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Fat Reduction Treatments

The food you eat and the exercise you complete all contribute to the amount of body fat you have. There's simply no way around that fact of life. Unfortunately, there are a few other contributing factors that can make fat reduction difficult. These can include hormone levels, environmental factors, and the specific part of the body with the fat build-up.

For this reason, sometimes exercise and diet are just not enough. You will have trouble spots of fat that just refuse to go away. Fat reduction treatments are an effective way of addressing these stubborn fat deposits.

There are a number of treatments available, ranging in effectiveness, invasiveness, and technique. The following provides a breakdown of the fat reduction treatment options so that you can decide what will work best for you.

Invasive Fat Reduction Options

Invasive fat reduction procedures generally include a surgical operation that uses large cuts and incisions on the treatment area. An example of this is the abdominoplasty, or the tummy tuck. Unfortunately, while these procedures can be very effective at reducing fat deposits, they carry a much higher risk.

They tend to be more stressful and painful for patients, both because of the extreme incisions and because of the general anesthesia that is required.

They are also more dangerous due to complications during and after the surgery, from both infections and reactions to the anesthesia and other medications.

Finally, the recovery for this type of invasive treatment is extensive compared to other fat reduction options--the cuts take time to heal, as does the rest of the body. Not to mention that the surgery itself will involve at least one day spent in a hospital.

Liposuction

There is one surgical fat reduction treatment that is significantly less invasive: Liposuction.

While it does involve incisions, they are much smaller than other fat reduction surgeries. Instead of skin or fat being cut from the body, fatty tissue is suctioned out. It specifically targets the fat that has been resistant to exercise and diet. And while the procedure does require general anesthesia, the recovery is very quick. The suggested downtime is only three days.

Here are a few extra benefits that liposuction has to offer:

  • Unlike other forms of minimally invasive and non-invasive fat reduction, the results can be seen immediately.
  • The effects of the procedure are long-lasting and there is no need for follow up visits to get additional treatments.
  • It can help to address lipomas, which are benign fatty tumors.
  • It can be effectively used on numerous parts of the body, including the abdomen, back, buttocks, chest, inner knees, hips, flanks (i.e. love handles), neckline, under the chin, inner and outer thighs, and upper arms.

Minimally Invasive Fat Reduction Options

For those who do not want to go under general anesthesia, there are several less invasive fat reduction options. These involve nearly microscopic incisions, local anesthesia, and have very quick recovery times.

FaceTite And BodyTite

Two of the newest treatments in the minimally invasive fat reduction treatment category are FaceTite and BodyTite. Both of these options are FDA approved and use radio frequency assisted lipolysis to heat and suck out fat cells.

First, the treatment area is numbed, then a cannula, or small, flexible tube is inserted under the skin. At the tip of the cannula is an electrode and, running parallel above the surface of the skin is another electrode. These electrodes heat specific areas, burning the fat.

When the fat has been liquefied, it is sucked out with the cannula. This creates significant benefits because the suction and fat liquification are done in a single step, allowing for efficiency with the treatment. 

Most practitioners recommend that patients attend several sessions of BodyTite and FaceTite treatments, spaced a week apart for several weeks. The treatment is also relatively fast because the patient does not need to be put under with general anesthesia.

Additionally, the recovery is minimal, especially when compared to the more invasive options. There is negligible bruising and swelling and results can be seen within the first few weeks, improving over the course of the next six months. There are also a number of other benefits that FaceTite and BodyTite offer:

  • FaceTite, in particular, allows individuals to address fatty areas around and on their face that invasive procedures cannot address.
  • The treatment is extremely safe due to the fact that the temperature is monitored continuously by both a computer and the practitioner.
  • The procedure goes above and beyond just reducing fat. Patients also enjoy the benefits of contouring, which offers a smoother look and feel, as well as skin tightening, as collagen production on the skin is renewed.
  • Both FaceTite and BodyTite can be used on every area of the body where liposuction can be used.

Injectables

Another minimally invasive procedure for fat reduction are injections. The injectable liquid is deoxycholic acid, which is a substance that already occurs in the body and breaks down fat during digestion. When injected directly into other areas of the body, it can break down fat cells in a more isolated way. 

Patients can have the liquid injected with a small needle, with the procedure only taking 20 minutes. Downtime lasts no longer than two days and optimal results take at least two treatments, spaced a month apart.

There are some side effects that patients see with the treatment, but most of them are temporary. These include swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness. The more severe side effects that have been reported include facial weakness and prolonged numbness.

Unfortunately, the FDA has only approved the injectable for fat deposits around the chin so individuals are limited in terms of how they can use the treatment. 

SmartLipo

SmartLipo is another minimally invasive procedure that can be used for fat reduction. It uses a small cannula to accomplish the same goal as liposuction. The biggest benefits of this form of treatment are that it only requires local anesthesia and that the procedure lasts no more than 45 minutes.

However, many doctors agree that this form of liposuction provides no significant benefits over regular liposuction. It also has one significant downside in that, due to the small size of the cannula, it cannot remove the large deposits of fat that regular liposuction has the ability to remove.

Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Options

For those individuals who would prefer to stay away from needles, tubes, and knives, there are alternatives for fat reduction treatments that are non-invasive. Some rely on temperature, others on pressure, and others on lasers.

