So you’ve been hitting the gym regularly, following the food pyramid diligently for your meals, and maintaining healthy habits each day, but your results still aren’t quite where you want them to be. This is a common roadblock people face in their health journeys, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it isn’t solvable. At Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA, our plethora of top body contouring treatment options will offer the results you need with absolutely no compromises.
Body Contouring: What You Should Know
How Do These Treatments Work?
These treatments are for those who are relatively close to their target weight but are noticing certain areas that will not improve and appear resistant to dieting and exercising. The purpose of these treatments is to sculpt the body’s shape by targeting and eliminating these stubborn fatty areas. Noninvasive contouring treatments like the ones we offer typically use some form of energy that targets fat cells beneath the surface and eradicates them.
Some contouring treatments use ultrasound, some use radiofrequency, others use lasers, and some use cryolipolysis. The treatment relies on either heat or freezing energy to permanently get rid of fat pockets and excess fat cells. In addition to sculpting away fatty areas, you can also choose to undergo a contouring treatment for the purpose of skin-tightening or cellulite reduction.
Body Contouring vs. Liposuction
There are tons of treatments out there that claim to noticeably improve the appearance of fat in localized areas, but many of these treatments are invasive and leave the body injured after undergoing a session. One of the most popular fat-eliminating treatments out there is liposuction, and this falls under the invasive category. At our practice, we put the bulk of our focus on fat-reducing treatments that are more affordable and offer the same desirable results without extensive downtimes.
The treatments we offer grant much more customization than liposuction, and the devices used during contouring treatments are able to reach smaller and more concentrated areas than liposuction. A contouring treatment session will be much less demanding to the patient than liposuction, and this includes the required prerequisites and candidacy. Contouring is actually a great alternative option for those exempt from candidacy for liposuction. Unlike lipo, you can return to your daily life with minimal downtime after a contouring session.
Your candidacy may vary depending on the specific contouring treatment you choose to go with. For example, KYBELLA® patients should ideally have a normal BMI, be close to their target weight, and have the desire to eradicate submental (under-chin) fullness. Those considering CoolTone® will be perfect for the treatment if they’re interested in tightening their buttocks and abdominal muscles for the purpose of a more toned midsection.
CoolSculpting® candidates should either be normal or slightly overweight, never underweight or obese. If you are an ideal KYBELLA® candidate, the chances are high that you’ll also be an ideal CoolSculpting® candidate, as these have similar prerequisite requirements. In order to be the best candidate for any of these options, you should have relatively good health, ample skin elasticity, and a dedication to post-treatment care.
What Results Can I Expect?
Any contouring treatment that targets fat cells using focused energy is capable of removing anywhere from 20-80% of the targeted cells. The specifics of your results will depend on factors such as which contouring treatment you choose, the area you’re looking to have treated, and your current health status at the time of your session.
The results of KYBELLA® can take four to six weeks to reveal themselves, and the majority of those who have received this treatment are still maintaining their results years after receiving it. CoolTone® results tend to take around two to four weeks to appear, and most patients saw significant decreases in excess midsection fat cells. Those who undergo CoolSculpting® sessions can expect to see noticeable improvements in fat cells located in the stomach within about three weeks.
Your Contouring Treatment Session
How To Prepare
Preparations may differ slightly depending on which contouring treatment you’re considering. For both KYBELLA® and CoolSculpting®, you should take steps to avoid skin irritation by covering up or avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight in the days before your appointment. Avoid using hair removal methods over your targeted treatment areas for the same reason. KYBELLA® patients should refrain from alcohol or nicotine consumption for at least 24 hours before their appointment.
For a CoolSculpting® treatment, it’s best to avoid blood-thinning medications, supplements with fatty acids or vitamin E, and NSAIDs in the days leading up to their appointment. CoolTone® patients should prepare by focusing on a diet that prioritizes protein and magnesium, as well as drinking plenty of water for at least three days prior to their appointment to help their muscles recover more quickly.
What a Session Entails
A standard KYBELLA® treatment session involves a small series of injections into the under-chin area over a session time of about 15 to 20 minutes. The injections contain a form of deoxycholic acid that has been molecularly restructured to accelerate the eradication of fat cells. CoolTone® sessions are usually around 30 minutes in length, and the appointment involves applicators that stimulate muscle contractions in the targeted zones via electromagnetic energy for the purpose of strengthening and toning the muscles.
CoolSculpting® patients will undergo a short noninvasive treatment that uses an applicator to suction the targeted zones between two cooling panels in order to freeze the fat cells and cause them to die off permanently.
Those who received KYBELLA® injections can return to their normal lives right after their treatment session, and no discomfort is normally felt after the appointment. CoolTone® patients can also return to their schedules immediately following their session. The same can be said for those who receive CoolSculpting® treatments because the recovery happens inside the body as the eliminated fat cells are naturally processed and discarded.
Sculpt the Figure of Your Dreams
Stubborn pockets of fat that persist despite consistent dieting and exercising are finally a thing of the past with the body contouring treatments we offer our patients. If you’re ready to stop compromising and start embracing your beauty, book an appointment with us at Allure Enhancement Center in Lafayette, LA. After a few sessions with us, you’ll experience permanent fat reduction as well as permanent satisfaction!