Body Sculpting : Dr. Terry Dubrow Explains the 5 New Procedures

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As noninvasive cosmetic treatments become more advanced and more accessible, the demand for fat-reduction procedures has crescendoed from a whisper to a yell. In fact, there are more than a dozen noninvasive body procedures using several diverse technologies on the market today and more are set to launch in 2020, with some in the works for later this year. So it’s unsurprising that the American Society of Plastic Surgery announced 2018 as the “Year of the Body.”

How to Find the Right Treatment for You

Not all treatments are made equal and not all procedures are right for every issue. “Body contouring is such a giant subject,” says board-certified dermatologic surgeon Terry Dubrow. “We tend to lump cellulite treatments, skin tightening, fat reduction, and muscle tightening all into body contouring now.

I can’t tell you how many times someone comes into my office and says they need a cellulite treatment and what they actually need is skin tightening.”

The catch is that most treatments aren’t a light-switch solution. Most procedures take at least six weeks to show changes with one or more sessions and full results materialize in two to three months, so a little planning is essential. A

nd some treatments work for tough-to-reach body parts better than others, while some are more effective for specific areas. We recommend a consultation with a board-certified physician who performs more than one of the below treatments and can advise on which is best for you based on a variety of physical and lifestyle factors.

That said, technology is constantly evolving in the body-contouring arena, so “the best treatment” is a moving target, but here are the most effective, doctor-recommended and Food and Drug Administration-approved body treatments currently on the market, whether you want to debulk or refine, from neck to ankle.

5. Body Sculpting Procedure 1 : Temperature-Based Fat-Reduction Treatments

Dr. Terry Dubrow : One of the first noninvasive, fat-eliminating treatments to hit the market was CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved device that uses controlled cooling to permanently freeze fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise, like on the inner thighs, upper arms, and stomach.

The final results materialize after about three months as the frozen cells die and the body eliminates them naturally, but a huge bonus of this treatment is that new cells aren’t able to take their place, making it a fairly permanent solution. The downside is that you’re literally freezing your buns off and patients often report intense discomfort as well as next-day bruising.

On the other end of the spectrum is SculpSure, a quick, 25-minute, fat-dissolving procedure that shocks the body in a similar way to CoolSculpt, except this time with laser heat. During the procedure, the device is strapped onto trouble areas, most often the stomach, love handles, and thighs and alternates between intense heat, which is absorbed by the body’s fatty tissue, and brief cool-downs. Patients usually only need one treatment, with visible results appearing in 6 to 12 weeks.

Let’s not forget the latest fat-busting FDA-approved treatment to launch, Vanquish, which Engelman considers one of the most effective. The thin, three-paneled applicator creates a half-moon shape to treat the abdomen and flanks simultaneously by radiating magnetic waves without ever touching the skin. “It’s like a warm electric blanket,” says Engelman. “It doesn’t hurt and it’s a smooth applicator.”

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