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Body Trends in Malaysia 2023: Embracing Safe Body Sculpting for a Confident You

The perception of the body has undergone significant changes in the past five years, fuelled by societal influences, social media, and the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. Body image concerns have intensified as people worldwide faced weight gain and found it challenging to shed those extra pounds. Malaysians, unsurprisingly, experienced a surge in weight gain as well during the pandemic.

In this blog post, Mr Josh Chua, Director and Certified Body Contouring Specialist, Clique Clinic dives deep into the evolving body trends in Malaysia, focusing on the importance of achieving one’s desired body shape safely and effectively. He discusses how lifestyle changes, metabolic aesthetics treatments, targeted body sculpting, muscle enhancements, and non-invasive skin laxity treatments can help individuals achieve their body goals and boost their self-esteem.


Aging is Not Limited to the Face

As we age, our bodies undergo natural changes and these transformations logically follow the aging process. The pressure to look a certain way, especially on social media platforms, has affected people’s self-esteem and body image.

In Malaysia, the men aspire to have a lean and muscular physique, while women often desire either curviness with a small waist or a petite and slim appearance, depending on cultural influences. In their pursuit of body “perfections”, individuals often resort to crash diets or excessive exercise, which can lead to illness or injuries. Additionally, some people discover that relying solely on diets and exercise may not yield the desired results to achieve their body goals.

At Clique, our team offers the SSTF approach, which encompasses slimming, sculpting, toning, and firming methods to achieve one’s desired body shape.

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Slimming Down – The First Phase of SSTF

Obesity has become a global concern, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that almost 2 billion people worldwide were overweight in 2016, and the numbers have likely increased since then. Post pandemic numbers in 2021 showed an average weight gain of 6.1 kg in 30 countries.

In Malaysia, the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that 50.1% of Malaysians were overweight, with 30.4% classified as overweight and 19.7% as obese.

To combat obesity and achieve weight loss goals, lifestyle changes and metabolic aesthetics treatments are recommended. Methods like increasing metabolism, suppressing appetite, reducing cravings and SGLT2 inhibitors (a medication) can expedite the weight loss journey.


Sculpting the Body – Targeted Approach for Stubborn Fat 

While a healthy diet and exercise are essential for a healthy life, it is not possible to reduce stubborn fat deposits in body parts via calorie restriction and exercise alone. In contrast, body sculpting and contouring treatments like CoolSculpting, SculptSure and EMSculpt NEO have been proven to be successful for spot reduction, especially for areas like the abdomen, hips, upper arms, back, and chin.
These treatments ensure a more effective approach to address stubborn fat and are able to help individuals achieve their desired body contours in addition to boosting their confidence.


Toning the Muscles – Embracing Fitness Trends

Globally, 79% of people express dissatisfaction with their bodies. Thankfully, a shift is being observed as fitness trends are returning to basics. Bodyweight training is on the rise, and more people are seeking muscle enhancement treatments for areas like the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, hips, and calves.

While weightlifting at the gym is an excellent way to build muscle, EMSculpt NEO offers additional benefits that can complement your fitness routine.

With EMSculpt NEO, one is able to target muscle stimulation, induce muscle hypertrophy and reduce fat in a single session, saving time while accelerating results.


Firming the Skin – Achieving Overall Tightness

After losing fat and toning the body, skin laxity may become a concern. Sagging skin can indeed impact the overall appearance of your face and body, potentially undermining the trim and toned look you’ve worked hard to achieve as the skin sags over the muscles.

Non-invasive skin laxity treatments such as Sylfirm X, Ultherapy and EMTone can effectively address mild to moderate skin laxity. This issue usually arises for those between the ages of 35-40 and commonly affects the inner arms, legs, and abdominal areas.


In conclusion, body trends in Malaysia have been influenced by societal ideals and the pressures of social media. The pandemic-induced weight gain has only amplified the need for safe and effective body sculpting solutions. Clique’s SSTF approach offers a comprehensive way to achieve one’s desired body shape while focusing on safety and well-being. By embracing lifestyle changes, targeted treatments, muscle enhancements, and non-invasive skin laxity treatments, individuals can enhance their body confidence and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

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