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The Ultimate Guide to Body Contouring & Lipo (Everything You Wanted to Know But May Have Been Too Afraid to Ask)

Updated on October 18, 2016

If you’re looking to advance your health by cutting down on the fat and improving your metabolism—or perhaps you might be struggling with your cholesterol, diet, and exercise regime—or you could be wanting to impress your friends—

If you’re knee-deep in any of these situations at all, prepare yourself to be shocked: this article is not for you.

Don’t bother reading it. Don’t bother buying into it.

Everyone’s preconceived notion of body contouring, liposuction and other cosmetic enhancements is that it’s all about a self-image and optimizing your health. It’s about making your body better. Liposuction is not a self-esteem enhancer, per se, nor is it a solution to bad health issues and habits. It’s not a fixer for all the problems you may have with your body. Rather, think of it this way—the question isn’t just about whether or not body contouring and lipo is right for you, but also whether or not you are right for these procedures.

Yes, body contouring and liposuction will solve a lot of your self-esteem issues. Focus on the why, though. Moreover, certain qualifications will determine your successful candidacy for these procedures. By qualifications, I mean health requirements according to what you’re going to read about.

You Have to Be in Good Health, Believe It or Not

I repeat: all the body contouring and liposuction sessions in the world won’t solve all your health problems. They’re not supposed to. Medically, you have to qualify for these procedures, and in order for you to qualify, you have to be in excellent health. You have to be within 25 pounds of your ideal body weight as well; if not, you might not qualify. Additionally, you do, obviously, have to have some very visible fat deposits in your body. You, however, have to show and prove that a good diet and exercise has done absolutely nothing to remedy that. We emphasize that the standard bearers of good health—diet and exercise—are the premier attitudes toward achieving your goals, and there are no substitutes. Not even cosmetic surgery can accomplish that. But if it turns out that all your efforts have done nothing to eliminate those problem areas, then without a doubt, body contouring and liposuction may be the answer, and you may qualify.

The Absolute “Nots” in Body Contouring and Lipo Requirements

No exceptions, no question—if you’re pregnant or nursing, stop reading. Likewise, if you do have any health problems at all that would interfere with your downtime and healing post-surgery, let go of the prospect of even considering this. People who take blood thinning medications also would not be good candidates for liposuction (but they may do just fine with other body contouring possibilities as outlined here). Lastly, if you have a problem with lidocaine, a typical anesthetic, you might not want to consider liposuction at all.

What kind of health conditions could disqualify you? There are a host of them:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weak Immune System
  • Poor Blood Circulation
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease

That’s just a few possibilities, prompting your specialist to advise that you not go through with any such procedure. Liposuction and other body contouring methods are not ever, and will never be, considered a “weight loss solution.” You won’t lose your cellulite, nor will you ever be able to get rid of those stretch marks this way.

If you truly are okay with your own image. If you live a healthy lifestyle. If you make good choices, both medically and practically, but you want to fine-tune those subtler parts of you that won’t seem to go away no matter how hard you train or focus religiously on a high-quality diet, then by all means….

Keep reading.

Why Liposuction Still Goes Strong as Possibly the Most Popular Procedure in the USA

Aside from breast augmentation, liposuction holds the title for “Most Popular Procedure,” not only in the United States, but in other countries as well. Statistics don’t lie:

  • In 2008, There Have Been 330K Procedures Performed
  • Over $1 Billion Has Been Spent on Liposuction in the U.S.
  • Female Patients Hold the Majority Over Male Patients
  • African-Americans, Native-Americans and Latino-Americans Hold the Majority

(Source: 2008 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics – ASAP)

Very focused. Definitive. And it raises some questions. Why female patients? Why certain minorities? It’s obvious that there’s so much going on when it comes to lipo that we have the data here to prove that doors of liposuction clinics all over the world continue to be opened every second of every day, but the big question is this: why?


The Benefit of Liposuction

Plainly put, liposuction’s efficient. Many can go on a lunch break, get it done, and be back at work with minimal discomfort. It’s almost like going to the dentist.

