Freeze fat or melt it? How about burning fat through rapid muscle contractions? The number of available nonsurgical fat reduction treatments has mushroomed during the past decade, which is great news because it gives women and men plenty of options. But not all treatments are created equal and not all procedures are right for every concern. That’s why Ovation Med Spa offers multiple body sculpting treatments at its Houston location.
Additionally, body sculpting treatments aren’t limited to fat reduction. Nonsurgical procedures can tighten skin, build muscle, and reduce cellulite. Knowing which treatment is right for you can be a bit of a challenge because researching the choices online takes time and can still be somewhat confusing.
In this blog post, we’ll help you differentiate between the treatments and understand more about how they work. Of course, you can use the links to visit pages devoted to specific procedures to learn more about them.
What Is 3D Body Scanning?
Before exploring the specific treatments, I want to note a service Ovation offers that is one of the many reasons we are considered the best med spa in Houston. Ovation Med Spa was the first in the world to offer 3D body scanning for aesthetic patients. The 30-second, painless scan helps identify specific problem areas and captures measurements with computer precision.
It’s an invaluable tool for knowing which treatment is right for each patient.
Many technologies are used for reducing stubborn fat in trouble spots. The procedures include:
The arrival of CoolSculpting really was a groundbreaking moment for the aesthetics field. It was the first device to significantly reduce fat without surgery, and with its next-generation CoolSculpting Elite system, it has continued to develop more effective techniques to treat 9 areas of the body.
The procedure “freezes” fat by carefully cooling the treatment area using specially designed applicators. The CoolMini™ applicator, for example, is designed specifically for people who want to minimize the appearance of a double chin. With CoolSculpting, the temperatures needed to destroy fat cells aren’t cold enough to damage the skin’s surface or surrounding tissue.
Like other nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, the best candidates for the procedure are already in good overall shape but have isolated bulges that resist exercise and diet.
While CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to freeze fat, Vanquish goes to the other extreme by targeting areas with radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, they are flushed naturally from the body. This is similar to what happens to fat cells after CoolSculpting. Vanquish is a good option for patients who want to reduce fat in their abdomens or thighs.
Our providers often combine Vanquish with Z-Wave, which uses acoustic energy shockwaves to enhance the body contouring results. Z-Wave also complements CoolSculpting treatments.
Muscle Building and Fat Reduction
Men and women who work out regularly sometimes hit a plateau in muscle toning and fat reduction, even though they’re exercising the same amount. EMSCULPT Neo is a breakthrough procedure that builds muscle and burns fat in 30-minute treatment sessions, creating the sculpted contours that many people want.
The non-invasive procedure uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology with radiofrequency energy to stimulate thousands of involuntary muscle contractions. EMSCULPT Neo provides improved results compared to the original EMSCULPT device to create even more muscle definition.
Skin Tightening/Cellulite Reduction
Some patients whose skin is beginning to lose its elasticity may want to ask about treatments that combine skin tightening with fat reduction. Both of these procedures also help minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Patients with mild to moderate loose skin can benefit from Venus Legacy treatments, which can also reduce isolated pockets of fat. The device also uses heat from radiofrequency energy and pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the production of skin-tightening collagen and target fat cells. The procedure can treat most problem areas using an applicator that is secured to the skin. Patients experience some light suction, which helps the radiofrequency waves and magnetic fields penetrate deep into the tissue, and this can be lowered if needed. Some patients report that it feels like a deep-tissue massage.
Combining radiofrequency and electrode energy that is delivered to the skin’s surface and deeper layers, ThermiSmooth Body triggers new collagen production and reduces cellulite. The innovative approach effectively tightens lax skin on the upper arms, abdomen, and thighs.
It’s important to remember that most non-invasive body sculpting procedures take several weeks to show changes with one or more sessions and full results materialize in 2 to 3 months. Some treatments work on tough-to-reach body parts better than others, while some are more effective for specific areas.
If you want to discuss your options for body sculpting in Houston at Ovation Med Spa, contact us online to request a consultation or call us at (713) 936-2490 to schedule an appointment.