Have you found yourself looking for belly fat reduction procedures? Or have you exhausted all options – fancy diets, fitness programs, fasting, or sitting in hot saunas in an attempt to ‘sweat the weight out’ – if you see that you still haven’t got that hourglass figure you’ve been yearning for, don’t blame yourself. It’s genetics at play. Beyond a point, there’s little you can do to achieve the physique of your dreams. Body fat can be very stubborn and obstinate. And as they say, exceptional circumstances call for extraordinary measures – it may be time to explore some other options.
Body Contouring Demystified
Body contouring is a collective term for the procedures and techniques that are used for refining the body shape and structure, contoured to present a proportionate physique. The technique involves reducing excess fat to reveal a firm and toned body. Body contouring is also known by other names, such as body sculpting and body remodeling. While it could include procedures for increasing or decreasing specific areas of the body, body contouring primarily indicates fat reduction treatments aimed at a positive body transformation.
Traditionally, women have been the major beneficiaries of body contouring. But in recent times, men are also increasingly opting for these procedures. In fact, several studies indicate that around a third of all body contouring procedures involve men.
Typically, body contouring procedures range from fat reduction procedures that target areas such as the abdomen, breasts, thighs, arms, buttocks, hips, and flanks. Common situations that call for body contouring treatments include weight gain in men and for women, post-pregnancy weight gain and skin laxity.
Surgical or Non-surgical Body Contouring?
Surgical Body Contouring Treatments:
These are invasive in nature and usually involve anesthesia, and overnight hospital stays in the operative and postoperative phases. The most common surgical procedures include abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, breast lift, brachioplasty or arm lift, as well as thigh lift. The most common surgical fat removal procedure would be liposuction – which is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove the excess fat. The results are tangible and almost immediate, making it suitable for extreme cases like people who require extensive fat reductions and have larger amounts of fat to reduce. However, after liposuction, the skin could sag after the drastic amount of sudden fat loss.
Non-surgical Body Contouring Treatments:
There are a variety of options and in many treatments, cryolipolysis or energy-based devices using lasers and radio frequencies are often used in this approach. These are non-invasive and the procedures can be done in a short time, usually within an hour or two. So, no need to stay overnight in hospitals. While there is no pain involved in these non-invasive treatments, there are some options that require more sessions to achieve more significant results.
Nowadays, more people tend to lean towards non-surgical treatments to achieve their desired physiques. These procedures are used to eliminate specific pockets of stubborn fat in various parts of the body. That said, it is important to bear in mind that body contouring by non-surgical methods means reshaping the body by eliminating fat or tightening loose skin and it is NOT a weight reduction solution.
While the technology is constantly evolving in the body-contouring arena, we have scaled down the most effective US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved body treatments currently on the market.
Temperature-Based Fat-Reduction Treatments
CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that is FDA Approved for providing fat reduction and body contouring treatments. The treatment involves the usage of controlled cooling to permanently freeze fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. The generation of extremely cold temperatures destroys fat cells in the targeted areas of the body while leaving the surrounding tissues unscathed under the freezing temperatures.
The targeted fat cells are then eliminated naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. Each session typically lasts around 45 minutes and the treatment requires no downtime. Areas commonly chosen for Coolsculpting procedures include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, below the buttocks, bra area as well as under the chin.
Laser-Based Fat Reduction Treatments
Laser-based fat reduction, also known as laser thermolysis essentially uses lasers to produce very high temperatures, in a controlled manner that targets the fat cells in specific areas of the body. Under the high temperatures induced by the lasers, the fat is being broken down and the body’s lymphatic system then gets rid of the dead fat cells naturally.
SculpSure: SculpSure is a laser-based fat reduction treatment that uses laser energy that uses specific wavelengths and heat to eliminate fat cells. The high temperatures result in the death of the fat cells which are then gradually eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. During the procedure, the applicators of the device are strapped onto the targeted areas and the treatment usually lasts around 30 minutes on average. Most commonly treated areas are often the stomach, flanks, arms, and thighs.
Radiofrequency Body Contouring facilitates the breakup of adipose tissues using high-frequency electromagnetic currents that selectively target fat cells. Radiofrequency treatments could also be used as an alternative or in conjunction with Cryolipolysis treatments.
Onda: ONDA CoolWaves is a body contouring device that improves cellulite, fat reduction as well as skin tightening. By emitting microwaves at precisely 2.45 GHz, a level at which is selectively absorbed by fat adipose cells. ONDA is effective, particularly in the trochanter area, abdomen as well as thighs. While eliminating adipose fat cells, it also stimulates cellular metabolic processes and collagen production, which in turn reshapes the silhouette.
Pros and Cons of Surgical vs Non-surgical Body Contouring Procedures
According to experts, surgical methods are accompanied with the risks that are usually associated with surgery and the use of anesthesia. Apart from this, there is the complication that the patient may contract infections due to the invasive nature of these treatments. Moreover, risks of fluid accumulation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary and cardiac complications, coupled with potential threats to the deeper structures and organs.
In contrast, non-surgical body contouring comes with few to no risk, is less costly and requires downtime.
Your doctor is Your Best Friend
As fat reduction treatments may vary between individuals, options should be discussed with a doctor. When it comes to choosing the right option, a detailed examination followed by a consultation with the experts is crucial for evaluating the situation and prescribing the appropriate treatment. When you speak to the doctors at Ensoul Body Medical Clinic, you will get a clearer picture of the factors at play in your case. Book an appointment today and assure yourself of the physique you have been dreaming for!