That’s largely the appeal behind it and why it’s so popular. Aside from the fact that American society (and other societies, for that matter) are largely influenced by image and vanity, seeking the “quick fix” and the better deal against a strict and dedicated diet code and exercise module, the very fact that you can eliminate those small, minute pockets of fat—the areas that you somehow can’t eradicate with diet and exercise alone—with this very subtle body contouring method makes for an ideal option.

It wasn’t always that way, though, as liposuction back in the ‘70s largely carried with it its fair share of detriment, complete with its intensive measures, general anesthesia and considerable downtime. In other words, no one could just go on their lunch break back then. It took a fair amount of consultation, planning, scheduling for a few hours, and healing for a great deal of time. Side effects were common back then, and results weren’t as impressive as many would like it to be. In fact, I’d venture to say that liposuction carried with it that negative stigma cosmetic surgery’s generally known for.

As usual, though, technology—particularly in the medical field—advances, revolutionizes, and certainly optimizes not only the procedure itself, but the results. Thanks to the more advanced tumescent anesthesia implemented these days for patients, individuals can actually stay awake during the procedure and feel literally nothing in the targeted regions. Patients therefore don’t have to wait at all and just walk out after the process is completed. Additionally, the advanced anesthetics allows for decreased bleeding, providing better cleanup and minimized prospects for infection. Advanced technologies in breaking up fat cells and minimizing trauma in dispersing them out of the body via effective cannula tubes also assist in effectiveness. Such technologies include:

  • Laser
  • Vibration
  • Ultrasound (VASER Lipo)

Because of that technology, long gone are the days that the incisions are a foot or two wide across your abdomen, and nowadays specialists can get by with tiny incisions, leaving very minimal scarring, if any. The procedure has become much more of an art form than it is a dispersal method for removing X amount of fat by the numbers. Patients go in for something very specific these days, with optimal results. Perhaps they want a bit of fat removed from their mid-sections; in an hour or so, you’ll get that without a problem, and the removal of those fat deposits is permanent. They don’t come back.

It’s easy to see why people view the procedure as a tremendous benefit. Even if it is a cosmetic surgery, often never covered by insurance. Incredibly enough, though, even the average person considering liposuction—and not qualifying for it—will have other options out there in the body contouring industry.

Other Non-Invasive Procedures That Might Work for You

As popular as liposuction is, you can expect some might not be too keen about going under the knife, even if they are generally wide awake. You can expect preferences, without a doubt, hence why in the industry you have a greater benefit: options.

They are out there. Some have other advantages. Others have certain cons that you have to be okay with. Either way, results are aplenty with these options out there, and they’re worth exploring.

We have to be clear on what it means to consider a “minimally invasive” procedure, or to consider a “non-invasive” procedure, though:

Minimally Invasive Procedures

It’s important to understand the subtle differences and that it’s not as “black or white” as you might think. A minimally invasive procedure requires nothing more than a few incisions, if that—perhaps just one for certain issues. Such procedures are hardly considered major surgeries at all, so there’s very low risk, not to mention oftentimes the specialist doesn’t require to graft, place, install or construct anything inside the patient.

Some examples of minimally invasive procedures would include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Bloodwork
  • Anesthesia
  • IV Administration
  • Catheters
  • And, of Course, Liposuction Cannulas

Whether drawing blood or injecting, such procedures are generally typical without cause for concern.

Non-Invasive Procedures

Take away the knife, tube, or vaccine, and you’ll have a procedure requiring no such process at all except to target an area externally. There are no cuts, no insertions, nothing at all. The examples of such procedures are typical as well, including….

  • Massage
  • External Ultrasound
  • Stethoscope
  • Pulse Check
  • X-Ray
  • EKG
  • CAT Scan
  • MRI
  • Echocardiograms
  • MPI

Many of these, though, seek to monitor activity versus prevent or correct activity. However, as you will soon read, there are certain procedures of the non-invasive kind that specifically accomplish the latter, and they may be options for you if you’re not too fond of incisions or other invasive methods.

