Body contouring is a cosmetic term that refers to nonsurgical methods of fat reduction. The goal of these procedures is to reduce or get rid of pockets of fat in order to shape or contour specific areas of the body.
During these procedures, fat cells in your body are eliminated. Once they are removed, they can never be replaced. This does not mean, however, that you will never gain weight again. The remaining fat cells in your body can still expand or contract. By taking fat cells from specific areas of your body, the North Jersey Laser & Vein Center basically sculpts your body to the desired shape. While you will appear thinner, it will not be due to weight loss; it will result from a loss of fat cells.
How Does Body Contouring Work?
Body contouring or sculpting works by using heat to melt and destroy fat cells or by freezing fat cells to flush them out of your body. The most common areas we treat at the Laser & Vein Center of North Jersey are abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and the bottom.
Although we offer a range of different body contouring treatments, they work in a similar fashion. Essentially, they break down fat cells so that your body’s lymphatic system can flush them away within a few weeks. After we treat a certain area, it is less likely to accumulate as many fat cells in the future.
Not a Weight Loss Substitute
One thing to keep in mind is that body contouring is not a substitute for weight loss. Our best candidates are those within 25 pounds of their desired weight who want to remove troublesome pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. However, some patients come to us after experiencing dramatic weight loss that has resulted in loose or sagging skin. In these cases, the skin and surrounding tissues usually does not have enough elasticity to conform to their smaller body size. As long as people do not have more than twenty to thirty pounds of excess fat, they are eligible for one of our nonsurgical procedures.
What is CoolSculpting®?
A somewhat recent cosmetic procedure, CoolSculpting was only approved by the FDA in the U.S. in 2010. In the years since, however, it has become one of our most popular cosmetic procedures because of its effectiveness.
CoolSculpting®, a process known as Cryolipolysis, is a noninvasive fat-reduction procedure that uses colder temperatures to target and eliminate fat cells in different areas of the body. The scientific principles of CoolSculpting® were discovered by Harvard researchers who found subcutaneous fat cells are naturally more vulnerable to the effects of cold than other surrounding tissue. In other words, it shapes the body by delivering controlled cooling to specific areas.
What Are Its Benefits?
One of the advantages of CoolSculpting® is that it leaves the surrounding tissues are healthy and unharmed. The procedure only kills the targeted cells, which will then be flushed out of your body over the course of a few weeks. This natural removal process set in motion by the procedure gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer.
Another advantage of CoolSculpting® is that it is both painless and comfortable. We usually recommend that you bring along a book or a tablet. Treatments usually last about one hour. Although it usually requires a few treatments to achieve the desired results, the amount of time required depends on the size of the targeted area.
How Soon Can I Expect Results?
CoolSculpting® can reduce the targeted fat layer by 20-40%. After your initial treatment, your body will continue the fat elimination process over the course of several weeks. Bulges, bumps, and stubborn fat can be reduced, tightened, and smoothed resulting in a slimmer, more toned and taut physique. If the treatment plan calls for additional CoolSculpting® treatments, they will be performed after the fat elimination process has expired. Patients begin to see results after 3 to 4 weeks with continued improvement for 3 to 4 months.
Affordable Noninvasive Cosmetic Treatment
Because of its noninvasive nature and minimal downtime, CoolSculpting® has become an attractive solution for people seeking an affordable way to rid themselves of pesky areas of fat such as muffin tops and love handles. In addition to CoolSculpting®, Dr. Philip Seaver and his expert team also perform a range of other noninvasive cosmetic treatments including SculpSure, SkinTyte II™, TriActive™ cellulite treatment, SmartLipo™ LaserBodySculpting®, Cellulaze™, and LazerLift facial treatment.
Looking for the best body contouring center near you? At Laser & Vein Center of North Jersey, we provide cosmetic procedures to patients from Florham Park, Morristown, Livingston, Short Hills, Millburn, Madison, Chatham and nearby towns in Northern and Central New Jersey as well as NYC. Our trained doctors focus on each client’s unique needs, providing personalized care with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call today 973-408-8346 to speak with our friendly staff.