BodyFX

The most advanced non-invasive treatment is BodyFX. It is a machine that uses radio frequency in a similar way to BodyTite and FaceTite—just without the cannula. Instead, as the frequency heats the skin to a precise temperature, the fat tissues contract and are killed off with additional pulses of energy.

This radio frequency is combined with a negative pressure massage. The vacuum-like pressure allows the treatment to penetrate deeper into the body's fat stores and reduce fat more effectively.

The BodyFX treatment can be used on nearly any area of the body where fat reduction is desired and each session takes less than 20 minutes. Most practitioners will recommend for a patient to come in for a weekly session for eight weeks, as well as a follow-up session after three to four months.

After the first session, some results will be seen and, over the next six to twelve months, results will continue to improve. There are a few additional benefits that can be associated with BodyFX:

  • Besides reducing fat deposits, Body FX can also reduce the appearance of cellulite, tighten the skin, and help with body contouring.
  • The treatment can be used on most areas of the body.
  • There is no downtime or recovery period after the treatment.
  • The only side effect is a few hours of redness and skin that is warm to the touch.
  • The procedure is very safe because the temperature is regulated both by the machine and by the practitioner who is operating it.

CoolSculpting

Another non-invasive fat reduction option is CoolSculpting. This treatment relies on colder temperatures to kill the fat cells by freezing them. Unfortunately, this method has been shown to be less effective than other methods and have a higher likelihood of long-term side effects. 

Lasers

There are also a number of non-invasive fat reduction treatments that involve the use of lasers. These lasers target fat cells and emulsify the adipose tissue. The treatments for these sessions are fast and they are known to cause little to no discomfort. However, the results for these methods are often disappointing, with minimal changes to fat deposits in the treatment area. 

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to fat reduction. Some individuals will see the best results with liposuction, while others will get the best benefits from BodyFX. These fat reduction treatment options should be closely reviewed and considered before any final decision is made. Additionally, it can be helpful to speak with a professional for help making the right choice.

You Can Choose to Receive Fat Reduction Treatments at Find a Better You

Find A Better You offers a variety of these treatments. To find out more about which fat reduction treatment is best for you, please schedule a consultation. 

What Are BodyTite And FaceTite?

BodyTite and FaceTite

With age comes aging. The body will start to feel more aches and pains. Eyesight will start to falter. The skin will start to loosen. Thankfully, we live in the twenty-first century and many of these issues can be remedied. There are supplements, medication, surgeries, and procedures. Every year the results that they provide get better and people look and feel younger. 

One of the areas of aging that has seen rapid improvement in the last few years is fat reduction and skin tightening. For decades, the only good option for skin tightening around the face was a facelift. When it came to body tightening, liposuction tended to provide the best result. Now, however, there are new technologies that enhance the effects of liposuction and provide a less invasive alternative to a facelift. 

BodyTite

What Is BodyTite?

BodyTite is a minimally invasive procedure that breaks down fat cells under the skin. It uses a radio frequency to accomplish this while leaving no scars, providing results only before seen using more invasive surgeries. This means that individuals can get breast lifts, arm lifts, and more without the heavy anesthesia, the extensive recovery time, or the unsightly scarring that were common in other more invasive procedures in the past. The additional benefit, though, that the radiofrequency brings is the ability to provide three-dimensional remodeling, contouring the body as the fat cells are killed.  

How The BodyTite Technology Works

The BodyTite instrument pairs a cannula, or a thin tube that is inserted into the body, with an electrode, which works in parallel with an electrode outside of the body. The radio frequency is deployed from the cannula to the electrode so that the fat-burning heat can be precisely directed. It is this capability that allows BodyTite to deliver smooth results. In other words, the device is able to avoid over-treating or under-treating any part of the treatment area because the heat can be so closely regulated. 

As the treatment is being delivered, the machine is getting temperature updates and adjusting itself accordingly. The operator is also getting real-time updates about temperature, including temperature in the deeper fat areas where readers are not able to reach. This, then, allows for manual adjustment if needed. 

In collaboration with the radio frequency pulses that are killing fat cells in the target area, the handpiece on the machine simultaneously aspirates and coagulates, removing adipose tissue that has been liquefied by the heat. This means that instead of killing the fat cells and then removing them, the entire process is done in one step. Compared to laser assisted devices, BodyTite is four times as fast.

BodyTite Results

After being treated with BodyTite, patients can expect certain results that they will not see with other fat reduction procedures:

  • No scars will be left after the treatment.

  • The skin will appear and feel smooth, rather than lumpy or irregular, which can sometimes be caused by liposuction and other treatments.

  • The skin on the treatment area will tighten, reducing sagging or loose skin.

  • The stimulation of new soft tissue development and contraction.

  • The reduction of fat in problem areas or places that are difficult to target with exercise.

  • A more contoured body.

  • A reduction in cellulite visibility.

BodyTite Procedure Benefits

While the biggest BodyTite procedure benefits are the end results that patients will see, the actual procedure is much easier and efficient than any that have come before it. Here are just a few of the advantages of opting for BodyTite:

  • The coagulation of blood vessels.

  • The procedure is safe, has been cleared by the FDA, and is currently available in Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Additionally, the safety features on the device prevent the possibility of heat or thermal injuries.

  • A very limited recovery time due to minimal swelling and pain—Most patients will be fully recovered in under a week. Compared to plastic surgery, this can take weeks off the recovery time and allow patients to quickly jump back into their fitness routine or other tasks that require heavy lifting.

