BY SMITA DE SOUZA
If you’re anything like me, slim thighs, a slim tummy and slim bum (on anything but a slim diet) are up there on your wish list. However, since that’s next to impossible, I’ve researched a few helpful slimming treatments. From freezing cold suction cups to fat busting ultra sound waves and skin tightening LED lights, these slimming treatments will help you get those skinny thighs and tummy.
Get in shape effortlessly: I-Lipo at The Body Firm
If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to target stubborn fat this treatment is for you. Available at The Body Firm, it promises to slim you down instantly without any pain. Most of us tend to easily accumulate fat around areas like the thighs, arms, abdomen and back which doesn’t seem to shift even after exercising. Using Lipolaser, a cold, low level laser-based light that penetrates a few millimetres beneath the skin, this treatment targets subcutaneous fat cells in these problem areas and shrinks them, thus reducing inches. These fat cells are then released into the lymphatic system to be naturally eliminated.
The treatment is safe and painless, doesn’t impact surrounding organs and you see results in a short period of time. Together with an anti-cellulite massage it is a great way to address stubborn fat and cellulite. One of The Body Firm’s signature treatments, the massage is done by an expertly trained masseuse and the firm, deep strokes of this manual massage improve blood flow, circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. The result? Tighter, firmer contours and smoother looking skin. And as an Expat Living reader you can get your first trial at the special price of $39 only!
Freeze your fat away: CoolSculpting at Dr Yvonne Goh
A popular alternative to liposuction, this non-invasive procedure reduces the fat layer in a particular area by as much as 40 percent. It can now be used to define the contours of the jaw, too, thanks to the Cool Mini applicator available at Dr Yvonne Goh’s clinic. All you’ll feel during this painless treatment is a cold sensation for the first few minutes; CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis, a controlled cooling method that permanently kills off unwanted fat cells. Using the Cool Mini applicator, it’s possible to freeze and eliminate the fat that gives you the appearance of having a double chin.
After the hour-long session, your body will continue to break down crystallised fat cells, which are then eliminated naturally. Temporary side effects post treatment can include redness, minor bruising, tingling or numbness in the treated area, but you will be able to get on with your day as usual. You will start to see results in as little as three weeks, but the most noticeable changes manifest after two months as your body continues to flush out dead fat cells. Those with defined muscles will notice even more definition once the fat covering them has been eliminated. To ensure optimal results, it’s best to stick with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Lose those last few inches: Liposonix at Dr Valentin Low
A revolutionary treatment that could see you drop as much as a dress size in just one session, Liposonix uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound to non-invasively get rid of stubborn fat around your waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery. The Liposonix system is described as highly versatile, allowing control over precisely how and where energy is delivered for a truly customised treatment in a single session.
The painless procedure promises to destroy targeted subcutaneous fat and deliver uniform, predictable results after a single hour-long treatment. Results are typically seen in eight to 12 weeks – the time needed for the body to naturally process the treated fat. Liposonix is not liposuction or surgery and nor is it a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and exercise. But it is a quick, easy way to help you tackle that last inch and achieve your personal best shape.
Get that body back: Thermage Tummy Tightening and Body Shaping at The Aesthetics Centre
Best for those who have lost a lot of weight, recently had a baby or are simply looking for a tighter, firmer tummy, this non-invasive procedure promises to help retain existing collagen and also promote the production of new collagen over time. The result? Less sagging, a younger looking skin and a flattening and softening of any stretch marks you may have. Apart from tummies, it can also help tighten, firm and shape your thighs and buttocks. You could even schedule it during your lunch hour, as the procedure requires no downtime and you can go straight back to your normal routines afterwards. Generally, you can expect to see some change immediately and will notice an improvement in the skin for up to six months after the treatment as the body continues to produce new collagen. Results can last up to two years depending on the condition of your skin and other factors associated with the process of ageing. Results can last up to two years depending on the condition of your skin and other factors associated with the process of ageing.
The complete overhaul package: The Treatment to Transformation Program at Cutis
Created with an emphasis on providing you with extensive information during your journey to a better body, this would be ideal for anyone who likes to be kept fully involved in the process and informed about their treatment every step of the way. The Treatment to Transformation (TtT) program is a customised plan with a holistic approach to transforming the body by focusing on common problem areas such as the abdomen, thighs and arms, and also on armpits and double chins.
