Summer has arrived and if you’re still trying to shake off those pesky areas of fat, there is a quick and effective solution that will have you bikini-ready in no time!
Whether it is to combat those stubborn pockets of fatty tissue on the stomach, arms, hips or back, non-invasive body contouring remains one of the most popular fields in the aesthetic industry.
While there are several approaches to fat reduction, over time new, minimally invasive devices have been introduced to the market. Here, we guide you through the essentials in non-surgical body contouring and outline one of the most popular technologies to create a slimmer, more balanced silhouette.
Why non-surgical body contouring?
While liposuction surgery offers an effective and predictable method of removing fat deposits, non-surgical body contouring provides an option for those who don’t want to go under the knife because of the associated risks and recovery time.
One of the key differences between liposuction and non-surgical body contouring devices is the number of procedures required. Most non-surgical devices require a minimum of three treatments in order to achieve optimal results, and often it can take longer before those results are seen, as the fat cells take time to be metabolised through the body’s usual processes.
Usually, anaesthesia isn’t required for non-surgical body contouring and treatments are performed in an in-office setting. There is normally no downtime, minimal patient discomfort, and complications are rare.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime, results should be long lasting because, just as with liposuction, when fat cells are permanently destroyed they will not return.
As developments in non-surgical body contouring continue, it’s easy to become confused by the wide range of devices and technologies on offer. Most devices harness some form of energy – be it radiofrequency, ultrasound or freezing temperatures – to penetrate the skin and break down underlying fat. We take a look at cryolipolysis – one of the most popular non-surgical body contouring technologies available in Australia.
Cryolipolysis is one approach to non-invasive body contouring. It uses almost-freezing temperatures to kill fat cells without traumatising the surrounding tissues or harming the skin. The treatment is most suited to patients of average weight with pockets of fat that are resistant to diet or exercise, rather than those looking for large volume fat removal.
During treatment, a gel drape is commonly placed onto the target area to protect the skin before the applicator head is placed onto the fat pocket, where it remains for around 60 minutes.
The applicator acts like a vacuum to suck the area into position and direct the cold temperature to the target fat cells under the skin.
You will typically experience a gradual cooling sensation, similar to placing the area in iced water, but this subsides as the body gets used to the change. The initial suction may be uncomfortable depending on the laxity of the skin, but any discomfort usually subsides about 10 minutes into treatment.
After the treatment, the target area may feel stiff and cold, appearing squarish as if still moulded to the inside of the applicator. This can look strange immediately after the treatment, but it usually subsides after about 30 minutes as the skin and underlying tissues soften back to room temperature.
Generally, at least two to three treatments are recommended. The results of cryolipolysis take at least a couple of months to appear, depending on the size of the area treated.
Clatuu is one of the latest fat-freezing devices using cryolipolysis to eliminate those stubborn pockets of fat and create a more streamlined, sculpted figure – just in time for summer!
Where can I get it?
Pure Aesthetics – Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Call 02 9252 9262 or head to www.pureaesthetics.com.au