You’d be forgiven for serving the squint-eye to the non-invasive body-sculpting movement. Otherwise known as laser treatments that promise to do the job of liposuction, permanently zapping away 20-30 per cent of fat with no downtime or risks…cue eye roll. If there’s anything A Current Affair’s ‘Love Scam’ segment has taught us, it’s to not believe everything you read on the Internet.
So when a recent study came out announcing the body contouring market is expecting to reach a market value of over $ 1.1 billion by the end of 2022, we got curious. Do they even work? How do they work? And are there seriously no side-effects? To clarify, we went to Samantha Barakat Light, founder of Body Catalyst, an inner-Sydney clinic specialising in non-invasive body sculpting treatments for the time-poor, risk-averse woman and (increasingly) man.
To answer the why – as in, why is everybody vetoing good old fashioned exercise and diet in favour of this instant fix – Samantha sums it up nicely: “Time! Time has become the single most precious commodity for people, as we are under constant stress to work harder, faster, and more,” she explains.
“This does not mean these people aren’t exercising, but they may not have the luxury of going to the gym every day to get the obvious results they want. Body contouring is used as a way to help them reach or maintain their body goals.”
She goes on to explain what we’ve always feared but never had confirmed: that irrespective of how much we work out or how strict our diets are, those stubborn pockets of fat aren’t ever guaranteed to bugger off. Our bodies may never reflect the effort we put into them! Enter Body Contouring.
At Body Catalyst, Samantha has designed a body-sculpting treatment that combines fat freezing and fat cavitation, to permanently eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, without invasive surgery.
“Body Contouring treatments work with their current exercise regime to accelerate all their hard work at the gym, empowering clients to obtain the body they are after,” says Barakat Light.
In the name of serious journalism, we did some digging and can indeed corroborate this fact with an episode of KUWTK where Khloe Kardashian was filmed preparing for a photoshoot with a session of non-invasive laser contouring. Now, the woman trains with Gunnar Peterson for Christ’s sake and doesn’t believe in cheat meals , but apparently, she too needs a little supplementing in the way of body sculpting.
Liposuction may have evolved leaps and bounds since it was invented in 1974, but the risks remain; contour irregularities, fluid accumulation, infection, internal puncture wounds – we could go on. Which leads us to the second most common motivator for people opting for non-invasive procedures.
“In people who are within 15 kilos within their ideal weight, it gives the results of lipo without the surgery. There is no anaesthesia, no downtime, no risk of infection,” explains Samantha.
The best part? You don’t need to be on Khloe’s pay packet to afford treatments. At Body Catalyst, fat freezing prices start from $ 599.
“It is important to note that there are different machines that offer the same treatment but not all are safe or effective. So just because you can get the treatment for a cheaper price, it does not mean that it will be anywhere near as effective or safe.”
So do your research on the brand of machine and ensure it is registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
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