Body Contouring Options: Everything You Need to Know

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Posted February 26, 2013 in Brazilian Butt Lift,, CoolSculpting®, Dr. Fiorillo, EMSCULPT®, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), by Dr. Fiorillo


One size does not fit all people when it comes to body contouring. Your options for body contouring depend on your cosmetic goals. For example, liposuction may be a good option if you lose significant weight and need excess skin removal. But other solutions may be more suitable if your goal is to tone up your body.

Dr. Fiorillo offers a variety of body contouring procedures in Pearl River, NY. Call (845) 623-6141 to schedule a free consultation and learn about the options available.

What Are the Different Types of Body Contouring?

Before deciding to undergo body contouring, you must understand the different types of procedures out there.

Surgical body contouring involves using a scalpel or laser to make incisions on your skin. Examples include abdominoplasty, liposuction, and BBL. After making incisions, the doctor removes unwanted fat, tissue, or skin. Non-surgical options include devices like CoolSculpting and Emsculpt. These rely on either controlled cooling panels or radiofrequency technology.

Let’s explore five popular body contouring procedures:

1. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Loose, sagging skin in the stomach area can significantly damage one’s confidence. Stubborn belly fat is another common concern. Looking to put these to rest once and for all? An abdominoplasty may be the answer.

A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure that removes unwanted skin and fat from the stomach region. It is most popular among women who want to improve their appearance and self-esteem after gaining weight or having children. Patients get a flatter and tighter stomach after the surgery.

Surgeons perform this under general anesthesia so that patients remain asleep during the process. The procedure takes about three hours to complete. After, you may need to take off work for a few days to recover. While you may be able to resume most daily activities in a couple of weeks, it can take three to six months to heal fully.

2. Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from body areas, including the thighs, hips, abdomen, and more. On top of banishing unwanted fat, it is an effective way to tighten the skin. Patients looking to move fat elsewhere on their bodies may choose liposuction over other body contouring options. Patients may sometimes undergo liposuction with other procedures like abdominoplasty or breast augmentation.

During the surgery, a surgeon makes an opening in the skin. Then, he inserts a cannula into the fatty areas under the skin. Once inside, the small tube attaches to a syringe which sucks out the fatty tissue. This suction pulls out unwanted fat cells at the treatment site.

After liposuction, patients may experience bruising and swelling. These effects can last up to two weeks after the treatment depending on how much fat was removed during the surgery. Though liposuction requires a lengthy recovery, it has been around for decades and effectively helps patients achieve their goals: less fat, more definition, and a slimmer silhouette.

3. Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) involves harvesting fat from areas of your body and injecting it into your buttocks. This procedure enhances the size and shape of your butt, giving you attractive curves. During a BBL, the doctor performs liposuction to gather fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, or backside. Then, he inserts the fat into your buttocks.

Brazilian butt lifts are ideal for patients who want to increase their booty size. You can achieve flattering curves that complement your figure. After a BBL, patients notice:

  • Smoothened out lumps and bumps in the butt
  • A more shapely behind
  • A symmetrical appearance

4. CoolSculpting

In contrast to liposuction, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-freezing treatment . It incorporates controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat under the skin, without harming surrounding tissue. Patients who do not want to get liposuction often opt for CoolSculpting. It is a versatile cosmetic treatment that works well on most body areas where you want to reduce fat.

Not only is CoolSculpting virtually painless, but it is a quick procedure. On average, it takes 40 minutes per session. But the exact length of time depends on how many areas you treat.

After the cooling panels kill the fat cells, your body eliminates them through natural metabolic processes over time. The result is a slimmer, more attractive figure. You can maintain optimal CoolSculpting results for years by following a healthy diet and staying active.

5. Emsculpt

Emsculpt is an FDA-approved device that uses ultrasound energy to heat fat cells and cause them to die. Similar to CoolSculpting, the procedure is non-invasive and takes less than an hour to complete per session.

While there are plenty of body contouring options, Emsculpt stands out as one of the most popular ones—and for good reason. It does not require surgery, anesthesia, or an excruciating recovery. It effectively burns fat and builds muscle at the same time. Best of all, there are no serious side effects with Emsculpt. Some patients report mild discomfort and soreness in the treatment area(s) after. But this effect dissipates within 24 hours.

Which Body Contouring Option Is Best for Me?

With countless options out there, it can be challenging to pick the right body contouring solution for your body type. The truth is, there is something for everyone. But what works for one person may not work the same for another. Therefore, you must first determine your cosmetic goals. Then, think about your lifestyle. People who cannot take time off work often consider CoolSculpting or Emsculpt before surgical alternatives.

Finally, schedule a free initial consultation to find your ideal fit. After learning your expectations, a skilled provider can point you in the right direction to achieve your dream body.

Body Contouring in Pearl River, NY

Now that you are familiar with some of the most common body contouring procedures, it is time to make your decision. Ready to make the next move in exploring your options? Call (845) 623-6141 to consult with Dr. Fiorillo and his team in Pearl River, NY. We use state-of-the-art technologies and advanced techniques to deliver unparalleled results, no matter your aesthetic goals.



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