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How Much Weight Should You Lose Before Body Contouring Surgery?

weight loss before body contouring

weight loss before body contouring

Many patients believe they must already be at their ideal weight before they seek procedures to slim and refine their figures. However, this isn’t always the case. Treatments are available to kick-start your weight loss initiatives, as well as to firm and tighten tissue after you’ve achieved your goal weight. Whether you’ve lost five pounds or 50, there is a cosmetic therapy available to boost your confidence.
Consider the following options for any point in your road to health and wellness.

Body contouring for patients who are new to their journeys and are just starting to lose weight (zero
pounds of weight loss and up)

The following body contouring procedures can be applied any time during your weight loss journey to hone and refine your body shape. Many patients choose these procedures to motivate them in their weight loss goals and to reshape curves. While the treatments below aren’t intended specifically for shedding excess weight, they can help by reducing fat deposits in problems areas, so that when you achieve your health goals, you see the lean and toned shape you want – with a defined waist, smooth hips, and shapely legs.


CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses intense cold to freeze fat cells. When frozen, fat cells are destroyed, and the body harmlessly passes them out of the system. CoolSculpting can be used in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Coolsculpting can be applied to patients of any weight to refine their shape. As this procedure is non-surgical, there is no medical need to be at a certain weight to qualify or benefit from this procedure.


On the other side of the coin from CoolSculpting, there is liposuction. This is a minimally invasive procedure that suctions away fat with the use of a thin tube inserted into narrow incisions. Patients should be medically healthy to undergo liposuction but do not have to be at a specific weight. Patients often choose surgical fat removal to help them feel more confident in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and in maintaining their results from body contouring. Liposuction can remove more excess fat than CoolSculpting and may be recommended for patients who want more dramatic results.


Some individuals find they have pockets of fat underneath their chin that take away from their overall appearance. Kybella® is a non-surgical option for treating a double chin. Injected are placed at the tissue under the chin area to harmlessly dissolve fat cells in just a few sessions, restoring the contours of the neck and chin. As this procedure involves simple injections, patients of all sizes can benefit from Kybella® to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

Treatments for patients who have achieved their weight loss goals or who are very close – whether
that’s a loss of five pounds or 50


If your main concern is loose skin after weight loss, a minimally invasive ThermiTight treatment could be a good option. ThermiTight involves a probe that is inserted under the skin and utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat subdermal tissues. This not only produces skin-tightening effects but stimulates new collagen growth, so patients see an ongoing rejuvenation in the area where it is used. This treatment can be paired with other minimally-invasive or non-surgical procedures to minimize remaining pockets
of fat while toning the skin.

Futura Fit

For full body rejuvenation after weight loss, patients can consider the Futura Fit system. This treatment combines electrical stimulation with ultrasound technology to strengthen muscles, reduce fat, and increase definition throughout the body. With zero downtime, this is a popular body contouring treatment for those who have multiple areas of concern on their bodies. Futura Fit is recommended for patients who are near to their weight loss goals, so muscle tone is more easily visible, and results meet patients’ expectations.


A non-invasive treatment, the ZWavePro can address mild to moderate cellulite, sagging skin, and stretch marks—all common after weight loss. With no downtime, the ZWavePro can achieve comprehensive and quick results. If you have reached your goal weight and would like to see better skin tone and, ZWavePro can meet your needs.

Maintaining your Body Contouring Results

Weight loss can change your entire life. In addition to decreasing the risk of multiple chronic health conditions and diseases, extreme weight loss can also improve your energy, boost your self-confidence, and open the door to new activities and an active lifestyle you never dreamed possible. Body contouring surgery with any of the treatments above is usually suggested for patients who have kept their weight stable for at least six months. This gives their bodies time to adjust to the new weight and for any natural skin tightening to occur. If you’d like to meet with a knowledgeable professional at Aria before you have achieved your goal weight, we will be happy to consult with you and give you more information on what treatments are available and when in your weight loss journey you should pursue them.

Your Consultation with Aria DermSpa

Weight loss is a big achievement that will have numerous positive effects on your life. When you schedule a body contouring consultation with Aria DermSpa, you can take your results to the next level and enjoy your new shape even more. All consultations for body contouring are done by Dr. Donofrio to ensure that the right procedure is recommended. Schedule your consultation today to see if body contouring is right for you!

