Body Contouring

The Long-Term Results of Body Contouring

When most people hear the word “body contouring,” they automatically think of liposuction and tummy tucks. With the latest advances in technology, however, there are now many non-invasive body contouring procedures on the market, including Thermage, VelaShape, and CoolSculpting. Each non-invasive body contouring procedure is designed to achieve specific results.

  • Non-surgical body contouring procedures have distinct advantages over traditional ones that involve surgery:
  • Non-surgical body contouring removes excess fat, reduces cellulite, and smooths bumps and bulges
  • Non-surgical body contouring shapes and tones skin
  • Non-surgical body contouring involves no downtime
  • Non-surgical body contouring is effective on all skin types and tones
  • Non-surgical body contouring continues to be effective for weeks after treatment
  • Non-surgical body contouring has minimal to zero side effects
  • Non-surgical body contouring is practically painless

While non-invasive body contouring procedures undoubtedly offer immediate short-term results, what are the long-term results of these procedures? Considering undergoing a non-invasive body contouring procedure? We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about VelaShape, CoolSculpting, and Thermage, as well as the results you can expect to achieve and how to maintain them long-term.


VelaShape is the only FDA-cleared nonsurgical, noninvasive body contouring device that reduces cellulite and firms problem areas all while involving no downtime and being virtually painless. VelaShape is unique insofar as it combines bi-polar radio frequencies, infrared light, vacuum, and mechanical massage to tighten skin and improve the appearance of cellulite. You can typically achieve optimal results within three treatment sessions, and areas such as the arms, thighs, buttocks, flank and abdomen can all be effectively treated with VelaShape.

It’s important to note that VelaShape isn’t a weight-loss treatment – rather, it simply reshapes and tones your body, allowing you to lose inches from your hips, thighs, and waist. You’re an ideal candidate for VelaShape if your BMI is less than 30, and you don’t have severe cellulite, which usually consists of “orange peel” dimpling when standing up and lying down.

What can you expect from VelaShape treatments? In a nutshell, you can expect to achieve a gradual smoothing of the surface of the skin along with a noticeable reduction in the appearance of cellulite. What’s more, you should notice significant circumferential reduction with the reshaping of the treatment area. The treatment itself feels similar to a warm deep-tissue massage, and you might experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment.

VelaShape is so effective that people in clinical trials experienced an average of half an inch to three inches of circumferential reduction in treated areas after a series of four treatments. Furthermore, their cellulite was reduced by over 60%. A similar clinical study showed that 85% of patients saw their thighs shrink up to three inches.

So how can you maintain results achieved through VelaShape in the long-term? For a start, it’s important to maintain a healthy, stable weight – any major weight fluctuations could compromise your results. Be sure to follow a healthy eating plan, exercise regularly, and incorporate strength training exercises into your fitness regime. While you’re undergoing your VelaShape treatments, be sure to avoid excess salt, which can trigger fluid retention, and affect results. Also avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white flour, sugar, and white rice. These foods all increase the appearance of cellulite since they are inflammatory foods that promote weight gain.


CoolSculpting is a popular FDA-cleared body contouring procedure that uses controlled cooling to freeze unwanted fat cells. It is safe, effective, nonsurgical, and requires no downtime. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive alternative to traditional liposuction and works by precisely freezing fat cells at a high temperature. The device itself delivers a controlled cooling effect that crystallizes them, and then fat cells die. Over time, your body eliminates them, resulting in less fat.

Similar to VelaShape, CoolSculpting is also not a weight loss solution. The best candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are within a healthy weight range but need a little extra help getting rid of stubborn fat deposits. If you have unwanted fat on your abdomen, flank, inner thighs, outer thighs, and chin, then CoolSculpting can help.

What can you expect from CoolSculpting treatments? The number of sessions you’ll need depends on the number of areas you want to treat. Each CoolSculpting session results in a 20% reduction in fat cells. During the actual session, you’ll notice a slight pressure and a cold sensation along with sensations of deep pulling, tugging, or numbness. These are only temporary. Afterward, you can resume your normal activities. In the upcoming weeks and months, your body will continue to eliminate the treated fat cells – once these fat cells are gone, they’re gone forever.

With CoolSculpting, you’ll achieve optimal results after two months, and your body will continue to flush fat cells for four-to-six months after your last treatment. The good news is that you may see results in as little as three weeks after your initial treatment. To maintain CoolSculpting results long-term, it’s important to continue to maintain a healthy weight, follow a healthy diet, and exercise on a regular basis. But, it isn’t necessary to adopt new exercise or diet habits with CoolSculpting. If you do happen to gain weight after treatment, you’ll do so evenly over your body.


Thermage is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses clinically-proven, unique radiofrequency technology to smooth and tighten sagging skin on your body as well as temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. It requires little recovery time, works in just one treatment, delivers natural-looking results, works on all skin tones, and is safe and effective.

You’re an ideal candidate for Thermage if you have mild-to-moderate skin laxity, and your underlying muscle or fat needs no modification. If you have severe sun damage and/or thick layers of fat or excessively loose muscles underneath it, then you’re probably not a good candidate. What’s more, your weight should be stable and within a healthy range – if you’re planning on losing a considerable amount of weight soon, then Thermage isn’t for you.

Thermage works from the inside out. It transfers heat to the epidermis, causing collagen to contract and gradually reform. Since the epidermis
is unaffected, there is almost no recovery time involved. Furthermore, a single Thermage treatment can last up to ten years. Depending on the area being treated, a procedure typically lasts anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. Beforehand, your medical professional may elect to administer local anesthesia and an oral discomfort medication. During the treatment, you might experience an alternating cooling and heating sensation as the device reaches deeper layers within the skin. Each radiofrequency pulse lasts a few short seconds. Collagen located deep within the dermis warms just enough to promote considerable restructuring and regrowth. To safeguard against damage, a cooling system cools the surface of your skin.

After only one Thermage treatment, you can expect to see significantly tighter, firmer, and smoother skin on the treated areas of your body. Research shows that these improvements continue for at least six months after a single treatment, and thermal collagen changes last several years. To maintain long-term results with Thermage, you don’t have to do much – just stay at a stable, healthy weight. Results last as long as ten years, and after that time, you might need a touch-up.


To sum up, VelaShape, CoolSculpting, and Thermage are all highly effective at reshaping and toning your body, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and eliminating unwanted fat. To maintain these results for as long as possible, it is recommended that you exercise regularly, follow a healthy diet, and maintain a stable, healthy weight. Why choose invasive procedures when you can achieve the same results with noninvasive ones?

Choose LaserAway for All Your Body Contouring Needs

LaserAway’s the perfect place to get your body contouring treatment. We pride ourselves on providing the best customer service. We hire only highly trained staff experienced and certified in laser and other dermatological procedures. We use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology to make sure your medical spa experience is comfortable, enjoyable, and satisfying. Want to learn more about what body contouring can do for you? Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing or calling our staff at (888) 965-2737.