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Body Sculpting: Best ways for fat reduction

Body Sculpting: Best ways for fat reduction

Thanks to technology advancements, it is now possible to spot reduce stubborn fat.
Potential patients do not need to be anxious about drastic weight loss and risk having a disproportionate body shape. Now anyone can pick and choose specific body parts to trim, tone and sculpt. Most body sculpting procedures and devices are safe and highly efficacious and are able to improve body contours without surgery (minimally or non- invasive), scars or downtime.

Types of fat reduction treatments available

As of 2019, a number of FDA cleared treatments had been proven effective and safe, each achieving gradual, modest fat loss without surgery or downtime. Below are the options available currently:
Ultrasound therapy: Device uses sound waves, which causes the fat to dissolve over time.
Cryolipolysis: Device uses cold to freeze the fat, which kills the fat cells.
Radiofrequency: Device uses heat to destroy fat cells.
Injections: Used to dissolve excess chin fat.

Ultrasound/Ultrasonic fat reduction

FDA cleared ultrasound fat reduction treatments include UltraShape, which uses a pulsed ultrasound technology, and Liposonix, which uses a high intensity focused ultrasound.
Both treatment brands utilises highly focused sonic waves to target fat cells. The waves create rapid pressure changes which cause the fat cells within the selected body part to breakdown. Subsequently the destroyed fat cells are metabolised naturally by the body, hence reducing the size of fat deposits in the targeted body part. The ultrasound energy transmits through the skin so the procedures are non-invasive and there is no downtime.
Multiple treatments are likely required to achieve the desired body part size reduction based on patient’s expectations. Results are visible gradually and are typically final within 1 to 3 months.
Fat loss is permanent if patient maintains a balanced dietary habit and do not gain weight.

Laser fat reduction

SculpSure® is a particularly successful laser fat reduction procedure. A specific laser wavelength is delivered through the skin, targeting subcutaneous fat cells with high temperature until these fat cells are broken down. Simultaneously, a constant cooling mechanism ensures that skin and surrounding cells remain protected in the process. The laser beams transmits through the skin; hence SculpSure® is non-invasive and there is no downtime involved.
Multiple treatments are required to meet desired expectations. Results are visible gradually and are typically final within 1 to 3 months.
Fat loss is permanent if patient maintains a balanced dietary habit and do not gain weight.

Spot fat reduction

Spot fat reduction refers to targeted fat loss in specific body parts. It was previously thought to be impossible but recent breakthroughs in the medical aesthetic industry has proven that spot fat reduction is achievable, safe and effective.

Fat reduction injections

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps break down fat for digestion. In injectable form, deoxycholic acid can break down fat cells on contact for isolated reduction of a fat pocket. Currently, Kybella® (Injectable Deoxycholic Acid) is the only FDA approved form of injectable deoxycholic acid, and can be used to effectively remove a double chin by reducing the submental (refers to the fat present in the submental region underneath the chin and at the front of the neck) fullness under the chin.
Treatment involves local anesthetic and multiple injections underneath the chin. A standard Kybella® procedure takes about 20 minutes. There is little to no downtime expected, though some common side effects include temporary, mild swelling, numbness, redness, and bruising at the chin. Most patients are able to return to full activity within 1-2 days. A typical patient requires 2 to 4 treatments, spaced 1 month apart, for optimal results.
Like most fat reduction procedures, fat cells are destroyed permanently and would not return, so Kybella® offers lasting results barring significant weight gain.

Fat reduction cream

Just like weight-loss pills, topical creams are another popular option to accelerates weight loss. While it seems too good to be true, topical fat burning creams aren’t a scam. Granted, the results may not be as noticeable or permanent, but there has been a fair amount of research in humans to demonstrate that application of these fat loss creams does help decrease body weight, reduce body fat and waist size.

Similarly to body sculpting treatments, exercise due diligence and care when selecting the cream to use.

How do Topical Fat Burning Creams Work?
Creams work as transdermal fat burners to help reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat (the type of fat stored beneath the skin), not visceral fat (the kind found inside the stomach and lining the organs).
For any topical cream to be of benefit to those seeking spot reduction, the ingredients must penetrate through to the hypodermis layer, where the fat is.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is comprised of three layers:

  • Epidermis – the outermost layer that protects the skin
  • Dermis – middle layer comprised of hair follicles, sweat glands and connective tissue
  • Hypodermis – subcutaneous tissue consisting of fat and other connective tissues

Once the ingredients from the transdermal fat burner creams reach the hypodermis, the weight loss agents in the creams work to activate fat burning activities like boosting the metabolism of fat cells, oxidation of fatty acids, modulating the fat hormones and increasing key enzymes involved in fat burning, which in turn optimise fat utilisation, while also preventing any further storage.

Fat reduction freezer

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive technology that uses extreme cold to destroy subcutaneous fat cells and help reduce a fat bulge. A suction device is placed on the body part to be treated and during the procedure it transmits temperatures that are low enough to freeze fat cells, essentially destroying them. Because skin, muscle and nerve tissue freeze at a lower temperature than fat, these tissues remain unharmed. CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis technology and has become one of the most popular treatments for effective fat reduction.

