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What is non-invasive body contouring and am I a good candidate?

In the realm of cosmetic enhancements, non-invasive body contouring has emerged as a revolutionary solution for those seeking to refine their physique without undergoing surgery. Non-invasive body contouring involves the use of advanced technologies to target and reduce localized fat deposits, ultimately sculpting the body without the need for surgical intervention. Unlike traditional surgical methods, these procedures are minimally disruptive, with little to no downtime, making them increasingly popular among individuals with busy lifestyles.

It is important to understand that a body contouring procedure is not meant to cause weight loss. Instead, it helps shape the body and target specific areas where diet and exercise has not been able to reach or after significant weight loss results in extra skin. Think of body contouring as “fine-tuning” specific areas of the body. There are many options available for body contouring making it extremely easy to personalize and tailor to your own goals. Surgical contouring procedures such as breast lifts, tummy tucks, face lifts, liposuction, Brazilian Butt lifts, and fat transfers are options available to patients but the associated risks of anesthesia and surgery, the prolonged post-surgery downtime, and the cost often lead many to consider other more attractive non-surgical options. Nonsurgical options are safe procedures that require no general anesthesia or incisions, require little or no downtime, and have few or no side effects.

Common Non-Invasive Body Contouring Techniques

  • Cold treatments (i.e. CoolSculpting):

    • Utilizes controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate fat cells.

    • Non-surgical and FDA-approved.

    • Ideal for addressing stubborn pockets of fat.

These procedures direct temperatures cold enough to crystallize and eventually kill fat cells but have mechanisms to protect your skin. These procedures can be used on many areas including the chin, arms, abdomen, love handles, and thighs. They are safe for most patients but those who have sensitivity to cold temperatures (like Raynaud’s syndrome patients), should avoid these treatments.

  • Heat treatments (i.e. SculpSure):

    • Uses laser energy to target and liquefy fat cells.

    • Stimulates collagen production for skin tightening.

    • Suitable for small to moderate fat deposits.

This laser is FDA-approved for fat reduction. It uses laser energy to damage the fat cells which are then eliminated by the body. The device uses a flat applicator, which makes it hard to use on areas with curves. Heat treatments work best on thighs and stomach.

  • Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments (i.e. truSculpt, Vanquish):

    • Emits radiofrequency waves to heat and dissolve fat cells.

    • Promotes collagen production for improved skin tone.

    • Effective for both fat reduction and skin tightening.

Radiofrequency energy targets the water within the fat cells, creates heat and causes the fat cell to disintegrate. Patients will feel a warm sensation during the procedure. There is no downtime afterwards. This is the type of procedure that is used here at Cardona DPC and RefineMD Aesthetics.

  • Ultrasound energy (i.e. Ultrashape, Cavitation):

    • Utilizes ultrasound technology to break down fat cells.

    • Non-invasive and precise.

    • Targets deeper fat layers without harming surrounding tissues.

This type of treatment uses ultrasound energy to break down fat. It is very time- intensive, taking approximately 1 hour per session. A technician moves a device around the treatment area manually while a mechanical vibration breaks down and destroys fat. This mainly targets the abdominal area.

Am I a Good Candidate for Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Determining your candidacy for non-invasive body contouring involves considering the following factors:

Target Areas:

  • Non-invasive techniques are best suited for localized fat deposits.

  • Identify specific areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks, that you wish to address.

Body Mass Index (BMI):

  • Non-invasive methods are most effective for individuals with a BMI close to their ideal weight.

  • Not intended as a weight loss solution.

Skin Elasticity:

  • Good skin elasticity enhances results.

  • Collagen-stimulating treatments are beneficial for skin tightening.

Realistic Expectations:

  • Understand the expected outcomes and limitations of non-invasive procedures.

  • Results are gradual and may require multiple sessions.

Health Assessment:

  • Overall health and any pre-existing medical conditions should be considered.

  • Consultation with a qualified professional is crucial for personalized advice.


Non-invasive body contouring has opened new doors for individuals seeking a sculpted silhouette without the need for surgery. As technology continues to advance, these procedures offer a safe, effective, and convenient alternative to traditional methods. If you have specific areas of concern and meet the criteria mentioned, exploring non-invasive body sculpting options could be your ticket to achieving the body you desire.

Contact us at Cardona DPC and RefineMD Aesthetics if you would like to discuss truSculpt or truFlex procedures.

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