Body contouring is a technologically advanced method used to remove excess fat and cellulite from the body.

Treatments can improve the appearance of the treated areas and enhance self-esteem, which in turn can contribute to the promotion of better health and happiness.

The best strategy to remove excess fat is through a proper diet and exercise. Some stubborn areas, however, don’t respond well to either diet or exercise. For these circumstances, several options are available, including liposuction, cryolipolysis, focussed ultrasound, minimally invasive lasers, and non-invasive procedures.

The best way to target fat all over the body is to work out regularly and engage in activities that elevate the heart rate. Most people are aware that eating a healthy diet is very important in maintaining a healthy weight by focussing on vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. One can reduce the excess fat being produced by the body by avoiding unhealthy foods like fast food, greasy foods, and refined sugars, and avoiding packaged foods high in artificial additives and flavours.

It can be difficult to decide which treatment is suitable to target stubborn fat for each individual patient, so it is highly recommended to seek out a Board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who specializes in non-surgical fat reduction treatments. Most non-surgical procedures destroy or disrupt fat cells that are primarily made of up of triglycerides. Those triglycerides are then released into the interstitial fluid membranes that are metabolized by the body through physiological metabolic pathways.

The body begins to break them into glycerol and fatty acids, which it transports to the liver to be processed and eventually eliminated as waste.

As technology advances, the treatments and treatment types are innovated to be more effective with reduced session durations and to provide more comfort for the client during treatment sessions. The current non-invasive liposuction/fat reduction procedures are as follows:

Type Of Treatment: Radio frequency fat reduction

How It Works: Radio frequency waves target fat cells, heating them up enough to cause cell death without damaging the surrounding skin or muscle. This generates heat, causing collagen retraction. The use of thermal energy causes skin-tightening and contraction, followed by new collagen formation from the stimulation of the fibroblasts.

How Long It Takes: Recommended four 30-minute sessions

Price: $450 to $800 per session

How Long The Results Last:
• Can reduce up to 60% of targeted fat cells
• Results seen at about 2 weeks
• Results are long-term, based on a healthy lifestyle and maintaining ideal weight.

Types Of Treatments:
• Thermage
• VelaShape III
• Velasmooth
• Vanquish
• Trusculpt
• Alma
• Aluma
• Venus Freeze

Type Of Treatment: Non-invasive laser treatments

How It Works: Cold laser perforates fat cells, causing a deduction in size and circumference, and then releases them into the body to be metabolized by the body’s lymphatic system.

Your body naturally eliminates these cells as waste. Does not harm fat cells. Recommended to drink ample amounts of water and vitamins to maximize results.

How Long It Takes: Recommended 5 to 10 sessions for 40 minutes, 20 minutes on each side (front and back), 2 to 3 times per week

Price: $2,500 to $4,000

Results:
• At least 3 inches of the body
• Results are long-term, based on a healthy lifestyle and maintaining ideal weight

Types Of Treatments:
• Zerona
• Smooth Shapes
• LipoLaser
• iLipo: 8 to 10 treatments over the course of a 4-week period, 10 minutes on each treatment area
• SculpSure – 1064 (specific laser)

Type Of Treatment: Cryolipolysis – CoolSculpting

How It Works: Suction cup technology safely delivers controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells underneath the skin. The treated cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells.

How Long It Takes: 1-hour treatment to each area

Price: $750 to $900 for small applicators, $600 to $800 for medium applicators, $1,200 to $1,500 for large applicators. Most patients require a single treatment.

Results:
• Can be seen 1 to 3 months after treatment
• Destroys fat cells, resulting in long-term subcutaneous fat reduction
• Can retreat areas after 12 weeks
• Results are long lasting, based on a healthy lifestyle and maintaining ideal weight

Types Of Treatments:

CoolSculpting

Type Of Treatment: HIFU high frequency or Ultrasound fat cavitation

How It Works: A hand piece device uses ultrasonic waves that penetrate through the epidermis and dermis to the subcutaneous fat. Works using mechanical motion within the fat tissues to produce cellular disruption of the tissue. Uses a transducing ultra-beam with optical and acoustic feedback, with multi-directional waves, pulse length. Energy levels applied to the body for selective damage to fat cells only.

How Long It Takes: 2 to 4 weeks with final results seen in about 4 to 6 months, 30 minute treatment per area

Price: $2,000 per zone, recommended series of 3 treatments in 6 weeks

Results:

• 4 to 6 cm of circumference
• Destroys fat cells, resulting in long-term subcutaneous fat reduction and skin tightening

Types Of Treatments:
• Liposonix
• Ultrashape

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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