  • Patients do not have to undergo general anesthesia, which means the procedure can be completed quickly, with patients walking out as soon as it is over.

  • Nearly any area of the body can be treated, including the stomach, thighs, arms, back, chest, legs, and shoulders.

FaceTite

What Is FaceTite?

FaceTite is very similar to BodyTite in how it works and what it is. However, it is geared specifically towards the face and smaller areas on the body. While it does provide fat reduction and skin tightening, it is most commonly used for contouring. And just like BodyTite, it is minimally invasive and harnesses the power of radio frequency assisted lipolysis, allowing for both external and internal lipolysis in a way that remodels the fibrous septa--The connective tissue just below the skin. As people age, the fibrous septa hardens and contracts, which creates the appearance of cellulite, sagging skin, and more. 

However, while BodyTite is designed for larger areas of the body, FaceTite is specifically designed for more sensitive areas, including the face, neck, chin, jowl line, and other areas that have loose skin and deep lines.

When the fibrous septae and dermal collagen are heated, they thermally contract. This contraction enables immediate contouring. This then reverses the effects of aging, tightening the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and reducing the amount of fatty cells. And while results can be seen immediately, the appearance of the skin and the treated area will continually improve for roughly six months.

How The FaceTite Technology Works

The technology works in a similar way to BodyTite. The radio frequency energy is transferred from the cannula that is injected into the skin. The energy then travels to the electrode that is on the outside of the skin, just above the end of the cannula. The internal cannula heats the internal connective tissue to a temperature of roughly 55 degrees celsius and the external electrode heats the top layer of skin to 36 degrees celsius. 

The 55 degree heat that is emitted from the internal cannula tip is meant to coagulate blood vessels, allowing the blood to clot and preventing bleeding. The other job of the cannula is to liquify fat under the skin. This combination reduces the potential of bruising, pain, and edema (i.e. the accumulation of fluid in the treatment area).  

The power of the radio frequency is measured in the same way as the BodyTite technology. It uses online measurements of skin temperature, as well as tissue impedence (i.e. the electrical properties of the tissue).

The reason that FaceTite has succeeded is because the technology guarantees uniformity of radio frequency across the skin. This means that the contouring is smooth and even across the entire area that has been treated.

FaceTite Results

The FaceTite results have proven to be completely uniform across the board, with patients being able to see the effects immediately. However, the results become most visible within about two to four months. All patients can expect the following results:

  • Fat around the face and neck can be significantly reduced, which lessens the appearance of puffiness.

  • Skin on the neck and face can be tightened, which solves issues such as double chins, jowl lines, frown lines, and general aging visibility.

  • The contouring that occurs during the treatment smooths over the skin, creating an eveness across the treated area.

FaceTite Procedure Benefits

There is no comparable treatment to FaceTite that is currently available. The other options on the market are simply not as effective or are much more invasive. Here are the reasons that many individuals are opting for this procedure over the alternatives:

  • It is safe and controlled, both because the technology has temperature controls and because it is minimally invasive.

  • There is no risk of areas outside of the treatment area being affected because the energy pulses are direct and precise (i.e. necessary fat and deeper structures will not be damaged).

  • The procedure is non-excisional (i.e. the fat and skin are not cut off of the body).

  • There is no risk of scarring.

  • Patients do not need weeks of recovery time because the pain, swelling, and bruising is considerably less. It only takes a few days to recover fully.

  • Patients do not have to undergo general anesthesia.

  • The treatment takes less time than most other comparable procedures.

  • The end result is less harsh than a facelift and looks more natural.

  • Local anesthesia is used, making the procedure very tolerable.

  • It is just as customizable as a facelift, with every treatment being designed around what the individual patient desires.

BodyTite and FaceTite are the next evolution in body fat reduction and body contouring. While not as extreme or as expensive as plastic surgery, they can provide comparable results. The treatment is most useful for those who are just a few pounds over their target body weight or struggle with cellulite, sagging skin, or a build up of fat in difficult to target areas.

To find out more please contact Find a Better You. We would be happy to provide you with a consultation and more information about BodyTite and FaceTite.

BodyFX: An Alternative to CoolSculpting

BodyFX alternative to CoolSculpting

We all have those flabby spots, cellulite, and bulges that we just wish would disappear. No matter how much exercise and dieting we implement, they just never seem to completely vanish. And while sometimes these problem spots can be on areas that we can work out, like our legs, arms, and stomach, other times they can show up in places that no amount of exercise can fix.

It is because of these hard to target areas that many individuals, who are doing their best to look and feel healthy with regular exercise and a healthy diet, are opting for a BodyFX treatment to get them the last 10 yards over the finish line.

What Is BodyFX?

BodyFX is a machine that provides fat reduction, body contouring, and cellulite treatment. It is one of the newer fat reduction treatments on the market and it is rapidly growing in popularity due to the fact that it is a non-invasive procedure.

The BodyFX machine works by using a radio frequency to heat specific areas of the skin to a precise temperature. While the skin is being heated, the machine uses negative pressure to massage the skin with a vacuum-like effect. This combination of pressure and heat enables fat and cellulite reduction and contraction, as well as more effective body shaping and the ability to melt fat cells over the course of several treatments.

One of the most critical aspects of BodyFX that makes it more widely acceptable is the fact that it is non-invasive. This means that individuals looking for contouring do not have to deal with incisions or the healing process that follows. It is because of this non-invasive characteristic of BodyFX that many compare the technology to CoolSculpting. However, the two techniques are very different when examined more closely.