Lipo laser fat reduction

Laser lipo carries many of the same risks and side effects as traditional liposuction, but on a smaller scale such as lower downtime particularly when the body part treated is small. Patient remains awake during the procedure and local anaesthetic will be used on the area to be treated. A small incision will be made and a tiny laser is inserted under the skin to liquefy the fat, following which a tiny tube is inserted to suck the melted fat out from beneath the skin.
With that, laser lipo results are immediate, but best results are visible once any bruising or swelling has gone down. More positive changes to the treated body part can be seen within the first week, with full benefits experienced approximately six months after the procedure.
On average, laser lipo sessions take about one hour per area and swelling, bruising, and pain is minimal post procedure. Doctors may recommend a few days of rest before returning to work and it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for up to three weeks.

Available variations of laser lipo (based on specific machines) include:

    • SmartLipo
    • CoolLipo
    • ProLipo Plus
    • LipoTherme
    • LipoControl
    • LipoLite

Fat reduction massage

Massages knead your body, relaxing muscles, reduces stress, help flush out toxins and likely to be therapeutic, which can benefit you in a number of different ways, such as relieving stress, relaxing injured tissue, increasing flexibility and even stimulating endorphins.
Massages do nothing to change the way your body metabolizes food, so you are not experiencing any calories deficit, which is key to weight and fat loss. Hence a massage won’t be able to minimise the size of your stubborn fat or overall body size.

Vanquish fat reduction

Vanquish is radiofrequency lipolysis. In general, RF technology is gentle to the skin when treating stubborn pockets of fat. It involves very little to no discomfort.
Vanquish target areas are abdomen and flanks only. Each treatment takes about an one hour and patient should be able to go back to his/her daily activities immediately.
Multiple treatments are usually required.

Radio frequency for fat removal

Radiofrequency lipolysis such as Cutera’s truSculpt iD and BTL’s Vanquish work by heating fat cells using monopolar radiofrequency until they are destroyed.
Both are non-invasive procedures under an hour with little discomfort during the session and little or no downtime whatsoever.
Both promises full impact of the treatment showing by the 12-week mark. Destroyed fat cells are naturally eliminated by your body. For best results the patient would have to monitor their diet and lifestyle.

What is the best fat reduction treatment?

The best fat reduction treatment for any individual is one that is customised to the individual’s lifestyle and current health condition.
As body sculpting is a highly personalised treatment, it is imperative to alert your doctor about any medical conditions you have before proceeding with any treatment plans. This important precautionary measure could save you from potential adverse reactions and side effects.

It is also necessary to keep expectations in check. Body contouring and fat reduction treatments are great for fat loss in specific body parts, but does not offer drastic or immediate drop in weight or body size.
In other words, body-contouring treatments are not meant to be major weight-loss tools; but they can reduce between 11 and 25 percent of fat cells in the areas treated.

Fat removal surgery

An invasive body contouring/body sculpting procedure, commonly known as liposuction, uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction also shapes (contours) the areas treated but it does not remove stretch marks or cellulite.
Similarly to other body sculpting treatments, liposuction are meant for removing stubborn fat from body parts that does not respond to diet and exercise, such as:

    • Abdomen and flanks
    • Upper and lower arms
    • Thighs and calves
    • Chest and back
    • Hips and buttocks
    • Chin and neck

A liposuction procedure may last up to several hours and patient may require general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending on the extent of fat removal. During the procedure a surgeon makes small cuts into your skin and inserts a thin tube called a cannula just under your skin. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions fat and fluids from the targeted body part.
Risks associated with liposuction are similar to those of an invasive surgery, such as bleeding, swelling, reaction to anesthesia, numbness and infections. Hence doctor-patient consultation is crucial to ascertain patient’s suitability and to minimise potential complications.

Last but not least, liposuction can reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area and results are generally long lasting as long as you maintain your weight. Post procedure, the skin molds itself to the new shapes of the treated areas. If you have good skin tone and elasticity, the skin will reamin to appear smooth. If your skin is thin with poor elasticity, then the skin in the treated areas may appear loose and sags.
Common downtime period is about few days before you can resume work and 3-4 weeks before you can safely engage in any strenuous activities.

Fat reduction diet

To lose weight, you have to eat less than what you burn, which means going on calories deficit.
The number of calories an individual needs every day differs as how much energy one burns depends on age, size and weight, activity level and medical condition.
Before embarking on any drastic dietary changes, consult a doctor or dietitian so you can start your fat loss journey right.

That said, there are a few proven diet strategies that have shown to successfully reduce body fat.
1. Establish proper meal times and stop eating when you are not hungry, not when you are full.
2. Reduce high sugar food such as desserts, soft drinks and fruits.
3. Reduce high carbohydrates food like bread, pasta, noodles and rice.
4. Reduce fast food intake and snacks.
5. Moderate your portions.
6. To truly optimise your diet, recording and tracking your meals and calculating calories is absolutely essential.
7. Increase intake of fresh, whole food – protein, vegetables and good fats.
8. Exercise. It is best to incorporate both resistance training (weight lifting) and cardio workouts for best results.
9. Drink a lot of water.
10. Rest and sleep well.

