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Are There Side Effects to Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

As non-surgical body contouring procedures have grown in popularity, they have been advertised more frequently in all types of media, and have drawn a huge crowd of on-lookers who want to know more about them. These treatments, such as CoolSculpting and the Sculptra Butt Lift, almost sound too good to be true, so the question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s the catch? Are there side effects that make these awesome sounding treatments unacceptable?” Read on and we will take a look.


CoolSculpting Overview

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical way to remove stubborn fat. It is currently the most popular cosmetic procedure on the market with millions of treatments being done since it appeared on the market. It uses amazing technology to freeze fat cells. Once frozen, the frozen cells are absorbed by other healthy cells and then flushed away by your body’s own metabolic processes. CoolSculpting treatments last less than an hour and many doctors even have the equipment to treat more than one area at a time, which will cut your treatment time in half! Many areas of the body will require two or three sessions to achieve ideal results, but once you complete your CoolSculpting treatments, those fat cells are gone. They will never grow back.

You will begin to see the results of your treatment in 4 to 12 weeks. Although the fat cells are frozen and gone forever, you must, continue to control your weight and exercise. If you do not follow a healthy eating and exercise plan, the remaining fat cells in your body will continue to increase in size and negate the loss that you experienced. The medical professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic will be able to guide you towards an eating and exercise plan that will maximize your CoolSculpting results and help you to make them last a lifetime.

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The Sculptra Butt Lift Overview

Sculptra treatments are a non-surgical procedure in which special fillers are injected under the skin to stimulate collagen production and enhance the shape of the buttocksA typical treatment takes approximately 60 minutes and has no downtime associated with it. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area before the injections are given. The injections are delivered deep into the dermis. Not only are they delivering the filler to enhance the shape and volume of your butt immediately, but they are also stimulating the growth of new collagen so that you will notice continued improvements in the months to follow.

Patients usually need a series of 3 or 4 treatments that are spaced 2 or 3 months apart. While some results will be noticeable immediately, the full results will become visible in 3-6 months after the treatments have all been completed. Because the results are subtle and get better over time as new collagen is being produced, your friends and family won’t even know that you’ve had any type of treatment done, but will view the results as very natural improvements.

Side Effects and Safety

All types of body contouring devices and treatments have mild side effects. These side effects can include redness at the treatment or injection site, temporary redness, minimal swelling, tenderness, and bruising. These side effects can last anywhere from several hours to several days before subsiding on their own. 

With CoolSculpting there have been rare side effects reported in men, where the fat cells treated grew larger, rather than smaller (adipose hyperplasia). This is only cosmetic and not physically dangerous, but does not resolve on its own. Aside from this rare reaction, these non-surgical body contouring treatments are safe for most individuals who are in general good health and non-smokers. The only people who should definitely avoid CoolSculpting are those with these three rare conditions:

1.Cryoglobulinemia (abnormal amounts of protein in the blood that thicken in cold temperatures),

  1. Cold agglutinin disease (autoimmune system disorder), and
  2. Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (the presence of cold-reacting autoantibodies).

The bottom line is that these non-surgical treatments work and are typically safe and effective ways to address body issues without the long amounts of downtime and the larger costs of the surgical alternatives. 


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