Machines that can sculpt your gure without surgery? Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic contends that if you want signicant, long-lasting and reliable fat loss, liposuction is still your best option.
Going into a clinic for a procedure that destroys fat cells and gradually makes you slimmer, sans surgery, is a massively appealing idea, which is why fat-busting devices are all the rage now. Unfortunately, says Dr Kelvin Chua, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is: These machines, which supposedly destroy fat cells using ultrasound energy or low temperatures, just can’t do what liposuction can for your figure. Here’s how the procedures stack up.
Long-lasting vs temporary
Liposuction literally removes fat cells from the body, so if you maintain your weight through diet and exercise afterwards, you will stay slim. Dr Chua says that fat cells are hardy and designed to protect us from the cold and keep us alive at times when food is scarce. That means freezing them or blasting them with ultrasound may not destroy them permanently.
Obvious vs minimal
Neither liposuction nor fat-busting machines are designed for people who are extremely obese; they are meant to reshape the figures of those who are slightly overweight, at most. But liposuction gives more obvious results – Dr Chua says that many patients lose between 2.5cm and 13cm, depending on the body part. It’s claimed that machines can help you drop one dress size, but Dr Chua reckons this is unlikely and that only around five per cent of the fat cells targeted by machines are actually destroyed.
Targeted vs unpredictable
Dr Chua uses a technique called vibroliposculpture, where he takes some fat and leaves some, which allows him to create a whole new silhouette – for example, if your body has an apple shape, he can take away more fat from the waist to give you a more hourglass shape. He can also create a six-pack effect and make your biceps and pectorals look more defined. In contrast, fatbusting devices can’t target specific spots; the doctor can’t dictate which cells are destroyed and which aren’t. Dr Chua says that this can actually leave some patients with uneven fat loss and lumpy areas.