Our Non-Surgical Secrets to a Sleeker Body Contour

Everyone has areas of their bodies they wish were slimmer, trimmer, and leaner. Traditionally, improving body contours included surgical procedures to remove excess skin and fat but this is no longer your only option. Advances in cosmetic medicine have made it easier to get the body shape and defined features you want, without invasive surgical procedures.

Below, we detail some of our favorite methods for flatter stomachs, sleek upper arms, and smooth skin – none of which require extensive treatment or downtime.

Non-Surgical Options Offered at Aria

From laser technology to tissue heating and freezing, Aria DermSpa offers some of the most advanced methods of shaping your physique. Recommended treatment is based on your goals and expectations, so we can help you love the way you look. While some of the treatments below have plenty of marketing buzz, others may be little-known brands and procedures that can help you achieve fantastic results.


Technology to target stubborn fat is one of the most popular kinds of treatments patients look for. Who doesn’t want a flatter stomach or smoother thighs? With CoolSculpting, gel pads are applied to the areas where fat accumulation has not diminished with exercise. Intense and targeted cooling causes fat to crystallize and die off, so it can be metabolized and removed by the body.  About 25% of the fat in the treatment area is eliminated in this process, making CoolSculpting perfect for patients who are close to their body goals but need a little bit of help to spot-treat specific areas.


When you have lax skin caused by the natural aging process, or even from weight loss, the shape of your body can appear soft and poorly defined. For patients with these issues, we provide ThermiTight – a skin tightening treatment that helps to firm tissue in the targeted areas. While many patients choose ThermiTight for the face, to provide youthful skin texture, this tool can be used on the body as well, such as the thighs and stomach. This procedure is considered non-surgical, but a very small probe is inserted at the treatment site to deliver radio energy that creates firmer skin effectively.

For additional skin firming in the face, Dr. Donofrio can recommend Kybella® – an injectable that eliminates the appearance of a double chin and provides you with a defined facial profile.

Futura Fit

Future Fit may be even better than a trip to the gym for patients interested in spot-treating areas of the body where they wish to have less fat and improved muscle tone. Ultrasound technology is applied via a topical applicator to break up fat cells in the problem areas. Similar to other non-surgical fat reduction processes, the body metabolizes these treated cells, so your body shape looks leaner. As an added benefit, the Futura Fit technology stimulates muscles, replicating what they would experience if you have completed resistance-training as a part of a workout.


If you struggle with dimpled skin due to cellulite, you know the frustration of putting on a pair of form-fitting jeans or shorts and not seeing the smooth skin you want. Cellulite can be a stumbling block for many in their pursuit of improved body shape, but ZWavePro helps to relieve the tension of the tight bands below the skin that create the appearance of cellulite. The radio energy created during treatment improves collagen production, which helps to plump and smooth skin.

Z Wave Pro is often used after Coolsculpting to help patients see improved results, both regarding fat loss and skin texture. Many doctors recommend the use of Z Wave Pro after fat freezing, in place of the manual massage. The technology of this machine helps to improve fat loss results, blood circulation, and skin texture.

Learn More about Non-Surgical Fat Loss and Skin Tightening

The key to improved skin tone and body shape doesn’t have to be a secret when you visit Aria DermSpa. We provide plenty of non-surgical ways to meet your body goals, whether you’re concerned about a double chin, sagging upper arms, or a less-than-lean stomach. For more information about what our cosmetic professionals can do to help reduce fat and improve tone in your most problematic areas, contact us today for a consultation!

Take Pride in your Silhouette: Kybella® at Aria DermSpa in New Haven County


People can’t stop talking about Kybella®! And for good reason. It’s a safe and effective “double chin” fat reducer that can improve the appearance of your silhouette in only a few short sessions.

The fat build up beneath your chin is called submental fullness, but is more commonly referred to as “double chin.” Due to the location of the fat, it can feel as if diet and exercise are getting you nowhere, as results are slow to appear. While there’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, Kybella® can complement your regimen to help eliminate submental fat and improve the definition of your chin and jawline.

