So many people feel frustrated with the way their body looks. This frustration is compounded when a person actually works hard to have an attractive body. They may exercise regularly, limit the amount of food or the types of foods they consume, and do other things in order to have a shapely body. Individuals in these circumstances may benefit from body contouring treatments in Philadelphia. We invite you to learn about some of the options we offer. We would love to show you how they can help you to get the body that you have been dreaming of for so long.
Weight Loss Versus Fat Removal
It is good for our clients to have a good grasp on the difference between weight loss and fat removal. In order to understand the difference, you need to understand how the fat cells work and how fat removal treatments are designed to help individuals to have a shapelier appearance.
For the most part, a person will always have a consistent amount of fat cells. Circumstances where fat cells grow are very rare. From the time you are a teenager until the time you are an older adult, you will always have the same amount of fat cells. When you lose weight, the fat cells shrink in size. Of course, when you gain weight, the fat cells collect fatty material and grow in size. When you use diet and exercise in order to lose weight, the fat cells are going to shrink. This is why most people experience overall weight loss due to diet and exercise.
There is a frustrating circumstance that many people deal with: They exercise regularly and are at a healthy weight, but no matter what they do, they have unwanted pockets of fat on their body. They simply cannot exercise or diet away those problem areas. For example, many people out there are dealing with love handles, belly fat, or other problem zones. Even a double chin is an example of an unwanted pocket of fat that cannot be dieted and exercised away. A person could do thousands of push-ups or thousands of sit-ups and never have well-defined arms or nice abs. They simply cannot get rid of the unwanted fat that covers their muscles.
This is where body contouring treatments have been able to help thousands of individuals in Philadelphia and in other parts of the world. With these treatments, fat cells are removed from specific areas. Just think of the individual who constantly does sit-ups with the goal of having six-pack abs. They cannot get those fat cells to shrink by means of diet and exercise. However, when fat cells are removed from the area, they may finally get the muscle definition that they are looking for.
All of the treatments that we will mention below have the goal of removing fat cells from specific areas using specialized body contouring techniques. So it is good to understand that these treatments are not designed to help a person lose weight. It is better to use diet, exercise, bariatric surgery, or help provided through weight loss centers in order to lose weight overall. At the end of a person’s weight loss journey, they may turn to fat removal treatments and procedures in order to reduce fat in specific areas. The idea of these treatments is to sculpt the body, not help a person lose weight.
In order for a person to qualify for most of the body sculpting treatments that we will discuss, they actually have to be pretty close to a healthy weight. Individuals who are looking to these treatments as a weight loss option will likely be disappointed. However, you will still experience amazing benefits. For example, you are going to notice that your clothing fits better. You most likely will not feel as self-conscious revealing certain areas of your body.
Non-Surgical Fat Removal
Non-surgical body contouring options in Philadelphia have the goal of damaging fat cells without using any type of invasive means and then getting the body to remove the damaged cells in a natural way. In most cases, a person should not expect to see immediate results.
One popular example of a fat removal treatment is CoolSculpting®. This treatment takes advantage of the power of cold in order to damage fat cells without harming the internal organs, skin, or other body tissue. The fat will freeze at a higher temperature than all of the other tissue. This means that we are able to use controlled cooling in order to bring the fat cells down to just the right temperature where they freeze but nothing else is harmed.
As soon as the fat cells freeze, they die. Your body naturally goes about removing these dead fat cells. People are able to see results from their treatment anywhere from weeks to months after it has taken place. After one treatment, a person should expect to see a reduction of the fat in one area. A person can use multiple treatments in the same area to get the results that they are looking to achieve.
CoolSculpting® can be used on many parts of the body in order to get rid of stubborn fat. There are different devices that can be put in place in order to help people with trouble areas. For example, there are larger devices that can be put on the abdominal area to help a person get rid of unwanted belly fat. Smaller devices can be used on areas like the double chin or on fat in the arms. The goal is to customize each treatment in order to help a person feel completely satisfied with the results that they will get.
You may be wondering what a treatment like this involves. The first step is the consultation. The professional wants to make sure that you qualify as a candidate for CoolSculpting® before beginning the process. We will ask questions about your overall health and about the goals that you have for your body. If it is determined that this is the right option for you, the CoolSculpting® devices may be put in place that same day. They are usually on the body for a set amount of time. You will feel a cold sensation at first, and then the area will become numb. The treatment is so tolerable that most people are able to just read a book or simply relax while the device is in place.
