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Keen to get that summer body this winter?

Let’s face it, there has been a lot of change this year. With lockdown restrictions in place, you might not be getting out and about as much, have access to your favourite gym classes, or perhaps your travel itch hasn’t been scratched and you’re looking to make up for it with an extra special holiday next year. 

Chances are your body is also feeling the effects of these changes too. It might have been more of a challenge to maintain a healthy weight during the past few months, or maybe your hard-earned muscle definition has faded. 

Believe it or not, the festive season is well and truly on the horizon – usually a time where we take our foot of the breaks, relax and indulge. It’s safe to say after the year we’ve had, that extra mince pie or glass of prosecco will be a welcome treat! 

With this in mind, if you’re looking to fast track that “summer body” and glow with confidence as we head into the winter months, read on… We all know simple diet and exercise changes can do wonders for your body, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. However, if you’re doing your bit to keep in shape but struggle to shift persistent areas of fat, which are perfectly natural, you might be considering alternative methods to achieve a more slender and defined physique. 

To help give you the full picture on Vaser Liposuction, our medical expert Dr Leonardo Fasano, provides all the need-to-know details. 

The ins and outs of body sculpting 

Vaser Liposuction is a surgical procedure, using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely target and remove areas of unwanted fat. It can decrease a high amount of fat in one go (up to 80%) and also help to improve skin quality and muscle definition too. 

However, it is far more about body sculpting; the treatment targets areas of stubborn fat to create a more defined look, such as creating defined calves, stomach and arm muscles, as well as tightening loose skin in small, intricate areas such as under the chin. The procedure leaves you with immediate results, with swelling and other temporary side effects completely disappearing within a few weeks. 

Men Vs women: the trends 

The most popular reason to undergo body contouring, for both men and women is to look and feel great. Winter is the perfect time to finesse that summer body, ready for the next time you unpack your bikini or shorts on holiday. 

For women the most common areas are the stomach and flanks; body contouring in these areas can help smooth the stomach and create a desired hourglass figure. In addition to this, inner thighs are also a popular focus area, as well as the chin and lower face to create a more defined jawline.

Whereas, the chest is a key focus area for men, who often feel self-conscious about natural changes to the body, which usually start to appear after the age of 30-years-old. At this age, the chest starts to become sunken due to a decrease in skin quality and an increase in fat and glandular tissue, a condition also known as gynecomastia. The stomach and love handles are another popular body contouring area, with the aim to reduce fat, as well as enhancing muscle definition.  

Improving skin quality 

Vaser Liposuction isn’t just used to decrease fat areas, but it is also to enhance the patient’s skin quality. It achieves this by melting fat and stimulating the skin, to produce more collagen and structural proteins, creating a skin tightening effect. This improvement can be enhanced by following aftercare procedures, such as regular lymphatic drainage massages, Radio-Frequency treatments, as well as micro needling of stretch marks, which are often used as an add on to Vaser Liposuction.

The download on downtime 

It’s no surprise that liposuction treatments have boomed during lockdown, as people have had the extra time to recover at home, as well as the opportunity to be more discreet.

The process requires a short period of down time (usually 4-5 days) depending on how many areas are treated. I’d always recommend taking a week off work to give time for the body to heal after treatment. 

On top of this, wearing compression garments and a binder are required for 3 weeks full time (24 hours) and 3 weeks part time (12 hours a day), as this will teach the skin where to heal, while decreasing the swelling and speeding up the recovery time. The compression garment is a bit like hard spanx and it is worn underneath your clothes, so you can still carry on with daily life as normal. The binder is similar to a corset and offers additional support for the torso area.

Aftercare advice do’s and don’ts for exercise 

To promote the healing process initially, I’d recommend avoiding physical activity for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure – don’t do anything to break sweat or increase your heart rate excessively. It’s also important to keep your body properly nourished, I wouldn’t advise going on a strict diet during the recovery period. 

In the longer term, you don’t need to be a gym addict or go on an extreme diet to maintain the results. However, once you’re back doing more physical activity, it’s important to take care of your body. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the changes will be permanent.

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Posted December 3, 2020
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