Understanding Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments

It’s crucial to understand just how non-invasive body contouring treatments work given the skepticism behind them, as understandable as that is. After all—non-invasive treatments are not liposuction, a procedure designed to go directly into the region and eliminate targets immediately. Case in point: non-invasive procedures are anything but immediate. Oftentimes they can be considered “long-term therapies,” emphasizing autonomy and self-sufficiency over anything else. In other words, instead of an external device or pharmaceutical causing the change within your body—it’s your body, your very own system, causing the change itself.

There is, however, something even more important to comprehend about non-invasive procedures that do make them a regular alternative staple in today’s cosmetic and medical industries. While they don’t apply injections or get anywhere underneath your skin to treat the source, non-invasive procedures utilize something else that can accomplish the same: they use energy. State-of-the-art energy.

An Overview of CoolSculpting

As a non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting has seen an upsurge in popularity given its updated technology and scientific breakthrough, albeit facing the discomfort disadvantage from some patients who don’t like even the slightest bit of pain. Still, it’s considered a non-invasive procedure.

Also known as “cryolipolysis,” the best way we can explain this treatment is nothing more than the specialist freezing away your fat. It does sound a bit dangerous at first glance, but understand that the highest order of science and technology stands behind this procedure as a suitable alternative to liposuction. With the power of energy, obviously, we have CoolSculpting accomplishing something liposuction could not without having to go underneath the skin. Thanks to targeting temperatures just below the freezing point and utilizing a probe and transducer tool, the technology allows the operator to utilize that freezing temperature to pinpoint fat cells underneath the skin. The key of this technology, though, is that the energy is utilized in such a way that the freezing temperatures don’t attack or even touch the skin, nerves, muscles, arteries, veins or bones at all. It actually selectively seeks the fat cells and destroys them, basically vaporizing them and allowing the body to reabsorb and secrete them out of the body over a period of time.

Without a doubt, it’s considered an effective procedure solely on the fact that it’s technology driven. The operator doesn’t necessarily have to be “qualified” or even knowledgeable inasmuch as it’s about the machine doing the work. That is to say—if the person knows how to use the probe correctly, generally speaking, the correct effect is produced successfully.

There is, however, a need to consult with a specialist on the particular area to target, so there’s some operator dependence there. Experience plays a huge role here as well, focusing on quality of use of the machine and understanding how it works. This applies as well to how many “cycles” are required during treatment to optimize results, not to mention a detailed assessment of where the highest volumes of fat are located. Once you and your specialist have gone over the specifics, highlighting the specified regions for treatment, all it takes is a simple 1-hour application.

As with many non-invasive treatments, multiple sessions are required for gradual results to occur, given there’s no direct effect at all. Typically with CoolSculpting, patients will expect as little as ten 1-hour treatments or as many as 14. Treatments can even be spaced into session times, and even those can be repeated until the desired effect is produced. It largely depends on the size of the region, the volume of fat, and how much you’re trying to eliminate. Like liposuction, results largely depend on your goals, but as mentioned before: the idea of CoolSculpting largely resembles a type of therapy where you won’t see immediate results. You can imagine, though, that side effects are generally very minimal, and when the results do reveal themselves, they’re pretty impressive, with as much as a 25% reduction, or even more (with more sessions scheduled), in fat volume for any given area of your body.

There’s the question about the “ideal body weight” as well. Like liposuction, certain requirements for maximum effect are crucial, but there’s some flexibility here. CoolSculpting, because it’s not necessarily a procedure as it is a type of therapeutic session, the “ideal body weight” doesn’t necessarily apply unless you’re on a specific timeline. That is to say—if you’re within 10 pounds of your ideal body weight, chances are all you’re going to require to see some results is just one treatment. The more overweight you are, the more treatments you may need.

As for the handpiece and what to expect the moment you lay down and experience the session: what you can notice the most is that it’s rectangular in shape with two “metal plates” designed to cool the temperature down near to the freezing point. Between those two plates would be the particular region in question being treated; the more of that region pressed between the plates, the more of that fat gets treated, hence you can expect increased results. However, CoolSculpting does tend to work in specific areas better than others, such as regions where the fat is very loose and soft. Parts of the body encompassing extremely fibrous deposits may not even see a change at all, even with multiple sessions.