Absolutely no downtime is necessary after this type of treatment. A person can schedule it during a break from their other errands. There is no recovery, so you do not need to follow any specific instructions after the treatment. As we mentioned, you will not see results right away. However, as the weeks go by after your initial treatment, you are going to see the areas where the devices were used start to become slimmer. Your body is naturally removing those damaged fat cells, which means that you will start to see a reduction of fat on your body.
Other non-surgical body contouring treatments use heat, ultrasound, or other forms of energy to damage the fat cells. The idea is pretty much the same as the treatment mentioned above. The goal is to get the body to respond and naturally clear away fat cells that have been damaged. These treatments are also pinpoint treatments that help to remove fat from specific areas of the body. Again, none of these treatments will help a person lose weight overall.
Surgical Body Contouring Options
You are very likely familiar with the liposuction procedure. Even if you do not understand all of the specifics, you know that it is used to remove fat from the body. Something that you may not fully understand is that it is not a weight loss procedure. This is also a procedure that is used to sculpt the body by removing fat from problem areas.
This is a surgical procedure, meaning that the surgeon needs to gain access to the fat in areas that a person would like to sculpt. The goal is to break up pockets of unwanted fat and then remove them using state-of-the-art techniques.
There are many forms of liposuction that are currently available. The technology that is associated with this procedure has advanced a lot in recent years. This means that there is generally less scarring, less trauma to the body, and fewer risks associated with the procedure.
One of the things that people love about newer forms of liposuction is that they can sometimes enjoy the benefit of skin tightening along with fat removal. One of the forms of this treatment uses heat to liquefy the fat before it is removed. This makes the procedure much easier to perform. It also has the benefit of heating the collagen in the area, which will cause it to contract. You get the immediate benefit of tightening in the area where the liposuction is performed.
There are various benefits that you can enjoy if you choose a surgical procedure like liposuction to remove fat as opposed to using a non-surgical option. With liposuction, the benefits are immediate. The fat cells are removed in the moment that the procedure is performed, so you can enjoy the benefits a lot sooner. Of course, there will be some downtime and recovery afterward. The amount of time that you need to recover after the procedure will depend on several factors, including how much fat was removed, the area where the procedure was performed, your overall health, and the condition of your skin.
Say Goodbye to a Double Chin
There are also injectable forms of fat removal treatments that can help individuals. Kybella® is a popular option that is used to treat fat under the chin. This has been a godsend for many individuals who have a double chin because of genetics and have never been able to diet or exercise it away.
This treatment involves injections directly into the fat under the chin. The product contains a synthetic form of an acid that is produced in the digestive system. It is what the body uses to break down dietary fat. After the injections are given, the fat is affected by the product. It starts to break the walls of the fat cells, which means the fatty content spills out. The immune system will go to work clearing out these damaged fat cell walls and the content inside them. This means that clients who opt to use this treatment will be able to say goodbye to their double chin.
Most people need a series of treatments for optimal results. Of course, this depends on the amount of fat that needs to be removed and other factors. It is good to mention that this treatment does not provide any skin tightening benefits. So individuals who have loose skin under their chin and on their neck as well as fat may not feel satisfied with the results. A better option may be a neck lift along with liposuction.
Determining the Right Option for You
If you are interested in unlocking the benefits of body contouring, you likely feel very excited about the options that are available. It is also likely that you feel overwhelmed by the number of treatments and procedures that are available.
We encourage all of our clients to do as much research as they possibly can before deciding which treatment is right for them. As you do your research, you are going to see the pros and cons of all of the options, which will likely help you determine a few options that could possibly benefit you. With our help, you will be able to determine the right option for you based on your specific goals, your overall health, and how quickly you would like to see results. Some people feel perfectly happy having liposuction performed despite the downtime because they know that the results are immediate. Other people do not have the time or circumstances to recover after a liposuction procedure, so they go for a non-surgical option because they know that they will eventually see results without a surgical procedure being done.
It is good to mention that all of the treatments and procedures mentioned above are designed to offer permanent results. Once the fat cells are damaged and removed from your body, they will not return. However, you need to live a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the results that you get from your body contouring treatment.
Gone are the days when a person had to simply deal with an aspect of their appearance that they did not like. Here at Young Medical Spa, we are excited to help Philadelphia residents who would like to say goodbye to unwanted fat. We have offices located in Lansdale, Center Valley, and Wilkes-Barre. Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more information!