Beauty Behind Closed Doors: Do Body Contouring Treatments Work?

No matter what we do or try, the final few pounds of weight we want to lose always seem to be the most challenging. It is frustrating for so many people. Luckily, innovations and technology make it much easier to shed those stubborn, unwanted pounds. There are now several treatments and procedures available that are less invasive and have less downtime — here are some insights into a few of the most popular. 

For most of human history, the only way to reduce body fat was through diet and exercise—and then, beginning in the 1980s, liposuction. We now live in vastly different times. In fact, there are now so many different hi-tech options for nonsurgical body contouring, it can be difficult to keep up—and to know what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that there is almost certainly a solution that can effectively tackle unwanted lumps and bumps, it just depends on your preferred modality. And even though most take a few sessions to work, there will unlikely be any downtime, unlike traditional lipo, which can be a beast to recover from. “People tend to think that lipo is a quick and easy way to get rid of fat, like you just suck it out and you’re done,” says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, “but there’s so much swelling and bruising and recovery time. You might do it in April or May thinking you’ll be good to go for summer, but things are settling for months afterwards.” Noninvasive body contouring, which can involve freezing fat, melting it, or addressing it with radiofrequency, is a much more seamless—and comfortable—procedure. Also, there will be no tell-tale signs that you had anything done.

Here, four of the top-rated technologies that experts recommend for a stealth slim-down. One caveat: These treatments work best on people who are already at or near their ideal weight. “For me, the ideal candidate is already at within 5 or 10 pounds of where they want to be,” Engelman says. “They just have areas that won’t shift”—like stubborn fat under the arms or paunches on the lower stomach. “That’s what we tackle.”


The popularity of Zeltiq’s fat-freezing CoolSculpting took a major hit after supermodel Linda Evangelista experienced paradoxical adipose hyperplasia—a rare side effect in which the body goes into overdrive creating new fat cells to replace those that are frozen—but many doctors continue to swear by it. “I still feel the gold standard of fat reduction on the body, non-surgically, is CoolSculpting,” says Robert Anolik, MD, who practices at the Laser & Skin Surgery of New York. “We now have a third generation of CoolSculpting technology, and we’re getting superior results. We’re getting better contact with the skin and colder temperatures that are safer. In my opinion, nothing else can compare.”

During a CoolSculpting treatment, the target area—which can be virtually anywhere from under the chin to the calves—is chilled to approximately -40 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, triggering a process through which fat cells are destroyed and then naturally processed by the body. Side effects may include minor swelling or bruising, but many patients see satisfying fat reduction after only one session (others may require up to three, spaced three weeks apart), with 90 percent of the targeted fat completely gone 10 weeks post-treatment. Cost: Between $1,000 and $4,000 depending on areas treated and number of sessions.


An ingenious newcomer to the high-tech body contouring lineup, EON is a robotic device that pre-scans the treatment area to determine parameters, then delivers a focused 1064mm laser over the course of a 40-60-minute session. It’s able to deliver intense, fat-melting heat without causing discomfort or affecting the skin thanks to a NASA-inspired targeted cooling system, and the results are impressive: Clinical trials showed that more than 70 percent of people who tried it saw a fat reduction of 21 percent after just one session (the company recommends two), and there were zero non-responders, meaning that everyone who tried it lost some fat. Currently FDA-approved to treat the abdomen and flanks, EON is also entirely side-effect-free—with results apparent in about three months. Cost: $2,500 to $3,500 per treatment.


“Fat is very easy to kill,” says Engelman. “That’s why it responds to variations in temperature so well—and that’s why we can selectively target the fat layer without damaging the skin or the underlying muscle.” Her favorite fat blaster is Vanquish, which uses radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, while externally feeling like nothing more intense than a hot-stone massage. “I like it because it can deliver a high amount, between 2 and 4 inches, of fat reduction, and because it has a large applicator,” Engelman says. “That means I can treat the abdomen and flanks very easily and evenly, and also do the thighs—which only take about 30 minutes each.” Some silhouette changes will be seen two to three weeks after the first treatment, but up to six sessions may be needed for optimal results. Cost: $800 to $1,000 per treatment.


Subjecting fat cells to extreme heat or cold is not the only way to smooth the silhouette. Skin Science Solutions Icoone treatments tackle lymph (which contributes to puffiness) and connective tissue (including the bands that create cellulite dimpling) with customizable vacuum massage, while also delivering LED and diode energy to gently break down fat and improve skin laxity. The experience is pleasant: first, a practitioner goes over the entire body from head to foot with the massaging suction hand-piece for 20 minutes, stimulating micro-circulation and dispelling water retention, then performs targeted treatments for 10 minutes each on trouble spots such as the thighs, stomach, calves, or upper knees. Commitment is key: sessions should be done two-to-three times a week for four weeks, with one maintenance visit per month afterwards, but Icoone can also deliver fast-track results with a treatment every day for three days for those wishing to slim down prior to a wedding or vacation. Cost: From $250 per session.

