Is Body Contouring Different From Weight Loss?

With procedures like Kybella and CoolSculpting become so popular, it can be a bit difficult to understand how exactly these treatments re-contour the body. “It’s one of the most common questions I get,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic expert at in Austin, Texas. “Everybody wants to know how this will effect their weight.”

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What Is Body Contouring?

Procedures like CoolSculpting are use to treat targeted areas of fat. “This technique will destroy around 20-30% of the fat cells in the treated area,” notes Dr. Hanson. This is helpful to those who have experienced a difficult time losing love handles, belly fat, and saddle bags. “CoolSculpting can alter the shape of the body by freezing a portion of the fatty tissue, thereby sculpting and contouring the effected area.”

Will I Lose Weight?

“The answer is both yes and no,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. While you will see a permanent elimination of fat cells in the treated area, CoolSculpting is not considered a weight loss technique. “While the treatments will define waistlines, flatten abdomens, shape inner and outer thighs, even help accentuate muscle definition with little to no downtime, the fat eliminated during this procedure is typically not enough to see a significant reduction in body mass.”

In some senses, the ideal candidate for these procedures is someone who’s weight is stable, or actively or planning on losing weight with diet or exercise,” adds Dr. Hanson.

What To Keep In Mind

“These procedures can be considered a great asset to those who have stubborn areas of fat that do not go away with diet and exercise,” says Dr. Mamelak. Whether its a double chin or stubborn waistline, body contouring can be the boost that you need to reach your ultimate goal or a slimmer you, but should not be considered the only method to achieve it.

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