What is body contouring or shaping?
The aim of body contouring is to improve the appearance of the body by reducing body fat and tightening excess or sagging skin. There are varied reasons why the skin may start to sag – it could be the result of ageing, significant weight loss, a health condition or childbirth. There are also a plethora of body contouring treatments. Choosing the right method for your body and understanding how it works can ensure the best results in the shortest time.
Body contouring is used to contour and shape the abdomen, waist, thighs, buttocks, upper torso and the arms. It is intended to reduce or remove excess fat and cellulite. Although surgical methods such as tummy tucks and liposuction are common procedures, complication free non-surgical methods are becoming the preferred option. It is a trend that is gaining momentum worldwide and is now the fastest growing area of aesthetic medicine (Kennedy et al, 2015).
However, some of the commonly used non-surgical methods still require patients to endure minor discomfort during the treatment. In addition, following a procedure there can be some bruising and soreness (Kennedy et al, 2015).Initial improvements may also take weeks or months. In contrast, INDIBA Active Cell Therapy provides rapid results and is pain free without side effects.
What is INDIBA Active Cell Therapy?
INDIBA Active Cell Therapy is unique among the non-surgical methods available for body and face contouring. In facial sculpting, it is extremely effective in skin tightening and in wrinkle treatment (double chin correction & skin laxity on face neck and other areas). In body shaping or contouring, INDIBA Active Cell Therapy is particularly effective in reducing or removing fat from the abdomen thighs and buttocks. Also in upper arms tightening and in cellulite reduction (through mobilization of local fat and reduction of fatty nodules). In treating cellulite INDIBA Active Cell Therapy energy dissipates the superficial layers of fat and fibrous tissue that produce the unsightly rippling effect. It is also used in post liposuction treatment in smoothing out contours and tightening excess skin.
The body’s response at the cellular level – during INDIBA Active Cell Therapy
INDIBA Active Cell Therapy works by releasing a unique Radio Frequency (448 KHz) ofenergy that is directed into targeted areas of the skin’s dermis and subdermal layer. The therapy produces bio-stimulation for metabolism activation and cell maintenance. This occurs through increased blood circulation in the extracellular matrix stimulating an increase in the production of collagen.
There is also improved microcirculation (cellular oxygenation reduces with age) and increased hyperactivation. The overall effect is to trigger tissue detoxification, waste drainage and *neocollagenis (an increase of nutrients to the fibroblasts that produce tropocollagen a forerunner of collagen). This process results in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, the protein in connective tissue.
Using INDIBA Active Cell Therapy the triglycerides (that store excess fat) are converted to glycerol and free fatty acids. These are moved from of cells and excreted in the normal way. The thermal, deep penetration and warming effect of INDIBA Active Cell Therapy enhances normal lipolysis and fat reduction. Its thermal energy penetrates deep into the subcutaneous tissue to impact the adipose (fat storage) tissue. The treatment triggers an immediate improvement in skin laxity, oxygen flow and moisture. Deep fat cells rapidly lose their fat volume, and liquid retention is reduced. INDIBA Active Cell Therapy is effective on stubborn fatty deposits, where the results of successful body contouring are often most noticeable.
Unlike other methods INDIBA Active Cell Therapy works by enhancing the body’s metabolic pathways without disrupting normal cell physiology. The INDIBA treatment gradually and homogenously generates heat at selected areas of the body. The procedure triggers biological responses that lead to tissue regeneration which enables body contouring to take place. The INDIBA Active Cell Therapy shapes the targeted areas by shrinking fat cells and tightening the overlying skin. This not only reduces fat but improves skin elasticity by stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. When the layers of fat that produce collagen are repeatedly heated with INDIBA Active Cell Therapy, the body begins to naturally increase its production of collagen. The affects can become long lasting or permanent.
How is the treatment applied?
INDIBA Active Cell Therapy combines two treatment modes. A capacitive mode that focuses on soft tissues, and a resistive mode for thick, fat and fibrotic tissues. When the treatment is applied to a specific area, it enables the correct movement of ions through the cell membrane. This works through its unique Radio Frequency and a gradual increase in the skins temperature. It is painless and without adverse effects to the skin’s external layer. Harmless electrodes are applied to the skin and a soft massaging action is used. During treatment heat is safely generated and patients experience a pleasant warming sensation as the unwanted fat is broken down, and collagen fibres are tightened. INDIBA Active Cell Therapy is used on all skin types without risk of complications. The number of sessions needed is adapted to the needs of each patient. Each treatment takes just 30 – 45 minutes.
