Some fat is too stubborn to lose even after a healthy diet and exercise. This is where body sculpting can help you achieve your desired figure.
What is body sculpting?
Body sculpting, also known as body shaping and body contouring, aims to reshape the contour of a body.
The common areas targeted during body contouring are:
- Neck and chin
- Love handles (on the flanks)
- Banana rolls (underneath the butt)
Body Sculpting VS. Body Slimming
It’s important to understand that body sculpting isn’t often used for weight loss, unlike body slimming. Body shaping is often done for aesthetic purposes.
Body slimming is often achieved through a meticulous healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication, if advised by a nutritionist or doctor.
Body sculpting can come after body slimming to target the areas whose shape remained unchanged by weight loss or the areas where significant weight loss caused loose skin.
Another main difference to remember between the two treatments is that body slimming doesn’t reduce the amount of fat cells in the body; it only shrinks them.
Meanwhile, body contouring involves removing fat cells in the body. This can be done through two types of treatments: non-invasive and surgical.
Non-Invasive Body Sculpting Treatments
Non-invasive treatments are non-wounding or don’t involve breaking the skin. Here are some non-invasive body shaping treatments in Singapore.
CoolSculpting is a trademarked name for a type of cryolipolysis procedure. Cryolipolysis is a fat removal technique that uses cold temperatures to disintegrate fat cells.
Depending on the size of the target area, a session may last around half an hour to an hour. Because the skin isn’t harmed in the process, there’s no downtime.
Results aren’t immediately visible. The body naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells within four to six months.
By the time this process is complete, the area targeted will have lost 20–25% of its fat.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
Initially used for tumor treatment, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is steadily being recognized as a non-invasive alternative to face lift.
In this procedure, an ultrasound device generates thermal energy that targets a collagen-rich layer of skin called SMAS.
With sufficient heat, the targeted fat cells break down, and the body, in response to the damage, is stimulated to produce more collagen. The increase in collagen results in tighter, firmer skin.
Results are often visible three months after the procedure is completed.
Surgical Body Sculpting Treatments
Moving on to surgical treatments, these procedures are wounding or involve the breaking of skin. Because of this, they often have longer downtimes in order for the patient to heal.
Liposuction is the removal of fat out of the body through a cannula or tube. This can be done through the following techniques:
- Injecting fluid into the targeted area to make it swell (tumescent liposuction)
- Liquefying fat using an ultrasound device (ultrasound-assisted liposuction or VASER liposuction)
- Liquefying fat using a laser (laser-assisted liposuction)
All these are done to make vacuuming the fat out of the body easier. Compared to the previous methods, this procedure can remove large amounts of fat faster.
Common targeted areas are:
Tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, eliminates extra fat and skin from the middle and lower stomach area. The connective tissues in the abdomen are also tightened, giving the patient a more toned look.
Costs of Body Sculpting Treatments
These are the average costs of body sculpting treatments in Singapore:
|Procedure||MOH Fee Benchmarks|
|CoolSculpting||$690–$760 per session|
|HIFU||$360–$690 per area|
|Liposuction||$15,000–$25,000 (minimum of five body parts)|
|Tummy Tuck||$12,000–$20,000 (based on three quotes)|
With the variety of body contouring options in Singapore, you can achieve your desired figure.
Remember that every shape and size is beautiful! But we hope these treatments can give you a confidence boost.
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