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Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

Do Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures Work?

Non-invasive body contouring procedures are becoming increasingly popular as the technology has allowed dramatic results without booking days off work, and taking time off from family, social and recreational activities.

As well, patients are able to eliminate the risks associated with surgery, which is often a major deciding factor in whether elective surgery is an option at all.

When it comes to fat removal, however, traditional surgery has been the industry standard for decades, which leaves many patients wondering if weight loss and a more youthful appearance is attainable with non-invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting.
The CoolSculpting treatments have been gaining popularity for their ability to target specific body parts for weight loss and toning. Specifically, the abdomen, hips/flanks, arms and thighs are targeted. The CoolSculpting applicator suctions in small amounts of fat (the patient usually requires two inches available) into the device and the temperature drops to levels low enough to result in permanent death to the fat cell, without damaging surrounding skin tissue. 22% of the area receives permanent fat cell elimination. The treatment works immediately and the best results are noticed after 1-3 months.

When do Body Contouring Treatments Not Work?

CoolSculpting and other types of non-invasive body contouring procedures are still dependent on the patient resuming their normal healthy diet and exercise regimen. Destroying fat cells, or removing fat can be considered permanent if the patient does not gain weight by over-consuming calories or not being physically active. The best patient for this procedure is one that has tried diet and exercise and will continue to do so but still has stubborn deposits of fat that have been resistant to fitness and diet. The treatment is not a solution for serious weight loss but rather a boost and aid to assist with reaching an ideal look.

CoolSculpting Benefits Over Fitness and Diet

While fitness and diet are extremely important and should not be given up on, non-invasive contouring has the benefit of targeting specific areas such as loose skin on the upper arms, or fatty deposits on the abdomen. With exercise and diet, weight is lost all over, and the individual does not decide where exactly they will lose the fat. This sometimes results in people that have reached the lowest bodyweight that is healthy for their proportions but still have a stubborn area that is making them self-conscious or does not look exactly how they would like. CoolSculpting is very complementary to a fitness routine and a healthy diet.

This procedure does not require anesthesia, pain or discomfort. CoolSculpting patients can have a relaxing session and read, listen to music or go online and patients can even go for treatment on their lunch break and return to work. The treatments are very safe. Some patients do report some tingling and numbness for days after the procedure and in rare cases, pain and discomfort. Generally, these non-invasive body contouring treatments are very fast, hassle-free and effective. They can be considered the final step in achieving the ideal body that has been worked hard for.

To learn more about CoolSculpting and to explore your options for body contouring procedures, contact the Calgary Institute for Plastic Surgery. An assessment will answer any questions and concerns and it can be determined if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment. To book a consultation or to learn more about a CoolSculpting treatment contact us online at or dial (403)286.-4263.