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Body Contouring In 2017

In 2017, it’s never been easier to shed those last few inches of unwanted fat from almost anywhere on your body

With countless non-invasive or minimally invasive fat-reduction treatments on the market, the only challenging decision to make is which one is best for you. Obviously, not all body-contouring procedures are created equal, but with the cosmetic surgery industry saturated with different treatments, examining every viable option can seem like a daunting task. However, taking the time to discover the most popular new fat burners can provide valuable insight into the basics of fat-reduction procedures.

CoolSculpting’s non-invasive body-contouring system is used to freeze sub-dermal fat cells

CoolSculpting

Using cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting’s non-invasive body-contouring system is used to freeze sub-dermal fat cells in the abdomen, thighs, flanks, arms, and chin area. The procedure itself takes approximately one hour. The applicators, which employ vacuum pressure to draw in the fatty tissue, come in various sizes, so they are able to treat various areas of concern. People who wish to treat multiple places must do so in separate appointments though, as the applicators are limited to covering small to mid-range areas. Following their session, patients may experience redness, bruising, tenderness or cramping, swelling, and itchiness or tingling in the areas which were treated. However, these side effects are generally resolved within 2 weeks. Though a fat reduction as high as 24% has been reported from some patients, many need to book 2 to 4 sessions to see optimal results. These sessions typically range from $750 to $3000 per treatment.

Liposonix

For a fat-reduction treatment that’s less likely to require follow-up visits, this hour-long procedure uses high-intensity ultrasonic waves that are focused on localized fat to destroy fat cells beneath the epidermis. Liposonix’ ultrasound transducer, which is placed over the targeted areas, is handheld, allowing the clinician more flexibility to treat wider areas during the appointment. Though non-invasive, the procedure is noted by patients as more uncomfortable than CoolSculpting, and light anesthesia is highly recommended. During treatment, patients report experiencing feelings of pain, coldness, prickling, tingling, or warmth. Directly following the treatment, soreness, bruising, redness, and swelling may occur at the treatment site, though patients typically do not find that any of these side effects impede their daily routine. Most people tend to see results developing within 8 to 12 weeks following the procedure, but they notice the most dramatic difference after 3 months have passed. The cost of Liposonix can vary from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the treatment areas to be addressed.

Airsculpt Laser Liposculpture is able to provide instantaneous results after only one hour

Airsculpt Laser Liposculpture

Airsculpt Laser Liposculpture is considered a “minimally” invasive procedure because it is able to provide instantaneous results after only one hour. This means that, like some of the non-invasive techniques, fat is destroyed by an external source – via lasers – and a small tube is inserted beneath the tissue to remove the fat cells’ debris. The treatment is able to provide these immediate results because the destroyed fat cells are removed from the treatment site right away. It is important to consider that because there are incisions involved, the procedure is determined to be surgery, however minor. Therefore, all the associated risks that typically go hand-in-hand with surgical procedures do apply. Additionally, as will surgery, local anaesthetic and laughing gas are employed during the operation, and there is a small possibility of scarring at the incision site. There is an approximate 24- to 48-hour expected recovery time. Following surgery, the patient must wear compression garments. A single session commonly costs in excess of $4,000, during which up to 4 areas can be treated.

SculpSure

Lastly, this procedure is quick enough to complete during a lunch hour, lasting 25 minutes – a mere fraction of other body-contouring treatments. It utilizes infrared laser technology to heat the targeted fat cells to the point of melting, thereby killing them. Once dead, the fat is then naturally eliminated from the body over time, allowing patients to see results begin to take shape in 6 weeks, but becoming most noticeable at approximately 12 weeks. The SculpSure procedure provides an average of 25% fat reduction and is approved to treat the abdomen and flanks. It is reported by patients that this procedure is quite comfortable, requiring no anesthesia or downtime for recovery. The side effects, as well, are quite minimal. Redness, swelling, and some tenderness at the site of the treatment are common, but they are resolved within 2 weeks’ time. Multiple treatments are entirely optional. Some patients book follow-up appointments to address other areas of concern or to further improve previously treated areas. SculpSure is approved by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Generally, a SculpSure treatment in Toronto costs approximately $1600.

It’s clear that each body-contouring procedures has its benefits, and only the patient can truly decide what is best for them. It is natural, however, to still have questions. Our technicians, led by the highly-skilled Dr. Cory Torgerson, are well-versed in the many methods of body contouring and would be pleased to help you determine the ideal and safest approach to your cosmetic goals. SculpSure has become one of the most popular body-contouring procedures at our clinic due to the pleasing results achieved without pain or any downtime.

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