Body Contouring: Shape Your Body
Body contouring provides patients with an alternative to liposuction. The introduction of body contouring has given the cosmetic surgeon another way to get rid of fat and tighten skin cells.
The introduction of tumescent liposuction paved the way for the development of the techniques used in body contouring. Patients liked the fact that tumescent liposuction could be performed in a doctor’s office. Refinements in the liposuction procedure led to the unveiling of mesotherapy, one of three different body-contouring techniques.
Mesotherapy has been referred to as “lipodissolve”. The therapist who performs a mesotherapy injects chemicals under the patient’s skin. These chemicals then dissolve the fat that has been stored under the skin.
Three different variables contribute to mesotherapy’s success (or lack of success). The nature and quantity of the injected chemical is the first variable. Not all therapists use chemicals with the same formulation. Not all therapists have the same way to determine how much of the chosen formulation should go under the patient’s skin.
The skill of the technician administering the mesotherapy helps to determine the degree to which the patient’s body can be properly reshaped. The care of the equipment determines the extent to which complications might result from mesotherapy procedures. As a result of mesotherapy, patients have reported skin indentations, changes in skin color and infection.
Thermage, also called thermacool and thermalift, represents another type of body contouring. During the thermage procedure, radio frequency is used to tighten the skin. Radio waves produce heat, which reaches down to the dermis, the layer of skin under the epidermis.
Use of thermage can give rise to unpleasant complications. Patients who have tried to remold their bodies by using thermage have reported instances of scarring, dimpling and unsightly skin indentations. At the present time, such problems are treated with skin fillers. Unfortunately, those fillers do not offer a permanent solution.
LipoSonix is a body-contouring procedure that has received the nod from at least one respected plastic surgeon. Dr. Peter Fudor, a surgeon at UCLA, has been impressed by the changes in certain patients who underwent LipoSonix procedure. Dr. Fudor has reported a 7-centimeter decrease in a patient’s waist size, following use of LipoSonix.
LipoSonix uses ultrasound to destroy fat cells. The sound waves target fat that has been stored an inch (2.5 centimeters) under the skin. One benefit of LipoSonix comes from the fate of the destroyed fat. Very little fat actually enters the blood stream, once the fat cells have been destroyed.