Traditionally, getting the body of your dreams has been the product of sticking to diets and targeted exercise routines. But while you can certainly lose some weight with these methods – and keep the weight off – these old-school techniques aren’t always the best way to get the body shape you want to have. Luckily, at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, we know the key to getting your dream body shape can be as easy as using the right body contouring treatment, such as Vanquish ME.
So, what’s the difference between being fit and having your ideal body shape? Fitness and health standards determine that a certain percentage of total body fat is healthier for you overall, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that weight loss will help you lose weight in the areas you want. Because genetics may make it more difficult to lose unwanted fat in certain areas of the body, it may be more beneficial to use body contouring treatments so you can achieve your ideal shape.
How Many Inches Can You Lose With Vanquish ME Body Contouring?
When it comes to body contouring treatments, many patients want to know how many inches of fat they can expect to reduce as a result of the treatment. While the unique biology of your body will certainly impact how many inches you will lose in different areas of the body, most patients can expect to see a reduction of at least four inches of unwanted fat around the waist. Other areas of the body may also be reduced up to four inches, such as the hips or thighs.
Is four inches a lot? If you are interpreting the reduction of four inches from the waist through clothing sizes, then four inches can be a significant reduction. Losing four inches can translate to losing one to two pant or dress sizes on average. This means you can go from an XL to an L or an M after a cycle of Vanquish ME treatments.
Can This Treatment Help With Weight Loss?
Although body fat does carry a certain amount of weight, using a body contouring treatment for fat reduction does not necessarily mean you will lose a significant amount of weight. This treatment may be able to shave off a few pounds, sometimes as much as five, but this treatment will not help you lose the same amount of weight as dieting, exercising, or treatments like liposuction.
In fact, the best patients for this treatment are those who are within 10 to 20 pounds of their target healthy weight. This is because this treatment is designed to help close the gap between your goals and the results that traditional dieting and exercise can accomplish. If you need help with more significant weight loss, then please speak with your provider about options to explore.
Why Should You Consider Body Contouring Treatments?
Although contouring treatments can help you get the body of your dreams, the fact of the matter is that they are an investment of time and money. So, why should you make that investment? There are several reasons why you may want to consider contouring treatments, especially if you have hit a plateau in what dieting and exercise can accomplish for your self-image and health.
Reduce Unwanted Fat
Unwanted fat can be difficult to deal with. It can be pretty discouraging to deal with stubborn pockets of fat on your body that won’t disappear no matter how hard you work to reduce it. But instead of feeling disheartened by these unwanted areas of fat, then using a contouring treatment can be extremely beneficial. On average, this treatment can reduce as much as 29% to 59% of unwanted fat in any given treatment area.
But why is it so difficult to get rid of these pockets of fat? Factors such as your genetics and the medications you’re taking can make it difficult to get rid of fat, especially fat in the mid-section and the thighs.
Cellulite is more common in women than in men, but contouring treatments can help smooth the appearance of cellulite for both genders. Cellulite is caused by the breakdown of collagen on the skin surface that allows the underlying layer of fat to show through the skin, which is what creates the dimpled appearance of the thighs and buttocks. The appearance of cellulite can be reduced when the thermal energy from the Vanquish ME treatment reduces fat and tightens skin.
Although contouring treatments like Vanquish ME are not designed specifically for skin tightening, many patients will be able to benefit from minor skin tightening results. This is because the same technology that allows fat to be eliminated from the body will also increase collagen production in the skin, which will help the skin regain natural elasticity and suppleness. However, keep in mind that the skin tightening benefit of this treatment will be relatively minor – there will be an improvement, but your results will not be the same as what can be accomplished with a skin tightening treatment.
Achieving your body goals can go a long way to boosting your overall confidence. In fact, many patients will be able to feel more confident in their appearance after this treatment because they will no longer be concerned about stubborn pockets of fat. Improving your body confidence can even make it easier to make healthier lifestyle choices, particularly because a healthy lifestyle is the best way to maintain your results.
