Body Sculpting: Which is Best for You?

By Amy Candrl

It wasn’t easy, but after months of hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle, you reached your goal weight and feel better than ever before. In spite of your efforts in dieting and regular exercise, however, there are certain parts of your body that aren’t responding the way you hoped they would. Stubborn fat can really put a damper on your celebratory mood and can make you feel insecure.

Fortunately, there are several procedures that can help you attain the body you want (and deserve). But how do you know which treatment is right for you and your health goals? Your choice depends on several factors. Read on to learn more about five of the most popular fat removing procedures – Vanquish Me, Emsculpt, CoolSculpting, traditional liposuction, and Tickle Lipo – and which one is ideal for you.

You want to avoid surgery:

If the thought of going under to eliminate stubborn fat sets you on edge, then there are several options available. When talking about non-invasively body sculpting procedures almost everyone has heard about CoolSculpting due to their extensive national marketing campaign. CoolSculpting requires no surgery but destroys only 22-23% of the targeted fat. It does this by a process called cryolipolysis or freezing the fat. Patients often experience post-procedure lumps, pain, and numbness. There is no associated skin tightening effect with CoolSculpting.

Another non-invasive, increasingly popular procedure is Vanquish ME Now™. This procedure is a “non-touch” procedure in which a panel is placed about ½” above the targeted zone and utilizes RF energy to selectively target fat cells. As the temperature of the fat cells is raised, they go into programmed cellular death without harming the vessels, nerves, or skin. Vanquish ME Now™ has been shown to destroy 30-35% of the fat cells in the treatment zone. In addition, patients will experience skin tightening. Due to the large target zone size, Vanquish ME Now™ will destroy 1,000 times more fat cells than CoolSculpting at about half the price.

A third and very exciting new technology for body sculpting is Emsculpt. This procedure utilizes HIFEM technology to stimulate supra-maximal muscle contractions. Simultaneously, the intensity of the muscle contractions burns and destroys fat cells in proximity to the muscles that are being stimulated. Three months out from the Emsculpt series of 4 treatments, patients see about a 22% reduction in fat cells in the target zone and a 16% increase in muscle. This gives a much more defined and sculpted appearance to the body. In addition, Emsculpt can be used on the buttocks to enhance the gluteal muscles, resulting in an augmentation and lift. We are seeing an increasing number of clients electing to combine Vanquish ME Now™ and Emsculpt for more impressive and dramatic non-invasive body sculpting results.

You want to see more dramatic results and aren’t afraid of an invasive procedure:

Compared to non-invasive procedures, Tickle Lipo is a targeted procedure that can remove from 50-80% of the fat in a target zone. It is also capable of treating body zones that are not easily treated with the non-invasive options such as the arms. When compared to traditional liposuction, Tickle Lipo is more efficient at removing fat cells, due to the nutational movement of the cannula, with 80-90% less trauma. This means a smoother result and a faster recovery than with traditional liposuction. With Tickle Lipo, we have the ability to sculpt the body to a greater degree than with the non-invasive approaches. For patients who have issues with skin laxity or desire a greater degree of body sculpting, Renuvion or BodyTite can be added to the Tickle Lipo procedure.

You want to add more volume to an area naturally:

If you find a few areas in your body lacking volume such as your breasts or buttocks, then you may prefer liposuction. This procedure can easily add the harvested fat into the areas that are in need of more volume. Tickle Lipo is also a smart choice. It removes the fat with less trauma to the fat cells and provides greater stem cell content than traditional liposuction. This results in better overall fat survival, and the remaining fat can be placed in the desired body areas, giving you a slimmer, more contoured figure.

You want to get back to work and your activities quickly:

If you want to get back to your usual activities immediately, then Vanquish ME Now™ and/or Emsculpt are your best choices. If opting for liposuction, the recovery from Tickle Lipo is much quicker than traditional liposuction. When you receive traditional liposuction, you will need several weeks to recuperate. On the other hand, with Tickle Lipo you can usually return to work in three to five days and be back in the gym in two to four weeks.

Of course, the best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to call The Lifestyle Center for a consultation. We can help determine which treatment or combination of treatments will give you the best results! Call us today at (314) 863-5556 to learn more.

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