Reshaping the Contour of the Body

April 24, 2019

When most people consider aesthetic and dermatologic services, they tend to think mainly of the benefits that can be made to the face. And though Dermatology Consultants does offer an array of transformative and compelling facial services, we also offer options for the body – more specifically for redefining the contour of the thighs, legs, belly, neck area, love handles, buttocks, and overall midsection.

As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to rid our bodies of unwanted fat. There is only so much diet and exercise can accomplish on their own. The depletion of healthy skin and muscle tissues causes the skin to sag and fat deposits to form throughout the body.

It was not long ago when the only real options for ridding the body of this excess fat was through painful surgical procedures such as liposuction. Because these procedures can cause serious injury, scarring, and subsequent health issues, patients have continued to seek alternative treatment options with safer and more-effective results.

At Dermatology Consultants, we offer three amazing body contouring procedures that safely and efficiently remove unwanted fat. Most important, each of these procedures is non-invasive, FDA-cleared, and require absolutely no downtime.

Harnessing Heat Technology to Melt Fat

Vanquish uses FDA-approved radiofrequency energy to stimulate subcutaneous and deep tissues and target excess fat stores.

The Vanquish machine is unique in that it makes no physical contact with the body. The Vanquish device hovers over the skin of the targeted areas to deliver radiofrequency energy at desired intensities. As this energy interacts with fat cells, it heats them to a specific temperature that destroys them and allows them to be naturally and permanently absorbed by the body.

The Vanquish device is shaped to follow the curve of the midsection, making it ideal for treating the belly, love handles, and dreaded muffin tops.

Freezing Fat Cells

The Ying to Vanquish’s Yang, CoolSculpting works on the other end of the temperature spectrum by applying cold energy to fat cells. The CoolSculpting device uses vacuum and intense cooling technologies to target specific areas of concern. As fat cells are cooled to a desired temperature, they are eliminated and safely absorbed by the body. As fat cells are much more susceptible to cold, surrounding healthy skin and muscle tissues are not affected.

Unlike Vanquish, CoolSculpting can be used on areas of the body other than the midsection. This makes it highly effective for removing fat under the chin and neck, as well as around the arms, thighs, and buttocks.

Simulating 20,000 Crunches

Emsculpt causes 20,000 muscle contractions in 30 minutes and targets fat loss to the area of the muscle, which is something sit-ups or squats could never do on their own. Because the muscles are being overworked beyond their physiological norm, they respond by releasing chemicals locally. In the abdomen, these chemicals signal fat cells around the muscles to break down into free fatty acids. The sheer abundance of these fatty acids overwhelms the fat cells, causing them to malfunction and die. The body then metabolizes these dead fat cells and excretes them as waste. Meanwhile, while fat cells are being destroyed and eliminated from the body, the muscles themselves are thickening and strengthening, providing greater definition to the abs.

Emsculpt works essentially the same for the butt, although the protocol is slightly different, as it focuses on creating nicely rounded gluteal muscles without destroying the fat that gives the derrière its shape. For maximum results, four sessions, spaced a few days apart are recommended. Within two to four weeks, you’ll get the same head-turning results that normally come from six months of exercise and diet. While other body sculpting technologies take months to see results, Emsculpt delivers noticeable improvements in weeks. In fact, many patients report seeing noticeable changes within days after their first treatment.

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