Better Fitting Apparel
Finally, reducing unwanted fat on the body can also make it easier to find apparel that fits. Sometimes fitting into clothes can be difficult when you are between sizes, especially when the next size up is truly too large for your current body shape. While you always have the option of tailoring clothing, paying for tailored apparel can be expensive and impractical. Using a contouring treatment can shave off those last few inches of unwanted fat that will help you fit into the clothes you want.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Does Vanquish ME Work?
Vanquish ME is a non-invasive treatment that works by applying radiofrequency energy to areas of the body with unwanted pockets of fat. Radiofrequency energy generates a certain amount of thermal energy (heat) that penetrates the sub-dermal layers of the skin to deeply heat layers of fat cells. The radiofrequency energy will destroy fat cells, which are then eliminated from the body after several weeks.
2. What Is Your Treatment Like?
This treatment is simply because it does not involve any invasive techniques. Applicators will be placed on the body and then activated; the applicators will apply heat to the treatment area, which will then destroy your unwanted fat cells. Your treatment appointments will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete based on the size of the treatment area.
Preparation and Aftercare
You will not need to prepare for this treatment. Although it’s helpful to be adequately hydrated before and after your appointment, you will not need to schedule time off work or arrange for transportation after your treatment. You will also not have any significant aftercare instructions. In fact, you may be encouraged to continue your normal exercise routine for light exercises, such as walking or yoga.
3. Where Can You Use This Treatment?
In general, the main treatment areas for Vanquish ME are on the lower body. This treatment was initially designed to reduce unwanted fat in the abdomen, but can also be used on areas such as the thighs, hips, and flanks. This treatment is also commonly used on the back to reduce fat around the bra line and on the upper arms.
4. How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Most patients will require at least four to six treatment sessions spaced about four weeks apart to see optimal results. That said, because each patient will have a different response to this treatment, the number of treatments you will need will depend on your body goals and the amount of fat that can be reduced in each area of the body. Patients who want to reduce fat in multiple areas may require more than six treatments to achieve their desired results.
5. When Can You See Results?
One of the best things about Vanquish ME is that you will be able to see the results of your treatment as soon as two to three weeks after your first appointment. These initial results will continue to improve with continued treatments and may continue to improve for several weeks after your last appointment. In general, you will be able to achieve your optimal results as soon as four to six months after your first treatment.
6. How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment are intended to last for several years. This is because fat reduction treatments that use radiofrequency technology will destroy fat cells, which will not be able to regenerate after elimination. Fat cells are different from other cells in the body, such as tissue cells that can regenerate; once a fat cell is gone, it’s gone for good. This is also why contouring treatments are more reliable for sustainable weight loss than traditional dieting because fat reduction through traditional methods only shrinks fat cells instead of permanently eliminate them.
However, this treatment will not eliminate all fat cells from your body. The remaining fat cells in your body will be able to expand to store more fat, which is why maintaining your results is your top priority after your results are achieved.
7. How Can You Maintain Results?
The best way to maintain the results of your treatment is to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet low in sodium, sugar, and processed foods will make it easier to avoid gaining unwanted fat. Regular cardiovascular exercise will also maintain a higher metabolism that will make it easier to burn fat for energy without excess fat storage.
For women, family planning may also be an essential step for maintaining results. Pregnancy often causes weight gain, especially fat in the breasts, flanks, and thighs. If you are still intending to have children, then you may want to postpone your treatment until after your family planning is complete.
8. Who Are Good Candidates?
Most people who are interested in reducing unwanted fat are good potential candidates for this treatment. Your health is a major factor in determining if this treatment is right for you since the most successful candidates are those who have a healthy BMI. A consultation will be able to verify your eligibility for Vanquish ME treatments.
Overcome Unwanted Fat With Vanquish ME Treatments
Traditional dieting and exercise may be a good way to start your weight loss journey, but these traditional methods not be the best way to achieve your body goals at the end of your journey. If you want to contour your body into a specific shape or eliminate those last few inches of unwanted fat, then Vanquish ME body contouring treatments may be a good choice for you. Please contact Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX to schedule your initial consultation today.