POST CHRISTMAS AND CHINESE NEW YEAR TARGETED BODY SHAPING - BY DR HAROLD MA
With all the festivities behind us, many find that the Christmas feasting and Lunar new year goodies have made a permanent residence on our tummy, hips, thighs and arms.
As much as we tried to restrain ourselves from excessive munching, truth be told; the love handles, fuller hips and thighs are hard to fight off. With each passing new year, it is even harder and harder to keep the waistline and weight under control.
Doctors and health fitness experts advocate that the key to a healthy body shape and weight is through proper sensible diet and exercise. However, given the modern day demands of a busy work schedule, children’s weekend activities, or social commitments, we find that there is simply not enough time to hit the gym as often as we would like. Though not ideal, calorie restriction may help to mitigate the weight gain and lack of exercise. It is a double whammy if we are not getting enough exercise and yet over-eating or eating the wrong food. Make sure your food choices are sensible and will help keep your weight under control.
For those with stubborn fat which is not responding to the gym workouts or sports activities, you may need targeted body fat sculpting. Traditionally, this meant surgical liposuction. While this remains the gold standard for removing skin deep unwanted fat, many find the downtime and pain of recovery unacceptable. Most also are not looking to lose a lot of fat, they want to sculpt certain trouble areas, be it the love handles, the bra fat, the flabby arms or the inner thighs or outer hips.
The alternative and more popular treatment is a non-invasive cryolipolysis, also known commercially as Coolsculpting. Using proprietary cooling protocols, the device cools skin to a sub-zero temperature without causing any permanent damage to skin or surrounding structures. Only the fatty tissue is selectively destroyed, leading to a slimming effect at the treated area. Each treatment gives about 22% reduction of the treated fat. The procedure takes about an hour upwards, depending on how many areas need treatment. After that, patients feel mild soreness and tingling sensation. Rarely, painkillers may be needed. Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, a slimming effect is observed and treatment can be repeated as needed.
Remember, there is no replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but we can all get a little help to freeze away some of that unwanted fats from over-eating our favourite bak kwa or pineapple tarts. Wishing everyone a prosperous, healthy and beautiful new year of the dog. Gong Xi Fa Cai!