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Mapping The Way: The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 16 January 2019

Patients presenting themselves for pre-surgical appraisal may have any number of reasons for wanting to improve their overall appearance and self-worth. This can be from reasons of social vanity (e.g. to resemble a media personality) or they can have a genuine medical justification for improving their physical appearance; such as unsightly fat deposits , skin scarring or Body Dysmorphic Disorder - a preconceived psychological dislike of a particular area of their body. A reasonable request for treatment may involve a referral from a medical practitioner, especially in relation to the last example.

Today, methods of treatment can be described as a panacea for the client because successful surgery can also improve a patient’s whole way of life, in addition to transforming them both physically and mentally and as such, a number of patients may seek more contemporary outcomes for results when traditional methods of surgery have failed, for whatever reason.

Non-Invasive Pre-Surgical Appraisals

Patients who present themselves for an initial surgical appraisal will always have a ´background check´ of their medical history. This is not just a by-product of the so called ´litigation culture´ that is now prevalent, but it is to ensure more importantly that the patient is fully briefed about the procedure that they will undertake alongside the level of expectations and results following the procedures. This assessment will cover a wide range of investigation - outlining factors such as lifestyle choices, levels of physical fitness and screening questionnaires to outline any ongoing problems such as Body Dysmorphia which could affect the patient’s ability to recuperate.

Before and after photography and body volume measurements are essential to help manage and reassure the patients expectations, both pre and post-operative. All these investigations are subject to the normal confidentiality and data protection regulations within the country of the clinic as well as the professionals who are operating within.

The Mechanics of Non-Invasive Treatments And The Methodology Of Their Aftercare

Below are some of the more common non-invasive procedures which have gained popularity over the last two decades, with regards to their ´downtime´ and results.


This treatment is more commonly known as ‘fat freezing’ or ‘Coolsculpting´. This technique involves the reduction of the fat cell volume by the application of a freezing probe or platter. A controlled application of cooling uses temperature variations of +5 to -11oC to the localized area of fatty tissue / Cellulite. The fat cells are triggered by the cold to undergo apoptosis, which causes them to become inflamed and consequently removed by the phagocytes which ingest the frozen dead cells and thus reduce the volume of the previously ‘fatty’ area.

Modern instruments for treating in this manner often combine a freezing and vacuum operation with skin protection (as the skin may become red and warm, post-operative). Other symptoms may include warmth, tingling skin and possibly a rash. It has been known for the skin to suffer slight burning from the low temperatures involved, but this is a rare event. Good hydration before and after the procedure is important and any of these side effects normally subside after several days.

The advantages of such treatments are minimum downtime meaning that the patient can usually return to their normal routines more or less straight away. To ensure a semi-permanent reduction in the return of fatty deposits, the patient would be expected to follow a healthier regime of nutrition and exercise to ward off the return of fat and Cellulite deposits.