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What Is Body Contouring?

Body Contouring?

Body contouring has seen a surge in popularity over the past decade, with fat reducing treatments becoming some of the most sought-after in aesthetic clinics across not just the UK, but the whole world. 

Standalone fat reduction solutions have been proven to be incredibly successful in treating pockets of fat in a single area. So when a combination of treatments is used to contour and reshape your whole body, it’s no surprise that the outcome is transformative.

The combining of different fat-dissolving treatments has had a powerful effect on those that have struggled with bulges, despite exercise and healthy eating. Now, you have the ability to refine and tone your figure in a way that was previously only possible with surgery.

But how does body contouring work and what can it do?

Body Contouring: An Overview 

If you have stubborn areas of fat that stays put, no matter how much you exercise, then you’ll know just how distressing and frustrating it can be. Until recently, there have been fairly limited options to remove this fat, with liposuction as the number 1 choice. 

Liposuction has been used for decades to, quite literally, suction out fat accumulation but it can have a long recovery, and like any surgery, it carries the risk of infection and adverse reaction to the anesthetic used.

But now the cosmetic industry has non-surgical options that achieve the same result and this has made body contouring not only a lower-risk procedure but also more affordable. 

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How Does Non-Surgical Body Contouring Work?

Non-surgical body contouring uses a variety of non-surgical techniques to destroy fat cells, which allows your physique to become more streamlined. These techniques use either heat or cold to instigate the destruction of fat cells, which are then disposed of through your body’s lymphatic system

Body contouring takes a whole-body approach, allowing you to target multiple areas to achieve the figure you have been working towards. Your treatment is tailored to suit you and your goals which will be discussed during your initial consultation. Here, you can outline what you want to achieve so your treatment can be designed to deliver the best results. 

Although your body contouring treatment is personalised, there are common areas that we are often asked to target. These include;

  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Thighs 
  • Buttocks 
  • Hips
  • Abdomen

What Body Contouring Treatments Are Available?

At Elite Aesthetics, we have spent time understanding the different treatments available and have selected those that we feel deliver the most consistent and reliable results. Our years as experts in our field mean that we have developed an ability to curate the most effective body contouring solutions for our clients. 

The body contouring treatments we provide are detailed below. 

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Fat Freezing

Fat freezing is one of the most effective solutions to removing excess fat. The treatment has received praise from thousands of satisfied clients, with celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Fat freezing is one of the most important innovations in the industry. The development of this technique has enabled thousands of people to easily treat the problem of excess fat without the worry of undergoing surgery. 

Fat freezing does as the name suggests. During the procedure, a device is used to target the area you would like your body contouring to focus on. While the top layer of your skin is protected, the device gets to work ‘freezing’ the fatty layer to around -1 degrees Celsius. You may be worried that a sub-zero temperature on your skin could cause damage or be painful, but that’s not the case at all. Those that have had the treatment say that they only felt mild discomfort initially, but thanks to the cold of the treatment, the area becomes numb very quickly. 

Why does freezing fatty tissue get rid of it? Fat cells become unstable at a low temperature and as a result, they ‘die’ and your body gets rid of them through your lymphatic system. This means you’ll sweat, exhale and urinate out your excess fat!

Once fat cells are lost, they don’t regenerate so they won’t come back following treatment, however, it’s important to remember that the remaining fat cells can increase in size so it’s possible that you may gain weight in the same area if you don’t eat well and exercise. 


Aqualyx is an injectable solution that triggers fat loss. It’s made from cholanic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in your body. The role of cholanic acid is to break down fats in our body, so when used in an area of excess fat, Aqualyx helps to dissolve that buildup. It’s most effective in treating smaller areas, such as your chin, back or arms. 

Much like fat freezing, the fat cells are liquified and expelled through your body’s metabolic system. 

Exilis Elite

Exilis Elite utilises cutting edge technology to reduce fat and tighten your skin. The treatment, which is the only one on the market that uses a powerful combination of radiofrequency, high-intensity thermal ultrasound and skin cooling to target stubborn fat simultaneously, is FDA approved and has an outstanding clinical reputation. 

The procedure is both quick, (it lasts around 45 minutes) and painless. Using a highly-targeted device, radiofrequency technology and ultrasound deliver a beam of concentrated heat that destabilises excess fat cells, causing them to be eliminated from your body. 

The process used in Exilis Elite also helps to boost the collagen in the treated area which helps to tighten your skin. This reduces the risk of being left with sagging or loose skin once your excess fat has gone.

3D Lipo

3D Lipo also uses radiofrequency and low-frequency ultrasound to destroy fat cells. 3D Lipo has a different approach to the process but has shown equal success in body contouring.

It is important to note that none of the above treatments have been designed for weight loss. These treatments will shift stubborn fat that you find difficult to reduce alongside a good diet and regular exercise. If you are looking for a weight loss solution, please get in touch to see if we can help. 

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Bespoke Body Contouring

Body contouring uses any combination of the above treatments to help you achieve your ideal physique. Each solution offers its own benefits and advantages, so a tailored approach is used to ensure that you get the very best from your body contouring plan.

If you would like to find out which solutions are best suited to your goals, you can book a one to one consultation. Here we can discuss your lifestyle and your aims, as well as address any concerns you may have. At Elite Aesthetics, we work with some of the country’s most informed and expert aestheticians who will guide you through the decision and process. 

Our consultations are held at our multi-award winning clinic in Greenhithe, Kent. We’re easy to get to and are located close to both Dartford and Gravesend stations (just 10 minutes away), Maidstone (just 15 minutes) and London (20 minutes).

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4.97/5 from 1229 reviews

Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Greenhithe, Dartford, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

Read How I Improved My Lichen Sclerosus

Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
I was given lots of advice and was given treatment options that were within my budget.
A few weeks after the P Shot I've really started to see a difference and have gained my confidence back.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

Margaret QuirkeMargaret Quirke

19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

Salima CharifSalima Charif

09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

Izzy ChaplinIzzy Chaplin

20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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