The New York Times Style Magazine reviews: In Pursuit of Perfection
For the body
While every body is a perfect body, no matter the shape or size, it cannot be denied that smooth, airbrushed-looking skin from the neck down is still pretty much the ideal. Even in the paintings of the most voluptuous of beauties by Rubens and Botticelli, the skin on their bodies is creamy, firm and dimple-free – an anatomical impossibility as cellulite is prevalent in 85 per cent to 98 per cent of all women, including underweight and normal weight individuals, according to a 2014 medical review published in the Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis, a Polish medical journal.
The gold standard treatment for body cellulite, as well as small pockets of body fat resistant to diet and exercise, is a combination protocol of non-invasive fat reduction and radiofrequency (RF). The former, which usually entails some form of ultrasound technology, targets the fat cells under the skin and breaks them down, while the latter stimulates collagen production in the skin for a firmer, tauter appearance.
Even if one is at a healthy weight and feel no need for further fat reduction, cellulite is actually a form of body fat that pushes through fibrous connective tissues under the skin, causing the dimply appearance familiar to those who struggle with the condition. At Estheclinic, a Paris-based aesthetics salon founded by prominent French plastic surgeon Dr Gerard Boutboul, the approach to treating cellulite is using lipocavitation in conjunction with RF to eliminate excess body fat, including cellulite.
Lipocavitation, unlike other ultrasound-based treatments like high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), is much less painful and doesn’t require any anaesthesia like HIFU does. Instead, the transducer is massaged over the affected area and it feels like a mild suction and an occasional light stinging sensation. A high-pitched whine can only be heard by the person being treated, which is due to the low-frequency ultrasound applied onto the skin and “buzzing” through the body. After lipocavitation, the same area is treated with RF.
For achieving a lump- and bump-free body contour, no matter one’s shape and size, Dr Boutboul recommends an aggressive “boot camp”-style programme, like Estheclinic’s Intensive Body Perfection Programme. It involves six to 10 hour-long lipocavitation and RF sessions spaced three days apart, so that the progressive and cumulative stimulation of collagen and reduction of fat cells would result in quicker and more visible results.
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