HIIT skin treat­ments

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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.

Smooth cel­lulite

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.

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