The Comparison: BodyFX Vs. CoolSculpting

At the most basic level, CoolSculpting is dissimilar from BodyFX because it is an older technology, using cold temperatures rather than heat to destroy fat cells. There have been mixed results from attempting to harness cold energy in this way and, in some cases, there have been adverse effects. The following provides some additional comparisons between the two fat cell reducing technologies:

  1. The Technology Used

With CoolSculpting, much more drastic temperatures are used. The procedure harnesses more extreme colds and combines this with a higher pressure that can often cause discomfort in patients. BodyFX, on the other hand, relies on heat that is warm—not hot—coupled with a vacuum sensation that can be felt by the patient, yet causes no pain, discomfort, or irritation.

  1. How The Technology Works

The science behind CoolSculpting relies on the crystallization of fat cells by introducing extreme cold to them. This then results in slow fat cell loss. Unfortunately, there are mixed results with this method and, in some cases, there have been negative side effects.

With BodyFX, as previously mentioned, heat is introduced to the fat cells via radio frequency. This then results in apoptotic cell death, destroying fat cells over time and for the long-term.

  1. Potential Side Effects

CoolSculpting, as mentioned above, has been known to cause several adverse effects. Patients, over the long-term and short-term, have complained of permanent depressions or visible step-offs in their skin, prolonged nerve discomfort, permanent skin damage, scars, and ulcerations.

BodyFX has been used extensively by health care professionals and has not caused any long-term complications or significant side effects to patients.

  1. Post Treatment Recovery

After a CoolSculpting treatment, patients must give themselves time to recover. In the more extreme cases, nerve pain can be long-lasting. In most cases, though, individuals should expect at least two weeks of numbness in the treatment area. There is the potential, however, for this numbness to last for up to six weeks.

Patients will likely also experience soreness, blanching, and redness for between two and seven days after the CoolSculpting treatment. Additionally, side effects like bloating can persist for up to a month, as well as several days of noticeable swelling and bruising.

None of these issues, nor any other complications, are part of the recovery process for BodyFX. In fact, there is no downtime following a treatment.

  1. Pricing

It can be difficult to get an estimate for a CoolSculpting session because most providers charge patients for every applicator that is used for the process. So while one patient may only need one applicator used for their stomach area treatment, another may need two.

With BodyFX, most providers will charge based on the area of the body that is being targeted, assigning a specific cost to the thighs, stomach, and so on. This offers a clear cost indication to any potential patient.

  1. Customization

Even though the pricing is more defined with BodyFX, this technology allows for more customization within a treatment than CoolSculpting. The latter is more about targeting fat cells to freeze them and kill them off. The former, BodyFX, allows patients to go above and beyond just fat reduction. Individuals can also request for cellulite to be targeted, as well as more specific contouring and shaping requests.

This customization in BodyFX is aided by the fact that the treatment is very hands-on. The professional is present at all times during the appointment to ensure safety. Additionally, the patient can actively provide feedback so that the treatment can be adjusted in real-time.

Alternatively, with CoolSculpting the treating professional does not attend the full session, removing the opportunity for any customization, interaction, or changes during the treatment.

  1. Treatment Intervals

Initially, more treatments are required for BodyFX. Usually, practitioners will suggest that patients come in for a treatment each week for eight weeks. However, the treatments are very brief, lasting between 15 and 30 minutes.

With CoolSculpting, every application site must undergo between one and two treatments. These treatments are more time intensive, lasting about an hour each.

CoolSculpting requires much more maintenance than BodyFX. While both procedures require follow-up treatments, as fat cells are more effectively killed over the course of several sessions, CoolSculpting must be maintained every two to four months with a new session. Therefore, in some cases, patients will have just recovered from their last treatment when they are preparing to attend a follow-up.

When it comes to BodyFX, maintenance is less frequent. Each single maintenance session can be done as few as three times a year. This is significantly less inconvenient, in terms of both time and the fact that no recovery time is needed.

  1. The Results

With CoolSculpting the result can be fat cell reduction. With BodyFX, the results are much broader. Patients will notice a tightening of skin. With CoolSculpting there is no skin tightening and, in some cases, the skin can become looser.

Additionally, BodyFX has been seen to improve the appearance of cellulite, which is not the case with CoolSculpting. Finally, the end result of BodyFX is smooth, offering a youthful and healthy look. With CoolSculpting, as mentioned above, there is the possibility of unevenness and step-offs in the skin’s appearance.

The results are not only more comprehensive with BodyFX, you will also see them faster. With CoolSculpting, it can take three to four months for patients to notice results.

With BodyFX, on the other hand, patients will start seeing results as soon as six weeks into treatment. A more final result of the treatment will be seen between two and four months after initiation and often continues to slowly improve through the six month mark.

What To Expect From The BodyFX Treatment

While the information above will give any potential patient some insight into BodyFX and whether it is right for them, it does not necessarily provide them with a clear picture of what they will experience in a treatment session. An actual BodyFX treatment is roughly 20 minutes of the machine directed on an area that is about six inches by six inches.

Over the course of the 20 minutes, the machine sends out a continuous radio frequency that creates and maintains a target heat. This heats up the tissue and the fat under the tissue, causing it to contract. When the desired temperature is reached, a pulse of energy is released and it is this pulse that kills the fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite.

