It’s officially that time of the year. Summer holidays are looming and Project Bikini is underway. But there’s just one problem, despite diet and exercise you’re still stuck with stubborn lumps and bumps which won’t disappear.
Don’t panic! Nowadays, it really is possible to shape and sculpt trouble spots without spending months in the gym thanks to the new high tech contouring treatments. Here’s the low down on the latest methods to give your body a helping hand…
For those flabby bits that creep around your bra straps and stand in the way of going backless or wearing fitted tees, BodyTite offers the benefit of removing excess fat along with skin tightening. The one off procedure uses advanced technology called RFAL – Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction – to breakdown fat cells and the heat generated by a high frequency current during the process boosts collagen to firm skin. Up to three litres of fat can be removed in one session and you’ll notice immediate results with best results seen after three to six months when new collagen has formed. Average price around £2500
AB FLAB AND MUFFIN TOPS
A minimally invasive procedure, Body jet liposuction is the wet way to reduce body fat. A pulsating water-spray device, sort of like a Jacuzzi with a nozzle, exerts pressure to break down fat cells, and the liquefied fat is then removed through tiny scars. The result is less bruising and swelling, and your bulges can be treated under a local anesthetic so you go home the same day. Results show that this procedure also tightens skin by up to 60 per cent more than traditional liposuctions Best results are seen after three months. If you need the excess fat injected somewhere else, like hands, cheeks or lips, the doctor can harvest the extracted fat and treat the areas at the end of the procedure. Average price: Around £2k per area
TiteFX is a triple action treatment using radio frequency heating, a vacuum massage and high voltage pulse (HVP). Designed to destroy unwanted fat cells by causing thermal damage to the fat layer, and allowing the body to dispose of them naturally, all the while boosting collagen and tightening your skin. Six hourly treatments a week apart recommended and even better, there’s no pain or downtime
Average Price £999 for a course
If you’re not completely satisfied with your rear view, the Brazilian Butt Lift will give your backside a boost by restoring curves to a flat saggy bottom. Your body’s spare fat, usually taken from around the tum, hips and thighs, is treated and then injected into your buttocks You’ll need a local anesthetic and sedation. You may also need a top up treatment annually as not all the fat will stay. Besides adding shape, contours and definition, the use of fat in the butt can minimize the look of cellulite as dimples become more even. It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome as you cannot achieve a JLo overnight – the treatment will not add inches only curves and fullness and will help elevate a droopy butt. Expect up to a 2/3 weeks to recover, along with bruising and minor swelling. Sitting down is a little sore and strenuous exercise best avoided for six weeks? Cost from £4500
And Don’t Forget…
*Body contouring treatments are not a miracle cure for the obese. If you are overweight you need to shift the extra weight first as these treatments work best for body contouring, and troublesome pockets of flab or bulges which simply won’t shift despite dieting.
*When undergoing treatments follow a healthy, low fat diet, drink plenty of water and take regular exercise which will help you achieve the best results.
*Just as important is a stable weight after treatment if you want to maintain the benefits
*Boost results by making a few lifestyle changes.
Strength training – along with regular cardiovascular exercise, a couple of sessions of lifting weights per week can aid fat melting. The extra muscle you build also helps burn more calories,
*Eat more fruit /salads – rich in vitamin C and flavonoids which will help break down fatty compounds while lettuce is rich in iron and magnesium, which are believed to dissolve fat
*Drink green tea contains antioxidants and is known to increase the body’s metabolic rate, the speed at which fat is burned.