Body Contouring 101: What You Need to Know

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember seeing Stories of me going into Dermalounge Medispa on the regular for body contouring appointments... I know a lot of you were super curious as to exactly what that was and how it worked (as well as if it actually did anything!), so as promised, I'm dishing the full dirt here for you today. Keep reading for a breakdown of the treatment itself, my personal results, as well as a promo code for anyone interested in giving body contouring a try for themselves!


Body contouring, or TriLipo, is a non-invasive technology that stimulates the dermis, hypodermis (aka fat) and muscle layers simultaneously to burn fat, shape the body and tighten skin. By heating and stimulating the dermal and fat layers of a specific region (in my case, upper leg), liquid fat is released from cells and is lymphatically drained from the body, while one's natural fat metabolism is accelerated. Collagen fibres are also contracted during the process to give long-term tightening results. With continued use, one can expect a reduction in cellulite, stretch-marks and scars; a tighter, smoother appearance to the skin (it can also be used facially to lift and reduce wrinkles); as well as inches shaved off the treated area. If you want to see the process in action, check out the video below.

(The future is now, ammiright?)


I started my body contouring journey at Dermalounge at the beginning of 2018, and completed two rounds of treatments on my upper legs (front and back). Generally, one round of treatments is comprised of eight sessions, completed once per week for the first six treatments, then once monthly for the final two. The reason I chose to have my upper leg worked on is because that region of my body has always been a source of insecurity for me; any weight gain goes straight to that area, and the amount of cellulite I had (especially just above my knee) pretty much ensured that I never had bare legs in public. I would go all summer wearing some variation of jeans or culottes, casually rejecting invitations to the beach and shrugging off questions about whether or not I was dying wearing jeans in 35 degree weather. I'm sure to many people the state of my legs wouldn't have been something to lose sleep over, but to me, it was my secret shame. This past summer was the first time in actual years that I was able to go out publicly in bare legs and not feel like everyone was staring at my cellulite. I honestly felt a huge sense of freedom in being able to wear whatever I wanted— which I haven't been able to do in years— and I honestly have Dermalounge to thank for that!


In case the above didn't give it away, I'm beyond thrilled with the results I got from TriLipo. As of June when we wrapped up my treatments, I had lost 3.5 inches off each leg, and since then I've lost even more through continued calorie counting and weight loss... it's hard to believe because it all happened so gradually, but since January 2018 when I first started the treatment, I've dropped 20 lbs! I haven't felt this good in years, and starting body contouring was definitely the catalyst to start living a healthier lifestyle and making weight loss a priority— once you start a life-changing treatment like that, you can't help but want to maximize your results! The biggest thing I personally noticed during the course of my treatments was cellulite reduction and overall skin tightening, which is something that I definitely needed help with as I'm not exactly an exercise enthusiast... now I'm by no means perfect, and I'll probably always have a little cellulite on my legs (and there's nothing wrong with that!), but it's now at a level that I feel good about. Hand to God, I couldn't recommend this treatment more!


A lot of people asked me what the process felt like and whether there was any pain or discomfort involved... and the answer to that is sort of. There is definite discomfort involved in that you can feel a warm, tingling sensation and your muscles contracting, but at the same time, that feeling becomes satisfying over time— like you're literally feeling the fat melt away from your body. I personally had my technician turn up the intensity with each treatment to maximize results, but just be forewarned that you may experience a little discomfort depending on your level of pain tolerance. The team at Dermalounge is really great though, and continuously check-in with you to make sure you're comfortable throughout the treatment, making any necessary adjustments along the way. 


As with anything, the more effort you put into maximizing your body contouring results, the better! That means drinking tons of water after each treatment (and avoiding caffeine directly afterward as to not hinder lymphatic drainage), and targeting the treated area through exercise, especially after each treatment (my go-to was squats). Keep in mind that this is a costly treatment, so the more you can eat healthy, stay hydrated and exercise, the greater your long-term results will be!


Last but certainly not least, the lovely people at Dermalounge have offered to give AiF readers a special promo to snag 40% the purchase of eight TriLipo treatments! Just use code "Vickie40" and let them know I sent you ;)

As always, thanks for reading, and if you have any questions that I missed, please let me know in the comments below! xx

1 comment

  1. Your experience sounds great! I might have to look into this! Also - I love that dress!