Q. Who is the ideal patient for nonsurgical body contouring?
A. Someone who is very close to their goal through diet and exercise but needs a little help to reach the finish line. It is important to discuss with patients that nonsurgical body contouring is not a replacement for dietary changes and exercise for fat reduction but rather a supplement to their hard work.
Q. What special considerations should dermatologists keep in mind when discussing nonsurgical options with patients?
A. Painting a very realistic picture of what procedures can accomplish is by far the most important consideration. No one is getting ripped six-pack abs through one round of cryolipolysis. That being said, for someone who is close to their goal, cryolipolysis (or some other body contouring procedure) combined with a rigorous diet and exercise regimen can most certainly help someone achieve the physique they’re striving for.
Q. How should a dermatologist determine which nonsurgical method is appropriate for the individual patient’s goals?
A. Many of the procedures actually reach the same endpoint—it’s not that one is necessarily better than another. It’s really a dermatologist’s individual comfort level with the technology of the procedure they offer.
Q. What recommendations do you have for dermatologists looking to add nonsurgical body contouring to their practice?
A. There are many amazing advances in noninvasive body contouring. Between cryolipolysis, electromagnetic stimulation, radiofrequency, et cetera, the options are numerous. For someone who already practices in the aesthetic world, adding noninvasive body contouring is a natural next step. It’s easy to get confused by the various options, but the truth is, although the mechanisms may differ somewhat, the end result is generally in the same ballpark in terms of efficacy.
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