[By Tania Hui]
In our ever-increasing body conscious society fed by an influx of body perfect Instagrammable images on a daily basis, it is little wonder that every other women from size 6 to 16 is constantly battling with weight issues and finding means to inch herself closer to standard benchmarks of Beauty. In a study done by New South Wales University in Sydney Australia, researchers tracked men’s eye movements to determine which body areas they focused on when they first looked at a woman, the premise being that while a man can lie, his eyes are a dead giveaway. Results showed that initial visual fixation occurring within the first 0.2 seconds focused on the breasts and waists. These two areas received more focus than other body parts such as face and legs. With so much focus on a slender waist and a slimmer hourglass physique, it is understandable why women are flocking to have their jiggly bits sucked, prodded and banished from the face of the earth. With a plethora of treatments out there, here are some body sculpting treatments that stand out purely because they are based on science, not fiction. If dietary modifications and an exercise regime is not bringing you to where you wish to be, achieving a leaner, more fabulous body doesn’t have to be based on witchcraft and prayers. Depending on your body shape and needs, choose a FDA approved method which will ensure that you attain the figure of your dreams effectively yet safely.
Many people have heard the word ‘Vaser’ but surprisingly many don’t know much about it. Here is the lowdown on why Vaser liposuction represents the new generation of body sculpting cosmetic procedure and why many in-the-know feels it triumphs traditional liposuction on a few fronts.
VASER Liposuction also known as ‘Liposelection’, is an advanced body contouring procedure that as its namesake suggests, selectively removes unwanted body fat using ultrasound technology. As an alternative to traditional liposuction, VASER liposuction uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. What distinguishes the VASER liposuction procedure is the ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues, such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Innovative VASER technology breaks up fat while preserving other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.
Top 5 popular body parts that drive women to sought out VASER liposuction
VASER liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation for several reasons. Some doctors prefer the former to general anaesthesia for several reasons.
“When general anesthesia is used for liposuction, there is often more pain after liposuction. This is because surgeons who use general anesthesia usually use less tumescent local anesthesia. However, there’ll be the unpleasant effects of general anesthesia such as drowsiness and nausea for the patients to deal with.” Says Dr. Tan Ying Chien, consultant plastic surgeon with the SW1 Clinic. “We prefer to carry out the procedure under deep sedation with the use of smaller liposuction cannulas (microcannulae) which requires a little more time to complete the surgery, but has the benefit of less postoperative soreness, and allows smoother results to be obtained. Because the incisions are relatively smaller, they are also aesthetically more pleasing for the patients.”
What actually happens during a Vaser liposuction procedure?
Just like in traditional liposuction, the area to be treated is filled with a special saline solution (tumescent solution). Next, a small probe transmits sound energy to break apart fatty tissue on contact, whilst preserving other important structures. Finally the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues.
The fatty layer is injected with tumescent fluid.
Ultrasonic energy delivery
The high frequency vibration of VASER ultrasonic probes causes the fat cells to shake apart and combine with the tumescent fluid.
Emulsified fat is easily removed via specially designed suction tubes.
During the healing process, the skin will retract and tighten to give smooth, natural-looking results.
Am I a suitable candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction remains the golden standard to remove unwanted pockets of body fat. VASER liposuction is an excellent option for healthy patients who are frustrated by localized fat bulges not responsive to diet or exercise or simply because you wish to fast track yourself to your ideal body shape with a trial and tested method. Popular areas to be treated include hips and thighs, love handles and the tummy.In some cases, this is paired with an Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck to tackle the loose skin post fat removal for a more pleasing aesthetics outcome.
For those who want to take the plunge, Vaser liposuction can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the number of areas to be treated. Patients can return home from this day surgery procedure but may experience some bruising or soreness of the treated area(s) for up to a week.
To achieve instant body perfection for perfectly instagrammable images at every other angle, that’s a small price to pay, IMHO!
For those with mortal fear of the surgeon’s blade, do not fret. There is a ‘cool’ way to banish those unwanted fats without the blade.
Khloé Kardashian too, has credited part of her revenge body to the magic of cryoliposis.
Happily for us, FDA gave the green light for a non-invasive body sculpting treatment that uses cold to break down fat cells by Cryolipolysis in 2010. Cryolipolysis is a cutting-edge, no-downtime fat reduction procedure that utilizes the scientific principle of “fat freezing” for body contouring. Every session will break down 20-25% of the fat cells found in the treated area. Your body will then eliminate these broken down fat cells naturally over the course of a few weeks. Sounds like magic? Well, almost.
How Cryolipolysis or fat-freezing works
“Most patients who have tried it have reported a 20-25% reduction in the fat bulge just after one session.” Claims Dr. Low Chai Ling, medical director of the SW1 Clinic. “Patients who have undergone 3 or more sessions were reporting as much as 50% reduction in the treated areas, much to their delight and satisfaction.”
Coolshape engages state-of-the-art German Zimmer cryolipolysis technology and allows mulitple areas to be treated at one go
The benefit of cryolipolysis is that it allows the individual to sculpt the body gradually into the shape he or she desires. Many ladies opt to have the front of their tummies flattened, followed by contouring of their flanks to reduce their waist line and to give them a slimmer waist, adding on arms and thighs to further refine themselves to their ideal body shape. With an in-built massaging mechanism replacing or adding on to manual means for better lymphatic drainage of broken down fat cells and the possibility of treating multiple areas concurrently as key features, Coolshape which engages advanced German Zimmer cryolipolysis technology is certainly ahead of other similar fat-freezing modalities seen in the current market. By cutting down treatment time and shortening the recovery period with visible results seen earlier, Coolshape offers superior results which makes the choice simple and clear!
Am I a good candidate for cryolipolysis?
The best candidates for sculpting with Coolshape are already in relatively good shape and close to their ideal weight, but have some fat bulges present that are resistant to exercise and dieting. Coolshape is a body shaping, and not a fat de-bulking treatment, a perfect procedure for patient looking for targeted small sectional fat removal and fat reduction without wanting to undergo surgery. For best results, it should always be carried out in tandem with a sound weight management program that you can commit yourself to.
Dr. Low Chai Ling who founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003 is currently the medical director @ the SW1 Clinic, fulfilling her aspiration for a one-stop aesthetics destination that cater to both non-invasive cosmetics dermatology and cutting edge plastic surgery, addressing all possible beauty woes without prejudice and limitations.SW1’s philosophy is “Empowering the world one face at a time. Live Your Dreams.”