How can I maintain the results of my fat reduction treatment?

How can I maintain the results of my fat reduction treatment?

Fat reduction treatments in Singapore are effective, non-invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery for fat removal and body sculpting.

However, it is important to note that although fat reduction treatment results are long-lasting, they are not immune to changes in lifestyles or habits. It is still possible to put on the pounds after your procedure. 

In this quick guide, we’ll give you the lowdown on how to maintain your fat reduction results and ensure that we get the most out of our treatment. Read on to find out more! 

What is fat reduction? 

Not everyone likes the idea of going under the knife. Fat reduction treatments, also known as non-surgical fat reduction, are non-invasive alternatives to: 

  • Tighten loose skin 
  • Reduce stubborn fat 
  • Reshape or contour targeted areas 
  • Sculpt and shape the body 
  • Reduce cellulite 

Fat reduction treatments are generally based on the science that fat cells can only survive under certain temperatures or conditions. Therefore, stubborn pockets of fat are subjected to extreme heat or cold to kill off the fat cells, which are then metabolised and flushed from the body naturally. 

Fat reduction technology has come a long way since its first introduction to the realm of aesthetics, and comprises various modalities, such as ultrasound, radiofrequency, infrared light and freezing (cryotherapy). 

Benefits of fat reduction treatment 

Fat reduction treatments confer several benefits: 

  • Non-invasive — fat reduction treatments are non-invasive alternatives to more invasive surgical procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks. They make a viable option for those who don’t want to go under the knife. 
  • Minimal to no downtime — these treatments have minimal to no downtime. In fact, they are often referred to as “lunchtime treatments” because they can be done within a short amount of time, and you may return to your daily activities right after the procedure. 
  • Incisionless — as mentioned earlier, fat reduction procedures do not involve the use of incisions. This entails benefits such as quicker recovery and no scarring. 
  • No hospital stay required — unlike its surgical counterparts that require several days to weeks’ stay at the hospital, fat reduction procedures do not require hospital admissions.
  • Natural-looking and subtle results — results from a fat reduction treatment are more subtle and gradual, which entail more natural-looking results. 
  • Tighten loose skin — Some fat-reduction treatments also have the added benefit of tightening loose skin by encouraging collagen and elastin production. This helps further achieve a sculpted and well-contoured silhouette. 

Common Types of Non-invasive Fat Reduction Treatments 

Common Types of Non-invasive Fat Reduction Treatments

  • Light therapy — also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), this treatment utilises LED light at specific wavelengths to melt layers of fat and sculpt the body. The light breaks down the fat cells’ cell membrane, causing it to shrink and eventually be metabolised in the body.

The Lightfective ReBorn is an LED-powered fat reduction treatment that utilises comparatively higher temperatures for optimal results. This technology has an in-built patented cooling system to ensure that you’re kept comfortable throughout the procedure.

  • Fat freezing — fat freezing, or cryolipolysis treatments, utilise extremely cold sub-zero temperatures to crystallise and kill off fat cells. These are then naturally excreted from the body over time. 

SkinLab’s MiCool Fat Freeze treatment is a 60-minute fat freezing treatment that takes the procedure one step further using patented Smart Gel Pads that are applied to the target area for a more comfortable and effective treatment. 

  • Radiofrequency (RF) lipolysis — radiofrequency treatments help treat stubborn pockets of fat by heating the fat cells using radiofrequency technology. Generally, no direct contact is required and the fat cells are heated without causing damage to surrounding skin tissues. 

The Vanquish+ Me Body Contouring treatment is an FDA-approved RF lipolysis treatment that provides the largest spot size in the industry. This means that you can treat larger areas of fat within one session for optimal results, making it an ideal option for the belly and thighs. Besides Vanquish, 3rd Gen RF Body Contouring is also a superb fat reduction treatment that utilises tripollar radiofrequency to reduce unwanted fat deposits. Besides reducing fat, 3rd Gen RF Body Contouring also has collagen stimulating properties which firms up loose and wrinkly skin, a common side effect of rapid fat loss. For this reason, this 2-in-1 treatment can be very helpful for those also looking to tone up. 

  • Ultrasonic cavitation — this particular type of treatment utilises ultrasound technology, specifically targeted ultrasonic vibrations, to break down fat cells that are then excreted naturally from the body. Ultrasonic cavitation is also an ideal option for cellulite reduction and reducing adipose fat. 

There is no such thing as the “best” treatment, but there is one that would be best for you. This is because we all have vastly different body types, desired goals, trouble areas and levels of pain tolerance. A proper consultation with a trained professional will help determine what treatment would suit you best. 

Immediate Post-Treatment Care 

There are various post-treatment practices you can adopt, depending on what type of fat reduction treatment in Singapore you opt for. Generally, your therapist will provide guidance based on the treatment you underwent — it’s important to follow these post-treatment care instructions to ensure your safety and optimal results from your procedure. 