Medically non-invasive aesthetic procedures can provide the solution to an improved appearance and good looking skin – a brief introduction…
Our skin is not only the body’s biggest organ by size and weight, but also the most visible. It is also the first most visible manifestation of the ageing process. For that reason, healthy looking skin is extremely important to our personal sense of health and wellbeing (Barankin et al, 2002). Many of us become concerned when our skin is in poor condition and lacks lustre or is showing more obvious signs of deterioration, damage, or age. The good news is that women and men can erase or greatly diminish the signs of visible ageing and skin damage – without the need to resort to invasive surgery.
Non-invasive aesthetic procedures now account for many times more treatments than invasive surgery. However, as with all medical procedures, non-invasive treatments still carry some risks, if poorly administered. Therefore choosing a healthcare professional who is both trained and experienced in non-surgical aesthetic procedures is extremely important.
What types of skin conditions can non-invasive aesthetic procedures treat?
Some examples of conditions that can be treated with non-invasive aesthetic procedures include: acne and oily skin, blemishes – dry flaky and inflamed skin – hypersensitive skin – pigmentation and dark marks – scarring and skin damage. Some examples of non-surgical aesthetic procedures that can resolve these conditions are dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and INDIBA Active Cell Therapy. Each treatment works in a different way and is chosen for its suitability in treating a specific condition and skin type.
The cause of some common skin conditions – dry, dehydrated and oily skin
Why some people suffer from dry skin and others an excessive production of sebum (oily secretion) – is unclear. Oily skin with or without acne is one of the most common dermatologic concerns. Although sebum plays an important role in skin health, excessive oil leads to an undesirable continually sweaty appearance. Larger pores and a greasy appearance is symptomatic of oily skin. The rate of sebum production varies throughout a person’s life. It declines in women after menopause and in the sixth and seventh decade in men. Chinese women normally have smaller pores and lower sebum production. Treatment to tame excess sebum secretion varies among patients and needs to be personalized (Endly & Miller, 2017).
Acne, spots and oily skin
Facials and treatment must suit your skin type. A calming gentle facial suits acne prone oily skin. Too much facial massage however, will encourage the skin and oily glands to be active. Natural products that are free of stripping agents may suit this skin type. Plenty of water to flush the lymphatic system is also recommended.
What causes dry skin?
Our skin contains natural lipids that keep moisture and pollutants out. Damage can occur for a variety of reasons. These may be age related, genetics, hormones, incorrect facial products or environmental conditions, and over exposure to the sun. This can cause tiny cracks in the skin that allow moisture to escape, and the skin to become dry and flaky. This skin type will need its moisture barrier repaired.
Dehydrated skin (dry or oily)
Dehydrated skin is caused by less than optimal biological processes, and lacks water content. Environmental stressors can be the underlying cause. Dry rough and tight skin is often the result. This condition is frequently seen among younger age men and women. Rough and tight skin with fine lines are often the visible signs of dehydrated skin. However, dry skin that is lacking in oil may also be dehydrated or oily skin may be dehydrated due to a lack of moisture. It’s a fine balance!
What is hypersensitive skin?
Sensitive facial skin presents as smarting, stinging burning, itching, or with a sensation of tightness. It is a condition that effects around 50% of women and 40% of men. Studies have shown that Asian women in particular often report sensitive skin (Richters et al, 2015).
The majority of studies suggest that sensitive skin is the result of impaired barrier function (how well the skin is protected from the external environment). However, there is a wide variation in symptoms and degrees of skin sensitivity.
At the upper end of the scale ‘hypersensitive’ (very sensitive) skin reacts the most to a combination of both environmental and cosmetic factors. Delicate skin, although less sensitive, has an easily disrupted barrier function. Whereas, ‘reactive skin’ is characterized by a strong inflammatory response. Those with ‘stingers’ have a heightened neuro sensory perception to skin stimulation. ‘Cosmetically sensitive skin is reactive to definable cosmetic products (Inamada, et al, 2013).
Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation – what’s the difference?
Skin colour is determined by pigment (melanin). It is made by skin cells called melanocytes. For various reasons the skins colour may become darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation). There are many possible causes of skin pigmentation.
These include: burns, infections, allergies, hormonal changes, birthmarks, skin cancer. In women hypopigmentation can be a complication of certain skin treatments