Body contouring has become one of the most sought after aesthetic procedures by fitness-conscious men who demand maximum visual results from their conscientious efforts. Eliminating abdominal fat in order to reveal rippling washboard abs can be both tedious and challenging. Most men whose metabolisms have dulled with age often find that those stubborn spare tires around their waists simply refuse to go away even after trying out all kinds of fat burning supplements, faddish diets, or punishing exercise regimes. For decades, the only available option was invasive liposuction under general anaesthesia which could take weeks or even months for patients to completely heal and recover from. Thanks to modern cutting edge technologies, finding a safe and non-invasive alternative to liposuction can be as simple as one of these three options for targeted areas for fat loss.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical long-lasting fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to permanently eliminate stubborn subcutaneous fatty tissues that otherwise would not respond to any diet or exercise. Fat cells that are frozen during the CoolSculpting procedure gradually die off and leave the body through the body’s natural elimination process. Renowned plastic surgeon Dr Martin Huang of MH Plastic Surgery which is located at the Paragon supports the efficacy of this procedure by saying, “In my experience, CoolSculpting is the most effective non-surgical treatment for fat reduction.”
The areas to be treated were being mapped and marked out on my stomach before a gel pad was being placed on top. Once the applicator was set into place, I instantly felt an aching pull from the vacuum suction. As the cooling system kicked in shortly after, I experienced a sharp freezing sensation. Within five minutes, the area went numb from the freezing cold, and the pain became more manageable. I could even compose work E-mails and reply to messages on my mobile for the rest of the treatment. I was told that many patients read books, watch videos, or even take a nap during their sessions. After the treatment ended, I felt some slight sensitivity and tingling as the treated areas were being massaged. Some potential side effects may include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, stinging, tenderness or sensitivity. Since the CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive, I could immediately return back to normal activities.
Leading aesthetic physician Dr Kenneth Thean, who is the founder and medical director of the EnSoul medical clinic that is situated at International Building, also offers the CoolSculpting procedure. Dr Thean advises, “Careful analysis and an artistic approach is crucial to achieving your ideal body shape. Choose a dedicated clinic that pays attention to details and carries only FDA approved machines.”
EXILIS uses a safe and sophisticated combination of thermal energy, focused radiofrequency waves, and ultrasound technology to produce firm and uplifted facial contours, as well as svelte bodily silhouettes. As an added bonus, EXILIS also reduces wrinkles and remodels the skin from within by stimulating collagen production. Most patients start to see and feel the tangible differences right after just one session and can jump right back to their normal routines immediately after each treatment. Dr Rohan Mendis, who is the CEO of Mendis Aesthetics that is located at Mandarin Gallery Singapore says, “EXILIS is used to simultaneously tighten the skin and emulsify the unwanted fat. We then use Acoustic Wave therapy to further assist the body in the lymphatic drainage of the dissolved fat to the liver to be metabolised by the body’s natural waste elimination processes.”
For a smoother glide of the applicator handpiece, ultrasound gel is first being applied onto the areas to be treated. I felt a very pleasant and comfortable heating sensation on my belly that is akin to getting a hot-stone massage. The entire experience was so warm, fuzzy, and soothing that I fell asleep and did not want the treatment to end. The skin around my stomach and abdomen seemed visibly tauter immediately following the treatment. To see optimal results, four treatment sessions each ranging from approximately 30 to 40 minutes, all done in the span of two to four weeks are recommended. Dr Mendis adds, “I always recommend to all of my patients to adopt a balanced holistic approach and lifestyle changes that include a proper diet plan and daily exercise. We can then use technology such as EXILIS, Acoustic Wave, etc to further enhance and accelerate the healthy weight loss.”
The EMSCULPT is a non-invasive HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology that induces very strong and intense supramaximal muscle contractions that are not achievable through normal exercising no matter how hard we may try. When exposed to these powerfully deep contractions, the muscle tissues in our body have no choice but to adapt to such extreme conditions and grow as a result. The aftereffects of having multiple EMSCULPT treatments are increased muscle mass, volume, and density. This is achieved as the muscles are being forced to remodel and multiply their inner fibrous structure, which brings about an ideal combination of muscle building and fat burning.
Each EMSCULPT session takes 30 minutes and a typical treatment protocol is a minimum of four sessions scheduled 2-3 days apart from each other. Visible results are seen two weeks after the last treatment session and will continue to improve for several weeks thereafter. Dr Martin Huang enthuses, “I believe that EMSCULPT is a revolutionary development in non-invasive body contouring because, for the first time, we are able to tighten the abdominals and lift the butt without resorting to any surgery.”
The EMSCULPT apparatus pad kind of resembles an iron. The experience felt as if I was doing very deep abdominal crunches, and the robust vibrations that reverberated all the way to my feet took a bit of getting used to. I wondered whether these vigorous contractions are similar to those experienced by women who are about to give birth. Each series of induced muscle contractions were intercepted with electromagnetic impulses that felt like tapping in order to release the accumulated lactic acid. Post-treatment, I barely felt any muscle soreness that is commonly associated with muscle fatigue after a strenuous gym workout. After two weeks had elapsed from my last treatment session, I started to see some apparent abdominal contours appear.
Dr Rohan Mendis also offers and performs EMSCULPT at his clinic for clients who are seeking a flatter tummy coupled with a stronger core and added sex appeal. Dr Mendis explains, “I always recommend adopting a balanced and holistic approach with lifestyle changes that include a proper diet plan and daily exercise. Emsculpt is a unique technology that not only addressed the excess fat but also engages and activates the muscles as it is a high-intensity workout on its own.”
Privé Clinic also offers EMSCULPT but highlights that this procedure is not suitable for those who are extremely obese but is more suited for those who aren’t suited to fat-freezing treatments such as CoolSculpting due to the smaller amounts of fats. To determine which treatment is suitable for you, it is best to consult the doctor for a proper diagnostic evaluation.
Contributed by Luke Elijah
Images: EnSoul Clinic, Mendis Aesthetics and MH Plastic Surgery