You do, however, have specific options in terms of the type of handpiece utilized during a session. Recently different shapes have been offered, such as a flatter handpiece designed for certain areas like the outer thigh and saddle bag. This special type, though, will require longer treatments as there’s no longer two metal plates and pressure, but one flat surface directly targeting the cold temperature through the skin. Whereas the traditional handpiece often would require one hour of treatment, the special device on the outer thigh, for example, would expect two hours for treatment to see results. Love handles also require much more attention, often taking extra steps to cover the entire area as the handpiece often will not cover the whole region. Overall you can expect this frequency of treatments for certain areas: two applications for the abdomen and two to three for each flank.

You can imagine, though, with as simple as this treatment is, there will be some discomfort. The device does present a certain degree of suction and freeze, like a vacuum cleaner out in the sub-zero temperature cold. It’s not particularly pleasant at first, but when taking several deep breaths, many patients have reported that the sensation mellows out some and turns into the familiar “pins and needles” you’d feel when your hand or foot falls asleep. That’s when the region affected then gets to the near-freezing point and the sensation begins to burn, for lack of a better way of describing it. The entire gamut of sensations I’ve just described often will take approximately ten minutes, and from then on, you’re experiencing the slight searing numbness familiar with a cold snap. Rest assured, though—the procedure is actually quite safe.

The upside, though, of having to experience a bit of discomfort while laying there for an hour is that you have the freedom to pass the time away any way you’d like:

  • Sleep
  • Listen to Music
  • Read a Book
  • Use Your Tablet or Laptop
  • Talk on the Phone

As long as you’re motionless, you’re fine; the specialist works on the region in question without fail.

Once the treatment is complete, your specialist will massage the area, as the frozen tissues need to be worked back into place. Don’t panic as you see the region and wonder why it looks like a red and hardened stick of butter, because for two minutes, your specialist will get your tissues back where they belong, not without some major discomfort. Thankfully, it’s only for two minutes, but it’s very necessary to work the tissue in order to prevent the prospect of misshapen flesh.

Overall, though, when everything is said and done, generally speaking, patients can walk out of the office unhindered and with very little downtime. You may experience some soreness and tenderness, but nothing out of the ordinary, nothing keeping you home and in bed. Typically, your specialist might recommend Tylenol or Advil just in case the pain gets too severe. We’ve seen up to 3% of patients receive the worst kind of pain due to obscure nerve reactions, but with special medication for those minor cases, and problems are resolved within a few days to a week.

One thing to keep in mind is the pricing, and as this is a purely cosmetic treatment, however non-invasive, your office may charge you as little as $600, or as much as $1.8K per treatment, depending on the size and style of the handpiece, number of treatments required, and the region to be treated or fat volume. As typical, a consultation will greatly inform you of what you could be looking at, so I strongly suggest getting the information you need before making a decision.

How Does Liposuction Compare to Non-Invasive Treatment?

While you may be just fine selecting liposuction as an option for your needs, it’s imperative that you know what it entails as well in the current market. Again, allow me to reiterate: non-invasive treatments indirectly target specific regions of the body, whereas lipo directly attacks the area via incisions and cannulas inserted to “suck” the fat out. It again does sound haphazard, but with today’s technology supporting the procedure, your results are effective and safe overall.

As it is very much an art form, you’re going to expect a great deal of consultation with your specialist. The procedure will require a lot of specification as to which areas need improvement and where the cannulas will be inserted to maximize that improvement with minimal downtime and duration. In other words, the question to ask is this: where are the fat deposits mostly located?

If you and your doctor can answer that, then you’re well on your way.

It’s Not a 100% Procedure, Though, and There Are Some Misconceptions

The treatment’s not designed to suck all the fat out of your system, though. Rather, you can consider the metaphor of Swiss cheese, with the pockets and holes left behind. That’s what a cannula will do to your fat deposit. Overall, the rest of the fat deposits over time will settle, leaving you with significant improvement in fat volume, but not 100%. You honestly may see an immediate difference, though; but you won’t see the full effect of what the procedure can do for at least a few months during your recovery.

