Often performed after major weight loss, such as post-pregnancy, Body Contouring helps improve the shape and tone of body tissue that supports one’s skin. The procedure helps remove excess sagging skin in various areas of your body.
Common areas for body contouring include love handles, mid or outer thighs, abdomen, buttock, tummy areas, along with sagging skin from the arms. Thankfully there are a range of newer non-surgical treatment options for male and female patients that have made more invasive procedures like Liposuction and the Tummy Tuck a thing of the past. Here we review some of the main ones that might work for your needs. In all cases though, you should discuss things beforehand with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Michele Green.
Thermage & CoolSculpting
Dr. Green often uses a combination approach of using Thermage® and CoolSculpting® for non-surgical body contouring. This combination of heat and freezing works well for male and female patients with little pain or down time. To start off, Dr. Green uses Thermage to tighten the skin. This is followed up with CoolSculpting, which freezes off the fat in the particular area. Targeting fat cells under the skin, the cells become crystallized (frozen) and then your body naturally processes and eliminates the dead cells.
Whether there’s a muffin top, extra fat on the thighs, sagging arms, a bulge on the legs, or buttocks, CoolSculpting will freeze the fat within thirty five minutes. The full effects of both of these procedures however takes a few sessions across a period of three to four months. Because each case is unique in its own way, it is important to discuss options with Dr. Green before starting the procedure.
CoolSculpting is non-invasive and the first FDA approved fat removal treatment. While Thermage procedures stimulate new natural collagen production for up to six months following the treatment. After the initial six months of improvement, results can last up to two years depending on the condition and the patient’s natural aging process.
While CoolSculpting and Thermage may take a few sessions, Vanquish is another great way to non-surgically treat an entire area. The advantage here is that one’s abdomen or flanks can be treated in just forty-five minutes, while the difference here is that instead of fat freezing, the treatment is heat based. Love handles, abdomen and belly areas can be treated at the same time, but it is often recommended that three consecutive treatments are needed for the average patient.
Vanquish treatments involve an applicator handle which hovers less than an inch above your skin. Vanquish ME (Maximum Efficiency) uses a combination of radio frequency energy and high-tech sensors that are able to detect the fat levels in your body and then deliver a customized level of energy to heat and liquefy the fat. The body then naturally flushes the dead fat cells away.
Vanquish requires at least three weekly treatments, which again varies by each patient’s needs, and should be discussed beforehand with Dr. Green. However, like other non-surgical fat removal options, down time is limited to just a brief period of redness and some minor swelling – but not enough to impact your daily routine in any way.
A newcomer to the scene, Sculpsure is one of the latest FDA approved and non-invasive ways to remove the fat in a given area. Sculpsure also works on a heat based basis, as the laser light heats the skin up within five minutes, aiming to boost production of collagen and elastin in one’s skin. The whole procedure takes twenty five minutes, and will melt the fat in different areas of the body. It is currently only FDA approved for the abdomen and love handles. This is another painless non-surgical way to melt the fat bulges in your body.
So what is the right body contouring solution for you? It depends on a number of factors, so the first step is to book an appointment with Dr. Michele Green in her NYC based offices. You can contact us online or call us at 212 535 3088