The heat from the machine also helps to stimulate collagen, which is what helps to tighten the skin. Finally, the vacuum, in combination with the pulsing energy, provides the body contouring benefit over the course of the treatment.

Contact Find a Better You to Learn More about the BodyFX Procedure

Fat reduction is a battle that almost everyone fights. But it is the problem spots that often need a little extra tender, loving care. This is where fat cell reduction treatments come in. And now, with more non-invasive options available, fat and cellulite reduction are easier than ever before.

To find out more about how the BodyFX treatment can assist with eliminating fat cells in hard to target fatty areas, please schedule a consultation today. Find A Better You offers BodyFX by Inmode and we are more than happy to provide you with all of the details of how the treatment works, what you can expect, pricing, and much more.

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How Liposuction Can Give You a Better Body

liposuction can give you a better body

The battle against excess body fat is an age-old one, and while there are numerous treatment options today for eliminating excess fat, few can rival the results produced by liposuction. Liposuction (aka "lipo") is a procedure that's been around for quite awhile, although new technology has improved it over the years. As you might have guessed, liposuction involves suctioning out excess fat (lipo) cells in areas that are resistant to a healthy diet and exercise -- even with serious, dedicated effort.

We all want a sculpted, contoured body. And why not? If you've been lucky enough in the past to have enjoyed being toned and fit, you know that shopping for (and wearing) clothes becomes a pleasure. You get to forgo the annoying quest for something that will hide that belly paunch, disguise flabby arms or minimize out-of-proportion thighs. Instead, you're treated to the pleasure of selecting clothing that you love without regard to its ability to mask anything!

Where Liposuction Works Best

Liposuction is a versatile treatment that produces particularly good results on the following common problem areas of the body …

Abdomen

Abdominal fat can be so hard to get rid of! Whether it’s an all-over problem, or is localized in the lower abdominal area as a “pooch”, even people who are ultra-fit can become frustrated by excess, stubborn belly fat. (This is a common problem for many women following childbirth. Many women find that even when they’ve lost every pound of “baby weight”, their tummy fat hangs on despite their best efforts!)

Love Handles

So-called “love handles” are those areas of fat extending from the sides of the abdomen around to the back. They affect both men and women and are responsible for the “muffin top” effect where excess fat spills over the top of your favorite pair of jeans!

Chin Fat

Do you avoid showing your profile when posing for a photo because of a double chin? People of all ages can develop a double chin, even when they’re otherwise fit and trim. It’s pretty hard — if not downright impossible — to “exercise” it away! Since liposuction can be performed on small areas, it can take care of the problem once and for all, making you look years younger in the process!

Thighs

Liposuction is an extremely effective way to sculpt thighs and make them look more in proportion to the rest of the body. (e.g., If you’re “pear-shaped”, chances are that no matter how hard you try to tone your thighs, they’re still going to end up looking a bit too large in relation to the rest of your body.) Liposuction is particularly effective on the outer thigh area.

Back

Whether you’re male or female, it’s certain that you’d prefer a smooth, shapely back to one that’s defined by excess fat. It’s a particular problem for women when it bulges out from beneath their bras. Liposuction is a great solution to excess back fat as long as it’s not caused by sagging skin rather than actual fat cells.

Upper arms

If your upper arms are flabby due to excess fat and not loose skin, liposuction can be a solution to the problem, eliminating those unwanted “bat wings”.

Chest

Although it’s true that it seems as though many women would like to have larger breasts, it’s equally true that nearly as many women wish that theirs were smaller. Liposuction can be an effective means of reducing large breasts as long as they’re not too dense or saggy. If yours are large but still “perky”, it’s worth talking to your cosmetic surgeon about the possibility of reducing their size with liposuction. If your doctor determines that liposuction isn’t the right method for you, he or she will explain other options such as breast reduction surgery.

Men can have a problem with their breasts being too large, too. This can occur as the result of weight gain, steroid use, or from a hormonal imbalance. In fact, there’s actually a name for the condition: It’s known as Gynecomastia. It’s not a medically dangerous condition, but needless to say, it can be a cause of embarrassment to men who have it, and in some, it can be painful as well. Liposuction can help, as long as the tissue involved is not particularly dense.

These are all areas of the body where fat can accumulate and be particularly hard to eradicate with diet and exercise alone. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery rightly points out that liposuction can help with fat removal, but can also be a valuable procedure for minor sculpting. This is because, as they put it, “no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour”. In fact, liposuction is best for women and men who are within 10 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight.

If you’re significantly overweight, your best strategy is to increase the amount of exercise you get, cut back on sweets and fatty foods, and wait until you’re just 10 to 20 pounds from your ideal weight before considering liposuction treatment. (Note: You must also be an adult — over the age of 18 — to be considered for liposuction treatment.)

There are a couple areas where liposuction is not a good option. Liposuction should not be used to reduce puffiness around the eye area. A better option for this might include laser resurfacing, chemical peels or fillers, which may improve skin tone, tighten the skin and rejuvenate the area safely. Eyelid surgery might be needed to reduce puffiness above the eye which can sometimes be more than a cosmetic concern since it can actually interfere with your vision.

In addition, liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite (“dimpled” skin) or for loose, sagging skin. If these are your issues, don’t hesitate to speak with your cosmetic surgeon about finding a better, more appropriate solution for those problem areas.

