For the body
Non-invasive body treatments are the fastest growing area in the appearance medicine sector. From no-knife fat removal to hand rejuvenation, the scope of what can be achieved is ever-evolving. We home in on the procedures making waves right now.
Fat Removal Treatments
No-knife fat removal procedures are becoming more popular as awareness increases of minimally invasive alternatives to aggressive surgery like liposuction.
The key difference with surgery and noninvasive options is that the latter is only suited to those with a healthy BMI.
Technologies like CoolSculpting, one of the more prevalent fat-freezing technologies used worldwide; and truSculpt 3D, work to combat stubborn fat, which has resisted all efforts through diet and exercise.
CoolSculpting is a fat reduction treatment using cryolipolysis technology, which freezes and reduces fat cells. Once the targeted fat cells have been treated they gradually disappear naturally through the body’s normal metabolic process, resulting in a reduction of fat tissue in the area. TruSculpt 3D is a newer technology, clinically proven to combat stubborn fat through monopolar radiofrequency, which provides a deeper level of penetration.
Unlike CoolSculpting, truSculpt 3D uses heat to damage and kill off fat cells and can reduce the fat layer by up to 24 per cent, according to Pitsilis. The added bonus? “It feels like a relaxing hot stone massage,” she adds.
Results with walk-in, walk-out fat removal technologies become visible when the fat cells die off at six to eight weeks. ChilliSculpt available at Caci Clinic or truSculpt 3D at Skinfresh Clinic
Varicose Vein Treatments
As many as 35 per cent of adults suffer from bulging purple or dark blue varicose veins in their legs. What used to require invasive surgery and two to three days in hospital to remedy now only takes 25 to 30 minutes with no major downtime – just the requirement to abstain from heavy lifting for the remainder of the day.
The two main treatments are Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS), and Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). Generally, UGS treats smaller, twisted veins using ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant to close the abnormal varicose vein. The drawcard for UGS is that it’s relatively painless and can have you back in business in just over an hour. EVLA is used for larger, straighter veins and treats through a laser fibre which is inserted into the vein and passed up to the groin where the abnormal valve is. The laser is then turned on and slowly withdrawn to effectively seal the varicose vein – don’t worry, the vein is surrounded by local anaesthetic. EVLA boasts the lowest recurrence rate and is often covered by medical insurance. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Ablation available at Palm Clinic
They say you can tell your age by your hands and they’re often overlooked when it comes to SPF and our skincare regimen. The good news is brown spots, sun damage and pigmentation can easily be treated through Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which uses targeted pulses of light to break down pigment spots and redness in the skin, as well as assist in collagen production. Hand Rejuvenation available at The Face Place