Would body contouring work for you? What is it, and who does it suit? First up, let me say that your current body is already an ideal body! But aiming to look your absolute best on your wedding day is something that all brides want. I got married three years ago and it was one of the happiest days of my life. I didn’t want to go on any crazy diets, or spend hours in the gym. I wish I had heard about non-surgical body sculpting procedures back then, but I hadn’t!
Your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Looking and feeling your best on your big day is essential to creating those big memories that will stay with you forever. One thing is certain – there will be photos – lots of photos! So you really want to look your best so you can revisit the day in your memory over the years.
Getting in shape for your wedding is a common goal. Because of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, many of us feel that we are facing an accumulation of cellulite and unwanted fat, regardless of our efforts to keep track of calories. It can really feel like a battle some days, right?
The Boyf proposed to me in June, and I set the wedding date for that November – giving me less than 6 months to plan my big day and “get in shape”. If your time is already stretched to the max and you’d rather spend your downtime enjoying life with your future wife or husband – then it may be time to consider a non-invasive procedure like a body contouring treatment.
What is body contouring?
It’s something I have only recently begun to take seriously, as techniques modernise and improve. Body contouring is also known as non-surgical fat reduction, and it is one of the newest trends in the cosmetic industry. Basically, these non-invasive treatments are aimed at reducing stubborn fat pockets in areas like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and neck – in theory, leading to a more contoured form.
Who does body contouring work for?
According to my sources, the ideal candidate for treatment is someone with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less for which 3 treatments should achieve their goals. If you want to know more about BMI head to my BMI calculator article here.
How does body contouring work?
There are two main type of body contouring treatments on the market. The first one attempts to burns off fat cells; and the type attempts to freeze them off – but both methods have the same goal.
VelaShape uses the “burn off” method, which combines infrared light, deep heating procedures, and a vacuum to stimulate fat cells and surrounding collagen fibres. The combination of the heating and vacuum stimulates the growth of new, improved collagen fibres, which some people say results in better skin tone and appearance.
As fat cells and damaged collagen structures warm and gradually disappear, some users of this method suggest that their bodies take on a slightly different shape; as “new” skin emerges. According to this source, some people that have had the VelaShape procedure say that it provides additional cellulite reduction and improved skin tone. Do your own research into this process and see what you can find out.
This method is also relatively comfortable, as it generates a warm sensation, and resembles a deep tissue massage. Patients with more sensitive skin are even able to adjust treatment parameters for a more pleasant experience.
How long before my wedding should I start?
Ideally, do not leave any sort of new treatment to the last few weeks, whether you’re cutting your hair, trying a new manicure style, or doing something like body contouring. While your skin may take on a pink or reddish hue for several hours after treatment, there is no damage to the surface and within 24 hours your skin could take on a nice glow.
What other types of body contouring could I try?
There are a few methods, as I mentioned. CoolSculpting is the most popular “freeze off” method. CoolSculpting has been suggested by some to be a more gentle approach to cellulite and fat reduction. With this method, targeted areas of the body are exposed to a controlled cold temperature, which is supposed to “freeze” fat cells and then “eliminate” them as waste. This produces a more natural look though it may take several sessions to achieve desired results, so plan well in advance of your big day.
How long before my wedding should I start?
With the CoolSculpting method, there is no downtime involved, so many people return to work or their daily routine after treatment. However, some people have experienced side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, so take this into account.
The good news is that these mild symptoms should subside within 24 hours of treatment. Take the advice of your trained beauty professional and do exactly what they suggest in terms of aftercare.
Can I lose weight with body contouring?
It’s always a good idea to have realistic expectations! While body contouring will not help achieve dramatic weight loss, the treatment might help to improve your overall shape and enhance your overall appearance.
It’s important to note that it’s always best to integrate body contouring into your healthy lifestyle, as opposed to it being the only source of weight management you get into before your big day. Take note – poor diet and a lack of exercise can even cause the results to fade.
“A lot of people would say ‘sexy’ is about the body. But to me, ‘sexy’ is a woman with confidence. I admire women who have very little fear.” – Allegra Versace