Get the body of your dreams without invasive surgery. Thanks to the advancement of injectables and fillers, body parts can be contoured to perfection without having to go under the knife or endure a scar. Learn about Body Contouring below!
Gone are the days of resorting to invasive plastic surgery procedures to get the body of your dreams. In the past, the only way to get smoother-looking hips, a better-looking booty, and improve the skin on the stomach was with surgery. Thanks to the advancement of injectables and fillers, these body parts can be contoured to perfection without having to go under the knife or endure a scar.
Using collagen-stimulating fillers and injectables like Radiesse and Sculptra can effectively contour the body in seemingly next to no time. The closest thing to a younger-looking body is 6-10 syringes full of filler that, with strategically placed injections, can deliver volume where it’s needed most to fill in dimples, add shape, definition, and an increase in size. The use of fillers to help people shape and modify their bodies without surgery opens the idea of body contouring to a new generation of patients.
In the last few years, body contouring treatments improving the abdomen, hips, and buttocks have risen. Many people prefer these treatments over standard surgical procedures because they’re quick, easy, more affordable, and give an immediate improvement in appearance, which always boosts self-esteem and confidence. Body fillers are especially beneficial to those who seek non-invasive solutions to attain their ideal body. In addition, using fillers on the body for contouring purposes also helps treat laxity and skin depressions while increasing overall elasticity.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring is a non-invasive procedure that uses FDA-approved injectable fillers, like Sculptra and Radiesse, to augment, enhance, and improve certain body parts. While these uses are considered off-label, they are safe, and some even say they’re a safer, more reliable option than surgery.
Dermal fillers, including Radiesse and Sculptra, are popular ways to rejuvenate the body and achieve your goals without surgery. Although many people associate these fillers with their use on the face, they can also significantly improve the body. Injectables are practical, versatile, and long-lasting but not permanent when used on the body. If you have an area that you wish to tighten, smooth, or enhance, consider body-contouring fillers as your solution.
Body contouring is a painless treatment that contours certain areas of the body. It can also be used to add definition or augment the size of a feature on the lower body, like the buttocks or hips. In addition, using collagen-stimulating fillers allow for continuous collagen remodeling.
Overall, body contouring is minimally invasive and fast for quick results. And there’s virtually no significant downtime or recovery period compared to surgical methods.
Non-surgical body-sculpting treatments are also a blessing for those short on time or who cannot go under the knife, providing another option for improving the body as desired.
Body contouring, or body sculpting, reshapes an area of the body. It may also be used to:
- Reduce the look of crepey skin and decrease skin laxity
- Reshape or contour the area
- Smooth out dimples
- Eliminate contour irregularities and asymmetries
- Increase the size of a particular feature
Body contouring can target most areas of the body. Common sites include:
- Belly and flanks (love handles)
How Body Contouring Works
When fillers are used to contour the body, they add volume to the area to smooth out imperfections of all types. Because collagen-stimulating fillers can provide some lift in addition to volume and a smoothing effect, they are a great temporary way to improve the figure and improve many concerns, particularly the booty, abdomen, and hips.
Fillers can be used almost anywhere on the body and are most appropriate where there is skin laxity or volume loss that you wish to correct. Even when used off the face, dermal fillers are safe and effective. Overall, the products used are the same; it’s just the area of placement is different. Most often, hyper-dilute formulas are used to ensure that there will be no post-procedure lumps or bumps beneath the skin.
When injecting collagen-stimulating fillers into the abdomen, booty or hips to improve the body feature, often a microcannula is used to reduce the potential for bruising and shorten any downtime. This safe method is widely practiced and the best way to administer more significant filler volumes to larger body parts than the face.
To add volume to the booty, Sculptra or Radiesse can be injected directly into the booty. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments, the nonsurgical BBL, is extremely popular for augmentation and improving the shape of the buttocks. Unlike surgical BBLs, which require obtaining fat from other areas of the body through liposuction and reinjecting it into the booty, fillers for body contouring allow for subtle enhancement without the downsides of surgery. The filler can give some lift to the booty, more volume, improve the shape, and correct hip dips. Plus, it can enhance the quality of the skin and the appearance of cellulite.
Booty fillers are injected under the skin and not into the muscles to reduce the risk of complications. Often, patients opt to inject their hip dips when treating the booty. Hip dips are natural indentations and irregularities on the hips that many women find bothersome. Sculptra or Radiesse can fill out any indentations for a smoother silhouette. Also, these fillers stimulate collagen, improving any volume loss in the hips.
Using these types of fillers in the abdomen works more for correcting irregularities. For example, many women seek correction for their belly buttons, which can become stretched out and shapeless over time due to piercings, scars, or stretched-out skin due to pregnancy. In addition, the filler can help create volume for improved symmetry and scars that may exist while adding volume to give natural plumpness to wrinkled skin on and around the belly button. Also, these injectables can smooth out indentations from poor surgical results, like dimpling after tummy tucks and liposuction or contour irregularities.
