Slimming down is hard. Anyone who has ever tried to get rid of fat in the common problem areas of the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and flanks knows that diet and exercise alone don’t seem to always do the trick, even if the rest of your body responds well. While that doesn’t mean you should just give up on your health regimen, it could mean it’s time to talk to your doctor about a body sculpting procedure that can help slim down these problem areas. SculpSure is a non-invasive laser treatment that can help you get rid of unwanted fat without having to deal with the complications of a procedure like liposuction. Here’s what you need to know about these problem areas and how SculpSure can help.
Genetics and natural remedies
It’s hard to fight genetics and that’s basically what you’re up against when talking about stubborn fat. Diet and exercise are key to maintaining a healthy body weight and in bolstering your overall health. But, it’s clear that eliminating fat in problem areas like the abdomen is especially difficult. That’s because our bodies change as we age. Though you can start developing unwanted fat in these areas at any time, it’s generally in middle age that it can become something of a problem. A lot of things are happening, hormonally speaking, at that time and the metabolism is also slowing down. These chemical factors plus a genetic predisposition to storing fat means you’re likely to pack on some extra pounds in these particular spots. While your doctor has body sculpting treatments available to help you slim down, they are most effective when you do most of the work yourself. No procedure is a total replacement for diet and exercise. However, they can help you cross the finish line.
Why go non-invasive?
Traditionally, when talking about fat reduction procedures, you would immediately lean towards liposuction. For decades, it was the leading fat reduction procedure. However, there are some serious downsides. For one, anesthesia has to be used, which means the procedure will take time and will be complicated. Secondly, it’s invasive. An incision has to be made and a tube has to be inserted. Finally, there is a significant recovery period where you’re not 100% for a few weeks. While liposuction can eliminate large amounts of fat, many people don’t feel comfortable with the downsides of the procedure. That’s what makes SculpSure so attractive to people who are looking to slim down in a few problem areas.
How SculpSure works
Opting for a SculpSure treatment allows you to say goodbye to stubborn fat without having to go under the knife or deal with a long recovery. In fact, there is no recovery period at all. SculpSure uses laser technology to penetrate deep into the skin of the targeted area without the need for any incisions. Concentrated heat damages the fat cells in the skin. What’s actually happening when we gain weight is that the predetermined number of fat cells in our body are expanding. So, by going to the source and eliminating the fat cells, the weight can be taken off for good. Once the fat cells are damaged by the SculpSure laser, they are naturally disposed of by the body over the next several weeks. That’s why results are usually seen in the six to twelve weeks following treatment.
A single twenty-five-minute treatment is all you need to begin seeing results, though many patients opt for more than one to target other areas or to slim down even further. While the idea of laser heat penetrating your skin may sound painful, you can rest assured that it’s not. The applicator that is placed on your skin may cause a deep warmth, but it is offset by alternating cooling blasts as well for your comfort.
A procedure that lasts less than a half hour, doesn’t cause any pain, and melts away fat sounds pretty great, however, there is one caveat. SculpSure is not a substitute for a weight loss program. In order to be a good candidate for SculpSure, you must already be at a healthy body weight. What this treatment does is it slims down problem areas that don’t respond satisfactorily to diet and exercise. This is targeted fat removal that can complement your diet and exercise routine.
Losing that list bit of weight can be very difficult. This is especially true when talking about areas of the body that are genetically predisposed to holding onto fat. Most people could use a help hand to reach the finish line. If you’ve been sticking to your diet and exercise plan but you’re not seeing the results that you’d like, SculpSure may be for you. Request an appointment to come in for a consultation. Dr. Sanderson and the team at Lasercare Skin Clinic are here to provide you with the treatment options you need so you can look and feel your best.