Its multi-pronged, well-rounded approach to slimming includes: the original CoolSculpting nonsurgical fat-freezing procedure; TriLipo triple-action fat reduction; Tanita body diagnostics; and nutrition consultation. High-tech body diagnosis gives you valuable insights about your total body fat, the amount of fat that surrounds your internal organs, your muscle and bone mass and your current metabolic age (you may be surprised!). CoolSculpting effectively removes stubborn fat and sculpts the body with safe fat-freezing technology. Meanwhile, TriLipo treatment delivers collagen building and skin-tightening benefits. Finally, nutrition consultations help you prolong the benefits with the right eating plan.
For spot reduction: TruSculpt at GloAesthetics and The Lifestyle Clinic
This US FDA-approved treatment uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to deliver heat to the subcutaneous layer to destroy fat cells. Each application lasts for an average of four minutes, heating tissue to an approximate depth of half a centimetre to one centimetre below the surface of the skin; then the applicator is moved to the adjacent area to begin the next series of pulses. The energy from the RF destroys fat cells in the targeted area, after which the immune system eliminates cell debris in its usual way. As the cells are naturally eliminated from the body over the next six to eight weeks, you will see a reduction in fat bulges and smoother skin in place of cellulite. The unique design of the handpiece allows it to achieve and transmit temperatures higher than 45 degrees comfortably and safely to different areas of the body.
Temperatures are appropriately calibrated to each patient, and if you find the heat intolerable at any time during the treatment, the temperature will immediately be adjusted once again. Safe for all skin types, each TruSculpt session typically lasts less than an hour and doesn’t require any special preparation or recovery time. Most people require two to four treatments over four to eight weeks. Pain relievers are not usually necessary, but if you’re sensitive to heat your doctor may prescribe a mild painkiller. Any redness, tenderness or sweating in and around the treated area should disappear within a few hours.
For busting cellulite: Technispa by Guinot at Sylvia’s Secrets
Here’s a system that promises to minimise the appearance of cellulite, slim down your legs and give you smoother skin. It uses a combination of massage, lymphatic drainage, ionisation and stimulation to mobilise underlying tissues and muscles to dissolve fat, break down cellulite and drain toxins. Try the Firming-Slimming Treatment that uses the triple-action slimming technology of the Technispa machine. Here, the muscles receive a workout through stimulation and massage after firming active ingredients are infused deep into the skin through the process of ionisation. The result? Firmer, toned and smoother skin. The Double Slimming Treatment, on the other hand, uses a different massage head to contour the figure and minimise the appearance of cellulite.
This variation of the Technispa technology doubles the manipulation of the skin for double the effect. Active ingredients promote the release of stored fat, while the stimulation burns up released fat deposits, drains toxins and increases blood circulation. Skin manipulation is used to physically break down the cellulite and stored fat. But if you’re after slim, toned, smooth legs, you should opt for the Soothing Leg Treatment; it increases blood circulation, oxygenates tissues and decongests them by promoting water drainage. Menthol and camphor are also infused with a galvanic current to instantly increase blood circulation and relieve any feeling of heaviness in the legs.
For maximum benefits: 3MAX CoolShaping at Le Petit Spa
In order to tone and sculpt the body, this advanced slimming solution integrates cryolipolysis, Ultra Cavitation, ultrasound and radiofrequency in one treatment. Using four different hand-pieces, it works to reduce fat and cellulite, tighten skin and promote lymphatic drainage. It’s even possible to use two handpieces at once to simultaneously treat separate body parts. For example, the CryoSculptor could be reshaping and contouring your abdomen at the same time as the S-Polar applicator is being used to smoothen and tighten your thighs.
The CryoSculptor combines the use of cryolipolysis to kill fat cells and LED light to tighten skin in the targeted area. At the same time, the S-Polar hand-piece combines the use of radiofrequency and red LED light to stimulate blood circulation, enhance lymphatic drainage and tighten skin. Depending on the extent of your concerns and the treatment required, each session can last for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.
The targeted treatment: Liposuction at David Loh Surgery
A minor surgical procedure, this treatment is best used to reshape body contours by removing stubborn fat deposits. It works best on areas like the outer thighs, abdomen, buttocks and upper arms or anywhere that’s disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body. The surgery is performed under anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure and takes about two hours.
While you’re sedated, small, thin blunt tubes called cannula are used to extract the fat via a tiny hole. In some cases, the extracted fat can be transplanted to augment other areas – like the face and breasts – that have shrunk as a result of ageing. This is called Fat Transfer. You’re allowed to go home after the surgery and recovery will depend on the extent of the liposuction. You will experience some swelling and slight soreness after the operation. The swelling peaks about four to five days later and will completely subside after about four to six weeks to reveal defined muscle.