Understanding the Procedure

Liposuction is performed using either IV sedation, local, or general anesthesia. (Your surgeon will determine which type of anesthesia is best for you based on the area or areas being treated.) Then the surgeon will create tiny incisions in the areas to be treated. Tiny tubes called cannulas are then inserted through these incisions to gently suction out excess fat cells, while carefully avoiding the surrounding tissue. (The fat cells are typically loosened either by manual manipulation or with a laser to make suctioning easier and more effective.)

The entire procedure can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours or even a bit longer, depending on the number of areas being treated.

Results Are Permanent, But …

Once fat cells have been removed they’re gone and won’t grow back. However, it’s important to remember that good results will remain that way only as long as you continue to take care of yourself through proper diet and exercise. If you allow yourself to gain a great deal of weight, those fat cells will find their way back into your body and you may find that you’ve developed other problem areas! In other words, liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen! It can produce beautiful results including a more sculpted, refined look —  but maintenance of your “new” body is entirely up to you!

Recovery

Since liposuction is a semi-invasive treatment, you can expect some swelling and/or bruising to occur following the procedure. Your surgeon may recommend compression garments to help reduce swelling and to make you more comfortable during the recovery period.

Bear in mind that today’s liposuction techniques are designed to minimize swelling and discomfort, and as long as you’re being treated by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, recovery can be fairly quick and relatively easy. (Of course, everyone is different, and everyone has their own unique perception of pain and discomfort.) If pain medication is needed, an over-the-counter option such as ibuprofen is typically all that is needed. When you can return to work will depend upon the type of job you have (i.e., less at-home recovery time is needed for more sedentary work).

Since the incisions made are small, scarring is usually minimal and may all but disappear over the course of several months to a year or so.

Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions outlining what you can or can’t do following the procedure and more fully explaining what to expect while you recover.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to know whether you’re a good candidate for liposuction is to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. He or she will discuss your options, assess your overall health, and make recommendations that are appropriate to your individual needs and goals.

At Find a Better You, serving the St. Charles/St. Louis metro area, we offer state-of-the-art liposuction services as well as a wide variety of other services designed to help you uncover the best “you” possible. Explore your options by scheduling a consultation today. (The fee is just $50 and it can go toward your first liposuction or other fat-removal treatment as long as you schedule your treatment within two weeks from the date of your consultation.) We can even direct you to companies that help with financing, if that is an issue for you.

Enjoy Cosmetic Benefits at Find A Better You

We offer a wide variety of services at Find A Better You, from liposuctions and fat transfers to laser hair removal, women’s rejuvenation services and beyond. People choose to come to our St. Louis wellness clinic for a variety of reasons, and we see a variety of different patients come through our doors each day. With this in mind, we want to take an in depth look at why people choose to come to Find A Better You, and in this blog post, we’ll look at a few of our services that can provide you with physical and cosmetic benefits.

Find A Better you aims to be your St. Louis liposuction clinic of choice, offering our patients with a variety of different health and wellness services. Contact us today to learn more.

Laser Hair Removal in St. Louis

Hair is such a big part of our appearance, and we spend a lot of time ensuring that our hair looks its absolute best. This doesn’t just apply to the hair on our heads, though, and many women spend considerable amounts of time and money to ensure that their legs, armpits and other areas are smooth and hair-free. While many have simply accepted these sorts of practices to be part of their daily or weekly routines, have you ever thought about what life would be like if you never had to shave, wax or pluck again? The amount of effort we put into looking our best is time consuming to say the least, and with laser hair removal services, Find A Better You can help you always look your best. For all those days that we woke up early to shave, felt self-conscious about hair on our upper lip, or cut ourselves with a dull razor, laser hair removal is a fantastic option. Technological advancements have made it possible for laser hair removal to provide less skin irritation with better results. Contact us to learn more about how our St. Louis laser hair removal services can permanently alter your routine today!

Skin Treatments in St. Louis

Whether you struggled with acne during adolescence or suffer from varicose veins as an adult, our skin can sometimes present itself in a way that is less than ideal. In wanting to look our absolute best, we find ways to mask these flaws, through our wardrobes, beauty products or otherwise. Find A Better You also offers a variety of different skin treatments in St. Louis, treating everything from acne scars to spider veins, wrinkles and cellulite. We want the absolute best for all of our patients, and our skin treatments can allow you say goodbye to the flaws that you’ve worked tirelessly to hide.

St. Louis Wellness Center

From skin treatments and laser hair removal services to liposuction and health planning, Find A Better You is committed to helping patients in St. Louis not only look their best, but feel their best as well. To learn more about how we can help you transform your life, contact us today.

Look Your Best This Summer At Find A Better You

Find A Better You is proud to provide patients in St. Louis with the best in liposuction services, fat transfers, meal planning, laser hair removal and beyond. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our St. Louis liposuction services and more!

Summer is finally here, and with summer comes wanting to look your absolute best. In this blog post, we’ll look at a few examples of how Find A Better You can help you look your best this season!

Look Great For Summer Weddings

Summer is a busy time for everyone, from all the time spent outdoors, to entertaining guests, to the ever-popular summer weddings. Summer is a fantastic time for weddings, and with many weddings being held outdoors this season, you want to look your absolute best, right? There are many options you can choose from to help you look and feel great at weddings this summer, but Find a Better You is here to help you do so in a way that is effective and safe!

