Ask Lesley – Q: I’ve been dieting and have managed to lose three stone but despite trying I cannot get rid of my spare tyre

Congratulations on achieving a great weight loss and, to reassure you, you’re certainly not alone when it comes to a problem tummy area. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly half of women hate their stomachs more than any other part of their body. But the good news is there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten up that spare tyre.

Over the last few years, technology has expanded rapidly and paved the way for much improved and safer versions for body contouring and includes radio frequency and fat freezing methods to help break up excess fat along with lasers to tighten skin. These methods are also the most effective way to spot reduce and change the shape of your body, with little discomfort and minimal downtime.

ProShock, for instance, is a new procedure which is best for small pockets of fat which are diet resistant. It uses cryolipolysis – the next genera- tion of fat freezing – and combines two technologies to break down fat and tighten skin. First, a small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the area to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve, and are then eliminated from the body naturally over the following weeks. Next, high-pressure acoustic waves are targeted over the treated areas to help tighten the skin. Four to six treatments recommended ten days apart but you’ll starting seeing results after two to three treatments with best results seen over the following months. A course of three treatments costs £750.

For more stubborn fat pockets, which are resistant to diet and exercise I recommend BodyTite. It is a form of energy-assisted liposuction that works by applying radiofrequency energy at the time of fat removal. The radiofrequency energy heats the tissues, which helps by creating a significant tightening effect on the skin. The process of fat removal is less aggressive than standard liposuction. The treatment takes slightly longer but creates less swelling and bruising and can be done under local anesthetic. Studies also show that BodyTite tightens the skin up to 30-60 per cent more than traditional liposuction. After the treatment, a compression garment needs to be worn for at least four week and you’ll see best results over the following six months – just in time for the party season. From £2000 depending on the size of the treatment area.

With both treatments the results can be long lasting as long as you lead
a healthy lifestyle, keep your weight steady and exercise.

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