Even if you follow a diet and exercise routine that allows you to get down to your ideal weight, this doesn’t always mean that you will be your ideal shape. Sometimes even after losing weight, stubborn pockets of fat can cling to your flanks, abdomen, buttocks, or other areas. Toning the muscles in these areas can be just as difficult no matter how much time you spend at the gym.
By using our body contouring services at Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, IL, you can sculpt your body into your ideal shape without surgery and without spending hours in the gym.
What Is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a non-invasive medspa treatment that is designed to shape areas that may not be responding to other methods of fat burning and muscle toning. It can be the right treatment for patients who have bulges or stubborn fat that they would like to address.
Depending on the type of body contouring treatment you choose, the device may target fat cells, stimulate muscle toning, or both. We offer several body sculpting options at our practice.
Types of Body Contouring
EMSCULPT is a cutting-edge, non-invasive body sculpting treatment that can burn fat and tone muscle using electromagnetic energy. This specific technology known as high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology, or HIFEM+, is a powerful tool for body contouring.
When placed on the treatment area, the HIFEM+ technology can stimulate muscular contractions that are more efficient than any exercise you could do at home or in the gym. During one treatment session, the device can cause your muscles to contract up to 20,000 times.
In response to these forced contractions, your muscles adapt by becoming stronger and more toned. The excess energy that your muscles are using during the treatment also stimulates your body to burn fat in the area for a dual effect.
EMSCULPT NEO offers the same state-of-the-art technology as EMSCULPT, but it adds even more fat burning power. If one of your main concerns is reducing unwanted bulges in your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and more, EMSCULPT NEO can trim down these areas while also building muscle.
The fat burning power is achieved through radiofrequency (RF) energy. When applied to the treatment area, the RF energy becomes heat energy which penetrates into the fat layer. This heat damages fat cells, causing them to break down. Once the fat cells are damaged, your body naturally eliminates them. EMSCULPT NEO can provide a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and a 25% increase in muscle in the treatment area.
Facial contouring is another common request at our practice. By using EMFACE, we can achieve facial lifting without surgery or needles. This device uses a similar technology, HIFES™, which offers energy that is more superficial and suitable for the smaller muscles in the face. The targeted applicators allow muscles to be treated in the face and neck areas.
Increased muscle tone in facial structures can lift the face and make it look more youthful. The synchronized RF technology in the device also helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. On average, patients saw an increase of 26% in collagen as well as benefits in muscle tone, wrinkles, and sagging.
Preparing for Your Body Sculpting Treatment
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Candidacy for any of these non-surgical body contouring treatments should always be discussed with your doctor. However, as non-invasive treatments, they may be suitable for a wide range of candidates. Non-invasive body contouring is most suitable for patients who are near their target body weight but who want to smooth away bulges and tone targeted muscle groups.
What Does Body Contouring Feel Like?
Non-surgical body contouring is considered a comfortable and painless procedure. Treatments may feel unique as your muscles will be involuntarily contracting, and you may feel some warmth from the radiofrequency energy if you are being treated with EMSCULPT NEO or EMFACE. After treatment, you might have some temporary and mild muscle soreness or redness on your skin.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatments depends on the concerns that you have, the device that we are using, and the way your body responds to treatments. However, most people need more than one treatment for all of our non-invasive body contouring services. We typically recommend a package of four treatments spaced five to ten days apart. After your initial package of four, you may decide to receive maintenance treatments.
How Long Before You See Results?
Results can sometimes happen immediately or within several days of your treatment. However, it can take time for your muscles and fat to respond to the treatment. As your body sheds the damaged fat cells and your muscles heal, you may start to see an improvement. Peak results can typically be seen three months after your last treatment.
Is Body Contouring a Weight Loss Program?
No, body contouring and body sculpting are not weight loss treatments. While fat can decrease during treatment, you likely won’t lose weight due to increased muscle mass. It is recommended for most people to begin treatments once they are happy with their weight. While not a weight loss treatment, these treatments can result in a significant change to the appearance of certain areas and can be a motivator for continued progress in the gym.
Body Contouring Services in West Dundee
At Dundee Dermatology, our body sculpting services can help you achieve a slimmer and more shapely profile. You can view our body contouring before and after gallery to see how these treatments may benefit you. If you are looking for ways to tone muscles and burn fat in problem areas, contact us by phone or online to schedule an appointment.