Welcome back to the Eeva blog! Today the team at Eeva would like to share about body contouring treatments and body sculpting. This complements the clinic’s services to provide more. We are dedicated to helping our patients look better, feel better, and lead more self-empowered lives!
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a medical or surgical procedure that aims to reshape a specific area of the body to improve the body shape and contour. It may involve procedures to:
- Get rid of extra loose skin
- Eliminate excess fat
- Reshape or contour the area to reduce unwanted bulges
- Muscle tone for definition
We would like to clarify that body contouring is not meant to reduce your body weight. Instead: it helps shape the body and address specific areas with stubborn pockets that are very difficult to get rid of despite weight management or targeted exercise. After weight loss or pregnancy, body contouring can help to tighten lax skin. Finally, it is helpful for muscle toning and building.
Surgical or Non-surgical Contouring Treatment?
Surgical types of body contouring treatments include tummy tuck, liposuction, and panniculectomy. The good thing about surgical treatments is that the results could be visible after only 1 surgical treatment procedure. There is no need for frequent, regular, and repeated sessions.
However, they cost more and there are risks associated with anaesthesia. There are also surgical risks involved such as deep vein thrombosis, misshapen treated areas, and unsightly long scars. The post-surgery recovery is also quite painful and you may need to take MC to cover recovery downtime. You’d also need to wear body surgical tights post-recovery and there may be bruising. You might also require non-surgical procedures to enhance the surgical results.
Non-surgical Contouring Treatment
Many people prefer non-surgical contouring treatment as it is comfortable with no or minimal pain, minus the risk of surgery and anaesthesia. With the latest medical technologies today, body shaping is often a non-surgical option perfect for most people who are fearful of surgery, prolonged downtime and scars. There would be no bruising, no downtime, and no disruption to busy schedules.
How do I know that the Non-surgical Option is right for me?
The non-surgical option is perfect for patients who:
- Do not want surgery
- Do not want the long recovery time post-surgery to interrupt your busy schedule
- Do not want pain, bruising, swelling and side effects related to surgery
- Able to take some time regularly in your schedule for repeated treatment sessions
- If you are patient, persevering, and willing to achieve your results at a slower and progressive pace
Who is the ideal Candidate for Non-surgical Body Contouring Treatment?
Anyone can benefit from non-surgical body contouring treatments, but those who benefit the most would be someone who has done dieting and exercising to achieve their goals but needs a little bit of help to achieve their ideal body shape and figure.
What would this look like in BMI terms?
BMI < 25.
BMI calculation Body Weight (kg)
Here is a free tool that you can use to calculate your BMI as well.
However non-surgical body contouring is not a replacement for dietary changes and exercise for fat reduction. Rather, it should be done to enhance the results of your hard work.
What are the Various Treatments available for Non-surgical Body Contouring Treatment?
Here we do a breakdown of each treatment so you have information on the full range of body contouring treatments:
Cryolipolysis is an FDA-approved Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting Treatment that results in permanent fat reduction by 20-25%. The device uses a sub-zero temperature to freeze destroy fat cells in the target area. With time, the lymphatic system clears them. This then results in permanent fat cell loss in the treated area, with a reduction in the total number of fat cells in the area treated. Usually, around 3 sessions are required per target area.
There may be some common side effects such as mild swelling, bruising, redness, and tingling sensation in the treated area. A rare and under-reported complication of cryolipolysis is PAH – paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. In this complication, the treated area becomes larger a few weeks after the treatment. It ends up resembling a lump of fat with the shape of the suction handpiece. This condition is very rare and the occurrence rate is only one out of every 138 cryolipolysis treatments, meaning the incidence rate is only around 0.72%. The solution to solve this would be liposuction. This results in yet another unwanted cost and emotional distress. This rare side effect can indeed be very distressing to patients! Ex-Supermodel Linda Evangelista reportedly suffered from this complication.
HIFU Ultracel Q+
The High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Ultracel Q+ is non-invasive and delivers heat energy into targeted precise deep layers of skin. This results in volume reduction of unwanted stubborn fats which can’t be removed despite exercise, diet, and simultaneous skin tightening of the treatment area. HIFU is popular with patients as it is fast yet comfortable.
Linear technology cartridges are used to carry out bulk heating of the treatment area, resulting in permanent destruction of the fat cells in the treatment area. The treated area has fewer fat cells. With sustained healthy diet and exercise, the circumferential fat reduction in the treatment area can be maintained. Dot hand cartridges will result in overlying skin tightening as it remodels the collagen within the skin.
Conventional HIFU does not have a linear handpiece, thus there is no permanent fat cell destruction. This results in more painful and longer treatment times. HIFU Ultracel Q+ is a safe treatment that may result in mild redness and tingling sensation.
RF Radiofrequency with electromagnetic field
The technology that Eeva uses is Venus Legacy. This is a treatment that uses heat to naturally boost collagen production, thus smoothening out cellulite and diminishing wrinkles on the face and body. It is effective for fat reduction, belly fat reduction, improving lymphatic drainage, and also helps in skin tightening and firming.
Venus Legacy uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field to produce heat under the skin’s surface. This process helps to increase collagen and elastin fibres while shrinking the volume of fat cells. Meanwhile, there is an adjustable pulsed suction called VariPulse which gently works to pull the skin upwards, thereby allowing the energy to travel deeper, and eventually provide more comfortable and effective treatment.
