Many factors contribute to weight gain and fat accumulation on the body, including age, genetics and pregnancy. You might see this happen on your belly, abdomen, arms, thighs, neck and chin. Not only can this excess skin and weight cause you to dislike what you see in the mirror, but it can also make it hard to find clothes that fit well.
The combination of medical spa services and physical exercise can help you remedy the situation and gain back the body confidence you are missing. Keep reading to find out about our body treatments and what types of exercise are important for getting to your goal and maintaining your results.
Medical Spa Treatments
Medical spa treatments are a great addition to your combined spa-exercise therapy plan and help you approach weight loss as a well-rounded holistic program to reach your weight loss goals while also improving your quality of life. Reaching a physical appearance goal, such as getting rid of excess fat, can be motivating in a way that promotes you to continue making healthy choices. Here are some of the procedures we offer.
CoolScultping is a fabulous non-surgical choice for toning areas of the body where you are carrying excess fat. With its long-lasting results and minimal downtime, this is a procedure that many patients turn to when they want to reduce stubborn fat, tighten and tone the body. CoolSculpting is ideal for use on many parts of the body so it’s a great way to shrink your physique so that you can see the efforts of your physical activity. The procedure offers beneficial effects on the following body parts:
- Bra area
CoolSculpting works by removing the fat cells from the body, using a suction device that has cooling panels to freeze fat cells. The frozen cells are then processed by the lymphatic system and eliminated from the body by natural waste processes. The result is a more contoured body. However, fat can return to the treated area, even though the existing fat cells are gone for good, so it’s best to think of CoolSculpting as a combined spa therapy, where the treatment provides the initial results and your fitness routine maintains them.
Kybella is specially designed to target your chin area, specifically the elimination of a double chin, or excess fat that tends to collect in the area. The treatment, which is a popular anti-aging treatment, works by killing fat cells in the chin and is a great choice to combine with diet and exercise.
Because there aren’t really targeted exercises to tone the chin, it’s important to combine Kybella with a healthy lifestyle. Fat loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume so with the right diet and exercise choices, you can help keep the area slim after treatment.
Non-Surgical Butt Lift (Sculptra)
This is a non-surgical alternative to butt implants or a surgical Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) that can give you the lift you are looking for. Using Sculptra technology, we help stimulate collagen production in your buttocks, which can reshape them over time.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent solution and will need to be repeated every six weeks for an average of 2-4 total treatments. Final results last for an average of 2-3 years, which can be enhanced with a glute-focused program of exercises, including squats, lunges and hip thrusts.
A butt lift isn’t the only way that Sculptra can transform your physique. It’s a kind of biostimulator and is a standard treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. However, it can also combat sagging skin, which occurs as we age but can also happen after significant weight loss.
Another area where it can be highly beneficial is the face, abdomen, and arms. Each injection uses poly-L- lactic acid, which is absorbed into the skin over time, to boost collagen and help tighten the skin. Of course, you can maintain your beautiful results by adding a healthy program of exercises that target your entire body to keep your muscles toned and defined.
Genius Radiofrequency Microneedling
This is another medical spa therapy that enhances collagen production. Genius RF uses radiofrequency energy to heat your skin tissue to combat loose skin in various parts of the body. The procedure requires very little downtime and you can typically return to daily life as soon as it’s completed. As the heat works its way through the tiny needles that pierce your skin, the damage initiates a healing response and it spurs your body to create more collagen to repair the area, which adds volume to the treated area and can make you look younger, while also helping create the tone and definition you are seeking as part of your combined spa-exercise therapy.
If you’re looking for a way to burn fat and build muscle as part of your entire wellness experience, we recommend Emsculpt NEO. Unlike any other treatment, it’s designed to reduce fat in the treated area, while also stimulating the muscle to create a toned and defined look. The procedure makes use of both electromagnetic and radiofrequency energy to tighten and contour the body. In fact, one session can be likened to the effects of 20,000 crunches or sit-ups.
While that’s great, it’s important to keep in mind that you will have to create a healthy program of exercises to complement the effects and counteract weight fluctuations that many people experience on their weight loss journey. However, when it comes to options, this is one that you will certainly love when you see the results.
Healthy Diet and Exercise to Complement Your Treatment
Why Exercise is Important
While cosmetic surgeries and other med spa treatments can certainly help you achieve your dream body, it’s also important to combine our procedures with a healthier lifestyle, which includes staying active and eating a healthy diet.
When you think about your body composition, it’s important to know that you can change certain aspects of it with medical treatments and a healthy lifestyle. For example, burning more calories than you consume is going to lead to weight loss. Doing strength training (lifting weights, using resistance bands, etc.) will help build lean muscle mass.
What’s important to note here is that muscle weighs more than fat so you may actually see the number on the scale go up when you incorporate strength training into your routine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following when it comes to designing a fitness program.
- Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio per week or at least 30 minutes on most days.
- Engage in 2-3 strength training sessions per week, each one lasting for 20-30 minutes.
Cardiovascular Exercise & Weight Training
Cardio exercise, which is anything that gets your heart rate going and causes you to work up a sweat, is ideal for creating a calorie deficit to promote healthy weight loss. There is a wide range of choices and some good options include:
- Organized sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, etc.)
- Jump rope
To tone and strengthen the areas that you are targeting, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands or your own body weight can help you create muscle definition throughout your body. Keep in mind that you should balance the upper body with the lower body to prevent the risk of injuries and create a symmetrical and healthy-looking silhouette. Good examples include:
- Bicep curls
- Triceps extensions
- Overhead press
Of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Your fitness program should progress as you build muscle and get stronger. At the same time, you can incorporate more advanced moves as you work toward your body goals. A good rule of thumb is to start with 1 set of 10 repetitions of each exercise. Every few weeks, add a set of 10 repetitions or increase the amount of weight you are holding.
Healthy Dietary Choices
In addition to the above recommendations for how much exercise to get, you can make the following healthy dietary choices:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Enjoy 100% whole grains
- Make sure you are getting enough fiber, which helps control appetite
- Limit soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages
- Limit desserts, such as cookies, cake, brownies, etc.
- Choose lean protein – sirloin steak, chicken breast, fish, eggs, nuts, beans
By following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you can mix and match foods from each of the food groups to create meals that are nutritious, delicious and that contain a balanced number of calories to help you reach your goals.
A Healthy Mind is Important Too
To truly create a holistic program to support your weight loss goals, it’s important to consider your mental wellness too. Before you can achieve success with your body goals, you’ve got to have the right mindset. Combining fitness with mind-focused healthcare boosts motivation and helps you stay on track. For that reason, you should take the time to enjoy activities and foods you love without feeling guilty. Provided you do so in a balanced way, you can certainly incorporate “junk food” and rest days into your healthy lifestyle. That means enjoying these things occasionally, instead of making them part of your everyday life.
At the same time, you should make it a habit to control your stress levels. When you are stressed, the chances of overeating, choosing the wrong foods, or skipping your workout are much higher. And when that happens, it can derail all of the progress you’ve made. Engaging in hobbies, spending time with friends and family, reading a book, making a mug of tea or taking a warm bath are all examples of ways you can keep your stress in check.
By combining medical weight reduction techniques with healthy lifestyle choices, you can get the results you want and look in the mirror every day and love what you see. We want to help. Contact Z Cosmetic Health today to arrange your initial consultation.