Follow-up appointments and recommendations 

Generally, results are gradual and you may require more than one treatment depending on your current condition and body goals. Going for your follow-up appointments allows your therapist to monitor your progress and adjust the treatments to your individual needs as the sessions progress. It also helps them monitor for complications and manage any issues or complications should they arise. 

Managing any potential side effects or discomfort 

You may experience minor side effects or discomfort after your procedure, such as mild bruising or swelling. This is normal and generally subsides within a few days. To ease the discomfort, you can apply a cold compress and avoid hot showers that may worsen swelling. 

If your side effects persist or affect your day-to-day activities, consult your therapist or healthcare professional. They will be able to address any concerns you may have and provide further guidance on post-treatment care. 

Adhering to post-procedure guidelines 

As mentioned earlier, your aesthetic professional or healthcare provider will equip you with the necessary information to increase treatment effectiveness and minimise risks. It is important to adhere to these post-procedure guidelines to ensure: 

  • A smooth recovery 
  • Reduced risk of complications 
  • Enhance procedure efficacy 
  • Manage discomfort and pain 
  • Support long-term results 
  • Shorten recovery time

Lifestyle Adjustments for Long-Term Success 

Results from fat reduction treatments are permanent. However, it is still possible to regain the lost weight. Making small adjustments to your day-to-day life can help maintain the long-term success of your post-procedure treatment. Some habits to adopt include: 

Healthy eating habits 

Healthy eating habits play a huge role in managing our weight. These include: 

  • Opt for healthy fats — Healthy fats from fish, avocados and nuts can help keep you full longer, encourage nutrient absorption and contribute to managing your blood sugar. 
  • Have more fruits and vegetables — Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your meals because they are high in fibre and dense in nutrients. They are also low in calories and help you feel satiated. 
  • Limit sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates — these food types lack nutritional value and can spike your blood sugar, increasing insulin production. 
  • Eat mindfully — try eliminating distractions while you eat. This allows you to be more present during your meals, making it easier to recognise when you’re full. 
  • Consume more protein — Not only do proteins increase your satiety, having protein in your diet helps preserve lean body mass and regulate the hormones responsible for your appetite. 
  • Portion control — Taking note of portions helps you stick to your dietary goals and prevents you from overeating. Managing your portions wisely helps ensure that you create a calorie deficit necessary for weight loss or weight maintenance. 

Regular exercise 

Exercising at least half an hour each day can greatly contribute to your fat reduction treatment results. Working out adds to your body’s total energy expenditure, which, in turn, helps decrease body fat. 

Studies have shown that exercise should be an integral part of any weight loss or weight maintenance programme because of its direct correlation to improving insulin sensitivity and improved overall health.

Incorporate both cardiovascular and strength training exercises into your weight maintenance routine for optimal results! Consult your doctor before undergoing any new exercise regime, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. 

Hydration and its impact on maintaining results 

Hydration is very important and about 2.5 litres is recommended for women, and 3.5 litres for men. This benchmark, however, is dependent on a variety of factors, such as your age, activity and climate in which you live. It is also common to mistake thirst for hunger, causing you to consume more calories than you need. 

In fat reduction treatments, fat is expelled, metabolised and excreted by the body as a natural process. Water plays an integral part in the process of breaking down fat and aids in the body’s natural healing process. Other benefits of staying hydrated include: 

  • Reduces swelling and inflammation — staying hydrated can help lower post-procedure swelling and inflammation. 
  • Improves blood circulation — hydration encourages improved blood circulation, which is integral for transporting oxygen and nutrients to the treated area. This, in turn, supports healing and overall tissue health. 
  • Flushes toxins — many fat reduction treatments kill off fat cells which eventually become metabolic byproducts. Staying hydrated helps encourage the removal of these toxins via urination. 
  • Prevents dehydration — some fat reduction treatments can lead to fluid loss and lead to dehydration-related complications. Make up for the loss by making sure you take adequate amounts of fluid right after your treatment! 

Importance of patience and realistic expectations 

Results from a fat reduction treatment are not instantaneous, and it may take time for you to achieve your desired results. Additionally, unlike tummy tucks or liposuction procedures, fat is not physically removed from the body, and so results will not be as drastic, and you can expect a more natural-looking and subtle reduction. 

During your initial consultation, communicate both your concerns and goals with your treatment professional. They will work with you in finding a treatment that best suits you, while providing realistic goals, expectations and ensuring treatment satisfaction. 

Consulting with professionals for guidance 

Consistency is key! The right body slimming treatment can only be as effective as the amount of effort we put in to keep the weight off. This can be done by adopting proper post-procedure practices, such as eating healthy, getting regular exercise and staying hydrated! 

Post-procedure practices are just as important as the procedure itself, which is why guidance from a professional is important. This helps monitor your progress to ensure optimal treatment results, long-term success, facilitate recovery, and minimise complications. 

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