Over the last year, life in lockdown created the perfect mix for weight gain.  With some of us gaining up to 15 pounds during self-isolation, ‘Quarantine 15’—has been trending worldwide, and in general people are becoming concerned about their ‘Covid curves’. As the vaccines are rolling out and social distancing guidelines are being eased, a lot of us want to get back to our pre-COVID bodies. Or, even try out new beauty procedures. In fact, the investment in oneself, experiences and feeling good about one’s body and mind has taken over material purchases, leading to a rise in the popularity of non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as cellulite reduction, fat reduction, muscle building and body contouring.

So, what’s the reason behind non-invasive body contouring becoming 2021’s ‘most-wanted’ procedures?

While nothing compares with the confidence that comes from achieving a desired body goal, the reasons for body contouring solutions gaining popularity are aplenty! 

  • An easy way out

    Lockdown has been hard on everyone, and we are eager to step out at our best when we do. These minimally invasive or non-invasive body contouring procedures offer an easier alternative to diet and exercise. These procedures use lasers, radio frequency, and electromagnetic waves to eliminate fat without having to undergo surgery. A topical numbing agent may be often applied to lessen discomfort, and one can return to daily activity the next day.

  • Spot reduction is possible!

    It is a well-known fact that hours spent at the gym or eating clean cannot help in spot reduction. For women, it is generally the hips and thighs or arms; while for men it’s usually the stomach or flanks. Body contouring treatments, however make spot reduction possible and enable one to perfectly contour their body. With technologies ranging from Cryolipolysis to radiofrequency and HIFEM, it’s possible to target and reduce localized fat.

  • Time is of essence
    ‘Time and convenience’ are top priorities for everyone. Body contouring treatments can be done as an outpatient procedure, with minimal downtime and quick visible results. Results are often experienced within a few weeks, right after a couple of sessions.
  • Non-invasive way to that dream body
    Now that the vaccine rollout is underway, people have a greater sense of security and are finally ready to engage with that part of themselves and do the things they’ve always wanted to do but had been putting off. Skin tightening is also in very high demand right now, as it’s a great alternative to a tummy tuck for those looking for a less invasive procedure with minimal downtime. The procedure uses various types of energy to deliver tissue contraction, resulting in a tightened and toned look. It’s a very popular procedure with women postpartum as it also helps with scarring.
  • Why wait when there’s instant gratification
    With everything available to us at just a click or a swipe away, we want solutions that give quick and easy results that last. And non-invasive body contouring procedures fit perfectly into this category. Moreover, with warmer weather and anticipated travel, body contouring procedures have become one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the past few weeks compared to normal years.

How do body contouring technologies work?

Simply put, body contouring refers to the use of different procedures/technologies that can help you get rid of excess skin and fat in a problem area, tightening your skin and reducing cellulite. While surgery is an option, there
are several safe, pain free and non-invasive ways to tighten and tone the body. The five primary methods are:

  • Laser-like LED
  • Laser
  • Infrared
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Radio frequency

The technology behind each treatment is designed to directly interact with the fat cells. For instance, LED, laser, radiofrequency and infrared technologies stimulate fat cells leading to the fatty portion of the cell melting. The melted fat is recirculated in the body and ultimately burned up as energy. To ensure that the fat is burned, most body contouring procedures are equipped with a full body vibration or techniques along similar lines. While melting fat is one part of body contouring, skin tightening and cellulite reducing technology further ensures body tightening and contouring post the losing of fat and weight.

The various body contouring solutions are:

  • Cryolipolysis – Ideal to freeze stubborn fat in the arms, abdomen, upper back & double chin
    Mode of Action: sub-zero temperatures are used to reduce localized fat
    Number of treatments needed: 1-3 sessions per area
  • HIFU – Ideal for skin tightening on the face or body
    Mode of Action: ultra-sound waves are used to reduce fat and tighten skin
    Number of treatments needed: 1-3 sessions
  • Radiofrequency -Ideal for skin tightening on the face or body
    Mode of Action: heat energy is used to reduce fat & cellulite and also tighten the skin
    Number of treatments needed: 4-10 sessions
  • HIFEM – Ideal for butt and ab muscle building
    Mode of Action: focused electromagnetic energy creates supramaximal muscle contraction
    Number of treatments needed: 4 sessions of 30 minutes each
  • MDS – Ideal for strengthening muscles across the thighs, arms, abs and back
    Mode of Action: multi-directional stimulation tones and sculpts muscles
    Number of treatments needed: 6 sessions over 2 weeks

Understanding which body solution is right for you

  • Gym buff: For those who spend hours at the gym but haven’t seen the desired muscle definition, choose muscle building solutions based on MDS & HIFEM technologies such as EMSculpt and truSculpt Flex. They are completely customisable to complement your specific needs, fitness level and body shape.
  • Fit, but have fat: For those suffering with stubborn pockets of fat, Cryolipolsysis based fat reduction solutions such as Cooltech and CoolSculpting are the answer to get rid of stubborn fat in regions such as the upper arm, back (bra fat), thighs, abdomen and underneath the buttocks.
  • Lost weight, but gained lose skin: Whether lose skin is caused by weight loss or age or sun exposure, RF & HIFU based skin tightening solutions such as Venus Viva, Pressure Therapy or Ultherapy will be perfect to get firmed-up and toned skin.

An important thing to note while opting for body contouring is that it is not a weight-loss program. These procedures are generally advised for people who have almost attained their body goals but are facing issues with fatty deposits in certain areas that are seemingly resistant to exercise or diet. Though these procedures are long-lasting, it is advised to follow a healthy lifestyle to maintain your new sculpted body. As all body contouring procedures are customisable as per the specific needs of the client, the duration of each treatment varies. The turnaround time for results is also based on the kind of treatment one opts for and the frequency of the same.

Ready to sculpt yourself slim with body contouring?

In order to achieve optimum results from these procedures, you must discuss your goals with your dermatologist when choosing a body-contouring method. Your dermatologist will recommend the combination of services and technology that will help you achieve the results you desire.

If you are someone who is looking to reclaim your pre-Covid bod, consider body contouring for a hassle-free experience with quick turnaround time and long-lasting results.

– By Kaya’s Expert Dermatologists

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