Body contouring is a practice that has been around for centuries, but it hasn’t always been what it is today. Some ancient cultures would bind waists and other body parts in an effort to shape them in ways they thought beautiful, while women in the 20th century were even rumored to have their lower ribs removed in order to get a tighter corset fit.
Modern body contouring is much less grisly and are primarily focused on removing removing unwanted and unhealthy fat deposits. In fact, today’s contouring practices are seeing a rise in popularity, largely thanks to increasing effectiveness and safe procedures. Here are four growing trends to be on the lookout for:
1. Widening Demographics
Body contouring was once a practice almost exclusively sought by younger women who wanted to fit into tighter, more revealing clothing. But not today! Cosmetic medical professionals have noted a rising trend of body contouring among male and female demographics of all ages, starting in the 2010s and projected to continue throughout the current decade. Whereas face-lifts and other skin or face-focused procedures were once the go-to for older adults looking to turn back the clock, body contouring is being increasingly viewed as an effective youth-promoting procedure that also removes unhealthy fat.
2. Non-invasive Procedures
Long gone are the days when liposuction was the only answer! Modern body contouring offers a range of highly-effective, non-invasive methods (fat freezing, heat, laser, etc.) These procedures do not involve surgery or any incisions, and they also do not required anesthetic. Performed by experienced professionals, these options are far safer than liposuction, tummy tucks, etc. Though the results will gradually develop over time, these non-invasive methods also offer a much faster recovery time and can be fit into many everyday schedules.
3. Using Both Heat and Cold
While both individual high heat and freezing procedures have risen, the latest trend is actually a combination of the two. For example, cryolipolysis (freezing) is used first to permanent eliminate fat cells, but similar to liposuction, less-dense fat pockets can result in a wrinkled or splotchy appearance (cellulite looks more pronounced). So, the procedure finishes with a second stage that uses non-invasive radiofrequency dermal heating to help regenerate the collagen beneath the skin’s surface and result in a tighter, smoother appearance.
4. Combination Procedures
Going along with the above, another rising trend is the combination of two contouring procedures being performed in the same session. Because of the faster recovery times and the efficiency of the treatments, this allows for even greater flexibility. Targeted areas of the body can see both a decrease in unwanted fat and skin toning in the same day. And because of the convenience of non-invasive procedures, some people are even opting for them to be done in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments for a full-body refresh experience.
While it’s impossible to predict exactly what cosmetic trends will be in vogue in coming years, the future does look particularly bright for non-invasive body contouring. As more time and resources are invested into this area thanks to growing interest across all demographics, it is highly likely that procedures will become even more efficient and effective in this decade and the next.