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Total Health is excited about helping you achieve your goals for 2013!!  We are now offering body sculpting at our new med spa.  For those of you who haven’t heard about this amazing new technology, it’s designed to safely remove fat and tighten skin on your body!

The technology of body sculpting (ultrasound cavitation) uses ultrasonic sound waves to break down stored, resistant fat, and remove it from your body. With ultrasound cavitation technology, fat is broken down within the actual fat cell.  The blood stream and lymphatic system then transfer the fat to the liver and the liver metabolizes the fat through various ways including:  going to the bathroom, sweating, etc. The good news is…your body will find a way to get rid of it!

This process takes some time (up to 72 hours) so Total Health recommends spacing treatments at least 72 hours apart.  In fact, Total Health recommends performing the procedure weekly.  However, sometimes people have deadlines, such a cruises, vacations or weddings, and they want to speed the process up a little bit.  In these cases, we allow treatment every 5 days so that the recommended once a week for 6 weeks can be shortened from 6 weeks to a month.
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Treatment can be performed on any area of the body: legs, arms, stomach area, buttocks, chin, neck, love handles, etc.  However, because the liver is processing the unwanted fat, and in an effort to protect the liver against being overworked, Total Health will only work on one area at a time.

After the ultrasonic cavitation, a skin tightening treatment, which utilizes radio frequency, is performed so that after the fat removal patients are not left with a saggy appearance.  The machine that performs this task irritates the collagen, forcing it to restructure itself into having a firmer, tight appearance.  This process helps to improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite so it works well with the body sculpting fat reduction.  It also works well for people who have lost a lot of weight using other methods but desire tighter skin in those areas.  Similar to the body sculpting process, the skin tightening can be performed on various areas of the body, using the different sized tools on the machine.

Finally, after body sculpting and skin tightening is complete, patients are moved to a standing machine that shakes and wiggles their body.  This machine, called the Crazy Fit Massage machine is used to jump start patient’s lymphatic systems and gets everything moving to get rid of the fat.

During the weeks patient receive treatments, it’s really important to drink a lot of water, to eat healthy (not necessarily to crash diet, but to be aware of protein and carb intake and to eat less sugar), and to remember that exercise is very important.  People who are exercising, eating well, and drinking lots see optimum results.  Those who aren’t doing these things still see results, but not as great as those who are.  In fact, patients could get a once a week treatment indefinitely and it would not affect them adversely at all. Typically, depending on exercise and diet, patients will lose between ½ and 1 inch per week  – sometimes more.  So, many people lose 3-6 inches in 6 treatments.  It’s amazing!  Total Health recommends for someone who can pinch an inch or more to start with 6 treatments and then they can always add more.  Patients aren’t limited to a certain amount of treatments.

With so many other fat reduction procedures, there are adverse side affects such as: down time from surgery, pain, discomfort, time off work.  With body sculpting at Total Health, there is no down time (patients can come in on their lunch break and head back to work afterwards), patients aren’t in any pain or discomfort, and the results are immediate! There are no adverse effects on any parts or organs within the body.

Also, results are maintained if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  If you can’t come every week you wont lose results.  Skipping weeks if you leave town or have a conflict won’t interfere with your progress as long.  As you keep eating healthy and exercising regularly, you can just come back and pick up where you left off.

So, with NO adverse side effects, NO down time, NO pain, you can come in on your lunch break, it only takes about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half, why wouldn’t you give body sculpting at Total Health a try?

Body Sculpting vs. Laser Lipo

Body sculpting vs. Laser Lipo

Why would you choose body sculpting (ultrasonic cavitation) over laser lipo?

Many individuals believe that laser lipo is the new best way to loose inches and tighten skin.  However, there are many arguments against the success of laser lipo.  However, advocates of laser lipo say that it includes less bruising and a shorter recovery time than traditional lipo-suction.  According to WebMD, “Laser liposuction uses lasers to liquefy the fat before it is removed, making it easier to vacuum out via liposuction. Lasers may also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in firmer, tighter, and smoother skin. Lasers may also coagulate small blood vessels in the area, which translates to less bruising.

In one study, patients had laser liposuction on one side of their abdomen and traditional liposuction on the other side. They had more elasticity on the laser side at three months then on the side with traditional liposuction.”

However, there is a high risk of burns and the temperature needs to be carefully monitored.  When the skin comes in contact with the laser, it contracts.  Some contracting is good for skin tightening, but too much contact can be damaging and cause injury or burns.

Some individuals who have had laser lipo performed have reported pain, no results, and having “lumpy” spots while others have reported success.  Again, quoted from WebMD, Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD, a professor and vice chairman of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment in Dallas, has reservations about the procedure.

He indicates that “it liquefies fat and there is no data that I am aware of that shows it consistently tightens skin,” he tells WebMD. “There is a fine line between skin tightening and injury. I am not convinced that we are at a point where we can safely and predictably offer laser lipo as an option.”

