Important Questions that Lead You to The Best Body Contouring Treatment

Body Contouring Houston TXBody contouring has been in demand for many years. Decades ago, men and women engaged in physical exercise and healthy eating to stay in shape. That hasn’t changed. Back then, if lifestyle didn’t do the trick of maintaining a desired physique, surgery was the next best step. Today, there are steps in between the two. The question is, what will it take for you to see the results you desire? Are you a candidate for a treatment like CoolSculpting, or would a surgical body-contouring procedure be more appropriate? To get the answer to that question, it helps to ask more questions.

The Question of Weight

There are two ways to approach the matter of weight as it relates to body contouring. One is to look at the scale. Experts recommend that patients obtain their desired body-shaping treatment when they are within 10 pounds of their ideal body weight. “Ideal body weight” is a relatively loose term with a range of about 30 pounds for each inch of height. For example, the ideal body weight for a woman who is 5’6” ranges from 118 to 154 pounds.

Another way to approach the matter of weight is to have your BMI, or Body Mass Index measured. It is possible to do this using an online calculator, or in a gym or doctor’s office using measurements of height, hips, waist, and other data.

When BMI and body weight are within ideal range, body-contouring may be achieved with either liposuction or CoolSculpting. If weight is more than 10 pounds out of ideal range, liposuction with abdominoplasty may be appropriate.

The Question of Skin

For any body-contouring procedure to achieve the desired outcome, we must also look at the skin. Laxity is an important factor to consider. Often, weight gain and pregnancy cause the abdominal muscles to separate. The resulting laxity may appear more pronounced after fat reduction with either CoolSculpting or liposuction. Therefore, we may suggest that a tummy tuck also is incorporated into a treatment plan.

The Question of Time

One of the primary considerations for any person exploring treatment options is how much time they want to invest in their results. The clear benefit of CoolSculpting is that there is no downtime after treatment. However, it takes months for results to become obvious. Recovery time after liposuction or abdominoplasty may span a few weeks, and swelling decreases over time. However, results are more obvious after surgical procedures.

It’s not too late to feel your best this summer. Contact Dr. Altamira at 713.271.9000 to schedule a consultation in one of our Houston area offices.

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