Body Contouring

The Long-Term Results Of Body Contouring & Skin Tightening

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

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


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.

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 skin tightening 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.


LaserAway’s the perfect place to get your body contouring or skin tightening 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.