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Many of us want to lose weight and remove that last bit of unwanted fat that diet and exercise won’t seem to shift. When we have insecurities and hang-ups about our bodies, it can leave us feeling insecure and lacking confidence. Surgery has been an option for a long time for those looking to change their body, but more recently, non-surgical options are emerging with impressive results.

Non-invasive, nonsurgical body sculpting has been increasing in popularity as a viable fat-reduction tool, with little to no recovery time or risk of serious complications. As opposed to aesthetic plastic surgery, body sculpting is thought to carry less risk and minimal downtime after a procedure, while still achieving impressive body contouring results.

The development of new and non-invasive body contouring devices has been on the rise in recent years, and understandably, patients are curious about the safety of these new technological advances.

Nonsurgical body sculpting treatments, such as those offered at Xanadu Med Spa, are considered safe and effective alternatives for fat reduction and overall figure improvement. Potential risks and side effects include bruising, irritated skin, and soreness after treatment. The risk of side effects is low and further minimized when you are treated by highly trained medical professionals experienced in that procedure.

At Xanadu Med Spa, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with any body sculpting procedure. Although side effects are typically mild, we take extra care and caution to ensure our patients do not suffer side effects and have as comfortable an experience as possible. In fact, most of our patients are back at work within an hour after their procedure!

If you are interested in body sculpting but concerned about safety or if a treatment is right for you, speak to our friendly staff at Xanadu Med Spa today. Contact us at 970-591-7919 to schedule a free consultation.

What Is Body Sculpting?

Body sculpting refers to a collection of procedures designed to reduce fat, support weight loss, improve muscle tone, and minimize cellulite, without the need for invasive surgical procedures. Although body sculpting is no replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, it can often be the helping hand our patients need to reach their goal physique.

Techniques Used In Body Sculpting

Common techniques used in body sculpting include freezing fat, using lasers to destroy fat cells, and using intense energy to tighten skin. Other treatments include cellulite removal injections and high-frequency pulses to stimulate muscle growth.


A popular technique for nonsurgical body contouring fat removal is cryolipolysis or ‘fat freezing’. Cryolipolysis was approved for use by the FDA in 2012 and is an effective method to target fat cells in stubborn areas.

The process uses cool temperatures to freeze subcutaneous fat cells, which destroys them. Once the fat cells are dead, the body begins breaking them down and removing them. Although some results may be seen immediately after the treatment, the best results show once the body has processed and removed the fat. This can take a few months before the full effects of the procedure are apparent in the treated area.


Radiofrequency is a highly effective tool for non-invasive body contouring. Radio-frequency is a tried and tested, well-known treatment for skin tightening and damaging and destroying fat cells. Radiofrequency technology targets fat cells and damages them, which causes them to rupture. Once ruptured, cells usually die and are metabolized by the body. Fat cells respond well to radiofrequency treatments, which can result in a significant change in the size or amount of fat in the treatment area.

Many body sculpting fat removal procedures at Xanadu Med Spa combine radio-frequency technology with other methods for maximum fat loss and firming.

High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM)

High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) is used in body sculpting procedures to cause rapid muscle contractions in the target area. This is similar to how our muscles behave during a workout, except the rate of contraction using HIFEM is beyond what we could achieve during exercise.

These contractions cause the muscle fibers to grow and multiply, increasing the overall toned appearance of the target area. This treatment can also help to improve muscle strength.

How Safe Is Body Sculpting?

Overall, nonsurgical body sculpting procedures are viewed as safer options than traditional surgical options such as liposuction and tummy tucks. Non-invasive methods mostly do not involve making any incisions, anesthesia, or tissue manipulation, which dramatically reduces the risk of complications and the recovery time afterward.

Research into the various body sculpting treatments available has found only minor potential side effects, such as itchiness in the treatment area and occasional bruising and tenderness. Most side effects subside within a few days after the treatment. However, in some cases, they could last a few weeks.

To put you more at ease, the risk of side effects is significantly reduced when you are treated by an experienced, highly trained, and fully licensed professional, such as the staff at Xanadu Med Spa.

