6 Ways to “Cheat” Your Way to a Slimmer Beach Bod
Ready or not, summer is here with its revealing clothes, calorie-packed BBQs and picnics, and swimwear. If you’re one of the many Americans who find it far easier to put pounds on than take them off, the season can present a parade of temptations and body-anxiety triggers.
As we’re all well aware, diet plus exercise is the tried-and-true approach to achieving a leaner summer physique. Burn more calories than you consume, and make sure that what you do eat is natural, unprocessed and nutritious. But what do you do when a healthy, disciplined lifestyle just won’t address pockets of fat?
Luckily, technological advancements now present a wide variety of fat-defeating options. Monique Wilson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with advanced fellowship training in cosmetic procedural dermatology, notes that, “the options for minimally and non-invasive body contouring have expanded rapidly in the past 10 years– now, fat reduction and skin tightening can be done without downtime”. It’s possible to have even the most stubborn deposits removed quickly and easily, with or without downtime. At California Skin Institute, you can “cheat” your way to a slimmer summer silhouette with any of six different types of procedure.
1. Freeze it away
Belly fat? Love handles? If exercise isn’t burning the fat off, you may see better results by freezing it away. CoolSculpting is a quick and non-invasive procedure that brings fat cells down to a temperature that damages them, without harming surrounding skin and muscle. Once the cells have been broken down through cryolipolysis (freezing), your lymphatic system removes them permanently from your body over the following months. You watch as the fat goes away, along with the beach anxiety.
2. Radiofrequency-wave it goodbye
Radiofrequency technologies work a lot like CoolSculpting, except that they heat fat off instead of freezing it away. You receive a brief, painless treatment to the surface of your skin. Then, for the weeks to months following treatment, your body continuously banishes the damaged fat cells permanently.*
As seen on the popular TV show, “The View,” the Vanquish radiofrequency device enables you to remove inches from a large area all at once and is especially popular for the waist and belly. Similarly, truSculpt® 3D melts down larger areas of fat, but you can also use it to treat smaller, more targeted areas — making it great for body sculpting towards your ideal shape.*
If you’d like smoother, firmer skin along with fat reduction, Thermi may be the radiofrequency therapy for you. While destroying your subcutaneous adipose tissue (fat) with heat, ThermiSmoothBody also tightens supporting structures within the skin and stimulates collagen production. It’s excellent for giving sagging skin a lift and ironing out cellulite, even on areas like the arms or thighs.
3. Break it down with sound
Are your measurements just about right, but you want to do some fine tuning to your waist and abdomen? Liposonix, is another fast, pain-free, non-invasive treatment, but it disrupts your target fat cells using ultrasound waves. Over the next weeks, your lymphatic system will clear the treated cells out of your body, for good. No more jelly on the belly.*
4. Zap it off with laser
Fat reduction alone won’t always rid your thighs of the dreaded “cottage cheese.” Cellulaze™ is a swift, minimally invasive, outpatient treatment designed to iron out your cellulite bumps in three ways.*
First, it liquifies unwanted fat using a SideLight fiber laser via tiny transdermal tubes (cannulae). Once the fat is suctioned out, Cellulaze reduces dimpling by cutting fibrous bands under your skin (septae) using the same laser. Lastly, the treatment applies a cellulite-reduction laser to thicken your skin, promoting new collagen growth and boosting skin elasticity. The result is a more sleek and smooth you on the beach.*
5. Suck it out
If your challenge is volume of fat, liposuction is a well-established way to remove it permanently. “Lipo” entails using numerous tiny tubes (cannulae) to reach under the skin and suck out the fat cells. You can have it done to slim down your abdomen, thighs, chest, arms — anywhere.*
Tumescent liposuction (liposuction with local anesthesia) was invented by a Southern California dermatologist approximately 25 years ago. Liposuction is a 1 to 3 hours surgical procedure using the safety of local anesthesia. The immediate post-operative recovery is quick and most patients return to work after 1-2 days. For patients with loose skin or a past history of surgery or prior treatment with a non-invasive fat reduction technology, CSI physicians recommend SmartLipo. Using a laser, SmartLipo liquefies the fat prior to the liposuction to enhance fat removal. Smart Lipo takes tumescent a step further by also heating the dermis to stimulate collagen production for an even smoother result and improved skin contraction.*
Normally part of a “mommy makeover”, liposuction results can be dramatic!*
6. Surgically remove it
If your skin has lost elasticity or your muscles are stretched out, simply removing fat from your midriff may leave skin loose and saggy. A key part of a “mommy makeover”, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) offers a long-term solution. In addition to reducing fat, it removes extra skin and tightens slack muscles to flatten your tummy and shape your waist. You go from mom bod to beach bod.*
So who’s ready to hit the beach?
Not getting the desired results from diet and exercise? You have options! From non-invasive treatments to full surgery, there are a wide range of advanced technologies to help you sculpt your body. California Skin Institute offers a variety of fat-busting approaches that are safe and effective in the hands of our experienced experts.*
Make your appointment for a consultation or treatment today. Then get ready to take that sleeker physique to the beach!*
* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.