On the other hand, body sculpting (ultrasonic cavitation) is a very safe and effective way to remove fat and tighten skin.  The technology of body sculpting (ultrasound cavitation) uses ultrasonic sound waves to break down stored, resistant fat, and remove it from your body. With ultrasound cavitation technology, fat is broken down within the actual fat cell.  The blood stream and lymphatic system then transfer the fat to the liver and the liver metabolizes the fat through various ways including:  going to the bathroom, sweating, etc.

Treatment can be performed on any area of the body: legs, arms, stomach area, buttocks, chin, neck, love handles, etc.  However, because the liver is processing the unwanted fat, and in an effort to protect the liver against being overworked, Total Health will only work on one area at a time.

After the ultrasonic cavitation, a skin tightening treatment, which utilizes radio frequency, is performed so that after the fat removal patients are not left with a saggy appearance.  The machine that performs this task irritates the collagen, forcing it to restructure itself into having a firmer, tight appearance.  This process helps to improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite so it works well with the body sculpting fat reduction.  It also works well for people who have lost a lot of weight using other methods but desire tighter skin in those areas.  Similar to the body sculpting process, the skin tightening can be performed on various areas of the body, using the different sized tools on the machine.

Thus, it’s plain to see why one would choose body sculpting over laser lipo.  With laser lipo there may be adverse side affects such as: burns, lumpy skin, or no results, pain, discomfort, and time off work.  With body sculpting at Total Health, there is no down time, patients aren’t in any pain or discomfort, and the results are immediate! There are no adverse effects on any parts or organs within the body.  This makes body sculpting an easy choice when comparing it to laser lipo.

Zerona Laser

zeronalaserUltrasonic cavitation vs. Zerona laser body sculpting: which is most effective?

Liposuction has been a proven method for fat reduction and loss for many years.  However, in recent years, less evasive methods have been introduced into the market.  Currently, there are two competing methods of alternatives to liposuction: laser (Zerona) body sculpting procedure and ultrasonic cavitation body sculpting. Both help get rid of fat and avoid many of the downsides of conventional fat removal methods, but they each work in a different way. This article examines the pros and cons of both methods.

Many doctors started in the non-invasive body sculpting industry with the Zerona Laser.  This laser was an answer to many who did not want invasive surgery to rid them of excess fat.  It utilizes a cold laser, which liquefies the fat in the cells at a high volume, and then the body rids the fat through the body’s waste system.  Until recently, this has been the only technology available that was non-invasive.  Some patients are achieving results.  However, many patients feel frustrated and somewhat cheated when many fat cells remain after treatments and remain easily visible.  This is especially true if patients aren’t extremely strict in their diet and exercise routines or if they have slower metabolisms that can’t move the fat out of the body quickly.  While some patients are satisfied, many Zerona laser patients aren’t getting expected results.

A new body sculpting technology that has been recently developed is ultrasonic cavitation. This new procedure is amazing in that it is the closest you can get to liposuction without any pain, discomfort, or down time in as little as 30 minutes.  Ultrasonic cavitation, unlike laser, goes directly onto the skin and works into the fat layer vibrating the fat cells at such a high frequency that the fat cells actually break up and are destroyed.  Also, the fat is liquefied making it easy for the body to remove the fat and the entire fat cell from the body.  This process ensures that the fat cell is completely destroyed and forever eliminated.

With ultrasonic cavitation, specific areas can be targeted such as: stomach, arms, thighs, chin, back fat, calves, etc.  Results are visible every session due to the special handle on the machine that allows the technician to concentrate ultrasound waves to sculpt the body.  Thus, the technician can tighten and tone areas as when weight is lost to enable the patient to continue to appear young and muscular as well. Another great point about ultrasonic cavitation is that the sessions are not dependent on each other (unlike laser).  In other words, the sessions don’t have to be performed in an exact time frame and results are apparent immediately after the procedure. Whether it’s inches that need to be lost, or skin that needs to be tightened, or cellulite that needs to be lost, research and results point to the ultrasonic cavitation procedure as the best process specifically designed and patented to meet all of these needs on the market today.

What is Body Sculpting?

body-sculptingBody sculpting or body contouring is a noninvasive process using the latest fat removal technology to target and remove fat. There are several different types of machines that are used, including ultrasound, laser, and radio-frequency. The treatments are non-invasive and pain-free. This means no drugs, not anesthetics, and no down time.

At Total Health Body Sculpting we use a ultrasond and radio-frequency system. During a session our clients receive a 25-30 minute treatment with the ultrasound machine. This treatment begins the process of breaking down fat and turing it into a state in which the body can start naturally disposing of it through the lymphatic system. Afterward the ultrasound treatment, there is a 25 minute treatment with the radio-frequency machine. This treatment continues to break down the fat cells and starts the process of skin tightening. The radio-frequency targets the skin and causes it to start to produce collagen. This will in turn cause the skin to tighten. It will also help to minimize the appearances of scares and stretch marks.

If you are interested in what these treatments can do for you, please contact us for a free consultation. We would love to help you meet your weight loss goals.