04 March 2020

Treatment of the silhouette: surgery or non-invasive technique?

Treatment of the silhouette: surgery or non-invasive technique?

Does the thought of putting you in a swimsuit on the beach depress you? Some people think that cosmetic surgery could give you both the figure of your dreams and a healthy outlook. At least that's what the Swiss online magazine L'Hebdo revealed on March 11, 2013. The psychologist Jürgen Margraf from the University of the Rurh in Bochum (Germany) wanted to find out whether you feel psychologically better after cosmetic surgery. The result? In addition to a much better perception of their beauty, women who have undergone surgery have a better morale and self-esteem. A more attractive body and a better morale. Should we rush into it? I'm not sure. In any case, non-invasive techniques are on the up and up. Alternatives to liposuction, lipocavitation and cryolipolysis use high-tech equipment and deserve a spotlight.

Destroying fat cells, the dream!
Lipocavitation breaks the membrane of fat cells with ultrasounds vibrating at a specific frequency to destroy fat. And this is important, because once emulsified, the fat residues are eliminated by the lymphatic system. Hence the obligation to follow each lipocavitation session with a lymphatic massage. This must be done within 24 hours. Counting an average of 8 lipocavitation sessions, at the rate of one session per week, followed by a lymphatic massage to obtain all the effects of the treatment, we can say that this treatment is for the most patient and the most available.
That being said, it is also, and above all, important to be aware of two potential pitfalls related to this technique. The first trap is to find oneself in front of a device that is "restrained" to be soft and therefore totally ineffective. The other trap is to let cells that should not be destroyed. So always ask about the seriousness of the practitioner before you start.

Cold to destroy localized fat?
Well known to treat pain, cryotherapy can also fight against dimpling. So let's be clear: once again, we are talking about localized areas and not obesity or generalized excess fat. So, how is it going? Cryolipolysis will also destroy the adipocytes (fat cells) by exposing them to the cold for about an hour. So you have to endure staying at 3 to 5°C during this time. Then you have to be patient. Because the session will trigger an inflammation process before starting the phagocytic process. It is thus after 45 to 60 days that the result will be visible with, generally, a loss of 1 cm per session.

Liposculpture and liposuction
Again, it takes about two months to discover the result. But, unlike the other two methods, this is surgery, even if the scars are almost invisible. As it is a surgical procedure, the loss of fat can be defined more precisely beforehand, without having an unlimited margin of manoeuvre: certain criteria must be met to avoid unpleasant surprises. Thus, liposculpture or liposuction is suitable for those who have localized excess fat without skin slackening. Then, here too, patience and availability are required since you will have to wear a support girdle and avoid sun exposure as long as you have bruises. On the other hand, to put an end to a preconceived idea, it is wrong to think that surgery cannot be considered in summer. Indeed, in our temperate regions, there is no season more favorable than the other for liposuction.

You are now better informed to choose the method that is right for you. But whatever your choice, always be vigilant in your choice of practitioner. Get informed beforehand! It is the guarantee to regain your morale...