Perhaps you’re looking to treat those old acne scars or wrinkles that you’ve acquired over the years. Maybe you’re looking to lose a bit of weight in a way that’s safe and natural. Maybe you’re thinking about having laser hair removal done. Whatever the procedure may be, the professionals at Find A Better You are here to provide you with the quality service that you need to help you look your best at weddings this summer. Providing you with everything from skin treatments to fat transfers, Find A Better You can help you not only look great this summer, but feel great as well.

Start A New Lifestyle

Whether you’ve thought about changing your lifestyle before or have recently decided that a change is due, summer is a great time to start anew by changing your lifestyle and habits. If losing weight and getting into shape is on your mind, Find A Better You can help you achieve those goals with a variety of different services. We are proud to offer St. Louis residents with health and wellness planning services, pairing you with expert holistic fitness and nutrition coaches to help you reach your goals. Our meals are fresh, delicious and not the cliche “diet food.” Our plans are not a diet; this is a lifestyle change that is meant to provide you with lasting results. This is about more than simply making some last-minute changes to lose a few pounds, and we are proud to provide our patients with meal and wellness planning services to help them achieve their goals.

Liposuction in St. Louis

Whether you want to look great for weddings this season or are hoping to use summer as your time for changing your lifestyle, Find A Better You in St. Louis can help you look and feel your absolute best. In addition to meal planning and laser hair removal, we also offer liposuction and fat transfer services, aiming to provide our St. Louis patients with a wide variety of services to help them look and feel fantastic. Visit our St. Louis liposuction clinic today to learn more about how Find A Better You can best serve your needs

Benefits of A Fat Transfer

Find a Better You is committed to providing patients in the greater St. Louis area with high-quality fat transfer, liposuction and meal-planning services. Perhaps you’re in need of a breast enhancement, or you are looking to have a Brazilian butt lift procedure. Maybe you’re fed up with all the diets that you’ve tried and you’re looking to make an overall lifestyle change. Find a Better You is here to help you achieve those goals so you can look and feel your absolute best. To find out more about our services and how we can serve you, contact Find A Better You today.

While we perform many services and procedures here at Find a Better You, one of the most transformative is the fat transfer services. While many people have had this procedure performed, some are uncertain about what the many benefits of the process are. With this in mind, we will better examine some of these benefits in this post, in order to help you better understand a few of the positives that come with undergoing a fat transfer.

No Allergic Reactions

While there are many different methods of removing and/or replacing fat in your body, a fat transfer is the most natural way to do so. Some patients can have an allergic reaction to dermal fillers, regardless of whether they synthetic or natural in origin. Fillers not only makes the process more costly and inconvenient, but they also don’t work as well as your own fat. When you have a fat transfer done, the fat is being transferred from your own body. Because of this, the likelihood of you having an allergic reaction to it is low, since it simply being relocated from one section of your body to another.

Long-Term Results

Another benefit of having a fat transfer procedure comes in the form of the results. One of the best things about having a fat transfer procedure is that it has a tendency to last longer than procedures that use synthetic fillers. This means that, among many other things, you will only have to have the procedure performed once. While occasional touch ups may be necessary, the procedure is known to have a high success rate in terms of providing patients with long-term results.

Look And Feel Great

At the end of the day, the purpose of a fat transfer is to help you be happier. By removing fat from an area of your body where this is an excess and re-assigning it to an area in need of fat, you are not only removing something from your body that you don’t want, you are using it to make an additional improvement to your body as well. While this comes with a wide variety of benefits in and of itself, at the end of the day, you are providing yourself with an overall boost of positivity in relation to how you look and feel. Feeling more comfortable and confident with your body is not always an easy thing to achieve, but by having a fat transfer procedure done, you will very likely feel better about your physical appearance.

Fat Transfer St Louis

Those are just a few benefits that you can expect from having a fat transfer done at Find a Better You. Whether you’re in need of a fat transfer, liposuction, meal-planning services, or another way to improve the way you look or feel, Find a Better you is here to help you improve your life and make you both look and feel the best you’ve ever felt. To find out more information about our St. Louis fat transfer services, contact Find a Better You today.

 

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal, Part Two

Find A Better You is here to help you look and feel your best. Are you in need of a liposuction or fat transfer in St Louis? Maybe you’re looking for women’s wellness or health planning? At Find A Better You, we make it our goal to help our patients reach their full potential. Get in touch with us today to find out how Find a Better You can best serve your needs.

In part one of our blog series, we looked at a few reasons why you should consider getting laser hair removal treatment at Find A Better You. From the cost and time benefits to the decreased negative impact on the environment, getting laser hair removal treatment comes with a variety of benefits. Wrapping things up in part two, here are just a few more benefits that you can experience by getting a laser hair removal procedure done.

Avoid the Pain of Ingrown Hairs

Are you someone who struggles with ingrown hairs? Chances are, the pain of ingrown hairs is a pain that you know all too well. Thankfully, by getting a laser hair removal treatment, the pain and discomfort of ingrown pairs can be a thing of the past, as the procedure reduces your hair permanently, effectively eliminating the occurrence of ingrown hairs.

Feel and Look Fantastic

At the end of the day, one of the biggest reasons to get a laser hair removal treatment has to do with all the physical benefits. You’ll always be able to enjoy legs that look clean and smooth, no matter what the season. Never have to compromise your wardrobe because you haven’t shaved; by getting a laser hair removal procedure from Find A Better You, you can wear whatever you want whenever you want, helping you look fantastic all the time!