Overall, non-invasive body sculpting procedures currently available are considered safe, and most are FDA approved. Procedures that aren’t FDA-approved are usually the newest emerging technologies that are still in review. Procedures such as QWO Cellulite Removal, Laser Liposuction, and CoolSculpting Elite are FDA-approved and effective for permanently reducing excess fat cells, improving muscle tone, and tightening skin in treated areas.

Risks of Body Sculpting Procedures

In comparison to invasive surgical options to remove fat and tighten skin, the risks of side effects from nonsurgical body sculpting seem relatively minor. Often, patients can go straight back to work or continue their day immediately after their treatment. In some cases, patients may experience mild side effects such as:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Swelling
  • Red skin and irritation
  • Hives or a rash

Body Sculpting Results

Body sculpting procedures are not only a safe method for fat and cellulite reduction, but they can also yield effective and impressive results that leave patients feeling more confident and comfortable about their bodies.

Results you can expect from body sculpting procedures at Xanadu Med Spa include increased firmness and muscle tone, less body fat, improved shape and body contouring, visible reduction in cellulite, and smoother skin. Many Xanadu Med Spa patients have achieved impressive results from body sculpting treatments which have helped to reach their body goals.

How Long Do Body Sculpting Results Last?

Both surgical and nonsurgical body sculpting procedures can yield long-term and even permanent results, especially if they are partnered with a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Excess weight gain can hinder the results of both surgical and nonsurgical body sculpting procedures.

The Difference Between Nonsurgical Body Sculpting And Surgery

Recovery periods after surgical body sculpting can take weeks to months before you are fully healed and back to feeling normal. Generally, the more surgery and larger the incisions, the longer the recovery time.

Nonsurgical body sculpting procedures usually have little to no recovery time, and patients are often back to their day-to-day lives immediately after the treatment. Generally, the risks associated with nonsurgical body sculpting are much fewer than those from surgery.

The results from surgery are often more immediate once the swelling has subsided. However, results from nonsurgical options may take longer to show as your body breaks down the dead fat cells destroyed during the treatment. For some treatments, the best results can be seen roughly 3 months after the completion of treatment.

Risks Of Surgical Procedures

Although many surgical procedures are completed with no serious side effects, if complications arise, side effects from surgery can be severe. These include the following:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding or blood clots
  • Nerve injury or damage
  • Damage to blood vessels, muscles, or organs
  • Incisions that have problems healing
  • Hematoma (a pocket of blood under the skin that could need draining)
  • Scarring or rippling of the skin
  • Skin discoloration and irregularities
  • Results you aren’t happy with that require further surgery to fix
  • Pain and swelling

Body Sculpting Treatments Available At Xanadu Med Spa

  • Laser Liposuction – This treatment uses ultrasonic energy to break down and shrink fat cells to reduce excess fat and shrink the treatment area. The procedure also uses radiofrequency to boost the body’s production of collagen and tighten the skin.
  • Body FX – Combines vacuum and radio-frequency energy to deeply penetrate the skin to reduce cellulite and tighten the skin. It also uses bursts of high-voltage energy to destroy fat cells. This treatment is highly effective for fat reduction and the removal of cellulite.
  • CoolSculpting Elite – Based on cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting Elite freezes fat cells, causing them to die. Any remaining fat cells in the treatment area also condense and get smaller as a result of the treatment. CoolSculpting often results in a 20 – 25% fat reduction in the treated area.
  • Evolve X – This procedure uses powerful no-heat lasers to trigger the body’s production of elastin and collagen. This entirely pain-free treatment promotes muscle tone and firm, plump skin and fights wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging.
  • QWO Cellulite Removal – This is an effective injectable cellulite removal system that reduces and eliminates moderate to severe cellulite over three treatments.

Contact Xanadu Med Spa Body Sculpting Experts Today

With the rapidly advancing world of body sculpting treatments, it is understandable that you have questions about safety. Overall, nonsurgical body sculpting treatments are considered a safe and effective way to address stubborn fat, sagging skin, and cellulite and achieve body confidence.

At Xanadu Med Spa, we are here to provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for you. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to talk through any concerns you may have and help you decide if a body sculpting treatment will work for you.

Schedule a free consultation today to discuss the options available to you. Contact Xanadu Med Spa at 970-591-7919.