Shino Bay offers a full suite of the best aesthetic enhancement technologies available. Our state-of-the-art facility has the latest equipment and innovation, and we are here to help you achieve your goals! Call us today at 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

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The CoolSculpting® Myths That Need Busting

CoolSculpting has been around long enough now for people to understand the concept. It is a leading, revolutionary procedure that is non-surgical and freezes away unwanted fat. Yet, even though millions of CoolSculpting treatments have positively changed how people view themselves, there are still misconceptions that need addressing. This article debunks some common myths.

It sounds like a tall order: melt away unwanted fat without breaking into a sweat. It almost sounds too good to be true, and to an extent, it is. The benefits of CoolSculpting® and the results it achieves are proven (just look at the Before and Afters here), accurate information about the real benefits can get a little muddy. So, we’re going to clear up the main myths circulating about CoolSculpting® and give you a better understanding of its true results and how it can work for you.

Myth #1 – CoolSculpting® can replace a healthy and balanced lifestyle

Although this will initially sound like bad news (it’s not, we promise!), CoolSculpting® isn’t a fast track, nor a solution, to weight loss.1 Rather, it’s a non-invasive contouring system that reduces small sections of fat by freezing fat cells.  The treatment works to reshape your body by targeting specific areas of unwanted fat and contouring these areasIt is still important for health and weight loss to follow a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and enjoy daily movement to keep yourself fit and in a healthy weight range. Although CoolSculpting® can assist in reshaping your body as you lose weight, it will not supplement a weight loss programme.

Myth #2 – CoolSculpting® is a temporary quick fix

CoolSculpting® results can be long lasting, as the fat cells are eliminated.  However, fat reduction only occurs in the treatment area and untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.10

Myth #3 – CoolSculpting® can only be used for excess tummy fat

Although the tummy is a common area for CoolSculpting® clients, it’s definitely not the only

area that can be targeted. There are many parts of your body where excess fat cells can be eliminated.  From stubborn love handles, to thighs, upper arms and even the chin area, they can all be treated with CoolSculpting® 

Myth #4 – CoolSculpting® is painful3

As the name suggests, the procedure can be a little chilly, but it is controlled. There is an initial feeling of intense cold (similar to the feeling of putting a frozen ice pack on bare skin), but this usually subsides within 5-10 minutes as the area numbs. The first few minutes of the suction process can cause a mild pinching feeling until the numbness sets in.

Myth #5 – CoolSculpting® is just for women

Definitely not. In fact, it can be especially great for areas that are notoriously difficult for men to target with just exercise. The ability to get right back into life post- CoolSculpting® session1,15 is a big draw card for men. If you have unwanted fat cells collecting in stubborn areas, no matter what your gender, it’s a treatment with proven results.

CoolSculpting has paved the way for similar procedures like Emsculpt, Cellfina, Celluli-Sculpt, EON, and other effective body contouring systems that help people enhance their shape and lose stubborn fat or feel comfortable in their clothes again. 

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Hi Everyone,

I’m Jeanna Karidas and I exclusively administer all of the Coolsculpting treatments here at Shino Bay. Prior to my employment at Shino Bay, I started my Coolsculpting experience at the office in Naples, FL. about 8 years ago. I was personally trained by how to determine fat versus skin, along with the different types of fat such as fibrous and visceral. This knowledge at the beginning of my training has been invaluable to me.

When I first started Coolsculpting, there was only one applicator that was one shape and size so we were very limited as to what areas we could treat. Over the years, this technology has really advanced and there are now 6+ different applicators that are all different shapes and sizes. The applicators have been redesigned so that they are more comfortable for the patient and the treatment time is shorter.

The results have any greatly improved as a result due to the amount of areas we can now treat. These areas include: Chin, Upper Arms, Inner Thighs, Outer Thighs, Love Handles, Hips, Back Bra Fat, Underarm Fat, Abdomen, Knees and Back Upper Thighs.

Coolsculpting is ideal for someone who is within about 15lbs of their idea weight and have pockets of unwanted fat. CoolSculpting can even out the fat layer so that areas are flatter, smoother and more contoured. I’ve personally treated hundreds of patents over the years and have seen amazing results with this technology, and yes, I’ve had a few treatments myself and am a big fan. ?

The technology is called Cryolypolysis, which basically means fat freezing, this causes fat cells to actually die and not shrink, which means it delivers permanent results – non-surgically. Results are typically seen anywhere from 1-3 mos. (more or less) and you can expect a 20-25% fat layer reduction with each treatment. That means, you can do multiple treatments if a larger fat reduction is needed or desired.

I can’t say enough about Coolsculpting, you honestly have to just try it and see it with your own eyes. You can always start small, with one area for example, then see how you respond and go from there. I must warn you though, you will become addicted. ?

I am considered the “Coolsculpting Queen” here at Shino Bay. LOL.

~Jeanna Karidas – Medical Aesthetician~