We know it’s summer all year round in Singapore! This means you can put on your swimsuit anytime and head to the beach to relax under the sun. But if you’re fretting over extra inches after indulging in good food, and have yet to achieve your ideal body despite an intensive workout, then body sculpting could be for you. Let us share what are the best tips on how to choose the best body sculpting treatments.
What is Body Sculpting?
Body sculpting is less commonly known as body contouring. It is a treatment that eliminates fat to improve body shape. There are both surgical and non-surgical body sculpting treatments.
The surgical methods are typically used after massive weight loss. During weight gain, the skin would have stretched drastically. After a substantial amount of weight loss due to lifestyle changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to accommodate reduced body size. Body contouring surgery is needed to get rid of excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying supporting tissue after massive weight loss.
Non-surgical treatments are not meant to serve as a weight loss solution. It reduces fat by using heat and sources of energy (radiofrequency and lasers) or freezing temperatures). It is suitable for patients who have attained desired weight but would like to get rid of stubborn fat pockets. This refers to fat that simply can’t go away despite dieting and exercising. To qualify for most body contouring procedures it’s best to have a body mass index of less than 30. Nonsurgical body sculpting procedures will require several sessions, and the end result is that you look shapelier and more toned.
Body Sculpting: Surgical Vs Non-surgical
The most common types of surgical body sculpting are arms, breasts, and abdomen. Excess skin in these areas tends to interfere with exercise and movement. Types of body contouring surgery include:
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Arm lift
- Medial thigh lift
- Body lift
Generally, suitable patients for body sculpting treatments are:
- People whose weight loss has stabilized for at least 6 months
- Healthy people with no disease
- Patients with good nutrient and protein levels
Non-surgical body sculpting treatments are generally preferred by both doctors and patients alike due to the lower risk involved. They include:
- Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis or Coolsculpting – a minimally invasive technology that relies on extremely cold temperatures to break down fat cells, thereby reducing fat pockets.
- Laser-lipo, or laser-assisted liposuction – the targeted fat is heated until the fat cells begin to break down. At the same time, there is a cooling mechanism that ensures your skin stays unharmed.
- Radiofrequency body contouring – radiofrequency lipolysis heats up the skin thus melting the fat and stimulating collagen production and skin tightening. The end result is nicer and tighter looking skin, with a more sculpted appearance.
- Ultrasonic cavitation
Ultrasonic lipolysis uses ultrasonic radio waves to break apart fat cells. The lymphatic systems then help flush the fat cells away. It is usually used to combat small areas of fat and to help contour your body.
Eeva Body Contouring Clinic currently offers 3 medical-grade solutions for body contouring:
- Venus Legacy Body Contouring
- LinearFirm HIFU Body Contouring
- TeslaFormer Muscle Building & Body Contouring
All 3 solutions are non-invasive and are designed to be very comfortable with minimal to no downtime. They are suitable for ladies and men and are highly sustainable provided patients comply strictly with the treatment protocol and cooperate with our doctor’s advice.
Subcutaneous vs visceral fat
Subcutaneous fat is located just below the skin, for instance, the jiggly part of an underarm. You are able to pinch the fat with your fingers. Visceral fat lies deep within the abdominal walls and surrounds the organs such as the stomach, liver, and intestines. If your body figure is apple-shaped as compared to pear-shaped, you typically have more visceral fat. Visceral fat is usually more associated with the risk of diabetes and heart diseases. Subcutaneous fat tends to be protective, especially in the legs, butt and thighs.
Most body contouring treatments will target subcutaneous fat, but nevertheless, you need to eat and exercise well to stay healthy.
5 tips on choosing the best body sculpting Treatments suitable for you:
Tip #1: Weigh the pros and cons of surgical vs non-surgical
The good thing about non-surgical body sculpting treatments is that they are non-invasive and are a safe procedure with other advantages:
- No general anaesthesia or incisions, no scars
- Little or no downtime
- Few or no side effects
- Gradual results and discreet treatment
- Results may last as long as you maintain your ideal weight
However, non-surgical body sculpting treatments generally take more sessions to achieve the desired results. It is not for patients who want an immediate result. On the other hand, because the treatments are non-invasive, many patients undergo treatment very comfortably with not much interruption to their daily lifestyle. Due to the lack of downtime patients can return to work and school very quickly.
Surgical body sculpting treatments are highly risky and usually comes with surgical and anaesthesia risks. After the operation, it takes time for the skin to heal. Patients will not be able to return to full activity immediately after surgery. For several weeks the patient will have to wear a compression garment that is designed to support the tissue while healing. Common candidates for surgery include folks that lost a lot of weight and now have excess loose skin. Also, women after pregnancy with areas of the body stretched by changes now have loosening areas, resulting in stretch marks. The average price of liposuction is around $3000 to $4000 which can be quite costly.
Tip #2: Consult a medical professional on which are the suitable treatment options for your area of concern
It is important to find a medical professional that you feel comfortable with to discuss health decisions. Here are some things to ask when deciding on a treatment:
- Discuss different treatment choices
- Discuss benefits and risks of treatment of each options
- Ask about the costs, side effects, and how the treatment affects your life
They should also provide advice on managing your weight and body shape in all areas of your life to enhance the effectiveness of body sculpting treatment and maximize results.
Tip #3: Discuss with your doctor about realistic expectations and outcomes from each type of treatment option
Do have a detailed consultation about the customized medical treatment protocols that are required to help you get the results that you want. All new patients at Eeva receive a comprehensive and in-depth consultation the very first time they meet our doctors. The discussion includes:
- Analysis of the treatment areas (eg. belly, butt, arms, thighs, bra fat), the severity of focal pockets of bulges/ laxity of skin.
- Understanding your medical history, medications, allergies, lifestyle and body goals.
- Previous treatments that were performed for your concerns and the outcomes.
- Address your expectations and concerns.
- Design a customised holistic treatment protocol and schedule to suit your condition, expectations, budget and schedule.
- Pretreatment measurements of areas to be treated as a baseline to monitor your treatment progress.
This consultation helps our doctors to assess which treatment is the most suitable for your needs, as well as discuss and manage expectations and outcomes in terms of the results that can be achieved from undergoing treatment.
Tip #4: Discuss with your doctor the estimated time frame you will need to achieve your desired results
The time frame needed to achieve your desired results differs from patient to patient. It all depends on the severity of the condition, age, compliance with treatment protocol and schedule. Generally, it may require 6-8 sessions to achieve improved results. To enhance your results, it is always advisable to maintain an active lifestyle that involves at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water.
Tip #5: Discuss with your doctor about suitable treatment options within your budget that can meet your desired outcomes
Everyone has a different set of budgets, preferences and schedules, as well as different concerns. Therefore it is best to discuss with the doctor the best treatments that are cost-effective yet results-oriented in achieving your ideal body shape.
Concern, timeframe, budget, and comfort level are all equally important at Eeva. We want to help you be the best version of yourself and hence we take the time to design individual treatment plans that can meet your needs and expectations. With access to an advanced range of treatment options, our doctors combine medical skills, years of experience and passion, to bring out the best in your face, skin, and body.
Contact us today to book a consultation. We look forward to serving you!