What is Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Body Contouring without surgery, or non-invasive body contouring, consists of removing unwanted fat from a body area, without the risk and downtime associated with traditional cosmetic surgical procedures. There are several popular methods that people are talking about like CoolSculpting, BodyFX and other laser therapies. Which service is the better choice for you? Let’s find out!

BodyFX: What is it?

BodyFX is localized radiofrequency heat and high-voltage, ultrashort (nanosecond) pulse electrical fields that kill fat cells causing apoptosis, or fat cell death. Each session in the office only lasts for an hour or so, and fat cells continue to die over a period of 10 days to 2 weeks following each session. This process tightens skin and reduces cellulite, as well. This type of non-invasive body contouring treatment usually takes 6-8 visits, spaced a week apart.

CoolSculpting: What is it?

CoolSculpting uses a procedure known as cryolipolysis, which causes fat cell death by freezing. It works by placing a roll of fat into two panels that reduce the temperature of the fat cells causing the cells to crystalize.  Once that happens, your body will naturally eliminate the dead cells in 2-6 months or more. Treatment is usually 1-2 sessions per applicator site.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Side-effects of BodyFX:

Patients will notice some redness and warmth in the treated area which will subside within a few hours. The warmth is equivalent to the sensation felt after a deep tissue massage. There may be a bruising sensation or slight swelling that resolves in a day or two. Regular activities can be resumed immediately after non-invasive body contouring treatment.

Side-effects of CoolSculpting:

Patients will experience mild bruising. It is common for the treated area to feel bloated and look swollen for up to 1 month. Patients may experience temporary blanching of the skin or redness. The treated area often feels sore when touched for 2-7 days and may cause temporary dulling or numbness in the treated area for 2-6 weeks. Potential complications with freezing include skin damage, ulceration or scarring; prolonged or severe pain; abrupt fat layer changes, visible step like depressions due to treatment induced unevenness of fat under the skin; and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, the development of new fat deposits instead of fat being melted away.

Other Factors to Consider:

BodyFX procedures are customizable. Non-invasive body contouring treatments are performed by a technician or aesthetician, at your bedside. The technician can focus on areas that need more attention because of the use of the hand held device. CoolScuplting is not individualized and cannot be tailored to your specific body areas. If the area does not fit into the paddles, it cannot be contoured.

With BodyFX you can expect to experience skin tightening and reduced cellulite in the treatment area. With CoolSculpting, you will not have the skin tightening effects, nor reduced cellulite. It is also possible that after the fat cells have reduced, the skin may appear looser with CoolSculpting.

BodyFX has no significant long term complications and no downtime. While highly uncommon, there is a potential that Coolsculpting can cause visible depressions, or step-offs and an uneven appearance following treatment or increased fat deposits.

The Best Choice for Non-Invasive Contouring:

Overall, when compared, it’s clear that BodyFX provides far more benefit and result, with lower complication potential than Coolsculpting. If you are looking for a result that includes fat reduction, skin tightening, and reduced cellulite, BodyFX is the obvious treatment method to meet those goals.

At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, we can help you decide what your aesthetic goals are and create a plan of care to meet your needs with a complimentary consultation. Get the body you want with BodyFX. Our team of board-certified aestheticians offer patients comprehensive aesthetic services, including non-invasive body contouring, with two convenient Medspa locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss how we can help you get rid of unwanted, stubborn fat and get the body you want.

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