Frequently Asked Questions
- Q1 ) Are body contouring procedures safe?
- Q2 ) What body contouring procedures is right for me?
- Q3 ) Where is the procedure done?
- Q4 ) Are the procedures covered by insurance?
- Q5 ) Will I have loose skin after the procedure?
- Q6 ) Will I be awake during the procedure?
Q1 ) Are body contouring procedures safe?
When it comes to safety of body contouring procedures you should consider the providers experience and what anesthesia will be used (if any).
Non-invasive body contouring procedures do not require any anesthesia as they are all performed topically and are mostly well tolerated. Minimally invasive procedures will require anesthesia of some kind. Local anesthesia is the safest way to perform these procedures. You will be awake, but the area being treated will be numb, so you won’t have any discomfort.
It is important to note that most complications that arise from surgical procedures are due to the anesthesia. General anesthesia carries the most risk. More invasive body contouring procedures such as traditional liposuction utilize general anesthesia, where you are put to sleep during the procedures. Always do your research before selecting the surgeon or facility that will be performing your body contouring procedure.
Q2 ) What body contouring procedures is right for me?
Choosing the right body contouring may come down to desired expectations or results, whether you can afford downtime and how quickly you would like to see results.
Surgical body contouring procedures (minimally invasive or invasive) will always provide a greater reduction in fat than non-invasive procedures. You shouldn’t expect a surgical result from a non-surgical procedure. Surgical procedures are a one-time procedure versus non-invasive procedures that require multiple treatments. Surgical results are much more predictable as the fat is manually being removed versus non-invasive therapies that rely on your body to get rid of the fat.
You will typically see results faster from a surgical procedure than non-invasive procedures. You will begin to see results from surgery after 4 weeks versus non-invasive at 6 weeks. Most non-invasive procedures have no downtime versus surgical procedures. Some minimally invasive procedure have virtually zero downtime while invasive procedures could have several days or weeks of downtime depending on which one you choose.
Q3 ) What downtime should I expect?
Non-invasive procedures are designed to have zero downtime. Meaning you should be able to get immediately back to normal activity. This can vary so be sure to ask your provider.
Minimally invasive procedures should offer minimally downtime. You should expect to be sore and tender for several days or weeks. You should be able to return to normal activity within a few days.
Q4 ) Are the procedures covered by insurance?
Q5 ) How long will the results last?
Body contouring procedures are lipolysis procedures. Lipo meaning fat and Lysis meaning death to the cell. So they are permanently getting rid of fat cells. That being said, you will need to do your part to maintain your results. It is not out of the realm of possibility that you could regain weight in the are you had treated, but you will notice weight can in the untreated areas first. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will ensure your results keep.
Q6 ) Will I have loose skin after the procedure?
Loose skin will depend on whether or not you have loose skin prior to your body contouring procedure and what technology you choose for your body contouring procedure. If you already have loose skin before treatment it will remain after your procedure unless you are having an invasive procedure like a tummy tuck which will address the loose skin.
Q7 ) Will I be awake during the procedure?
You will be awake for non-invasive procedures. Minimally invasive procedures are typically done under local where you will be awake during the procedure but the area will be numb so you will remain comfortable and pain free.