Kybella® injections in Madison are made up of deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that aids in the breakdown of fat cells. The formula is designed to precisely target fat in smaller areas of the body, making the area beneath the chin the ideal area for treatment. Kybella® is non-surgical, and results appear over the course of one to two months for more natural-looking, gradual fat loss.

And if you decide Kybella® isn’t the right fit for you, Dr. Donofrio has myriad other options for reducing fat and enhancing your natural beauty.

Experience the groundbreaking treatment first hand! 203.421.6674 today to schedule your consultation!

2018 is the Year of You! CoolSculpting® at Aria DermSpa Dermatology & Aesthetics Center in Madison, CT

Congratulations, you did it! You’ve successfully made it through the holiday season. This is no small task. Between the shopping and the parties and the preparations you probably haven’t had a moment to yourself since November. But Aria DermSpa is ready to help you change that. Our collection of top-of-the-line beauty solutions, administered by our team of friendly aesthetic experts, are sure to make 2018 the year of you.

If slimming down before beach season is your New Year’s resolution, we’ve got the perfect treatment for you—CoolSculpting® non-invasive fat reduction. It is a proven technique that requires no needles, no anesthesia, and no downtime. In conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise CoolSculpting can help you shed fat in areas of the body that give a lot of people trouble, such as the belly, thighs, muffin top, love handles, and more.

This quick and easy procedure gently cools fat cells to a freeze. In doing so, the cells shrink so they can be naturally flushed from the body over the course of a few months—achieving a slimmer and trimmer figure just in time for summer.

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018, this is our year! Call 203.421.6674 to schedule your consultation in our Madison office, conveniently located on Wall St. in downtown Madison.

Liposuction at Aria DermSpa Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Madison, CT

Fall is here in full force, and you know what that means—it’s holiday party season! The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is ripe with celebratory soirées, and Aria DermSpa wants to help you present your most beautiful self.

One of our favorite procedures for patients with demanding schedules and minimal time for intense diet and exercise is liposuction. While this treatment does not replace a healthy lifestyle, it can compliment one nicely for dramatic, thinning results.

Liposuction in Madison, CT removes unwanted fat with minimally invasive techniques. During the procedure, fat is isolated and then sucked away for slimming results. This procedure is perfect for those who are looking to slim down without going through a strenuous and time consuming surgery and recovery period. In fact with liposuction, most patients are back to their normal daily activities within the span of a few days.

Now is the perfect time to act. Call 203.421.6674 to learn more, or schedule your consultation in Madison today!

Overly Endowed? Breast Liposuction at Aria DermSpa Can Help!

Do you feel like your breasts are holding you back? You’re not alone. There are women all across the country that are dissatisfied with their over endowment. They suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain, have trouble participating in sports, and are unable to wear the clothes they desire due to their breasts. If this sounds like you, we have the perfect solution!

Although breast reduction surgery is always an option, these procedures can be strenuous, and may leave an unsightly scar. With breast liposuction at Aria, treatment is quick and effective, with results being apparent immediately following your session—and the best part? Liposuction requires less downtime than traditional surgery, and leaves only a minor scar hidden in the fold of your breast. That way you can feel confident and beautiful even in a bikini.

Our board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio, is world renowned for her liposuction technique and can’t wait to meet you! Call 203.421.6674 and schedule your consultation today!

Tighten Sagging Skin: ZWavePro in New Haven County, CT

Do you feel like your skin has lost it’s youthful elasticity? You’re not alone. Loose and sagging skin is a condition that millions of Americans live with every day. Most often it is caused by weight loss, pregnancy, or simply the process of getting older. Even with proper diet and exercise, some areas of the body have trouble recovering their former contours. Luckily, Aria DermSpa has a solution for sagging skin that can give you the taught and toned appearance you’re searching for!

ZWavePro is a non-invasive treatment that can produce noticeable skin-tightening results in only a few short sessions. Treatment involves a two-step process. First, radial shockwaves are administered to break down cellulite’s connective tissue and reduce the appearance of visible cellulite. Then, ultrasound energy is directed at your problem areas to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin.