Additionally, you can also feel more confident about your overall appearance. Never feel self conscious about your unshaven legs ever again. Instead, revel in how great you look and embrace the way it makes you feel.

St Louis Laser Hair Removal

Those are just a few more examples of why you should consider a laser hair removal procedure from Find A Better You. If you live in the greater St. Louis area and are in need of a laser hair removal procedure, we are here to help! Enjoy all the benefits we detailed in our blog series as well as many more, looking and feeling better than you have in years. To learn more about our laser hair removal procedures, alongside our liposuction treatments, fat transfers and more, contact Find A Better You today.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal, Part One

Find a Better You aims to be your number one clinic in St. Louis for liposuction procedures, fat transfer services, skin treatments and beyond. The safety and wellness of our patients is priority number one, and we only use the safest and most effective equipment available in all of our procedures. Contact us today to learn more about how we can be serve your needs.

Our team is proud to provide patients in the greater St. Louis area with a variety of services, including laser hair removal. While the technology has existed for ages, having a laser hair removal treatment in 2018 is easier than it’s ever been. With this in mind, in part one of our blog series, we’ll look at a few reasons as to why you should get a laser hair removal treatment from Find A Better You.

Save Money On Products and Tools

When it comes to your weekly shopping trips to the pharmacy or grocery store, think about how often you have to buy tools in relation to things like shaving and hair removal. From creams to razors to other products, the amount of money that you spend over the course of a year adds up greatly. By getting laser hair removal treatment from Find A Better You, your investment will eventually pay off, with you never having to touch another razor again!

Additionally, because you can eliminate having to buy products, you’ll also be cutting down on the amount of waste that you create. The waste created by razors, cans and bottles is astounding, and when you get laser hair removal treatment, you’ll be helping contribute to making our planet a cleaner place.

Trim Down Your Routine

Have you ever been running late in the morning, only to find that you have to shave on top of all the other things that you need to do before heading out the door? By getting laser hair removal, you can say goodbye to those parts of your morning routine. No more messing around in the shower with razors; you can be in and out in an instant. For all of those times that you were too tired to shave and put it off another day, you can now have the peace of mind in knowing that you no longer have to concern yourself with shaving as part of your routine.

Laser Hair Removal in St. Louis

Those are just a few reasons why you should consider getting a laser hair removal treatment from Find a Better You. Whether you’re looking for a simple procedure like removing hair from your upper lip, or something more involved like removing hair from your legs, Find a Better You is here to help you look your absolute best. Our staff has the experience and training to help you feel at ease, and we are committed to providing our patients with nothing but the best service. We will continue this in part two of our blog series, but until then, for all of your St. Louis laser hair removal needs, contact us today.

Benefits of Meal Planning, Part Two

Find a Better You works hard to help you look and feel great while living a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for liposuction services, fat transfer services, meal planning or otherwise, Find a Better You provides residents in the greater St. Louis area with all these services and more. We want you to look and feel your best while taking control of your health. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you reach your goals and get the body that you’ve always wanted. To learn more about our services and see how Find a Better You can be of service to you, contact us today.

In part one of our blog series, we talked about a few benefits that come with meal planning, from the convenience factor to the improvement of your eating habits. In the conclusion of our blog series, we will look at a few more benefits that you can come to expect when you hire Find a Better You for all of your St. Louis meal planning needs.

Affordability

While the idea of fast food seems affordable in theory, ordering out multiple times a week or month can certainly add up. On top of that, for the most part, fast food has a tendency to be unhealthy for you. Even healthier options aren’t usually prepared with fresh ingredients, so even if what you’re eating is better for you than a burger and fries, you’re eating something that’s loaded with preservatives, sodium, and other unhealthy additives. What once appeared to be an affordable and convenient option for you is now far less affordable than you imagined.

Many people have the tendency to think that living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthier is more expensive than not doing so. While in some cases this may be true, it’s entirely possible to be healthy and eat well without spending an exorbitant amount of money. Meal planning is a great way to not only save money, but also be healthier. Planning ahead means that you will be buying ingredients in advance and preparing all the dishes yourself. This means, amongst many other things, that you’ll be saving more money than if you continued to eat out multiple times a week. At the end of the day, you’re investing in your health, and something that will be providing you with lasting results.

Variety

Whether if you’re someone who gets stuck in a routine or is easily afraid of trying new things, meal planning is something that will allow you to break both of these habits. It’s very common to find people who have a small handful of things that they enjoy eating and simply choose to rotate these things throughout their weekly meals. In some cases, many people simply do this out of a fear of what they don’t know and an unfamiliarity with other options. Our meal plans feature a variety of dishes, ensuring that you will not only be eating a variety of things throughout your week, but you’ll also be trying new things that may very well become your new favorite dishes.

Delicious

A common misconception about healthy foods is that they are bland and flavorless, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Our meal plans feature foods that are fresh and delicious and sure to please even the most selective of eaters. You’ll love these dishes so much that you may even forget how healthy they are.

Meal Plans in St. Louis

Those are just a few more examples of the benefits that come with meal planning. Find a Better You is committed to serving people in the greater St. Louis area with high-quality meal planning services, as well as fat transfer services, breast enhancement services, liposuction services and more. To learn more about how Find a Better You can be of assistance to you, contact us today.