The cannulas tend to be rather small, about 1.5 millimeters to be exact, hence this procedure is very targeted and accurate, which is why an extensive consultation is required to determine the best course of action. To be fair, even, we can’t safely say that specialists even make incisions any longer. Because of the refinement of the technology and process, cannulas are inserted into what are called “adits.” They’re nothing more than tiny holes in your skin and flesh. Needless to say, you’ll be under a tumescent anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything at all except for maybe a pull or two. A truly experienced specialist will try to find the best location based on visibility and efficiency. In other words: you’d want not only the best results, but minimal noticeable scarring. Typically, the specialist will try to find something underneath the bikini line or bellybutton; the armpit can also suffice for treatments regarding the arms and chest. Overall any adits that are created in more noticeable regions will end up looking like nothing more than freckles, and over a period of a few months, you may not even notice them at all.

The problem often addressed by prospective patients is the incredible misconception behind the procedure. Everyone’s preconceived notion of what ‘surgery’ is and what lipo might be like is vastly skewed. No, you won’t have downtime for a month or more. No, you won’t be put to sleep for a few hours, nor will you actually “go under the knife.” There are no special garments to wear. All in all, liposuction may very well be one of the easiest minimally invasive procedures ever devised.

The Advent of Laser Technology

Needless to say, the industry required a type of assistance that would revolutionize liposuction in such a way that it would minimize the disadvantages and increase effectiveness substantially. Enter: laser technology, the answer to some of the issues larger cannulas and the spotty “Swiss cheese” effect would have on a procedure that could cause major downtime and defects.

The idea behind the laser is to break up the fat cells so much that the cannula has a much easier job in sucking the fat out. This minimizes your trauma of the region, utilizing a metal tube cannula fitted with a laser fiber. That fiber emits a 2K-degree centigrade laser to melt the surrounding fat cells enough for the cannula to pull in through the tube and release outside your body. It was an extremely efficient way to conduct the procedure, albeit some slight possibilities for increased trauma due to skin burning.

VASER Lipo Addressed Another Possibility

When ultrasonic technology came into the scene, it tried to improve on standard laser implementation through sound waves. Even with the cannula utilizing this type of energy, heat components were still introduced, and there was still the slight possibility of skin burning, as the ultrasound energy, instead of burning the fat cells, would literally make them explode into much smaller pieces, allowing for easier dispersal through the tube.

Thermal damage or injury was still a possibility; however, ultrasound technology via the most popular version of it, VASER Lipo, still achieved the same optimum results. Researchers and trendsetters in the industry sought to find another possibility that would eliminate any risk of thermal injury, which is why they discovered this third-generation technology:


Think of a chef, a bowl, and one of those mixers. The vibration technique in mixing and pounding causes loosening and merging of ingredients, allowing for easier movement and transference. With liposuction, the same methodology applied, all without the heat component.

With the cannula, the device utilizes vibration with a device designed to either spin in circles or oscillate up and down and left and right so fast that no one would be able to see it happen. Some of these devices will operate at an astonishing 5K cycles per second at a greater diameter underneath the skin and deep within the targeted region. Based solely on that intense speed and movement, the device with the cannula effectively breaks up those fat cells and allows the tube to pull the contents through with the same efficiency as other technologies implementing heat energy.

What Is “Tumescent” Anesthesia?

This is ideal for one specific reason: patients don’t need to be put to sleep in order for this anesthesia to be administered. Instead of an injection, this form of anesthesia utilizes what could easily be considered an IV saline solution bag with a few additions, such as lidocaine—a common pain killer—some sodium bicarbonate and epinephrine. This mixture is fed through a catheter into the pinpointed layer of superficial fat, flooding the area with the fluid and allowing for total immersion. It’s designed to minimize as much as possible the potential trauma and pain commonly associated with the procedure.

Just How ‘Painful’ Is Liposuction?

This is a minimally invasive treatment, hence there will be some expected recovery. How much exactly? In all honesty, it depends on the patient and the size of the region treated. The smaller, more isolated, the region, the easier the recovery. If we’re talking about a heavier volume of fat, typically the specialist has to get more aggressive, achieving the expected results but at an increased prospect for trauma and longer recovery time.