Typically, ZWavePro is used to treat sagging skin on the upper arms and beneath the belly. It is commonly used in conjunction with fat reducing treatments like CoolSculpting®Liposuction, or ProLipo™.

Don’t let sagging skin affect your daily life, call 203.421.6674 and schedule a consultation in Madison today!

Join the CoolSculpting Craze and Slim Down this Summer New Haven County, CT

Know what just won best “All-Over Fat Fighter” by NewBeauty magazine? You guessed it—CoolSculpting®! This non-invasive fat reduction treatment continues to take the world by storm, reducing problem areas of fat for millions of happy clients without the hassle of surgery or downtime.

Now that warm weather is here, we can’t think of a better time to turn your attention to your figure. We know how hard you work to eat right and exercise. You live an active life on the shoreline, after all! Rain or shine, we see you outside power-walking, jogging, or cross-fit training. But if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve still got stubborn areas of fat on your body, which can make bathing suit season a bit stressful. Now that FDA-cleared CoolSculpting has entered the picture, you can take back your confidence and feel better than ever, trimming down excess fat almost anywhere on your body, including the chin, abdomen, belly, thighs, arms, and back.

CoolSculpting works by freezing and disabling targeted fat cells. The process actually feels quite natural because it prompts your body to flush fat cells away gradually over the months following your treatment. This means that you’re left with natural-looking, gradual improvements without scarring or side effects.

Ready to freeze your fat off this summer? To request a consultation, call us today at 203.421.6674 or fill out our contact form.

Love Your Neck Again! ThermiTight Skin Tightening in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa

As we gear up for spring and move our turtlenecks to the back of the closet in favor of more revealing fashions, it’s prime time to ready your skin for summertime exposure. (And we’re not talking SPF, though that will always be the single-most important thing you can do for your skin’s health!) Warmer weather means it’s time to tighten the skin on your neck so you can feel like a million dollars this summer!

You’ll be able to skip the scarf around your neck after a session or two with ThermiTight® at Aria DermSpa. With almost no downtime, ThermiTight can tone and tighten the delicate skin on your face and neck. This easy treatment delivers thermal energy under the skin to reverse signs of aging without the pain, discomfort, or healing time of surgery.

Our patients love ThermiTight because it offers immediate improvement, with optimal benefits developing gradually over time for a natural, subtle transition to a younger appearance. Results from ThermiTight treatments often last for a year or longer. This means that one treatment may be all it takes for you to enjoy a slimmer profile for the whole summer—and beyond.

There’s no time like the present to turn back the clock on aging. Free yourself from scarves this summer and choose ThermiTight for a tighter, smoother profile! To learn more about this easy treatment, or to schedule your consultation, give us a call today at 203.421.6674 or fill out our convenient online form.

Rock Your Old Jeans Again! Body Contouring in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

Squeezing into your favorite denim shouldn’t feel like an aerobic activity. And yet as you huff and puff and contort your body with all the gusto you can muster, it resembles a major acrobatic feat to zip up your jeans!

If you can you relate (and who doesn’t?) then keep reading because this is for you! Fact is, you deserve to love every inch of your body, and for many, that means fitting into your favorite jeans. So why wait? Now could be the perfect time to treat yourself to a body-contouring treatment like CoolSculpting® or liposuction at Aria DermSpa!

One of the coolest ways to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat on your body is CoolSculpting, a non-invasive FDA-cleared treatment that literally freezes your fat away. CoolSculpting is an ideal tool for trimming those “problem” areas that seem to resist diet and exercise. We all have them. Some of us carry extra weight in our bellies, for instance, while for others it’s their thighs that drive them crazy. With CoolSculpting, you’ll experience no downtime, and you’ll enjoy your results gradually in the weeks and months following treatment as your body naturally flushes the frozen fat cells from your body.

For more immediate results, liposuction at Aria DermSpa is another trusted fat-trimming tool. This treatment isolates fat cells and suctions them away, producing a more drastic slimming effect than CoolSculpting. Liposuction does involve downtime, a recommended three to five days of rest, though many patients are up and about the next day.

Don your old jeans again and discover which body contouring treatment is right for you by calling us at 203.421.6674.