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LIVE 24-SEVEN


INNOVATIVE WAYS TO BEAT THE BULGE


Aesthetics expert Dr Claire Oliver (BDS) looks at the traditional and innovative alternatives to fat reduction.


While the summer months are undoubtedly filled with the joy of holidays in the sun and al fresco parties with friends, they’re also filled with a certain sense of dread. Whether it’s lazing on the beach or sipping Champagne on the terrace, there’s no escaping the bikinis, swim shorts and revealing T-shirts and dresses.


FAT REDUCING FACTS Figures reveal that April and May are the key times for online searches for fat reduction treatments. At the same time the number of Britons undergoing the surgeon’s knife to correct this weighty issue is at the lowest for a decade, yet the number of tummy tucks and breast reductions for men continues to rise according to BAAPS*


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SURGICAL OPTIONS Liposuction and more recently mega-liposuction have been the traditional surgical go-to for those looking to shift excess fat. It can be performed under local aesthesia, under sedation, or with full general aesthetic depending on the size of the area to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed. Of course there are the effects of surgery – both physical and mental. And while the incision is typically less than ¼ of an inch, and scarring is minimal, there is a prolonged recovery period and patients can suffer painful bruising and swelling for a few weeks afterwards.


Alternatively, abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck", involves the surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle of the abdominal wall. The surgeon makes a cut just below the bikini or shorts line, the skin is lifted and the required amount of fat is removed. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you will need to spend at least one night in hospital. Patients need to take two weeks off work to recuperate and give their body the chance to recover properly. Strenuous activity of any kind will need to be avoided for several weeks after that.


The trend for male breast reductions (moobs) continues to increase. The operation was dramatically improved when the industry devised a way of removing breast tissue through tiny wounds in the armpits, enabling healing with virtually no scar. Previously, surgery would leave an obvious scar on the chest and often some deformity.


NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS Over the last few years we have witnessed a rise in the number of non-surgical aesthetic procedures that offer great results – but without the pain, recovery and expense.


At the forefront of these is CoolSculpting®, a results-driven, breakthrough procedure to help shift those stubborn bulges.


One of the most common questions asked surrounding the procedure is 'What happens to the loose skin?'. Removing the fat creates thousands of small canals where the fat previously was. Those canals contract and close due to a combination of the compression effect of the garment worn and the nature of the elastin and collagen in the connective tissue.


As a result, the fat volume is reduced and therefore the skin retracts and tightens. This is particularly seen in areas such as a sagging neck where removal of the fat alone may give a total skin retraction.


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FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUT Y DR CLAIRE OL IVER BDS


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