Introducing Aqualyx at APSARAS Clinic in Coventry
Ever wondered why some areas of the body never seem to shape up or slim down despite your best efforts in the gym?
The answer lies in our genetic code and the way our body is programmed to store fat in case of times of hardship or famine. Stubborn pockets of fat can linger on our thighs, hips, tummies and bottom but can be difficult to shift despite exercise and a healthy diet; a new treatment called Aqualyx™ or Aquaplasty™ using a product, new to the UK, named Aqualyx could be the “fat dissolving” solution.
Oh no, not another non surgical weight loss gimic, you say. In the last 35 years, entrepreneurs have introduced a cavalcade of technologies to reduce fat, each with its own drawbacks. First came liposuction; it requires anesthesia then surgery and sometimes leaves patients with uneven results and weeks of bruising.
Then there was ultrasound; a technician moves a hand piece over the body to deliver deep-diving sound waves that destroy fat below the surface of the skin. But it, too, requires pain medication.
More recently, we have been offered cryotherapy, which kills fat cells by freezing them; pretty cool in every sense of the word. But it’s slow going: only one body section can be treated at a time, so to reduce a waistline, you need to treat each love handle, and then the upper abdomen, in back-to-back one-hour sessions.
For the five minutes until the treated area becomes numb, cryotherapy feels like you’re sitting next to a block of ice. And afterward, it takes an hour to defrost the bulge of flesh that’s now as hard as a stick of frozen butter.
Also awaiting FDA approval are various chemical injections that dissolve fat—previously these products had side effects including pain and swelling. However Cosmetic Doctors, this side of the pond, are excited by the development of Aqualyx, a European medical device version with a CE mark.
Early results show it to be an effective and relatively painless way of body contouring. If it is as good as they say, this is set to become a big hit and has just been released in the UK, recently arriving at the APSARAS Clinic in the West Midlands