HIIT skin treatments
Erase the sun spots you don’t want with tools that harness the power of light.
EExercise, diet, and skin care are always the first line of offense when it comes to building a strong, healthy body, as we all know. But sometimes, even the most intense workout or diligent self-care is no match for a stubborn spot. Body treatments of all kinds have improved dramatically, thanks to new high-tech devices designed specifically for use on areas from the neck down. And for anyone who has one nagging issue that’s messing with their self-esteem, they can be a godsend. “These treatments are for those who have tried everything else to no avail,” says Anne Chapas, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Sound like you? Read on.
Even out your skin tone
Zap dark marks and mottled skin –on your chest, shoulders, wherever –with a fractional laser, which delivers tens of thousands of pixels of heat into the deeper layers of the skin, while leaving the surface of the skin relatively unscathed. “You’ll have what looks like a sun burn for about a week,” says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “After that, expect fresh, rejuvenated skin that’s less pigmented and smoother.” Fractional lasers have been around for a while, but because the latest versions are designed for the body, they work faster. The Balancing programme by Sloane Clinic (RM8,280) is designed to battle skin redness, broken capillaries, inflamed zits and irritated skin efficiently while also delivering maximal skin
rejuvenating benefits. It also tones up weakened collagen and beefs up skin to withstand future environmental stress.
Over the counter and prescription creams may not be much of a help for the treatment of stretch marks as they do not penetrate deep enough on the skin to address the pathology. It is possible to improve the appearance of existing stretch marks topically, but if you’re itching for a more dramatic or quicker result, you may need to select more aggressive treatments options such as laser treatments. For example, the Fraxel Laser treatment
by Sloane Clinic (RM2,300) resurfaces the skin gradually, which allows for rapid healing while eliminating the risk of rawness associated with traditional laser resurfacing procedures. You can expect improvement in the quality and texture of stretch marks after 4-5 treatments with this procedure. Meanwhile, the En-hanze Cellulite Reduction programme by En-hanze Medical Aesthetic &
MediSpa Centre (starts from RM450) uses a state of the art Cellu M 6 LPG machine to massage and improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage of the affected areas, which is achieved through a series of 35 to 45 minutes sessions that is done twice a week. The result? Smoother, slimmer and better-contoured body –and cellulite reduction.
Contour your middle
“If you have a teacup or less of fat on your abs, hips, or legs that won’t budge despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, then you’re a good candidate for a body-contouring treatment,” says Dr. Frank. Coolsculping treatment by En-hanze Medical Aesthetic & MediSpa Centre (RM1625 per session) contours your body by freezing stubborn fat that is then eliminated naturally from the body. The treatment uses controlled cooling to target and crystallize fat cells. After a treatment, crystallised fat cells are gradually removed by the immune system. Remaining fat cells are condensed in the weeks and months following a treatment; reducing the fat layer that will simultaneously give you an improved appearance.
Tighten a trouble spot
Let’s say you dropped some unwanted weight. Yay! Now, though, there’s loose, crepey skin left behind. “I
call this adult-onset athleticism: When you lose weight as a kid, your skin bounces back,” Dr. Frank explains. “When you get fit as an adult, your skin sags because there’s no longer enough collagen or elastin to support it.” He says he sees this issue most under the biceps, around the belly button, and above the knees. Doctors turn to the similar fat-zapping energy technologies that we described above to tighten skin too. The Body Shape by Thermage treatment in Sloane Clinic (RM13,800) uses a unique radiofrequency technology to cause deep volumetric heating of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue, while the surface skin is simultaneously cooled for protection and comfort. The deep tissue heating process tightens existing collagen and stimulates skin’s natural renewal of new collagen. Hence, no injections, incisions or recovery time are involved. Improve your shape and skin texture Kill two birds with one stone with the Radio Frequency treatment by En-hanze Medical Aesthetic & MediSpa Centre (RM600 per session). The treatment uses radio frequency to heat the dermis, which is the inner layer of your skin. This targeted energy helps reorganized the cellular environment and stimulates the cells to release metabolism toxins, drain retained fluids and produce new collagen. This will improve your body shape and skin texture, giving you that toned, firm look. The deep controlled heat therapy provided by the radio frequency helps to contour and slim the body, while simultaneously improving cellulite and tightens sagging skin. It safely and effectively tightens the skin on your face and neck as well.
Squats can build curves like these. Skin treatments can make them firmer.