Laser fat removal

SculpSure® is a particularly successful laser fat reduction procedure. A specific laser wavelength is delivered through the skin, targeting subcutaneous fat cells with high temperature until these fat cells are broken down. Simultaneously, a constant cooling mechanism ensures that skin and surrounding cells remain protected in the process. The laser beams transmits through the skin; hence SculpSure® is non-invasive and there is no downtime involved.
Multiple treatments are required to meet desired expectations and results are visible gradually, typically final within 1 to 3 months. Fat loss is permanent if patient maintains a balanced dietary habit and do not gain weight.
The ideal candidate for laser fat removal is someone already committed to making healthy lifestyle changes and who doesn’t have a lot of weight to lose but is more concerned about problem areas, particularly in the hips, waist, and thighs

Non surgical fat removal

Nonsurgical and non-invasive (or minimally invasive) options for fat reduction refer to technologies that uses heat or cold, ultrasound, lasers, radio frequency, infrared light, vacuum massage and even injected medication to reduce or destroy fat cells. While none of these treatments can be a direct replacement for liposuction in terms of volume of fat reduction per treatment, these are viable options for patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery.
Procedures that comprise nonsurgical fat reduction include cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting), laser lipolysis (SculpSure), truSculpt iD (radiofrequency) and injection lipolysis (Kybella).

Ice packs for belly fat

Can ice packs reduce fat belly?
Ice packs treatment is known as cold compress to reduce inflammation and to prevent swelling in sports injuries. That said, there has not been concrete evidence on its efficacy as a fat reduction tool.

Fat freezing vs weight loss

Weight loss can be water weight, muscle mass or fat. Fat freezing on the other hand, are targeted eliminated of fat cells. The technological term for fat freezing is cryolipolysis and the most known brand for this procedure is CoolSculpting.

Safety and Invasiveness

Body sculpting is one of the safest fat reduction and body toning treatments available. It is completely non-invasive and due to the lack of incisions, there is low chance for infections to develop post-treatment. The treatments available are relatively painless so no anaesthesia is required during a session. Should a particular treatment gets uncomfortable, patients are free to move slightly, or use devices such as mobile phone or laptop to distract themselves.
That said, it is extremely important to get a certified body-sculpting practitioner to administer the treatment. Theoretically there is little to no complications during a body sculpting treatment, but human error can add to the slim margin of risk.

What to expect after treatment?

Almost all body sculpting treatments are non-invasive and have little to no downtime. Because the most popular treatments involve freezing and lasers to the fat cells, there is no pain other than a numbing cold sensation, or tugging at the treatment area and perhaps some slight stinging during the treatment. There are no lasting scars or pain, and unless you have very sensitive skin you can resume your daily activities right after.
In fact, it is so tolerable that many are able to opt for lunchtime sessions as the treatment times are short as well.

Risks

Advance preparation is an investment in your final outcome. While there are little to no risks associated with body sculpting, and almost all side effects encountered vanish within two weeks, ask your doctor about the potential risk factors based on your specific lifestyle, diet and other underlying factors.

Medical considerations

As body sculpting is a highly personalised treatment, it is is crucial to alert your practitioner about any medical conditions you have before proceeding with any treatment plans. This important precautionary measure could save you from potential adverse reactions and side effects.

Outlook and Prognosis

The body sculpting outlook is positive as it can be a long term solution. Fat cells are destroyed and are considered gone for good though a healthy lifestyle and proper weight maintenance are essential to maintain results. Furthermore, patients can resume daily activities almost immediately which is highly convenient since there are little to no extended period of recuperation. While liposuction can offer clear and obvious results initially, body sculpting is non-invasive and can be used in conjunction with other treatments to provide a more streamlined approach to long term muscle toning and fat elimination.

In a nutshell, the best non invasive fat removal devices can remove or shrink fat cells during the procedure, but fat cells can return if patient gains a significant amount of weight so it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.

Choosing a reliable provider

Certifications

It is important that your clinic of choice bears all the correct certificates be it from CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Cutera or any of the other treatment brands. Be sure that only authentic medical devices from the brands involved are used on you and and all procedures are administered strictly by a licensed doctor or trained specialist to avoid any misinformation or oversight.

This is necessary to avoid any complications or accidents that may occur, and leave permanent scars.

Cost of treatment

The cost of treatment varies per body area. It is important to work out a payment plan beforehand as many people often require multiple treatments to achieve favourable and long-term results.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

In conclusion, body sculpting is a safe, effective and easy way to get rid of fat cells for good. When managed in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, it can offer tremendous improvements on areas previously thought to be a lost cause. Coupled with its non-invasive nature, it the perfect choice for those with a fear of minor surgeries, or those with truly busy schedules.

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