Complement Your Fitness Regimen With Non-Surgical Body Contouring

by Louis Silberman

joggersA good fitness regimen can help you feel better, lose weight, improve your health, increase your energy level and make you feel more confident in your skin. But, even when we’re exercising regularly and maintaining a balanced diet, some of us are still troubled by “problem areas” that just won’t go away. The most common of these areas are the lower abdomen, thighs and buttocks. The problems can range from cellulite to excess inches and even sagging skin.

While these “problem areas” may not pose any health risks, they can often make people feel self-conscious and uncomfortable with their bodies. For a long time, the only way to address these issues was with surgery. But now, there are simple non-invasive procedures that can be performed in less than an hour, with no downtime.

Advances in medical aesthetic technology allow us to get a smooth, slimming effect with the use of ultrasound waves, radiofrequency energy, fat freezing technology and other FDA-approved modalities.

Advances in medical aesthetic technology allow us to get a smooth, slimming effect with the use of ultrasound waves, radiofrequency energy, fat freezing technology and other FDA-approved modalities. Treatments that utilize ultrasound technology reduce the appearance of cellulite by delivering localized heat below the skin. This electronically-induced heat creates a micro-massage effect that redistributes fat cells and encourages blood circulation. Treatments that employ infrared and radiofrequency modalities use light and radio frequencies to produce heat below the skin; at the same time a mechanical vacuum massage works to shrink the size of fat cells, resulting in a loss in circumference and a reduction of cellulite. Fat freezing is the newest innovation in body sculpting. It works by delivering controlled cooling to fat cells, which will eliminate those cells over time.

While these devices allow us to get great results at a fraction of the price of surgical procedures, it’s important to point out that these procedures do not produce the same results as liposuction or laser liposuction. The non-surgical body contouring treatments typically work best on people who are near their ideal weight, but have one or two areas that have not been able to be “smoothed out” by diet and exercise alone. Some common complaints are those about “a muffin top,” “saddle bags” and “cottage cheese.”

Depending on the type of treatment you receive, you may need several sessions to get the best results. It is also extremely important to find a practitioner who is clinically trained in body contouring. When you visit a doctor, nurse, aesthetician, cosmetic laser technician or another medical aesthetic professional to get a consultation, be sure to ask about his or her credentials, experience and education.

- Louis Silberman is president and founder of National Laser Institute, the largest cosmetic laser and medical aesthetic training center in North America. Silberman is an expert in medical aesthetics, a medical spa owner and nationally recognized author, marketing speaker and business consultant. Contact Silberman at (800) 982-6817 or louis@nlionline.com.

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