It’s the extremely lucky person that goes through most of their life saying things like “I just have a fast metabolism.” If you are someone who can seemingly eat whatever they want without putting on pounds, that is a rare gift indeed. For everyone else, at one point or another weight becomes an issue. While this generally happens with age, everyone’s bodies are different and you can begin to notice your body storing more fat at any time. As anyone who has tried to slim down can attest to, not all fat is the same.
Generally speaking, there are two major ways one can categorize body fat. There is excess fat that one may define as obesity depending on the severity. Obesity needs to be addressed with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes for the sake of your health. Cosmetic procedures are a concern for further down the line. Then there is what could be referred to as “stubborn fat” that appears in common problem areas like under the arms, thighs, hips, buttocks, and even the belly. There are many reasons why it can be so difficult to slim down in these areas despite the use of diet and exercise. This is where non-invasive body contouring can help.
Why do we share these problem areas?
If you read the list of body parts that are considered problem areas for stubborn fat and nodded in agreement, you are far from alone. Those are the spots that everyone seems to struggle with. Why do so many people have the same problem? The reasons vary, but the best answer is probably genetic predisposition. We inherit many things from our parents and so on down the line. Chances are you share a body type with many people in your family. We have evolved to store fat in those locations, much to our frustration. Hormonal shifts also occur with age, which slow the metabolism and can change the way our bodies hold onto fat. This is why these problem areas become more pronounced the older we get.
The traditional way
As you know, diet and exercise don’t always get the job done. This is especially true when it comes to stubborn fat. Toning exercises are certainly recommended. The goal is to lose as much weight as possible through natural means so that you see even more dramatic results after the body contouring procedure. In fact, your doctor will advise on you on whether or not you’re at the point where you’d be a good candidate for body contouring.
For years, people have relied on liposuction to help in these matters. While they still do, the idea of it does make many people uncomfortable. After all, it is technically a surgical procedure that can carry complications. It is by and large safe, but many people prefer the idea of a non-invasive procedure. This is where a body contouring treatment like SculpSure can make a big difference. Not only will you see results, but you won’t have to worry about going under the knife or dealing with a lengthy recovery period.
First, it’s important to stress that individual results always vary. But, many people have benefitted from these kinds of treatments. SculpSure has the distinction of being the first FDA cleared laser treatment for non-invasive body contouring of the abdomen and love handles. There is no surgery required and the entire procedure takes around a half hour. There is no anesthesia to worry about, no missed days at work, and no worries about painful recovery periods. That’s because SculpSure doesn’t pull the fat out of your body through a tube. Instead, it targets the fat cells themselves.
Here's what happens during the course of this 25 minute procedure. A flat applicator will be placed against the areas of your body that are receiving treatment. The light, or laser, is then focused through the applicator and transfers energy into the skin. This energy reduces the number of fat cells in the area without harming the surrounding tissue. The area will be cooled during the procedure for your comfort. After being exposed for 25 minutes to this light energy, you’re done. All you’ll feel is a tingling sensation throughout. Over the course of the next 6 to 12 weeks you’ll begin to see the difference as the fat cells in the area dwindle away. It’s that simple.
Non-invasive body contouring treatments like SculpSure are a great way to slim down without having to worry about long recovery times or complications that can come with more traditional methods. While those methods are safe, it’s understandable why they aren’t for everyone. That doesn’t mean your doctor can’t provide you with the care you need to get the body you want. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Baraki and the team at Lansdowne Aesthetic Center are here to help.