noninvasive body contouring: hot or cold

Are you considering noninvasive
body contouring?

Patient considering body contouring

There comes a time in life when many people look at their bodies and ask, “Why can’t I get rid of that…?” 

Whether it’s a few extra inches around your midsection, under your chin, or padding on your inner or outer thighs, there are spots where the fat never seems to budge.

If you’re not ready to go under the knife, you may be considering noninvasive options.

There are a growing number of procedures to help reshape your body with no surgery and little to no downtime. Let’s look at a few of the noninvasive options you might be hearing about.

Skin tightening

As we age, we lose elastin and collagen, resulting in loose, hanging or crepe-y skin. This is often most evident in the jowls, under the arms (think batwings) and on our thighs.

Laser skin tightening uses focused heat and is one of the most effective methods for transforming loose skin. That’s because it stimulates production of elastin and collagen, which restores skin plumpness.

Different methods of skin tightening include ultrasound, radiofrequency, and micro-needling. All are noninvasive body contouring solutions that are practically painless, if done correctly.

Muscle Enhancements

While lifting weights certainly will enhance muscles, there’s a newer way to try to replicate those results.

Electromagnetic energy is targeted to muscles in the abs, arms, glutes, or thighs, simulating hundreds of reps without you having to move an inch yourself. While this procedure is reported to be quite uncomfortable, it doesn’t have any downtime, so it qualifies as a noninvasive body contouring solution.

But with muscle enhancements, you’re not getting rid of fat, you’re just building the underlying muscle. It’s also time consuming and costly, because multiple treatments are needed over a period of days or weeks, and… here’s the major downside… it’s not permanent. 

Logically, many providers are using this procedure after the completion of fat reduction treatments such as CoolSculpting® (lose the fat, then tone the muscles).

Warm Sculpting

First, there was fat freezing. Now, there’s fat melting. While FDA cleared to target excess fat under the chin in most patients, providers are using this technology to eliminate fat on the abdomen, back, and thighs in people with a lower body mass index.

While the companies claim the process is quick, painless, or requires no downtime, some customers complain about serious pain due to the high temperatures required to heat the fat cells. Warm Sculpting is FDA cleared to remove fat cells, but CoolSculpting is approved to treat more areas of the body.


The original noninvasive body contouring approach, cryolipolysis, known commercially as CoolSculpting, received FDA clearance to treat love handles in 2010. Over the past 10 years, approval was extended to a total of 9 areas of the body, thanks to the development of additional, advanced applicators and treatment protocols. By the end of 2019, more than 8 million procedures had been performed worldwide.

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According to a study published in Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, “Cryolipolysis has been proven to be a very safe method for body contouring and is considered to be both safe and efficient with a high patient satisfaction rate”.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

At The Contour Day Spa, the only noninvasive body contouring procedure we offer is CoolSculpting. Why? Because we feel it’s the best and most effective for our guests. But is it right for you?

You now have options. Some are permanent. Others are not. Some are proven. Others are not.

If you are considering noninvasive body contouring, you owe it to yourself to research the alternatives, ask lots of questions regarding training and expertise, and determine what’s best for your unique needs and goals. Oh, and ask if they offer a guarantee (we do).

At Contour, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about us and our approach to CoolSculpting, so you can decide if it’s the right solution for you. 

After all, what do you have to lose except those extra inches?

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