|Is Permanent Fat Loss Possible without Surgery?|
|Written by Sarah Hughes|
“Dear Fat Cells: Ultrashape and I will find you, and we will destroy you. Sincerely, me” reads the brochure cover for this non-invasive body contouring technique. Tantalizing inner pages include taglines such as “Dear Skinny Jeans, Welcome back!” As much as we all love the concept of fat loss and body contouring without the scalpel, we’ve lost our wide-eyed innocence by now and have learned to treat each new technique with growing skepticism.
But wait, this one is different – so they all say. But could this really be the one? A non-surgical, fast-acting, painless procedure with no down time... that actually works? Well, Ultrashape does boast a few key attributes that make it stand out from the rest. We’ll get to those in a minute. First, let’s tackle the concept of non-invasive body shaping procedures.
Women are harder on themselves than ever before when it comes to body image. In a recent survey of 1,000 Canadian women, a whopping 90 percent said they would like to change something about their bodies. Whether it’s media-driven or self-inflicted criticism, suffice it to say that too many women just don’t feel good about the way they look. That has a significant impact on their quality of life. Study after study shows the inextricable link between feeling good about oneself and feeling happy and fulfilled in life.
Part of the frustration is a lack of control over the “problem areas” women tend to fret over. Despite a healthy diet and adequate exercise, the areas of fat loss in the body cannot be controlled. The vast majority of Canadian women surveyed were unhappy with the fat deposits around their midsections, including “muffin top,” “spare tire,” “love handles” and “bra fat.” Secondary areas of negative focus included “saddle bags” and thighs. However much time we spend on the treadmill, we may never see much improvement in these areas.
The attractiveness of non-invasive body contouring is that it gets around the major commitment of surgery. The pain, expense, downtime and risk of surgery are a barrier to a great many women, who may prefer a gentler and less aggressive option to help them feel better about the way they look. If, that is, it works.
The human body maintains more or less the exact same number of fat cells throughout life ; it is simply the size of the fat cell that changes. Amazingly, fat cells, unlike any other cells, seem capable of almost unlimited growth. Enter Ultrashape. While many body contouring devices use low-level laser technology to perforate fat cells, Ultrashape takes a different approach. Instead of lasers, it uses ultrasound technology, and instead of perforating the fat cells, it destroys them altogether. The body is able to naturally metabolise the destroyed cell’s contents and debris from the broken cell walls.
Ultrashape has the largest number of peer-reviewed papers published of any non-invasive device. The focused ultrasound treatment does not generate much heat, which means treatments are comfortable for patients. The acoustic sound energy used to mechanically break down fat cell walls is safe and effective. Perhaps the best part is that these cells are permanently destroyed – which means that fat loss is permanent.
“Ultrashape is one of only a few non-surgical technologies to permanently rid the body of fat,” says Dr Mathew Mosher, owner of YES Med Spa and Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley, BC. “With laser devices, the only one that permanently destroys fat cells is laser-assisted liposuction – which is surgery. I have trialled other non-invasive contouring devices and Ultrashape offers the best opportunity for more significant reduction with a permanent solution.”
“Ultrashape is also a tremendous complement to surgical procedures used in my own practice,” continues Dr Mosher. “Pockets of fat can be treated while avoiding the complexity of liposuction. Many patients want both: larger areas can be treated with liposuction, and smaller areas can be treated non-surgically with Ultrashape.”
We can’t change the genetic constitution of our bodies. Most of us don’t have the time to spend three hours a day at the gym. With Ultrashape, we are given another option, and a modicum of control over our own bodies. The best results are seen in healthy patients who are near their ideal weight, but have problem areas they find frustrating. Perhaps now, these areas finally can be dealt with – permanently.