A boost for a bikini body

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


IT'S the season for itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikinis, which can incite nervousness in many women. We’re pretty much being asked to parade ourselves on the beach in pieces of fabric that cover only what underwear covers.

Although nothing beats a good diet and regular exercise, sometimes we need that little boost to look better in our bikinis. And, if you have a body type like mine that seems to gain weight from one cheat meal, those “little boosts” are certainly welcome.

A non-invasive treatment called Cavitalipo is a form of non-surgical liposuction. I have to emphasize that it is non-invasive, meaning it is only done with a machine with no injections or cutting. I am personally not a fan of surgery or invasive treatments unless it’s for medical reasons. I am also not a fan of painful treatments. So I was very curious about Cavitalipo, which is a painless treatment offered at Skin First Face and Body Center in Banilad.

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Cavitalipo can be done on different parts of the body, but I opted to try it out on my belly. The therapist began by using a tape measure around my waist and took note of the measurement.

To begin the treatment, she applied ultrasound gel then proceeded to the “cavitation” part of the treatment, which like many non-invasive machines has a handle that is massaged on the body. During the first part of the treatment, it’s common to hear ringing sounds. The therapist told me only I could hear it since I’m the one who’s getting the treatment. It’s apparently because sound waves are being used to break down fat cells.

If the ringing in your ears becomes too annoying, it’s always possible to ask the therapist to stop for a while.

The second part of the treatment is RF or radio frequency. You may have heard of RF for facials; it works similarly for non-invasive liposuction. RF tightens the skin to prevent sagging after cavitation.

The last part of the treatment is a massage on the treated area. Of course it feels good and relaxing, but at the same time, it’s meant to help lymphatic drainage.

After the treatment, which takes about half an hour, the therapist measured my waist again and I had miraculously lost an entire inch. Pretty amazing, indeed. Instant effects, but don’t expect results to be permanent unless you’re quite religious about taking care of your body.

As with other treatments for reduction, machines can only do so much. Skin First proprietor Dianne Huang says that this treatment is meant to compliment a healthy lifestyle. To be realistic, many of us cannot expect to eat badly, not exercise and still look slim. Don’t forget those fruits and vegetables which are packed with anti-oxidants and have fewer calories than fried or salty food. Work up a sweat regularly to flush out toxins and bring a healthy glow to your skin. We don’t need to count calories or be on workout “beast mode” all the time, but remember that how you treat your body does affect how you look.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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