Patients can expect anywhere between three days to a week, depending on their lifestyle. If they’re considerably active, they just might have to wait that week before they’re comfortable enough to resume their activities. Some professions actually allow for continuance the very next day. The good news, as well, is that there’s no specific mandate as to what you can or can’t do. You don’t cause further damage by being more active, in other words. Your comfort level is largely the basis for what you can or can’t do after your treatment.

Do I Have to Do Multiple Treatments, or Can I Treat Multiple Areas?

Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, treating several areas at once can actually be risky. There are two limitations in trying to cover more than one area: volume of tumescent anesthesia, and the time factor.

You have to understand that a lot of that is calculated based on your weight. That means if you weigh, for example, 200 lbs., but want to treat at least three different areas, only so much anesthesia would be allowed in total, and the specialist would have to work with that amount for all areas to be targeted. There may be situations where there’s not enough anesthesia at all, hence why it’s not often feasible to work on multiple regions. That actually may be the only disadvantage to implementing tumescent anesthesia, as traditional anesthetics don’t have any such limitation. The injection puts you to sleep, and the specialist can work on as many as ten regions on your body if necessary, without a problem.

You, however, have to bear in mind this important point: the more regions you treat all at once, the longer your recovery time will be; and the less activity you’ll be able to handle on a day-to-day basis.

How Long Does a Single Treatment Last?

Given the time constraint, you can understand the concern for operating on multiple areas of the body. One treatment and one localized and isolated region would amount to anywhere between an hour and two hours. It’s a highly tedious method of steps to follow given the fact that we’re dealing with a minimally invasive procedure with the possibility for long-term damage, so a specialist will follow absolute protocol. Overall, you’re looking at the initial walk-in, follow-up steps for preparation, wait times and the procedure itself to amount for as much as four hours time.

The specialist will first pre-treat the area with a type of non-invasive machine designed to help break up the fat cells. That could take as long as 30 minutes. Photos are taken as well as consent forms signed. Specifying the region to be worked on is also typical, lining up boundaries with a marker and ensuring cannulas are set up correctly. Oftentimes a patient will be offered Valium as well. Since everything’s set up and ready to go, the patient’s sent to the operating room, positioned correctly with application of tumescent anesthesia as standard. Generally speaking, that could take as long as 45 minutes to disperse the entire area with the local anesthetic. After it has been utilized, though, typically a patient has to wait as long as an hour for the anesthetic to set in and take effect.

After that hour, the type of energy technology is then generated through the cannula—either by laser, or ultrasound, or vibration. A specialist can surmise when enough of that method has been implemented to break up the fat cells enough, by which then the next step would be the actual process itself of removing the fat via the cannula. This is the very last stage of the entire process while you’re at the office.

What Can I Expect in Terms of Cost?

Remember: this is a cosmetic procedure, hence insurance policies won’t have coverage for it at all. You have to be aware of that. It’s more important, though, to consider the quality of treatment, as it can vary widely from office to office. Be careful about who you choose to conduct the procedure, because while you may have the cheaper option, if the results are not exactly what you had hoped and require another surgeon to rectify the situation, you then may be paying even more money just to get that done.

Generally speaking, you can expect as little as $2.5K to as much as $8K per treatment, depending on what region you’re focusing on, and what level of experience and effectiveness you’re expecting from the liposuction surgeon. Consider your options carefully. Remember: this is your body. Do what’s right for it.

Other Complimentary Treatments to Consider

Some might not see much of an option here, hence why you even have other possibilities, or perhaps you don’t require a lot of work done at all. It also may be prudent to consider any of these treatments, as they address other issues both CoolSculpting or liposuction won’t be able to tackle. One very popular treatment has gained tremendous traction:

Venus Freeze

Going in a completely different direction, this state-of-the-art procedure takes the idea of the non-invasive procedure and turns it into a therapy you’d find at a massage salon. Venus Freeze has gained so much popularity that if it could only accomplish what liposuction and even CoolSculpting could do, there would be no competition at all in the industry.

