Stuck with stubborn lumps and bumps which won’t disappear, despite diet and exercise? Nowadays, it really is possible to shape and sculpt your body without spending months in the gym or invasive surgery thanks to the many new high tech body firming and contouring treatments that will reduce fat, tighten skin and smooth cellulite
The good thing about these new fat blasters is that most are minimally invasive so have little downtime and discomfort and can target all areas of the body, including the face and the dreaded chicken skin
There are several different types of treatments, but they all generally work the same way.
A concentrated energy source – laser, ultrasound radio waves, radio frequency or extreme cold – gets aimed at fat cells, which causes the fat’s cell membranes to be punctured or destroyed killing the fat cells which are eliminated naturally by the body and, in the process, boosting collagen to tighten skin. The very latest device, Venus Legacy, combines several technologies so can tackle fat pockets, cellulite and improve skin texture and tone at the same time.
The procedures all differ in method of delivery, cost, and results, but remember they are not a miracle cure for the obese. If you are fat all over you need to shift the extra weight first as these treatments are best for body contouring, tightening lax skin which you may have after losing a little weight and troublesome pockets of flab or bulges which simply won’t shift
A course of treatments with best results seen up to six months after when new collagen has formed along with a healthy, low fat diet, plenty of water and regular exercise. will often achieve the best results . Just as important is a stable weight after treatment if you want to maintain the benefits and you can also 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 help fat melting. The extra muscle you build 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.
Here’s the low down on the latest high tech body contouring methods to give your body a helping hand…
TIGHTEN UP SLACK SKIN AND SMOOTH CELLULITE
Treatment Venus Legacy
What’s involved a small versatile hand piece that uses radio frequency and pulsed electro magnetic field therapy, but this device then goes a step further as it can also heat the deeper layers of the skin using varipulse technology which is important to break down stubborn fat deposits and stimulate collagen. The hand piece gently suctions the skin upwards, which expands the tissue making it easier for heat to penetrate. This helps lymphatic draining, boosts blood circulation to help tighten the skin. It feels like a hot stone massage and depending on areas to be treated up to eight fortnightly 40 minutes sessions may be needed with best results seen three to six months after the course
Cost xxxxx per session contact 0207 436 4441
SAY BYE TO BACK FAT AND BRA BULGES
What’s involved a cooling treatment using cryolipolysis which chills targeted areas of fat on the body including bra bulges, back fat and under-bottom fat. A
small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the areas to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This process crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve, and are then eliminated from the body naturally over the following weeks. No downtime though there may be some temporary redness and numbness but with no lasting effect. Depending on the areas to be treated up to three sessions, a couple of weeks apart, may be required with best results seen three months after treatment
Cost From £800 per one session www.coolsculpting.co.uk
SO LONG SADDLEBAGS
What’s Involved A minimally invasive procedure using a water jet assisted procedure which uses radio frequency energy and is ideal for stubborn fat bulges on the outer thighs. and for removing fat where there is loose skin. Results show that it tightens skin by up to 60 per cent more than traditional liposuction. A local anaesthetic is injected and a thin fan shaped water jet is channelled into the fat tissue to dislodge which is then removed through a cannula. Recovery one to two days, support garments to be worn for two weeks. Final results seen in 3 to 6 months
Cost from £2,000 per area contact 0207 436 4441
What’s Involved During the one-off sixty minute procedure, which can remove up to an inch of fat, advanced ultrasound technology is used to permanently destroy stubborn fat cells particularly around the waist, which are then naturally removed by the body over the following months. The treatment can be a little uncomfortable with feelings of prickling and heat, and you may have a little redness or bruising after but this will subside within a week or two. Best results seen up to three months after treatment
Cost From £1990 for one session contact Dr Rita Rakus 0207 460 7324
BYE BYE BINGO WINGS
What’s involved a pain free resurfacing and skin rejuvenation alternative to laser which uses radio frequency technology to help promote collagen/elastin and skin tightening without any downtime. The hand piece looks a bit like a hairbrush with fine needles which is placed on the skin and RF energy is passed through the needles to heat up the skin.
A course of 6-8 treatments a week apart will achieve best results
Downtime Skin may be slightly red for a day or so but easily covered with mineral make up
Cost £300 per treatment contact 0207 434 4441
GET FIRMER AT HOME
*Inspired by the machines you find in top clinics, and a great way to kick-start a getting into shape, Slendertone’s Abs Belt( £149.99 slendertone.comBoots, Argos) uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology to create strong deep muscle contractions via small electrical pulses which are attached to the body by pads Generally, your brain sends pulses to your muscles telling them to contract or relax. EMS sends electrical signals to directly stimulate and exercise your muscles. Even those muscles that are extremely hard to reach via conventional exercise. EMS is a proven efficient way to exercise your muscles, rooted in sports science research. Best results are achieved when used in conjunction with 20 minutes of exercise 5 days a week for the first six weeks combined with healthy eating .