The Science of Body Sculpting: How Does It Work?

Feb 28 , 2024

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The Science of Body Sculpting: How Does It Work?

The Science of Body Sculpting: How Does It Work? | Dr. Rogers Centers

You may have heard the terms body sculpting, body contouring, and body fat reduction before. But what is body sculpting? How do body contouring treatments work?

At Dr. Rogers Centers in San Antonio, TX, we offer top-of-the-line body contouring treatments. Our treatment menu includes non-surgical body sculpting to help you get the figure you desire — without any general anesthesia. Here’s how body fat reduction works through body contouring procedures. 

Types of Fat Cells

Before we dive into how non-surgical body sculpting works, we should discuss how your fat cells operate. Your body contains two types of fat cells: subcutaneous fat cells and visceral fat cells. 

Subcutaneous Fat

Subcutaneous fat settles directly underneath your skin. This is likely what causes the “jiggle” in your arms, thighs, and abdomen. Even people who are in great physical shape can accumulate subcutaneous fat. 

Subcutaneous fat does not respond well to diet and exercise. Most people must rely on body contouring methods to get rid of these stubborn fat cells. 

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat, on the other hand, plays a different role. If you are overweight or obese, you likely have a higher percentage of visceral fat. Visceral fat surrounds your internal organs and leads to serious health problems down the road. 

To get rid of visceral fat, your best bet is eating in a calorie deficit and exercising frequently. Visceral fat responds to typical weight loss measures like these. 

Which Type of Fat Can Body Sculpting Get Rid Of?

Subcutaneous fat is the type of fat we target with body sculpting and contouring treatments. It is not possible for us to remove large amounts of visceral fat with these procedures. The reason for this is that visceral fat is located deeper in your tissues and around your organs. The only way to lose this type of fat is to pursue major weight loss. 

Subcutaneous fat is closer to the surface of your body and can easily be eliminated with body contouring procedures like the ones we offer. Once you are closer to your goal weight, we welcome you to refine your physique with our body sculpting treatments. 

How Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Can Slim Your Figure

Body sculpting and contouring focus on the aesthetics of your body. While health is equally as important, we understand that you want your hard work to show on the outside, too. We use a few different body contouring procedures to give you the results you’re looking for. 

So what is body sculpting, and how does it work? BodySculpt is our most popular fat reduction treatment. 

BodySculpt Laser Treatments

Our BodySculpt machine uses special lasers that destroy the structure of your subcutaneous fat cells. You can lose up to 24% of your fat cells in a given treatment area. Once these fat cells are no longer alive, your body eliminates them as waste material over the course of a few weeks. 

This process is known as lipolysis. Once subcutaneous fat cells have been removed by your body, they are gone for good. 

Permanent subcutaneous fat reduction is one of the biggest advantages of using body sculpting procedures. Unlike temporary procedures that address the surface of the problem, we target the root of your issues: the fat cells themselves. 

Lipolysis: Using Heat for Fat Reduction

Your fat cells can only survive within a specific temperature range. If they reach lower or higher temperatures, they die and can no longer remain in your body. 

Our laser treatments heat up your stubborn fat cells without damaging your skin tissue at all. The unique heating mechanism of BodySculpt lasers directly kills off subcutaneous fat cells. Any that remain are removed through follow-up body sculpting procedures. 

Reaching higher temperatures than normal triggers cell death and removal through your body’s “clean-up” mechanisms. You never have to worry about the same fat cells returning, especially if you maintain a healthy weight after your treatments. 

Toning Your Physique 

It can be frustrating when you lift weights, perform strength training exercises, and eat enough protein, only to find that your muscles don’t show on the outside. BodyTone is the sister procedure to BodySculpt. Through this body sculpting and contouring treatment, you can gain visible muscle mass and show off your hard work. 

BodyTone stimulates strong muscle contractions using bio-electric energy pulses. This prevents muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass) and re-trains weaker muscles to make them larger and more visible. 

Within one 30-minute BodyTone session, you will experience around 20,000 muscle contractions. This is far more than you can achieve through natural exercise (although it’s still important to stay active). 

To maintain your new, strong muscles, we recommend booking follow-up treatments every once in a while. This will prevent muscle loss and can help keep your physique looking toned and defined.

What Areas Can Body Contouring Treatments Address?

Many patients wonder which areas of their bodies can benefit most from body sculpting and contouring treatments. Almost any common areas for fat gain are fair game when it comes to these fat reduction procedures. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Flank (lower back)
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Biceps
  • Neck area

These are the most common “problem areas” that patients struggle with, but we can help you reach your appearance goals without stressing out and straining your body in the gym. Body sculpting works; it’s backed by science. 

Book Your Body Sculpting Treatments in San Antonio, TX

At Dr. Rogers Centers, we understand the importance of feeling confident in your own skin. Our team of highly skilled professionals is committed to providing top-notch body contouring treatments tailored to your unique goals and needs. With our state-of-the-art facilities and advanced techniques, we can help you achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of in a safe and effective manner. Contact us to book your appointment with us today to work toward the body you’ve always dreamed of.