Results include achieving a slimmer and more sculpted body, and removal of cellulite.
Teslaformer FMS (Functional Magnetic Stimulation)
Teslaformer Functional Magnetic System (FMS) is a 2nd generation electromagnetic muscle toning treatment that carries out deep muscle contractions of muscle groups. If you want a perky butt, toned arms and thighs, this treatment helps you look fit and firm from every angle. The end result is muscle core building, strengthening, firming, sculpting and fat burning. It is also non-invasive.
Teslaformer uses an electromagnetic field to induce electrical currents in nerve pathways to trigger muscle contractions. The entire treatment is safe. FMS induces intense muscle contractions which ordinary exercise cannot, resulting in 50,000 contractions in 30 minutes.
Here are a wide range of results that Teslaformer can assist with:
- Butt lifting
- Body sculpting and contouring
- Core muscle strengthening for better posture
- Muscle size increase to reduce sarcopenia and muscle wasting in the elderly
- Muscle recovery
Teslaformer is also effective for pelvic floor muscle firming, which comes with many benefits:
- Reduce urinary incontinence in post-pregnancy, perimenopausal and menopausal women, thereby improving quality of life
- Improve vaginal support with strong pelvic floor muscles
- Improve vaginal dryness which results in a positive impact on sex life
What are the areas of the body that can be treated?
- Upper arms
- Double chin
Are the results permanent?
Complemented by a healthy and sensible diet, regular fitness sports, the results can be sustained.
Are Body Contouring Treatments Painful?
Body contouring treatments are very comfortable. You may experience some transient redness and tingling sensation in the treatment area post-procedure.
Do over the counter Fat Burning and Slimming creams work?
Over the counter creams which claim to burn targeted fats contain ingredients such as caffeine, carnithine, ginger, pepper etc ingredients. They may help to improve blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, reduce fluid retention, and enhance fat burning in localized areas. However many people find that they are not effective on their own. The results are slow and inadequate.
Who can I consult for a Non-surgical Body Contouring Treatment?
Look for a medical doctor who is experienced in harnessing body contouring medical technology to aid you in your body sculpting journey. The team should be able to address your various concerns be it fat reduction, skin laxity, and muscle definition. Finally, they should be experienced in customizing treatment devices and protocols to help you achieve your desired body shape.
What can I Expect During the Consultation Process?
Our doctors will conduct a comprehensive consultation to address:
- Your body contouring goals and expectations
- Medical history, health conditions, allergies, and previous surgeries
- Any medications and supplements you’re taking, and over-the-counter drugs
- Use of alcohol and tobacco
Our healthcare professionals will also:
Check your height and weight for your BMI
- Assess and measure the area(s) you want to treat.
- Draw on the area(s) with a marker or pen.
- Take pictures.
- Discuss your options and make customised recommendations
- Discuss realistic expectations of non-surgical treatment
- Review the treatment schedules
What is the Treatment Process like?
Here at Eeva, the treatment process is as follows:
- Treatment performed by doctor
- Application of gel over the treatment area for 20-30 minutes to ensure that treatment is comfortable
- Radiofrequency treatment is performed by the body therapist, with the application of gel over the treatment area for 20 minutes
- There is no need to change out of clothes for the treatment
- The applicator is strapped over the treatment area, with 30 mins per area for the treatment
How many sessions to see results?
It will take around 6-8 sessions to see results
How often are the treatment sessions?
Here is the recommended frequency for the treatment sessions:
HIFU: Once a month, minimum 3 sessions
RF: Weekly treatments, minimum 6-8 sessions
Teslaformer: 8 sessions in 3 weeks, maintenance required
How much do treatments cost?
HIFU: $800/ area
RF: $299 per area
Teslaformer: from $150 session
Can different treatments be combined?
Yes! Different medical devices can be combined and customized to each individual patient for faster and more enhanced results. Here are some case studies.
Butt lift is caused by a combination of lax skin, poor toning of muscles, and a fast droop of butt causing the butt to look saggy with a poor contour.
Solution for this:
- RF Venus Legacy improves skin tightening, firms and lifts the skin
- Teslaformer helps in butt muscle building and toning
Both treatments are very helpful in lifting butt fat and reducing droop. Hence, we can see that a combination of treatments results in enhanced and satisfactory butt contouring, shape and lift.
Abdomen post delivery, skin laxity, abdominal fat
Solution for this:
- Ultracel HIFU Body Sculpting for fat burning and skin tightening once a month, 3 times. Enhance the effect with Venus Viva weekly to once in 2 weeks.
- Teslaformer helps in building up muscle tone and strength
Any fitness enthusiast who wants to achieve a sculpted body with muscle definition may include Teslaformer into their sports regime to focus on targeted muscles for further body image enhancement.
How do I continue to Maintain my Body Shape after treatments?
Do continue with regular exercise, diet and maintenance treatments
We hope you now have a better understanding of the different types of body contouring treatments in Singapore. To find out about FAQ and pricing, head over to Eeva Body Contouring Clinic. We look forward to helping you on having an easy, comfortable, and assuring body contouring journey. Contact us now!