That being said, this treatment utilizes radio-frequency energy through multi-polar emitters and pulse magnetics on a device, resembling something of the device utilized in CoolSculpting, not to burn off fat, or aggressively contour the body. Instead, the focus of Venus Freeze is to tighten, smooth, firm and shape the skin, gently breaking down the collagen and allowing the body to form new collagen that is healthier and more elastic. It’s a phenomenal procedure, completely natural and normal.

Despite its name, the procedure does utilize a type of heat energy, sort of like a hot stone massage. A patient lies on a massage table, basically, and the specialist carefully and steadily guides the machine across any region you desire:

  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Stomach
  • Legs
  • Buttocks

It virtually has no limitation.

As long as the operator knows how it works, the procedure is quite painless, even pleasant. There’s no downtime either, no recovery period, and as typical with any non-invasive procedure, no visible scarring at all. Once you’re done, you can resume your normal activities, whatever they may be.

Each treatment would take as much as 30 minutes per area of approximately 8.5 by 11 inches, depending on the actual region. The face would take less; the abdomen would take more.

One thing you have to consider, though, given the fact that it is a non-invasive treatment, is that you won’t see immediate results. You can expect at least eight treatments, which could last as much as six months, before seeing any real results, as the body does take its time to produce new collagen to fill your skin effectively.

Contrary to what this may sound like, Venus Freeze is not a face lift by any means. It accomplishes similar results, though. The treatment also tends to be more effective for patients of the younger demographic given the fact that increased age can result in slower production of collagen, so consider that carefully before choosing this procedure.

Cellulite Treatment

This is an important procedure to consider given that liposuction, CoolSculpting and others we’ve addressed don’t apply to this: cellulite. It’s been the bane of many with little to no prospects for household remedies, topical treatments or other fads to eliminate the problem, not to mention it’ll keep coming back if you don’t maintain your health and weight.

Venus Freeze, along with a medical-grade topical treatment, can in fact solve the issue effectively with the superheating of fat cells just beneath the skin, giving the patient that typical tight and taut appearance. However, with that aggressive treatment comes the medical-grade topical treatment designed to thicken the skin and essentially cover up the irregularity for good. Expect results within six months or so.

Botox and Other Injectables

You may want to consider other tightening procedures as well, especially if your problems are a bit more severe and even too isolated for something like Venus Freeze to treat. Certain injectable treatments, like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse, are designed to “fill” certain areas of your face where wrinkles and lines have formed. Think of a balloon that has lost a little air; you see a bit of those wrinkles on there as a result, and these injectables are essentially the “air” designed to fill it back up.

Botox, by far, happens to be one of the more popular agents, utilizing a type of muscle paralysis to indirectly cause an automatic tightening of the skin. Used correctly and with considerable experience, it can be employed to great effect for specific regions on the face, such as the forehead and crow’s feet. It is, however, not ever advised to use by the lips.

Re-treatments are typical with fillers as well, so expect to return for new sessions within several months or more, as the dosages can wear off. Overall, though, the downtime is very minimal as you’re simply going in for injections. Be sure, though, to consult as many specialists to find the most qualified and experienced, as fillers—while simple to use—can be dangerous if used haphazardly. Don’t expect to utilize Botox, for instance, if you have a neurological condition. Pregnant women also are advised not to consider fillers at all, although there’s no medical documentation whatsoever to support that assumption.

In All Summary, You Have a Right to Be Proud of Your Body

Never consider any of these procedures, though, as a substitute for good health. More often than not, specialists consult patients not only to determine if they qualify medically, but if they’re considering these possibilities for the right reasons.

Sometimes you may have particular areas that you can’t seem to get rid of. That’s okay. That happens, and you’re not doing anything wrong, or you’re not doing anything enough as far as your health and exercise regimen is concerned. Sometimes certain regions can be stubborn—

That’s where these special treatments come in. They seek to alleviate the concerns you have, that which you can’t solve on your own.

Ask all the questions you have about everything from liposuction, to CoolSculpting, to Venus Freeze, and other non-invasive procedures, because you will know that you have a wealth of options at your fingertips. Here you may just find your solution toward satisfaction.


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