Body Slimming treatments in Edmonton
This Post is a look at CoolSculpting, Body Slimming, TruSculpt 3D, Emsculpt, SculpSure, and other fat removal methods in Edmonton
Traditionally, when one thinks about using surgical or other medical methods to lose fat, we think about liposuction and tummy tucks.
Today, there are many more methods to use, most of which don’t involve breaking the skin. They have little or no recovery time.
Recently, when asked about the methods of fat reduction available, Dr. Kamal Alhallak (“Dr. Kamal is a Pharmacist with a doctorate in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from U of A”) of the Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center in Edmonton spoke about the world of possibilities.
“There are so many different methods that it can be a bit dizzying. It seems as if every year a new technique is approved by the FDA and Health Canada. Today’s methods use lasers, extreme cold, fat busting chemicals, and more.
“We felt it would make sense to review these methods and let our clients and readers see some of the variety that exists so that they can make an informed decision.”
Most of these methods are for body and contour sculpting as opposed to significant fat reduction. Where liposuction sucks out a considerable number of fat cells, these methods will destroy a limited number of fat cells, giving the body a more contoured look.
The Advantages to Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
- Little or no recovery time
- No general anesthesia, although some methods use local anesthesia
- Slow results so that patients don’t have a sudden noticeable change
- Results are permanent as long as the patient maintains their weight
- Few to no side effects for most patients
What Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Can’t Do
- Not for significant fat loss, the way liposuction is
- Only able to estimate the fat loss, not a precise measure
- May require multiple treatments
- More for sculpting than major fat loss
CoolSculpting is the trade name for cryolipolysis. This is a noninvasive method that uses extreme cold to freeze fat cells. The temperature is very low, but muscles and skin freeze at a lower temperature than fat cells.
About 25% fat reduction per treatment is very typical. This is perfect for the elimination of large fat bulge, but not for sculpting. It has been approved for hips, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, back (bra rolls), and upper arms. It’s all approved under the buttocks and the chin.
The typical treatments take 35 to 60 minutes. The only discomfort during the procedure that is normally reported is an intense feeling of cold. Afterward, there is occasional numbness, mild swelling, numbness, redness, and so forth. The negative side effects will usually disappear in just a few days.
It usually only takes 1 to 2 treatments to get the desired effects.
“Our patients love this treatment,” Dr. Kamal (Doctorate in Pharmacy) said. “It’s easy, painless, and relatively comfortable.”
Laser treatment (SculpSure)
Laser treatment is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This technique uses lasers to heat the fat cells and break them down. There is a cooling mechanism that keeps the skin cool while the fat heats up.
This technique is approved for the abdomen and sides, but it can be used in other places as well. Most patients experience no pain at all. A treatment usually only takes 25 minutes.
The first results are seen in 6 weeks with the final results being visible at 12 weeks.
“This is a great technique for those who don’t want to walk out looking like they had a procedure,” Dr. Kamal (Pharmacist with Ph.D.) said. “It’s very effective, has very few side effects, and is permanent as long as the patient doesn’t gain a lot of weight later.”
Radio frequency treatment (TruSculpt) (Vellashape) (Kumashape)
Radio waves, when concentrated and used correctly are very powerful. Radio frequency (RF) treatment goes by the brand name TruSculpt 3D.
Using radio waves, the technician is able to essentially move a wand or handheld device over the problem areas. The radio frequency passes through the skin and essentially vibrates the fat cells. In a single 60-minute session, there can be a 24% reduction in fat, even over a large treatment area.
This technique was approved just a couple of years ago, but it represents the development in fat reduction that’s occurring in medicine.
“I love this technique,” Dr. Kamal (Ph.D in Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences) said. “For many of us, it’s our bellies that we want to get rid of. RF treatment is designed for exactly that, being used to reduce the overall circumference of the abdomen.”
High-intensity focused electromagnetic technology is what’s behind Emsculpt. This electromagnetic power causes muscle contractions that workout the body without having to lift weights or do sit ups.
The muscle tissue responds to these contractions by making more muscle. More muscle helps to consume more energy and thus eliminates fat. It’s the perfect technique for toning the stomach, buttocks, and even arms.
According to the Emsculpt website, there is a 16% increase in muscle mass. This can go along way to helping to reduce body fat.
“As they say, it’s not all about fat,” Dr. Kamal (PhD) said. “Building muscle mass is a long-term way to strengthen the body and keep the fat off. I find that this is an excellent complementary method for other treatments.”
Am I a candidate for non-invasive fat reduction?
The only real answer is, “Probably.” The best way to know is to see Dr. Kama (Pharmacist with Ph.D.)l at the Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center in Edmonton.
Together, you’ll review your health, your fat loss goals, and look at the many methods of fat reduction that exist.
“The best part of these techniques is that they are all non-invasive and don’t hurt,” said Dr. Kamal (Ph.D.). “You and I will sit and discuss all the possibilities and find the method that best suits your needs and your budget.
“There are so many different new ways to lose fat that we’re in the middle of a revolution. It’s an exciting time to be trying to lose fat and I’m happy to guide you through the process.”
We do not claim that we have all these machine brand names, or that one technology is better than the other. This post is mainly for educational purposes.