When we talk about weight loss, people often think about dieting and counting calories. But it is best to speak with a doctor on the most optimal way of losing weight in a way that is most appropriate for your body. But once you’ve reached your ideal weight, the next step is to say goodbye to the fat cells and this is where body contouring/fat reduction comes in.
For those who do not fancy going for liposuction as a way to remove body fats, there are non-invasive, no downtime body contouring treatments available like CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). But what about the loose skin that resulted from weight loss and fat removal? That’s where skin firming treatments like HIFU, Tightlase 3D Laser, and Radio Frequency (RF) come in.
Phase one is the active weight loss phase. This is generally the most painful phase. This is the phase whereby one has to eat far less than one needs or exercise far more than one used to do. Losing weight is as simple as that. Take in less calories or use up more calories through exercise.
This initial phase of active weight loss is where I feel that short-term medications are important and can take the pain out of initial weight loss. Reducing hunger when one needs to eat far less than one needs takes the pain out of the initial phase of weight loss. Rapid weight loss is a great motivator and motivation can lead people to do great things and to do seemingly impossible things!
This doctor-assisted slimming programme consists of a full-body checkup, a personalised weight loss programme, and post-programme health check. Clinically-tested weight loss drugs will also be prescribed to complement the patient’s weight loss regime. The programme can be paired with any fat reduction and skin tightening treatment to contour the body as well.
Treatment Experience: Comfortable
Post-care Advice: Always check with the doctor on how you can maintain a healthy weight post-programme.
CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis. It works by removing fat cells via a non-invasive freezing technology that targets only fat cells. Cryolipolysis is used to remove certain areas of body fat that are just under the skin to contour our physique. With the CoolSculpting procedure, crystallised fat cells are eliminated and the fat cells are gone for good.
From the smallest applicator such as the CoolMini to target small pocket of fat from double chin, armpit fat, and knee fat to bigger applicators (CoolCurve, CoolCore, CoolMax, and CoolFit) to target love handles, back or bra fat, abdomen and inner thighs and surface applicator (CoolSmooth) for outer thighs.
Treatment Experience: Cold
Post-care Advice: CoolSculpting may cause some tenderness in the areas treated for about two weeks after your procedure. Just wear loose, comfortable clothes and it will resolve on its own. There might be some bruising but that will also resolve by itself.
If the cold is not something you’re comfortable with then HIFU treatment is the next best alternative. Utilising focused ultrasound technology, it’s able to eliminate fat with precision. The thermal effect penetrates deep down into the subcutaneous fat tissue to specifically target problem areas addressing the issues effectively. It can also be used to tighten loose and sagging skin.
Treatment Experience: Prickly sensation
Post-care Advice: Similar to CoolSculpting, there might be some tenderness post procedure but these will resolve on its own. This treatment needs to be repeated about three times.
Featuring dual-wavelength laser technology, TightLase 3D Laser is a highly effective non-surgical skin tightening treatment that firms loose skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. The first treatment mode of this laser gently but consistently heats the tissues in the deeper layer in order to tighten the skin. The second mode targets the superficial layer of skin, causing the contraction and tightening of skin with a modest degree of lipolysis (fat removal). This dual action renders the TightLase 3D Laser a highly efficient skin tightening treatments both for the body and face.
Treatment Experience: Heat
Post-care Advice: Need to be repeated about three times.
As we age, our collagen and elastin production decreases resulting in the sagging of the skin, wrinkles and fine lines appearance. RF treatments are known to be effective in addressing these issues. This light-based treatment penetrates the skin, heating the skin tissue to stimulate collagen fibres and fibroblast cells to produce new collagen and elastic fibres. This, in turn, tightens and rejuvenates the skin leaving it with a firmer, smoother appearance.
Treatment Experience: Warm
Post-care Advice: Need to be repeated about five times.