What is Body Contouring? How Does it Work?

by Aymee Wilson, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

While many people are familiar with traditional methods like diet and exercise to achieve a desired physique, body contouring offers an alternative for those targeting specific areas of concern.

This treatment addresses stubborn fat deposits that don’t seem to budge despite a healthy lifestyle.

What is Body Contouring?

This is a medical procedure designed to reshape and redefine specific body areas. Body contouring focuses on regions where fat accumulates, such as the arms, abdomen, thighs and buttocks.

The non-invasive treatment doesn’t require surgical incisions, anesthesia or a lengthy recovery period. It uses heat and ultrasound cavitation to break down fat cells. These technologies generate energy that targets fat deposits, causing them to dissolve and be naturally eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system.

Body contouring is suitable for all skin types and carries a lower risk of complications compared to surgical alternatives like liposuction. Moreover, clients often report noticeable results after just one session, although multiple treatments are usually recommended for optimal outcomes.

How Does Body Contouring Work?

A device is used that emits ultrasound waves and heat energy that infiltrate the skin and reach the underlying fat cells. These waves cause the fat cells to vibrate and heat up, leading to their breakdown. The body’s natural lymphatic system then takes over, flushing out the liquefied fat cells and eliminating them through natural urination and sweating.

Expected Results

Many clients report noticeable changes even after just one session. The extent of these changes can vary, with some individuals seeing a reduction ranging from half an inch to 2 inches in the treated area.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, is also crucial to sustain the results.

Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments to body contouring often focus on aspects other than fat reduction, such as muscle toning.

EmpowerRF Tone

This non-invasive treatment focuses on muscle toning rather than fat reduction. It employs electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology to induce involuntary muscle contractions.

  1. The treatment uses hands-free applicators on targeted muscle groups. These applicators emit electrical pulses that stimulate muscle contractions, effectively exercising the muscles.
  2. The number of sessions needed can vary, typically between three to six sessions.
  3. This treatment is suitable for individuals looking to tone up specific muscle groups or enhance the results of their regular exercise regimen.