Everyone has their own personal journey with weight management and for many, overcoming that last hurdle requires some assistance. Whether it be loose skin from after pregnancy, rapid weight loss, poorly defined muscles or stubborn bulges of fat. If exercise and diet aren’t working, body contouring can help. Non-invasive treatments allow for rapid results without the need for downtime or anaesthesia. That being said, if you are paying for the treatment you certainly want to ensure you get the optimum results. Here are 9 tips to ensure you get the most out of your body contouring treatment.
There are many treatment options when it comes to body contouring but not all technologies (or providers) are made equal. Body contouring can be a costly treatment and one that you want to be sure is best for you. Read studies, reviews and speak to your treatment provider.
Some technologies focus solely on fat cells whereas others offer reductions in fat, skin tightening and muscle contouring allowing for a more dramatic body transformation. InMode’s new EvolveX is an all-in-one platform that delivers multiple technologies in one system.
Decide if you are ready for the body contouring treatment
With any aesthetic treatment, it is important to set realistic expectations. Body contouring is a tool to lose stubborn areas of fat and is not meant to be a weight loss solution. It is designed for those who are close to their ideal weight but have troublesome fat and loose skin that diet and exercise cannot eliminate. If you are still trying to lose weight it’s recommended to delay treatment until your optimum weight is achieved.
Manage stress levels
As you may already know, stress is linked to many serious and long-term health conditions. Including weight gain and health issues. The stress hormone cortisol is an appetite stimulant and can make you unintentionally gain weight. Regarding any treatment, managing stress levels will ensure it progresses as it should.
It is important to stop taking oral medications which contain retinol or AHAs for seven days before the treatment session.
Sun and lasers
It is recommended to delay any laser therapies until you have completed your treatment plan, it is also advised to avoid sun exposure during this time.
Arrive with clean skin
On the day of your session, ensure the treatment area is clean. Free from make-up, lotions, and serums.
After your body contouring treatments, it is advised that you drink plenty of water so that your muscles and skin are fully hydrated. This will ensure that your body responds well to the treatment and will help flush out the waste (from the fat cells) out of your body's lymphatic system. It’s additionally helpful to reduce alcohol intake before and after treatments.
Finish the prescribed number of treatments
Although some patients begin seeing results after just one treatment, it is more common to see improvements gradually as it takes your body around a week to amplify collagen production and can take even longer to kill the fat cells.
After the cells die they will be removed through your lymphatic system and not be seen again. It is important to continue the prescribed treatment from your initial consultation to ensure optimum results. The number of treatments varies depending on your own bespoke needs from around 3 to 6 treatments.
Post-treatment it is important to note that although the results are permanent (the fat cells are dead), it is important to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Your body will continue to age from the baseline achieved from the treatment and it is still possible to regain new fat cells if you don’t continue to take care of your health.