removed from the body through natural absorption and elimination processes. Although cryolipolysis isn’t intended for people who are clinically obese, it’s been proven effective for people who are slightly overweight and just wanted to get rid of stubborn bulges or chest/back fat, which are difficult to eliminate via diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting is the most common brand name for this treatment type and one of the most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatments in the world. A CoolSculpting session lasts around 35 to 60 minutes, and side effects include numbness, mild swelling, redness, and tingling. All these are temporary. You may feel discomfort from the numbness caused by the cooling sensations from the freezing applicator. Slight pinching and pulling sensations may also be felt as the fat cells are frozen and pulled out.

The treatment is best for those who are having trouble losing weight in the chin, love handles, lower abdomen, inner thighs, and outer thighs. You should also be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight before getting CoolSculpting done.

3. Laser Lipolysis

SculpSure, which makes use of Laser Lipolysis technology, is FDA-cleared and is similar to CoolSculpting, but it uses the opposite approach in killing fat cells. Instead of freezing them, heat is used to kill them. Using a light-based technology, SculpSure’s increase in heat causes the fat cells to rupture, thus destroying fat and removing the deposits from the abdomen, flanks, back, inner thighs, and outer thighs. FDA cleared. This is a good choice for those with trouble spots and visible fat bulges in areas like the abdomen and flanks.

Each SculpSure session lasts around 25 minutes and common side effects include mild swelling, numbness, redness, and tingling, which are all temporary. The treatment is best for those who simply want to contour their bodies; it's not for those seeking to drop a serious amount of weight. This procedure is most recommended for skin tightening, sculpting, and defining.

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4. Ultrasound

Ultrasound (ultrasonic) fat removal makes use of ultrasound-created energy to liquify fatty tissue and then the fat is removed by the doctor using a thin cannula. Unlike surgical liposuction, which involves the removal of unliquified, dense fat with larger cannulas, ultrasound-based fat removal is less aggressive since the doctor can move cannulas smoothly and easily under the skin in removing fat.

Like Zerona, cryolipolysis, and radiofrequency energy body contouring procedures, ultrasound fat removal isn’t intended as a primary weight-loss method. It’s meant to reduce fat deposits that are typically found around the abdomen, thighs, and waist, which can be resistant to diet and exercise.

The most common brand names for ultrasound therapy are Liposonix and Ultrashape. A session can take a half-hour to several hours long. A technician will apply a thin layer of gel to your skin. After that, the ultrasound transducer head is then moved over the treatment area. You can have the same area treated more than once.

5. Radiofrequency Energy 

Radiofrequency technology delivers therapeutic heat to skin tissues in order to reduce cellulite, wrinkles, and folds in your face and body. It can eliminate cellulite by targeting fat cells that are lying just underneath the skin. Once the fat cells have been obliterated, the leftover lipid fluid is absorbed and assimilated by your body, leaving your skin tighter and smoother-looking, sans the “bumpy” cellulite.

In removing the fat cells, the treatment slims and contours the thighs, buttocks, and hips (where cellulite tends to collect and create unattractive bulges) that’s often difficult to do with diet and exercise. When it’s used to revitalize damaged or aging facial skin, radiofrequency energy tightens sagging skin. This is done by multiplying and contracting collagen fibers. At the same time, it also enhances your skin's texture and tone.

Good Candidates for Non-Invasive Body Sculpting Treatments

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Although body sculpting can benefit a lot of people, there are some who may be better off seeking alternatives. Now the treatment is great for both men and women and people of all skin types. Even those with fair complexion or sensitive skin can safely undergo body sculpting since they don’t have to deal with a laser treatment that can damage their skin during the procedure. Body sculpting is safe for people regardless of skin type and without having to worry about skin damage.

Now here lies the great difference. Body sculpting is recommended for those who are already close to their ideal weight since the treatment is primarily designed for excess fat loss, not weight loss. You have to be within 10 to 20 pounds of your ideal weight. If you simply want to lose a notch or two on your belt, then this treatment is for you. If you’re obese and need to lose serious weight, body sculpting won’t really do anything for you. You’ll most likely do better with cosmetic surgery, such as traditional liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. You can also go for the minimally invasive alternatives, such as laser liposuction, VASER liposuction, or tumescent liposuction.

In line with this, body sculpting is ideal for those with a healthier lifestyle, specifically those who maintain a good diet and exercise regularly but couldn’t lose stubborn fat in certain areas, such as the back and tummy. If you already have a healthy lifestyle, it would be easier for you to maintain the effects of the treatment. Remember that body sculpting can remove body fat, but it couldn’t prevent it from coming back.

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It’s vital for you to have a realistic idea and expectations about what the body contouring treatments can do for you. If you’re obese, you certainly won't be able to walk away from a treatment looking like a supermodel. In fact, non-surgical body contouring treatments aren’t designed for obese individuals. They’re designed for those who are pretty close to their ideal weight and only have pockets of fat on their body that they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise.

Are you willing to experience the benefits of body sculpting without the invasive procedure? CoolSculpting Center of NJ provides its clients with the safest and most effective customized aesthetic procedures. They use the latest advances in non-invasive cosmetic treatments and technologies. The procedure is done within a peaceful and luxurious environment, and you can choose from a wide array of services and products to enhance the appearance of your skin. Call now and speak with a representative who can answer your questions or assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of the clinic’s talented specialists.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

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    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

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