Healthy diet and regular exercise are definitely the surest ways to help you achieve svelte-looking body. However, when it comes to stubborn fat that refuse to go away no matter how hard you try, you can consider treatments to help you achieve your ideal body shape without breaking a sweat. Here are five you need to read about.

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1. Cryolipolysis

The second generation of the Cryolipolysis by Zimmer Z Lipo and Z WavePro has recently been released. This German-engineered technology uses cold therapy to freeze fat within a 60-minute session.

Best for: Localised fat deposits on arms, hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, as well as areas that are hard to reach

How it works: Two innovative aesthetic machines, the Z Lipo and Z WavePro, which are designed for fat freezing and body contouring, are used in the treatment. Z Lipo targets fat deposits and chills them down in a controlled manner so that they are destroyed. Dead fat cells are eventually flushed out by the lymphatic system naturally. Then, Z WavePro transmits radial shockwave to tighten skin and regenerate collagen to achieve a firmer look.

When can you see results: Dead fat cells are usually removed through the lymphatic system in 10 to 12 weeks.

Ids Clinic

Get it at: IDS Clinic. Led by Dr. SK Tan, whose boasts a medical career of over 30 years, plus his team of doctors, the clinic offers a range of aesthetic medical services with a focus on safety and quality. The clinic has two branches at Novena Specialist Center (Tel: 6568 3555) and International Building (Tel: 6450 3555) respectively.

2. Sculpsure

This technology created quite a buzz in the United States when it was first introduced because it promises to deliver results within a quick 25-minute session. The non-invasive treatment is the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen.

Best for: Midsection (belly flab, love handles, hips)

How it works: Using 1060nm wavelength laser, Sculpsure targets selectively at adipose tissue (fat). Over time, the body naturally eliminates the fat cells that were broken down. The procedure is pain-free and has no down time.

When can you see results: Positive results are seen as quickly as in six weeks, and optimal results are usually observed at 12 weeks. You can expect long-term results if you maintain your weight with regular diet and exercise. Clinical trials report an average of 24% of fat cells reduced after one session.

Get it at: The Urban Clinic. Conveniently located at Raffles City, The Urban Clinic is helmed by Dr. Xu Yanni who has a rich portfolio of experience in numerous aesthetic procedures, and one of which is in body contouring. Dr. Xu received her qualifications from King’s College London School of Medicine, where she graduated with the second highest score in her year. The clinic is located at #01-15 Raffles City (Tel: 6254 0407).

3. Intensive Body Perfection Programme

This first-to-market aesthetics “bootcamp” for the body is designed specifically by EstheClinic to achieve body contouring results. It combines two aesthetic technologies that are non-invasive and pain-free.

Best for: Overall re-shaping of body contours, and firming and tightening skin

How it works: The treatment combines lipocavitation ultrasound therapy to burn off deeply-imbedded, stubborn fat cells, and thermo-controlled radiofrequency therapy to dramatically tighten and firm loose skin, and smoothen out cellulite. It is recommended for the treatments to be repeated regularly, so that there’s a progressive and cumulative stimulation of collagen, and destruction of fat cells

When can you see results: The session is to be repeated twice a week for three to five consecutive weeks of treatments for best results.

Get it at: EstheClinic. EstheClinic was founded by aesthetics doctors with over two decades of experience in France, and has since branched out across 15 locations all over the world. It has three branches in Singapore, located at 72 Tras Street (Tel: 6221 4797), 44/45 Rochester Park (Tel: 6254 9913), and 424 Joo Chiat Road (6344 0121).

4. Thermage

This may not be the newest technologies in town, but the versatility of usage makes it a common procedure available at most aesthetic clinics. One of the reasons why doctors and patients like it is because there are several ways to customise the procedure to achieve the results that patients want.

Best for: Love handles, eliminating the look of cellulite around hips and thighs.

How it works: Using radio frequency energy, Thermage is able to penetrate deep into subcutaneous tissues so that metabolism is boosted and skin is tightened. It is also great at restoring elasticity to treated area to achieve overall body contouring results.

When can you see results: Results tend to unfold over a period of months but improvements in skin tightness is usually observed immediately.

Get it at: Dr. Vanessa Phua Aesthetic Clinic. Dr. Phua believes in tailoring programmes for her patients depending on their lifestyle. Educated in the UK with an ophthalmology surgical background, she is also a trainer for aesthetic medical procedures, and is known for her body contouring treatments. The clinic is located at #05-06, Lucky Plaza (Tel: 6235 8411).

5. Liposonix

Don’t be fooled by its name, Liposonix has nothing to do with liposuction, and the way it’s administered is very different. A non-invasive treatment, it uses ultrasound energy to kill fat cells.

Best for: Reduction of fat around the waist line

How it works: Liposonix uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), which is able to disrupt fat cells in a safe and effective manner.

When can you see results: Your body naturally processes and removes the destroyed fat cells over the next eight to 12 weeks after the procedure.

Get it at: EHA Clinic. Founded by Dr. Elias Tam, who began professional practice in 1993, and is a specialist trainer for various pharmaceutical companies. He develops and tests the latest and most innovative aesthetic procedure, which makes him a pioneer in many new technologies. The clinic is located at #15-01 Shaw Centre (Tel: 6235 3325/8168 7235).

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