When booking yourself in for a body sculpting beauty treatment like Sculpsure or Venus Legacy, you may find yourself (and sometimes others) posing the question of whether or not they’re body positive. After all, the main reason for getting these treatments is to change our appearances by making ourselves look and feel slimmer than before. Many take this to mean we’re unhappy with the way we look and understand it as a negative in wanting to alter the way our bodies naturally appear. Is this the case? Or are these cosmetic procedures similar to getting a facial or manicure, or working out to shed pounds?
Understandably, there are so many opinions surrounding these fat reduction treatments, what it means to have them, what they actually do, and whether or not they’re right for us. Therefore, we thought it about time we take a closer look!
Firstly, What Does It Mean To Be Body Positive?
Whether we’re watching T.V, scrolling through Instagram, or talking with friends, the subject of body positivity is, thankfully, becoming one that we openly discuss and feel a sense of obligation to protect and promote.
But what exactly does it mean? Body positivity is the view that every person, no matter their physical appearance, deserves to view their body (and everyone else’s) in a positive way. It’s learning to understand and truly believe that we are all different. Accepting and loving that every body is beautiful even when the media tells us otherwise.
Why Is It Important To Be Body Positive?
Truthfully, becoming judgmental about your own or other people’s shapes can only lead to negativity and hurt. The thought that your body is in some way “not good enough” or that it doesn’t live up to the standards set by others (or by yourself) can have a detrimental effect on your mental health and, consequently, the way you live your life.
Now, we’re not saying you should be unaware of your body or not to look out for your health.
Doing the best you possibly can to stay well and healthy in terms of a balanced diet and exercise is vitally important. That said, we are all made differently, we have different heights, different nationalities, we have different bone structures and genes. Some of us will carry weight in certain places where others will lose it and visa versa.
Body positivity is about accepting these facts and knowing that as long as you are looking after yourself and staying healthy, your body is healthy and beautiful. It functions just as it should and you do the best you can to take care of it, as it takes care of you!
Ultimately, it’s seriously important to not only view your own body in a positive light but also the bodies of every other person.
Can We Want To Change Our Appearance And Still Be Body Positive?
It’s okay to want to address things about your appearance, (otherwise we’d all be wearing flour sacks to the office in place of pretty suits and dresses!) Just because we put on makeup, wear certain clothes, workout to shed pounds, or book in for a beauty treatment doesn’t mean we don’t love ourselves. It’s when we do all of these things in response to negative feelings towards our bodies that it becomes problematic.
Therefore, wanting to be more active, to change your diet, or to remove fat cells in a certain area of your body should only be on the cards because it’s something you feel is right for you. It should never be a result of disliking your body or having cynical thoughts towards your appearance.
What Are Sculpsure And Venus Legacy
If you’ve researched weight loss through non-surgical procedures, chances are you’ve heard of both Venus Legacy and Sculpsure. But what do these body contouring treatments offer and what’s the difference between them?
Firstly, these treatments are not weight loss options but rather fat cell reduction treatments. They’re best for those who are happy with their bodies yet find they have certain areas where fat deposits have become passive in response to diet and exercise.
Additionally, as we get older, our bodies’ collagen production decreases. This means we naturally store more fat and find fat removal more difficult. These treatments, therefore, are helpful to those hoping to reduce cellulite, age lines, and sagging skin without the need for invasive plastic surgery.
Sculpsure uses laser-based technology to target and reduce fat and eventually eliminate those cells in 25-minute sessions with zero downtime. It works for both men and women and is popular with those seeking fast results including skin tightening, and cellulite, body fat, and age line reduction.
Venus Legacy uses multi-polar radiofrequency and pulsed electromagnetic fields to create heat below the skin’s surface. This, like Sculpsure, works to increase collagen production, shrink fat cells, and tighten the skin.
So, The Big Question, Are These Treatments Body Positive?
Though we can certainly see how treatments designed to remove fat cells might seem negative in terms of body positivity, we’d say that these treatments themselves can absolutely still be body positive.
Why? Any beauty treatment has the potential to negatively affect body positivity. After all, if you’re seeking to ‘improve’ your physical appearance, it might be because you don’t like what you see in the mirror.
However, if you enter into these treatments with a positive frame of mind, one of self-love and the understanding that every body, yours included, is beautiful, then reducing body fat will only serve to improve your health.
The important thing, and what you must always remember, is that all bodies are different, yet they are all perfect however they come. Making adjustments to your lifestyle and appearance is perfectly healthy and body-positive as long as you have that firmly imprinted on your heart and in your mind at all times!