Types of Injectables
The two leading injectables used for body contouring are Sculptra and Radiesse. While both add volume and stimulate collagen, they each have their nuances. Ultimately, the product used will come down to the issue you are trying to correct and the current skin condition, all of which will be discussed in a consultation.
Radiesse works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen to fill in volume-deficient areas and give a plumping effect to the skin. It is also helpful in places where fat loss has occurred. Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite gel that creates a structure that mimics the structure of connective tissue. It also provides instant improvement.
On the other hand, Sculptra creates a more stimulatory effect and works well for large areas. However, several treatments must be done over a few months to achieve the desired effect. Once the results are achieved, they tend to last longer and require less maintenance. Some patients require the use of Radiesse with Sculptra to achieve their goals. While Sculptra promotes collagen growth for increased volume and plumpness, Radieesse promotes collagen to fill in hollows and boost volume.
Topical numbing cream or injectable local anesthesia will first be applied to the treatment area during any body contouring treatment. The skin will be thoroughly cleansed before the injections. Then, the product will be injected into the desired location with minor pain.
More About the Injectables
Both Radiesse and Sculptra have their benefits and use for body contouring. Collagen-stimulating injectables promote collagen growth through fibroblast activation. This can be inflammatory (as with Sculptra) or noninflammatory (like Radiesse). In due time, the new, well-organized collagen has benefits that can last one to two years, like volumizing effects and smoothing out the skin.
Radiesse is FDA-approved for many areas on the face, but it’s considered an off-label use on the body. Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxyapatite gel and provides immediate results when injected into the body to contour it. It is often diluted to achieve the best results, lasting for a year to 18 months. The injectable is helpful for those experiencing volume loss or who want to accentuate the underlying structures of a specific body part to emphasize it more.
Sculptra relies on microscopic particles of poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate collagen production deep within the skin. As it stimulates collagen and as that collagen forms, it gives volume to the desired area that’s being contoured, which can last up to two years. The boost in collagen is an immune reaction to the filler that helps plump the areas from within. Most patients require several treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
The main difference is how long the results will take to develop. Radiesse and Sculptra produce collagen, but it takes time to see the results. With Radiesse, there’s more of an instant lift before new collagen appears, and with Sculptra, more collagen is made over time.
Who is it for
Body contouring treatments are perfect for anyone who wants to improve their body and enhance minor flaws that may bother them. The ideal candidate is at or close to their desired weight.
These fillers can be used to contour the body when the following exist:
A lack of volume and fullness in the booty
Indentations on the hips
Small scars on the stomach or contour irregularities
A lack of shape and contour
Most patients are willing to wait for the results to transpire as long as they are good. Depending on what’s used to treat the issue and where it is injected determines the results and their longevity. On average, Radiesse provides more visible results faster, with added fullness that appears over the next couple of months. The results can last 18 to 24 months. With Sculptra, there’s less of an immediate effect, but more collagen is made for added volume. These results are often seen around the three to six-month mark, with results lasting as long as five years in some individuals.
With Sculptra and Radiesse, it takes time for the body to produce new collagen and for the results to be noticeable. That’s why a series of treatments is often recommended, and most people see results after the second session. Although the results are not necessarily instant, they are long-lasting.
There are many benefits to nonsurgical body contouring, like added volume for improving the size and shape of the booty and a smoothing effect on the skin when treating the abdomen and hips.
When Sculptra or Radiesse is used on the body, it can achieve an augmented effect without surgery. Plus, the booty is difficult to tone, lift, and change shape through diet and exercise alone. Fillers are a safe way to improve the appearance of the booty, hips, and abdomen without the risk of adverse side effects. As a result, these features can appear:
- With less cellulite and indentations
- More lifted
- Enhanced shape and contour
- Better profile
- Improved size
- Less visible irregularities and scars
How much does body contouring cost?
Everyone is different, so we recommend a consultation to determine the cost of your body contouring treatment. Our experienced team of skin experts and medical providers can further discuss the treatment with you and determine if body contouring is appropriate for you.
The treatment is tailored to your needs, which is why the cost varies. Our team can customize a package to help you obtain the desired results. A consultation with our staff will ensure more accurate pricing.
The results of a body contouring procedure are not permanent, but it does provide a long-lasting improvement that can last a few years, depending on the area treated and the injectables used.
As with all cosmetic procedures, there are always possible side effects. The potential side effects of Radiesse and Sculptra include temporary bruising, swelling, redness, itchiness, and discomfort. There can also be the formation of lumps or nodules, which is why post-treatment massage is essential.
To reduce bruising and swelling after treatment, apply ice and consider supplements like arnica and bromelain.
No. You should be able to resume your routine after the injections. You may want to use a donut to make it more comfortable when sitting if the butt is injected. However, daily massages five times per day for five times are essential to prevent lumps.
The number of treatments required depends on what you wish to achieve and the treatment area. A series of treatments spaced one month apart is usually recommended for best results, although some patients may require more or less.
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