For those near their ideal weight , lumps and bumps could be frustrating ..especially after months of commitment to the gym and a healthy diet. Now with top notch technology you can get the results, you thought just wasn’t in your DNA. Below I give you the skinny on these body shaping wonder devices! Say goodbye to love handles, pudgy bellies and saddlebags safely ,with the help of your trusted doctor!
The below technologies are non-invasive (no needles, knives or probes used), effective and most importantly, when in experienced hands, safe!
The first 2 options are one time wonders, although can be repeated for further benefits. The last 2 are treatments which are a bit more affordable per session, but need to be repeated to get the appreciated results.
The Technology: High frequency Focused UltraSound energy is used to thermally induce fat cell destruction at a fixed depth within the fat. This highly focused way to using the potent energy ultrasound (U/S) assures a controlled and selective way to destroy the fats cells permanently. That said, Liposonix offers consistent results and allows the doctor the ability to shape and contour with high efficiency and ease.
The Promise: Thanks to its thermal effects, targets fat with the additional benefit of collagen stimulation and skin firming. Each treatment is about an 1 hour long and yields a drop in 1 dress/pant size. “The Custom Contouring™ capabilities of the Liposonix® System is deemed elite in that it allows fat elimination and contouring in ONE SINGLE SESSION.
FDA: Approved for non-invasive waist circumference reduction (i.e abdomen and flanks). In Europe have approval to additionally treat thigh circumference, hips, “saddle bags” and for buttock contouring (think tight round and smooth Buttock!).
The Procedure: Doctor will mark the desired areas for contouring then target treatment by placing transducers over marked areas. You will feel heat as the energy created by the US works to destroy fat cells. Bruising and swelling are usually evident by the next day and may take a few weeks to resolve. Patients also say the treated area can be sensitive, “like recovering from intense workout”. Results become apparent after about 2 months with maximal improvement at 12 weeks. Additional treatments can be decided on for further contouring and fat loss. No additional life style modifications are needed to get a successful result…just don’t gain weight!!
The Price: 1500-3000 Euros
The Savants: Try Clinica Diego de Leon in Madrid, Dr. Proebstle in Germany, Dr. Alexandrides in London, Dr. Chapas in New York or Dr Baumann in Miami. For a doctor near you check out physician locator on the website.
The Technology: Cryolipolysis is procedure that uses a targeted cooling process to decrease temperature of the fat cells to the point they are no longer viable. This process destroys fat cells so the body can then use its natural healing processes to eliminate them.
The Promise: Targets fat cells without effecting healthy skin cells. Studied and proven to be completely safe to all surrounding tissues, making it a gentle and organic approach to target fat.
FDA: Cleared for the treatment of fat in the area of the flanks (love handles) and abdomen.
The Procedure: After evaluating the area to be treated, your doctor will strategically place a gel pad and then the device panel on the marked skin. Each area takes about 60 minutes to treat. Treatment time varies from 1-3 hours (depending on the amount of areas you need treated). Patients described the experience as an intense pulling of the skin accompanied by and intense cold feeling which they eventually grow accustomed to. Post treatment, patients may complain of mild numbness, itching or stinging. Results can be seen after 2 months but may improve up to 6 months after treatment.
The Price: Depends on size of area to be treated but averages $1000 per area.
What’s painless? I-Lipo by Chromogenex
The Technology: Uses low-level laser beams (650nm) to facilitate the release of a fat blasting enzyme called lipase. This enzyme works break down and release fat from cells so that it could be metabolized by the body and burned as energy. This procedure DOES NOT destroy the fat cells, but instead empties them so to shrink them in size.
The Promise: Using a safe, painless procedure you can now shrink areas of concern in a way you would with diet and exercise but in targeted nature and with immediate results seen after a short treatment session. I Lipo maximizes workouts effectiveness by accelerating fat burning and sculpts your body in ways not possible without professional intervention.
FDA: Approved for waist circumference reduction.
The procedure: 8 treatments needed (2 treatments/week) Need to exercise 35-40 minutes post treatment to get results.
The price: Averages about 300 Euros/ $250 per treatment.
The Savants: Dr Leonard Grossman MD from New York, Jon Perlman in Beverly Hills or in London try London Harley Street Hethe Boutique Clinic. Check him out here Talking with Dr.Oz. For other doctors in your area check out the website here.
What’s got potential? UltrashapeV3 by Syneron/Candela
The Technology: Uses the acoustic properties of Ultrasonic energy to mechanically break down a specific volume of fat at a specific depth. The difference with this device, and others using ultrasound, is that the ultrasound energy is pulsed into the fat layer in a way which prevents it from causing any temperature increase (thermal effect). Its premise being that pulsed US without thermal effects is a more gentle and safer treatment. The new Ultrashape V3 uses a synergy of its pulsed focused ultrasound and a vacuum-assisted radio-frequency to causes immediate destruction to the fat cells by strictly mechanical means; preventing collateral damage to other tissues and side effects.
The Promise: Helps selectively and permanently rid your body of localized fat deposits in multiple body locations. The treatment promises safe, and effective fat removal, with little- to -no discomfort. The added radio-frequency allows additional skin tightening to treated area.
FDA: UltraShape V3 approval is pending in the US and it is therefore NOT distributed in the USA. You can seek treatment in Europe, Canada, Asia or Australia.
The Procedure: Once your areas of concern are marked the device calibrated to your specific concerns, treatment head is positioned to deliver the first round of radio-frequency. This warms the skin slightly for some rejuvenating benefits and makes the fat more susceptible to the effects of the ultrasound portion of the treatment. Ultrasound energy is then delivered according to device monitor to assure even and thorough treatment of the targeted fat. Unlike most localized fat treatments, UltraShape V3 is commonly described as quite painless procedure. The protocol usually consists of 3 treatment sessions spaced one month apart. Each treatment lasts about 30 minutes and results are most often seen within a few weeks. It is common to lose 2cm of circumferential fat loss with each treatment. Check this video for more information on how UltraShapes works.
The Price: Each session costs an average of $700 per treatment.
What’s right for you?
Whether you’re battling the bulge or just pressed for time and want to look perfect for an event… one of these devices might be right for you! Remember, these work best when you are at, or close to, your ideal weight and furthermore won’t work if have an unhealthy lifestyle! I truly believe these devices can offer supreme solutions for the appropriate and healthy patient! So if you have worked hard to get yourself healthy and fit, but, feel you deserve that extra little push to get that body you always dreamed of….Go for it!
Cheers going the extra mile to look and feel your best!! Take care, stay healthy and see your doctor for extra support!!