Belle Medical patients walk into one of our clinics looking like their old selves, undergo HD Body Sculpting, and walk out with a better figure and a bright smile. That’s all true, but it glosses over the actual procedure. Most of our prospective patients need to understand what happens during an HD Body Sculpting treatment before they’ll pull the trigger on getting the body they’ve always wanted.
So, what is the HD Body Sculpting process like? We’ll go through the whole journey step by step so you’ll know exactly what to expect from your experience.
Phase One: The Consultation
Before committing to a procedure, you’ll meet with a member of the Belle Medical team to discuss your goals and evaluate your candidacy for treatment. We’ll take a look at your overall health during this phase, making sure an HD Body Sculpting procedure won’t pose any risks to your well-being.
If you’re found to be a good candidate for treatment, we’ll take a look at your problem areas, go over what you want your new body to look like, and start forming a plan to make it happen. Setting realistic expectations is an important part of this step—if you have a particular goal we can’t achieve, we’ll let you know.
Phase Two: Meeting With Lead Medical Assistant
This phase will be similar to your consultation, but you’ll speak with the lead medical assistant who will be present during your procedure. They’ll discuss pre-op and post-op care and go into greater depth about your treatment sites and the results you can expect. They can also answer any other questions you have about the day of your procedure. During this meeting, the lead medical assistant will analyze your medical history again to make absolutely sure it’s safe for you to undergo HD Body Sculpting.
Phase Three: Prepping for the Procedure
The average patient spends about three hours at their Belle Medical clinic on treatment day, from arrival to the end of the procedure. When you arrive at the clinic, you will sign in, take your pre-op pictures, get procedure lines drawn on you, and get ready for sculpting. You’ll wear your own socks and surgical underwear and/or a surgical bra that will be provided for you, along with a robe that we’ll place on you while you wait.
Meanwhile, your provider will be laying out all of the sanitized tools and equipment they’ll be using to perform your treatment, and they’ll attach the local anesthesia that will be used on you to the machine. When you’re settled in, you can pick a show or movie to watch during your procedure or just read or play around on your phone. The medical assistant will then use Hibiclens, an antiseptic that fights bacteria, to clean your skin in all the areas that will be treated, preventing infections.
Phase Four: The Procedure Itself
We will start by numbing the access points (where the cannula will enter the skin to suction out the fat) using a small syringe. Once your treatment areas have been numbed, the provider will go to each access point with a small tool to create miniscule holes just big enough for the cannula to enter—this is what we mean by “minimally invasive.”
After all areas have been punctured, we’ll begin swelling and firming the fat that will be removed using gentle vibrations. This part of the process separates the fat, breaking adipose fiber, and injects the local anesthesia into the treatment area, so that suctioning out the fat will be easier later on.
Once all areas have been firmed and the local anesthesia has had enough time to do its job, we’ll begin suction. This is a smooth, fluid process during which the provider uses a back and forth motion to thoroughly suction your stubborn fat out of each area. This part of the HD Body Sculpting procedure usually takes about an hour.
Phase 5: Post-Op Care
After your procedure, your provider will give you individualized instructions for post-op care, as well as a more general checklist to follow. Practicing these guidelines will help you recover quickly and maintain the best results.
Although you will be able to walk immediately after procedure, you definitely shouldn’t drive, so make sure someone is available to pick you up ahead of time. Cover the seats in the car you’ll be riding in just in case there is leakage through your bandages. You may experience leakage for up to 24 hours after the procedure, but there should be very little after that. Don’t be alarmed—the leaking fluids are remaining anesthesia, not anything physical to be concerned about.
We recommend resting for four to eight hours as soon as you return home. To reduce leakage, make sure your body is propped up while you sleep, not laying flat. Do not drive for at least 18 hours after the procedure. You can carefully resume light exercise (for example, one or two miles of walking) 24 hours after the procedure, as long as you follow each session with eight hours of rest. Stay hydrated after your HD Body Sculpting procedure, and avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours.
Remember to keep your treatment areas clean! Shower once or twice daily, gently scrubbing the access points with soap and water. Do not, however, soak in a bath, hot tub, pool, or any natural body of water for at least seven days after treatment to avoid infection. Also, be careful not to apply ice packs or heating pads to the areas that were treated or use hydrogen peroxide or adhesive bandages on the access sites, which will slow the healing process.
Your post-op packet will provide all further details. If you have more specific questions, you can always call your Belle Medical clinic during business hours.
Now that you know what the procedure for HD Body Sculpting is going to look like from beginning to end, we hope you’ll feel more comfortable with taking the first step. Book a consultation today so we can work on giving you the better body you’ve been dreaming about.
Dr. Robert Mitchell has been practicing medicine for 15 years. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and completed his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Dr. Mitchell went on to complete training in General Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in 2007.
Dr. Mitchell is native to Tulsa, OK. He is a proud father to his son, Cameron. He enjoys an active lifestyle, coaching and playing baseball, basketball, and soccer with his son. Dr. Mitchell enjoys vacations to the Florida Coast where he and his son can be found deep sea fishing. In his spare time, you can find him volunteering for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.