You’ve heard the saying ‘summer bodies are made in the winter’, right? Well, here’s our verdict: all bodies are summer bodies as long as the sun is shining. However, it’s a fact that body sculpting treatments become more popular in winter, for the simple reason that they make some people feel more confident ahead of swimsuit season.
And that’s exactly what we’re all about: providing treatments that empower you, and working with you to achieve your body goals, no matter the time of year. This particular edit features non-invasive procedures that work over a number of sessions – meaning, if you start now, you will probably have completed your course by the time the sun returns.
So, if you feel like some winter self-care is on the cards, we’ve got you covered. Here are the body treatments to try now, ready for a smooth and sculpted summer…
1. For tightening and toning: EMSculpt Neo
Why now? You can book in for EMSculpt Neo anytime to boost the effects of a healthy lifestyle. However, some prefer to get started in winter, as optimal results tend to appear after three months – and four to six sessions are recommended.
Neo is the new-gen device, which levels up EMSculpt’s already-impressive results for a 30% reduction in fat, and a 25% boost in muscle definition. It works by triggering painless contractions in the body for 30 minutes, which are equal to – wait for it – 24,000 squats or 24,000 sit-ups.
Plus, the new addition of radiofrequency means the device can now heat up and break down fat cells for an even more streamlined effect. Book in to target one of nine key areas: your abs, buttocks, inner thighs, outer thighs, quads, hamstrings, calves, biceps or triceps. Just wait until you see the effects.
2. For fat freezing: CoolSculpting
Why now? The slimming effects of CoolSculpting can be seen after six weeks, but optimal results are typically revealed around 12 weeks after your first treatment. For truly stubborn pockets of fat, it’s sometimes advisable to come in for extra sessions. That means, if you want to complete your course by summer, you may want to begin between now and March.
What does it do? Put simply, CoolSculpting freezes excess fat. Your practitioner glides the CoolSculpting device over your skin, which crystallizes the fat cells sitting underneath. This allows your body to break them down, process them and, gradually, eliminate them. Meanwhile, all you’ll feel is a cooling, suctioning sensation as the machine gets to work.
You can target the contouring effects of CoolSculpting anywhere, including your thighs, upper arms, abs and hips. It’s especially effective for slimming the areas of fat that your workout doesn’t seem to reach. It can even tighten ‘tech neck’ if you’ve been spending more time than usual looking down at your phone. Essentially, it’s the perfect procedure for almost any part of your body.
3. For permanent hair removal: Cynosure Elite
Why now? As you might have heard, laser hair removal isn’t recommended when you have a suntan, which means it can be tricky to keep up the required regular appointments through summer. By starting in winter, you have plenty of low-sun months to blitz every last follicle, leaving your armpits, legs, bikini line – anywhere you choose – completely fuzz-free.
What does it do? Our medical-grade laser hair removal device, Cynosure Elite, targets hair at the follicle to prevent it from growing back, so the area you treat is left permanently free of fuzz. Because hair grows in various stages, it takes a few sessions to blitz it from all angles. However, once killed off, it’s never coming back, making it well worth the time and cost.
Best of all, it’s not painful. You’ll feel a ‘pinging’ sensation, like an elastic band, but there’s no downtime after each of your laser hair removal appointments. As for how many sessions you’ll need; it depends on the texture of your hair. Darker, thicker hairs tend to be easier to remove, as it’s easy for the laser to pick them up. Book in for a consultation to discover the best course of treatment for you.
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