How Much Fat Can You Lose With Body Contouring?

Jan 04, 2024

Many people spend hours at the gym trying to get a sculpted body, only to be discouraged by slow results and difficulty targeting pockets of unwanted fat. The unfortunate fact is that, while exercise is good for your health, it may not always help you...

How Much Fat Can You Lose With Body Contouring?

Many people spend hours at the gym trying to get a sculpted body, only to be discouraged by slow results and difficulty targeting pockets of unwanted fat. The unfortunate fact is that, while exercise is good for your health, it may not always help you achieve your desired body goals. However, at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, there are several body contouring treatments that can help you get the body of your dreams. But how much fat can be removed with these body sculpting treatments?

How Much Fat Can You Lose With Body Contouring?

For the most part, many body contouring treatments can help you reduce unwanted fat cells by 20% to 80% depending on the system used, the area of location, and your current amount of body fat. The percentage of your fat loss may be more evident if you are already close to a healthy goal weight for your height, age, and gender.
Losing a minimum of 20% of unwanted body fat in any given area of the body can produce significant results for most people. Because body contouring candidates should be within the range of a healthy body weight, using a contouring or body sculpting treatment to trim away those last inches of unwanted fat can be the key to finally achieving body goals. 


For most contouring treatments, you will be able to shed at least two to five pounds when 20% of unwanted fat cells are eliminated. You must keep in mind that body contouring treatments are not designed to help with weight loss goals. Most professionals consider the results of contouring treatments to be negligible in terms of weight loss. 
One of the main reasons why reducing five pounds with a contouring treatment may not seem like a big deal is that your weight can naturally fluctuate by one to five pounds every day. Factors such as water retention from hormones, excess water storage from eating sodium and carbohydrates, the time of day, and your level of activity can all influence your weight on the scale. For tracking your body sculpting progress, you may not want to focus on your weight. 


While two to five pounds of weight loss doesn’t seem like a lot for your weight loss goals, it can actually have a huge impact on the way your clothing fits. Losing five pounds of fat from around the waist can drop your pants measurement by one to two sizes or more. Using a contouring treatment can help your clothes fit better, which can be ideal if you are between clothing sizes. 
In fact, because contouring treatments can be so effective for reducing clothing sizes, some patients like to use these treatments to target small areas of the body that make it difficult to find well-fitting clothes. Unless all of your clothes are tailored, off-the-rack clothing may be harder to fit into if your waist is much smaller than your thighs. But if you use a contouring treatment on your thighs so that your body proportions are more balanced, you may be able to fit into certain clothing styles more easily. 

How Long Can These Results Last?

The results from a contouring treatment can last a lifetime. When fat cells are destroyed by contouring treatments, they cannot regenerate the same way other cells in the body can. The fat cells you develop as an adolescent are the same fat cells you have as an adult, so once those fat cells are gone, new fat cells will not form.
However, while destroyed fat cells will be gone forever, contouring treatments do not destroy all fat cells in any treatment area. Any remaining fat cells can expand to store more fat in the future if you are not mindful about maintaining your body weight. The best ways to maintain your weight include:


Your diet and how many calories you consume each day are the foundation of good weight maintenance. You can use an online calculator to determine how many calories you should consume each day based on your gender, age, height, and activity level. When you modify your calories, you will also end up modifying your diet to make better food choices so you can maintain your desired weight.
Sticking to a diet can be challenging when your food choices are constantly restricted, however, which is why it’s a good idea to eat what you want in moderation. Simply sticking to recommended portion sizes or swapping out for lower-calorie ingredients can ensure you are sticking to your diet plan without restricting your food choices. 


You should also drink enough water each day. Water is important for both weight loss and weight maintenance. When your body is adequately hydrated, nutrients can move through your body more easily and your metabolism can be more easily regulated. Drinking water with meals can also help you eat better-controlled portions. The amount of water you drink should be determined by your activity level and age.


Getting regular exercise can also help you maintain your weight in the long term. Most adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week to avoid weight gain. Walking for 30 minutes five days a week, swimming, jogging, and dancing are all good options. You can also include resistance training and weight lifting to manage your weight in the future. 

What Are Your Treatment Options?

For body sculpting treatments, there are several advanced systems that can target unwanted body fat to help you trim your body shape. The contouring treatment ideal for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, the amount of fat you want to reduce, and other factors. During a consultation, we will go over your body goals and help you build a treatment plan that can target all of your areas of concern. Some of the best contouring treatments include:


CoolSculpting® is one of the most well-known fat reduction treatments in the world. This unique treatment system destroys fat cells by literally freezing the cells, which are then eliminated by your body over several months. CoolSculpting® can be used on virtually all areas of the body, from beneath the chin to the abdomen to the thighs.
Usually, you will only need a few CoolSculpting® treatments to reduce unwanted fat. For areas that have a lot of unwanted fat, such as the abdomen, as many as four to six treatments may be necessary to target pockets of fat for long-term results.


If your contouring goals also include toning your muscles, then a treatment such as CoolTone® may be an ideal option. This treatment works by using magnetic muscle stimulation to trigger rapid muscular contractions that gradually strengthen and tone muscles over time. Many people use this treatment to tone muscles in areas that are difficult to exercise, such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.
For CoolTone®, you will usually need at least four treatments in any treatment area to get the best results. Your treatments will happen twice a week for two weeks, and then should be maintained with an additional treatment session every three to six months.


For people who want to contour areas of the body to increase, rather than reduce, volume, then a treatment like Sculptra® can be a good choice. Sculptra® is an injectable treatment that can be used to sculpt areas such as the buttocks for a non-surgical contouring treatment. This treatment can also be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and tighten the skin in most areas of the body.
The results of Sculptra® used as a contouring treatment for the buttocks can last for two to five years. You may need to have a few initial treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. You may also need to have touch-up appointments as needed to maintain your results.

Can You Use All Three Contouring Treatments?

Depending on your aesthetic goals, using all three contouring treatments to build your treatment plan may be a perfect strategy for you. You can start by using CoolSculpting® to get rid of unwanted fat, followed by CoolTone® to tone muscles in that treatment area. Sculptra® can then be used to volumize certain areas of your body so you can achieve your desired body shape. 

Finally Get the Body of Your Dreams

If you’re having trouble slimming down your body shape or toning up your muscles, it may be time to consider your body contouring treatment options. For many people, exercise combined with contouring treatments can be the key to unlocking the body of your dreams. Contact RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule your initial consultation today.