What Is Body Contouring? 11 Things to Know

It can be difficult to eliminate unwanted body fat with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction is a treatment that can eliminate stubborn fat, but you may be reluctant to go through with a surgery. Body contouring is a safer way to remove fat without surgery. If you want to know which treatment is right for you, contact Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL. We offer a variety of non-invasive fat elimination treatments that can provide you with spectacular results.

What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a non-invasive and non-surgical fat elimination treatment that rivals liposuction in its effectiveness. There are a variety of contouring technologies that are designed to help you achieve a more lean figure without hours in the gym and months of dieting. After your contouring treatment, you will have little or no downtime because the treatments do not require an incision or sutures. You can lose inches of fat from your waistline and various other areas where fat deposits. Even stubborn fat that does not respond to traditional methods can be eliminated quickly.

11 Things to Know About Body Contouring

You Have Two Great Contouring Options at Old Town Med Spa

At Old Town Med Spa, we offer two great body contouring treatments to remove unwanted fat from your body without surgery. 


CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared treatment that is designed to freeze fat cells to reduce stubborn pockets of body fat. The technology was developed by Allergan and uses cryolipolysis to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat. The device applies suction to your skin to break up the fat and freezes the fat cells to be eliminated. Over several weeks, the fat cells are removed from your body as waste.


TruSculpt 3D is a contouring treatment from Cutera that uses monopolar radiofrequency, or RF, energy to melt away fat. The RF energy heats the fat cells until they are destroyed but will not harm the skin or tissue. The handpiece monitors the temperature to apply precise amounts of heat without overheating the target area. Fat cells that are destroyed will slowly be removed from the body as waste.

Treat Many Areas of the Body

CoolSculpting and TruSculpt 3D can treat almost every part of the body where stubborn fat is deposited. This includes problem areas like “love handles,” “double chin,” and “banana rolls.” The CoolSculpting device uses various applicators to treat nine areas of the body. It can eliminate fat from the neck, abdomen, back, bra strap area, beneath the buttocks, flanks, upper arms, inner thighs, and outer thighs.

TruSculpt 3D can be used to eliminate fat on almost every part of the body. Some of the most common areas for treatment are the upper arms, chin area, back, flanks, abdomen, and thighs.

The Treatment Is Painless

TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting can both be performed with no pain. The treatments do not require any anesthetic to perform and will not cause harm to the tissue or skin. You may feel the suction from the device during your CoolSculpting session and some slight tingling. This sensation normally turns to numbness as the treatment begins to work. After your treatment, you will not require any pain medication.

TruSculpt 3D is comfortable, and some even enjoy the experience. The handpiece is designed to glide over the skin while performing the treatment, so you will not feel any suction or pulling. The RF energy from the device produces a warmth that can be felt for the duration of the treatment. Patients note that the sensation is much like a hot stone massage. You will not experience bleeding or scarring after non-surgical contouring. You will also not need to return for drainage or suture removal like you would after liposuction.

You’ll Feel Great While You Reach Your Body Goals

Body contouring can help you reach your ideal body shape faster than diet and exercise. Some stubborn fat is almost impossible to eliminate with diet and exercise alone, and a contouring treatment can be the solution to eliminating this stubborn fat. If you are already at your ideal weight and just want to reduce the appearance of small deposits of fat, this treatment can provide great results. If you are looking to eliminate remaining pockets of fat after a weight loss routine, contouring can also help you.

TruSculpt 3D can reduce the thickness of fat from the target area by 24% in a single treatment session. The treatment compresses the fat and helps you achieve a lean and slim figure. CoolSculpting can reduce fat thickness by 20% to 25% after a single session. Both treatments can help you eliminate stubborn fat and trim inches from your waistline and other parts of the body. You may find your clothes fit more comfortably after the treatment, and you may even be able to wear a smaller clothing size. Reaching your ideal body shape will improve not only your appearance but also your confidence.

Expect Gradual Results

Surgery and liposuction can provide you with quick and significant results, but if you want your transformation to appear natural, non-surgical body contouring is a better option. TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting destroy fat cells during the treatment but rely on the lymphatic system to eliminate the fat cells as waste. This means that the fat is removed from the body more gradually, and you will only notice the reduction in fat as the cells are broken down and eliminated from the body.

