[By Julia King]

Myth: fat will go with exercise. Truth: Sometimes no matter how hard we exercise, or how diligently we diet, excess fat will just not shift, especially as we get older.

Fear not however as we have a myriad of fat busting therapies to help you regain the svelt figure of your youth. Check out these fast fat fixes that guarantee results without the scalpel.

Mesotherapy

The technique was pioneered in France by Dr. Michel Pistor, and has been performed there since 1952. But it’s just begun to attract practitioners and clients in the United States in the past few years.

Dr. Lionel Bissoon, who learned the technique in France five years ago, has become America’s leading expert and advocate of mesotherapy.Bissoon says mesotherapy — over the course of 10 sessions — blocks our ability to store fat and stimulates our ability to burn it up. He says a physician can target specific areas of fat by injecting a blend of medications commonly used for asthma and high blood pressure along with vitamins and supplements directly into a specific area of the body.

A single session can cost as much as $500, so a full course of treatment is a substantial investment. But it seems to be catching on. Bissoon, who has practices in New York, Florida and California, says his clients range from celebrities and CEOs to secretaries.

Bissoon claims the fat winds up in the muscle, where it’s used for energy. It does sound too good to be true, especially since Bissoon says he refuses to take patients who won’t exercise or follow a healthy diet.

Coolsculpting

The one-hour treatment is called Zeltiq and was just approved by the FDA. A vacuum like device pulls in those annoying bits around the middle and literally freezes them. The fat cells die a slow death over 6 to 8 weeks and the results are dramatic.

In its ability to target a specific area, Zeltiq is similar to liposuction. But it’s not surgery, and the lack of pain and recovery time has made this one of the hottest treatments, so to speak, that Jaliman offers. But results are not immediate – they can take five to eight weeks.

The new treatment is the brainchild of Dr. Rox Anderson of Harvard University and Mass General. A laser specialist who invented laser hair removal and spends most of his time removing debilitating scars and marks from children, he started wondering about the effects of cold a few years ago.

He thought about two things: Incidents where infants sucked on popsicles for too long and lost the fat in their cheeks, and the fact that butter fat hardens, or freezes for that matter, more quickly than a lot of other things, like skin. Which means you can kill the fat cells below without doing any damage to your skin.

At this point, the technology is best suited for people with a bit of extra fat.

Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is a non-surgical treatment for stretch-marks, cellulite reduction, dark under-eye circles, and non-surgical fat sculpting on the face and the body.

Carboxytherapy is the administration of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas for therapeutic purposes. Over 90% of the female population is thought to suffer from cellulite, and carboxytherapy now offers a viable solution to this problem.

Carboxytherapy has been shown to destroy subdermal fat cells (fatty deposits and dimples) without harming the surrounding skin area and in addition, some doctors in Korea use carboxytherapy to shrink fatty deposits on the face, abdomen, upper arms, knees.

 

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7 thoughts on “Fat Busters”

  1. I have to admit, at some times it tickled, but others it hurt. It’s much like laser hair removal for its similarity in pain. I am very fit and work out six days per week and eat very clean protein and veggies. For some reason, I suffer from superficial cellulite, which keeps me from feeling confident in a bathing suit. I decided to try meso after the recommendation from the doctor at the Medispa close to my house, which had great reviews online. It’s been ten hours and I am not swollen, I have marks where the injections were, and I am a bit sore. Nothing crazy though! I hope it works smoothly. I am not trying to lose weight, just smooth out my skin.

  2. My skin was quite loose and had cellulite around my tummy and hips which mostly became a reason of embarrassment for me in pool parties. I heard a lot about Mesotherapy, but did not try it to get rid of excessive fats and cellulite. The treatment procedure was quite simple and only required some injections filled with a medication containing vitamins and amino acids. It was performed under local anesthesia in which a cream was applied on my skin proper to the injections. However, as the doctor began injecting, I felt bruising effect, which was because of instant reaction of medicine in the tissue. There was no significant change after the first treatment session and I went for another with the consent of my doctor. My skin was extremely hot after the injections, however it was short lived and by the next morning, I hardly had any cellulite. It took around two to three weeks to get rid of excessive fats around my hips and tummy.

  3. As an active person, I never understood why my cellulite was so stubborn. I work out regularly, but certain areas just won’t go away. It was time to do something about it, so I decided to schedule a Mesotherapy treatment. The procedure itself was no big deal, just some injections around the selected area. The doctor told me to expect some pain around the injection site and to be prepared for major swelling and pain. He told me to ice the area and wear support garments, if necessary. Honestly, I was expecting it to be awful. I did ice the area and it did swell. But nothing major. I took some ibuprofen and that took care of the pain. After a few days, the swelling went down and I got to enjoy the amazing results. Well worth the discomfort. It’s a small price to pay.

  4. i just started this treatment on the stretch marks on my belly from having a child. i’ve had one treatment so far and the results are AMAZING! my stretchmarks are THINNER and my belly is TIGHTER! i swear i feel like crying, i’ve been struggling with this issue for FIVE years and have tried everything! this is nothing short of a miracle! all this after just one treatment and i paid for TEN! i cant wait to see what happens by the end of all my sessions.
    oh and by the way; it does HURT, not a lasting pain but a burning feeling, sooo worth it though.

  5. Wow, all 3 seem so expensive. This would be best if you make it your last measure after all the exercise and dieting doesn’t work. or if you are desperate enough.

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