What is Body Contouring and How is it Done

What is Body Contouring and How is it Done

BODY CONTOURING by Premier Derm Center PLLC in Houston, TX

Body contouring treatment is designed to reshape body areas through surgical or non-surgical methods. This practice is sought by those looking to refine and enhance specific body parts, particularly after significant weight loss, or to address areas resistant to diet and exercise. Treatments like iLipo, Endymed, and Sublime are among the non-invasive options available today, utilizing advanced technologies to target and modify the body’s shape and appearance. These methods offer alternatives to traditional surgery, providing patients with less downtime and a generally non-invasive approach. 

Different Body Contouring Technologies

Body contouring services offer various technologies designed to reshape and improve the body’s appearance without invasive surgery. We will discuss three popular non-invasive technologies, iLipo, Endymed, and Sublime, focusing on how they work and their specific applications.


iLipo employs a low-level laser technology (LLLT) to target fat cells. This method stimulates the fat cells to release their stored triglycerides, water, and free fatty acids, a natural body response when it needs to use stored energy. The process does not destroy the cells but causes them to shrink, leading to body contouring and fat reduction. iLipo is especially popular for its ability to target specific fat-reduction areas, such as the thighs and abdomen, without downtime​.


Endymed utilizes 3DEEP technology, a form of radiofrequency (RF) controlled and focused energy to heat the skin’s deeper layers. This deep heating stimulates collagen production, leading to tighter, smoother skin and reduced visible cellulite and body circumference. Endymed is versatile and can treat various body areas, including the face, neck, and abdomen. The technology is recognized for its safety and effectiveness in delivering energy into the deep layers of skin without overheating or damaging the outer layers​.


Sublime typically involves heating the dermal tissue with combined bipolar radio frequency and light energies. This heating process stimulates collagen production within the target area, reducing laxity and a general enrichment in skin quality and texture. Sublime treatments often address areas that show signs of aging, such as the face and neck, providing a non-invasive alternative to lifting and tightening the skin.

Procedure Details

Each technology—iLipo, Endymed, and Sublime—has specific procedural details that ensure safety and optimize outcomes.

Pre-procedure Preparation

Regardless of the method chosen, the pre-procedure phase is crucial. Initially, an assessment with a healthcare provider is conducted to discuss the patient’s goals, medical history, and any potential risks. This phase might also include:

  • A physical examination and, in some cases, medical tests are needed to ensure the procedure is suitable.
  • Instructions to stop certain medications or habits, such as smoking, which can affect the outcome and recovery​.

During the Procedure

The specifics of the procedure will differ on the technology used:

  • iLipo: This process involves applying paddles or probes to the target area, where they emit low-level laser energy. The procedure is painless, and each session may last around 30 minutes. Patients typically require multiple sessions to see optimal results.
  • Endymed: Using a device equipped with a 3DEEP handpiece, radiofrequency energy is delivered to the skin. This energy heats the deeper layers of the skin, facilitating collagen synthesis and tissue remodeling. The procedure settings are adjusted in real time based on skin impedance, ensuring personalized and effective treatment. Each session may last about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated, and multiple sessions are usually recommended to attain the ideal results​.
  • Sublime: Sublime treatments combine infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency to heat the dermis. The procedure aims to tighten the skin by stimulating new collagen growth, improving skin laxity and texture. Similar to other non-invasive procedures, Sublime treatments are quick, typically under an hour, and require no downtime, allowing patients to return to routine activities immediately.

Post-procedure Care

Post-procedure care is another crucial aspect that influences the effectiveness and duration of the results. Although non-invasive techniques generally allow patients to return to daily activities immediately, there are still some care instructions to follow:

  • Avoid direct sunlight and use sun protection to protect the treated areas.
  • Maintaining hydration and following a healthy diet supports the body’s natural processes.
  • Regular follow-up assessments to observe progress and ensure proper healing​.

Each of these technologies provides a tailored approach to body contouring, with specific procedural protocols designed to maximize safety and results while minimizing discomfort and recovery time.

Benefits and Expected Results

Each method offers unique advantages tailored to different needs and expectations.


The iLipo system targets fat reduction by stimulating the natural release of fat from cells. The expected results include:

  • Immediate circumference reduction in treated areas.
  • Improvement in overall body shape and contour with multiple sessions.
  • Non-invasive nature with no downtime, allowing patients to resume activities immediately. Most patients report improvements in body contour and a reduction in cellulite appearance​​.


Endymed’s technology focuses on skin tightening and contour improvement through its 3DEEP radiofrequency energy. Benefits include:

  • Tighter skin and reduced appearance of sagging.
  • Smoothed wrinkles and fine lines due to collagen stimulation.
  • Long-lasting results that improve over time as the skin produces more collagen. After several treatments, patients often see visible skin tightening and a more defined contour. The technology is particularly noted for its safety and effectiveness, substantially improving skin structure and firmness​.


Sublime treatments combine infrared and bipolar radiofrequency energies to enhance skin’s overall texture and tightness. Expected benefits are:

  • Immediate lifting and tightening effects.
  • Continued improvement in skin elasticity and structure over several months.
  • Minimal discomfort and no downtime are required. Sublime is effective for lifting and tightening the skin, particularly in areas like the face and neck. The results are progressive and can significantly improve skin quality and appearance with ongoing treatments.


Ready to transform your body and boost your confidence? Premier Derm Center offers cutting-edge body contouring treatments, including iLipo, Endymed, and Sublime, designed to meet your unique aesthetic goals. Our providers will ensure you experience safe, effective, personalized care. Don’t wait to feel fantastic in your own skin— call us today to start your assessment and learn more about how we can help you achieve the body you’ve always desired!

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