A lymphatic drainage massage can aid in the waste removal process, but it is not a necessity, and your lymphatic system should be able to eliminate the fat cells without any issues. If you choose TruSculpt 3D to meet your needs, you will notice results after one month. The results will peak approximately three months after your first session. If CoolSculpting is your treatment of choice, you will enjoy results between one and three months after the treatment. You can reach your body goal when the results peak six months after the treatment. The results appear as if you achieved them through diet and exercise because the fat reduction occurs gradually.

You May Only Need One or Two Sessions

Whether you choose TruSculpt 3D or CoolSculpting to reach your body goal, you will probably complete your treatment after only two sessions. You may even see the results you want after only one session. If you need more than one session, your second CoolSculpting session will be scheduled at least four weeks after your first session. Each CoolSculpting session takes as little as 35 minutes to complete, and most treatments can be completed in an hour. TruSculpt 3D sessions are held approximately six weeks apart and can be completed in 15 minutes for small areas. Larger areas like the abdomen and flanks can be finished in one hour.

You Are Likely a Good Candidate

If you are a healthy adult and near your ideal weight, you are eligible for body contouring. Patients of every age, gender, and skin tone can enjoy non-surgical fat elimination with TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting. These treatments can help you eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from your body, but they are not an ideal solution for weight loss or a treatment for obesity.

Before your first session, we will determine if the treatment will be safe and effective for your body transformation during an initial consultation. We can customize the treatment and help you understand what to expect from the treatment.

Contouring treatments are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. During our consultation, let us know if you have allergies, any recent surgeries, or a pre-existing hernia. CoolSculpting will not be recommended if you have a condition that is affected by sensitivity to cold. TruSculpt 3D may not be performed if you have a metal implant.

You Won’t Need to Miss Work

You can get back to work or your normal routine after your TruSculpt 3D or CoolSculpting treatment. This means that you won’t need to take a leave of absence from your work and possibly miss wages. Both treatments can be performed with no downtime and no recovery needed.

Since the treatments can be completed in a short amount of time without downtime, you can schedule your treatment during a lunch break if you have limited free time after work. The treatments are both completed in our Chicago Med Spa without an overnight stay or hospitalization. You can drive, work out, and walk around immediately after the treatment without any problems.

Your Results Can Be Long-Lasting

Fat elimination results from both TruSculpt 3D and CoolSculpting can last a lifetime. Neither treatment requires touch-up sessions to maintain your results. The fat cells that are eliminated from your body are permanently eliminated and will not be restored under normal circumstances. Your body fat is made up of a limited number of cells that enlarge when you gain weight. When these cells are eliminated, there are fewer cells to enlarge. You will not see as much fat growth in the treated area after weight gain; instead, any fat growth will be distributed mostly in untreated areas.

For prolonged results, we recommend living a healthy lifestyle after your treatment. Any exercise and dieting will only improve your treatment results. You may find it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle after your treatment because of the confidence boost that a lean and fit body provides you. You will likely be motivated to go to the gym and eat healthy food.

You Won’t Lose Much Weight

If you are hoping to lose a significant amount of weight, CoolSculpting and TruSculpt 3D will not likely live up to your expectations. The treatments are excellent for eliminating fat to improve your appearance, but fat does not weigh much. You may lose a few pounds, but a majority of your body weight comes from muscle, tissue, organs, bones, and liquid. In a comparable volume, fat weighs less than muscle.

It Is More Affordable Than You Might Think

Your contouring treatment will not likely be covered by your health insurance plan, but the treatment is still quite affordable. The price depends on the number of sessions you need to reach your goal and the size of the area being treated. We can provide you with a customized plan and your price options when you contact Old Town Med Spa for more information. Non-surgical treatments tend to be more affordable than liposuction because you will not need to pay for an expensive hospital stay and it is not necessary to miss work.

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

If you are ready to find out which treatment will give you the best results, visit Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL for an initial consultation today. You can have the lean body you want in after a single treatment with no surgery or downtime.

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