Are you looking to improve your figure and get rid of that stubborn fat? Body contour procedures are growing more and more in popularity in recent years. Many celebs, like Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey and Khloe Kardashian are all jumping on the trend.
If you’re wanting to get some fat reducing body contouring done, but are new to the whole thing- it can be pretty confusing. There are so many treatment options on the market today, and it’s hard to understand the differences between them. In this article, we are going to go over 3 non-invasive options for quickly improving your figure, discuss how they work and consider which may be best for you.
Also known as Cryolipolysis, Coolsculpting (CS) involves a plastic surgeon using a device to freeze fat cells under the skin. This destroys the fat cells, and over time, they are gradually broken down by our body and removed from our system. Results aren’t instant, but they’re definitely significant. The body removes fat cells gradually, over weeks and weeks- and clients have shown fat loss of up to 25 percent. Coolsculpting usually costs around $1000 per treatment.
Approved by the FDA, Coolscultping is generally considered to be a safe procedure. It comes with minimal side effects, such as:
- Minor swelling
- Redness and tenderness of the treated area
- Diarrhea as the body gets rid of cells
In the worst case scenario, those who have had Coolsculpting could get Paradoxial adipose hyperplasia (PAH) in the treatment area. While it’s very rare, it’s important to be informed about it. PAH is when the fat cells grow larger rather than get destroyed. You could be left with a large swelling on the body that doesn’t go away on its own. While PAH isn’t usually a health risk- it can completely ruin self-esteem and body image.
Unlike invasive, intense plastic surgeries- patients of Cryolipolysis can usually resume their normal activities as soon as the procedure is done. It doesn’t come with the difficult aftercare you’d need from a traditional surgery such as lipo. It’s a lot less painful, too. Some people don’t have the time to wait out recovery, or simply can’t manage the pain. Coolsculpting is a good option for those people.
Coolsculpting is best used on certain parts of the body- it won’t work everywhere. Generally, people get Coolscultping done on their abdomen, thighs, chin/neck, armpits, back and buttocks. Generally, it takes 3 sessions to achieve desired results, but patients can expect to see up to 25 percent fat loss after one session.
Also known as SculpSure, body sculpting is very similar to Coolsculptng in concept. Fat cells under the skin are destroyed, processed by the liver and removed from the body. However, the difference between Coolscultping and Bodysculpting is the method used to destroy the fat cells. Body sculpting doesn’t use targeted cold temperatures, it uses advanced laser technology. It kind of works the opposite way to Coolsculptng. Instead of the fat cells being frozen to death, they are heated to death. In the same vein as Coolsculpting, results from body-sculpting can’t be seen overnight. The results will come on over time as the body removes dead fat cells.
Again, like Coolsculpting, Bodysculpting is approved by the FDA and considered medically safe. Body-sculpting normally costs a little less than Coolsculpting, but is there a cost for this lower price point? Not really, in fact- you may be better off going for Laser-induced body-sculpting.
Unlike Coolsculpting, which can only focus on one area at a time- bodysculpting can work on 4 areas all at once. It’s also much quicker treatment and can be over in as little as 15 minutes. The applicators used in Sculpture reduce the side effects seen more heavily in Coolsculpting. It uses flat applicators, unlike the more distressing suction applicators seen in CS. The flat applicator is less involved with the skin- reducing swelling, redness and bruising.
No procedure comes without risks, though. Paradoxical Apidose Hyperplasia could happen with any of these 3 treatments, and it’s something you’ll always have to consider before undergoing any of these body contouring methods.
While Coolsculpting uses targeted cold temperature, and bodyculpting uses laser technology- Trusculpt 3d uses radio frequencies to heat fat tissues to 45-47degrees. Again, it works pretty much the same as the other 2 body contouring methods. The fat cells are destroyed, and the body removes them over time.
Targeted radio frequencies have been used in the medical world for years as a cancer treatment. Trusculpt 3d is considered medically safe and is said to come with the least amount of side effects out of the three treatments. Radio frequencies penetrate deeper and avoid the surface skin more than in CS and BS, lowering the risk of a burning sensation. Of course, the risk of Paradoxial Apidose Hyperplasia is always there- but the risk is reduced with Trusculpt 3d.
It is also said that Trusculpt 3d has a wider range of applicators suitable for more body types. If you’ve found no luck with Coolsculpting or Bodyculpting- Trusculpt 3d may be the option you’ve been missing out on.
Whichever of these treatments you decide to go with, the most important thing is doing your research. This article has outlined the basics of each procedure. However, if you’re seriously considering investing time and risk- make sure you understand the ins and out of each treatment before going through with it. It is vital that you go to a real, qualified plastic surgeon. There are places that may tempt you with lower price points, but remember- if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. It’s not worth putting your appearance and health at risk for the sake of saving a few dollars. We hope we’ve been able to give you a good insight into the world of Coolsculpting, Bodysculpting and Trusculpt 3D. We wish you the best of luck in your journey.
Contributed by Dr. V’s Medical, the premier medical aesthetics center in Queens & NYC.
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