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What is Body Contouring?

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There’s nothing more frustrating than working hard in the gym, eating right, and still having stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin. Thankfully, ZENA Medical has a variety of body contouring treatments to create the body shape you most desire. Dr. Zenovia and the ZENA Medical team have the skills, expertise, and critically artistic eye to bring your desired silhouette into reality.

How Does Body Contouring Work?

With today’s body contouring technology we have the ability to minimize fat cells and tighten sagging skin. ZENA Medical offers both non-surgical and surgical options to sculpt your body’s physique.  

UltraShape® POWER is 100% safe and comfortable. Ultrasound waves penetrate your skin like shockwaves, disrupting the walls of fat cells, which release in the form of triglycerides. Your liver processes this and removes them from your body. Pockets of unwanted fat don’t stand a chance, and with precise placement of the ultrasound waves, your ZENA Medical provider can slim down your flanks, stomach, back, and thighs for maximum impact. The most you’ll feel is a slight vibration through your tissues as UltraShape® POWER shapes your body. 

If skin tightening and cellulite are of concern, VelaShape® III could be more your speed. It uses 3 different kinds of energy to correct the appearance of cellulite and skin laxity. First, mechanical tissue manipulation occurs when the handpiece pulls your tissues using vacuum pulses, controlling exactly which tissues receive treatment. Next, bi-polar radiofrequency and infrared heat raise the temperature of tissues deep inside to remodel at the cellular level, increasing collagen production and shrinking tissues for tighter, smoother skin. Cellulite is not a kind of fat that can be exercised away, so there really is no amount of running, treadmill time, or strength training that can do what VelaShape® III and ZENA Medical can do. VelaShape® III is comfortable, with many patients likening it to a warm massage. 

These non-surgical body contouring techniques can take time to produce optimal results. If you’re looking for something more dramatic, Dr. Leong performs surgical cosmetic body contouring for ZENA Medical in the form of liposuction, a tummy tuck, or mommy makeover.

Even surgical techniques for body contouring have progressed significantly in the last several years in terms of how long recovery takes, how much sculpting the surgeon can do, and how much tissue trauma must be endured. Liposuction is gentler than ever. Having a tummy tuck can address both stubborn fat and skin laxity—along with repairing muscles that have weakened due to pregnancy and childbirth. A mommy makeover can combine both procedures as well as address breast concerns typical of post-pregnancy and breastfeeding. You get all the body contouring you need in one procedure with one recovery period.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Body Contouring?

Candidates for UltraShape® POWER and VelaShape® III understand these treatments are not for weight loss. You should be close to your ideal weight with a BMI of 30 or lower for these two treatments to bring you satisfactory results. Liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover are a different set of criteria. The best candidates are non-smokers in general good health who are looking to reduce fat, tighten skin, and sculpt their body to a slimmer, more toned shape. A thorough medical history will determine which treatment options are ideal for you, and a customized treatment plan can be created to address all your concerns.

What is Treatment Like?

With UltraShape® POWER and VelaShape® III, treatments take between 30-45 minutes to complete. They’re non-invasive and therefore require no pain management, nor do they result in significant downtime. Both treatments deliver almost a soothing sensation, either through vibration or heat, that feels more like a spa treatment.

For a surgical procedure with Dr. Leong, your treatment is customized to exacting standards with your goals at the heart of it all. We want you to be as satisfied as our prior patients, so before your procedure takes place, we’ll answer all your questions and go over your plan step by step. The post-operative care for liposuction, tummy tuck, or mommy makeover is different for each procedure, so that will also be highly customized.

What Results Can I Expect?

UltraShape® POWER patients experience a measurable reduction in body circumference, improved shape and contour of their physique, a decrease in the volume of fat pockets, and a more harmonious balance of your overall body shape. As it takes time to filter away disrupted fat cells, you’ll see results around 2-4 weeks after initial treatment with a peak of accumulated results occurring around 3 months. VelaShape® III patients report smoother, firmer skin with a reduction of cellulite and more toning at around 2 weeks, reaching their peak around 2 months. For both procedures, 3 treatments are recommended, though you can schedule additional treatments until your goals are achieved.

Surgical body contouring results are generally noticeable right away, although they can be obscured by swelling and bandaging. While it takes more time to recover, surgical body contouring solutions can be dramatic while remaining natural looking.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about body contouring, we encourage you to schedule a virtual or in-person private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

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