See our comprehensive guide to navigating the latest innovations in body contouring treatments and prices. 

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Body contouring is among the most requested procedures at Canadian cosmetic surgery clinics. While with many procedures it may take a few months for full results to be seen, making the colder months the better time for body contouring treatments, you should begin meeting with a professional and creating your body treatment plan well before then. In fact, now is the perfect time to reserach your options.

To arm you with information on the latest procedures before you visit a clinic, we talked to industry experts and rounded up details about the most coveted body contouring procedures right now. There are plenty of options out there for you to weigh, so we've split our guide into two parts. (See part two here!)

Radio Frequency Body Contouring Treatments

BodyFX by Inmode

How It Works: BodyFX uses radio-frequency energy in the form of a high-voltage electrical pulse, says Dr. Peter Bray, MD, MSc, FRCSC, a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Toronto. That energy damages the fat cells, causing them to become “leaky” and die. Dr. Bray says the treatment is comfortable, comparing it to the feeling of being “gently pricked by a finger,” and doesn’t require any anaesthetic or pain medication.

Treatment Protocol: A single area that’s about the size of two hands takes about 20 minutes to treat. Dr. Bray adds that most patients choose to have several areas done at once, typically lasting one hour. A full course consists of six treatments, each about one week apart, he says. Most patients benefit from a maintenance program, with one additional treatment every four months.

The Results: The results take about three months before they appear in full, says Dr. Bray.

Cost: Prices vary, but Dr. Bray says a full treatment course for a single area like the lower abdomen is typically about $1,500 to $2,000, plus tax.

Maximus by Pollogen

How It Works: Pollogen’s Maximus uses radio frequency to heat the skin and subdermal area to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, says Dr. Ihab Matta, MD, a cosmetic physician in Brampton, Ont. Dr. Matta says the procedure gives a sensation of muscle twitching when it is underway.

Treatment Protocol: Treatments are usually done weekly for eight weeks, with each session lasting an average of 30 minutes, according to Dr. Matta. He adds that clients like to maintain results with quarterly sessions.

The Results: Improvements in cellulite are typically seen after the first or second treatment, says Dr. Matta. It takes three to six months to see noticeable results for skin tightening.

Cost: Between $175 and $225 per treatment.

Cryolipolysis Body Contouring Treatments

CoolSculpting

How It Works: CoolSculpting works by applying controlled cooling to pockets of fat, says Dr. Frank Lista, MD, FRCPC, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon. During the procedure, the controlled cooling applicator is directly applied to the desired area using rounded paddle applicators to freeze away fat cells, which then die off and are eliminated.

Treatment Protocol: Dr. Lista says it often takes a few treatments to get optimum results but has seen clients get what they’re looking for in one visit. The latest version of CoolSculpting takes 30 to 45 minutes per session.

The Results: It usually takes two months to see complete results, says Dr. Lista. He adds that the body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after the treatment.

Cost: Typically ranges from $2,000 to $4,000, depending on the number of areas being treated.

Light-Based Body Contouring Treatments

SculpSure

How It Works: SculpSure uses laser technology to destroy fat cells in targeted areas, says Dr. Sean Rice, BA, MD, MSc, FRCSC, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon. The machine has four different hand pieces that can work together on one part of the body or on multiple areas during one treatment.

Treatment Protocol: Dr. Rice typically recommends two treatments. Generally, he says patient lose 24 per cent of fat in the treatment area. After the procedure, he says there may be bruising and aches similar to those felt after a strenuous workout.

The Results: It takes about six weeks for the body to remove the fat deposits after the procedure, with full results seen after about two months, says Dr. Rice.

Cost: Between $1,000 and $1,500 per area.

READ MORE: See part two of this comprehensive guide here!