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Vida Buena
Beauty & Style
Article: Heather Parra
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Though we may not like to admit it, most of us have areas on our body that we are just not happy with no matter how much we diet and exercise. Whether it'd be thighs that feel like tree trunks, a bit too much junk in your trunk or a belly that was never the same after having your baby, we all sometimes wish that we could shave away a little fat here and there, as a sculptor would with a statue.


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While body sculpting may not be as easy as that, there are now more ways than ever to shape your body the way you want it. Here is a brief overview of some of these methods and treatments and what the local experts have to say about them.

Body Wraps - Body wraps are used to detoxify, tone and tighten skin, increase circulation and flush out water weight. Body wraps are usually soaked in herbs, minerals, seaweed or even clay before being wrapped tightly around the body and left on for a specified amount of time.

"The key to body wraps is to leave them on for an extended period of time. Because wraps need to stay on longer than is possible at a spa, we offer in-home body wraps so that the wrap can be left on to get the most benefit." – Kathy Schneider-Dominguez, Katharoz Cosmetic Boutique and Spa

Cellulite and Spot Fat Treatments - Various spas offer a variety of cellulite treatments and spot fat removal treatments. Here we will look at a few different treatments used by local spas:

GK3 Body Sculpting: This is a heavy-duty massage of the stomach, hips and thighs, combined with the use of a cellulite cream to break down the cellulite and tighten the skin.

"The GK3 is great because is can be used on any body type and is good for anyone that has cellulite and it is only a 45-minute treatment." – Judi Pearce, 'N Dulge Day Spa and Salon, El Paso

Mesotherapy: Mesotherapy involves inserting a number of injections into the skin to dissolve the fat underneath and requires at least five treatments. These injections are either a combination of medications or homeopathic remedies.

"We offer an entirely homeopathic mesotherapy that uses saline, L-carnitine, gingko biloba, as well as other herbal remedies to dissolve the fat." – Anna Marie Hooley, CA Skin and Body Clinic, Las Cruces

Accent XL Therapy: This therapy uses radiofrequency to produce heat that releases fat out of the cells. This treatment is for body sculpting, fat reduction, cellulite treatment and skin tightening. Accent XL Therapy is used to reduce spot fat and is not recommended for those who are overweight. Results can be seen after five to eight treatments.

"This is a treatment for people who are at their ideal weight, but can't get rid of those stores of fat. It has a lasting benefit unless the patient gains weight." – Anna Marie Hooley, CA Skin and Body Clinic, Las Cruces

Cosmetic Surgery - Cosmetic surgery can offer many body contouring solutions, depending on the area you would like shaped and depending on your body type.

Liposuction: Liposuction can be used to remove deposits of fat from various locations of the body including thighs, buttocks, abdomen, hips and breasts. Liposuction is for those that are close to normal body weight but may have trouble areas of fat that they would like contoured. There are three main types of liposuction used by surgeons today. Traditional liposuction consists of injecting a liquid into the area and then inserting a small tube called a cannula into the skin to suck the fat out. Ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to create heat and to break down the fat stores making them easier to remove while also shrinking the skin and leaving less bruising and swelling than traditional liposuction. Lastly, laser liposuction uses a laser under the skin to dissolve fat and shrink the skin.

"Although laser liposuction may be the most advanced type of liposuction, all of these are still used and are good options for certain patients depending on their needs and their body types." – Dr. Ozan Sozer, El Paso Cosmetic Surgery

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty: While liposuction may be able to remove fat stores from the abdomen, patients with a large amount of excess skin or loose muscles from pregnancy may need to get a tummy tuck in order to shape their abdomen area. This surgery can require a couple of weeks recovery time.
Thigh Lift and Butt Lift: Both of these procedures can be used to remove excess skin and lift and shape the thigh and buttock areas. These procedures are intended for those that have a lot of excess skin due to large weight loss or for those who would like to refine the shape of their buttock area.

"I developed a technique that is now widely used to elevate and shape loose, droopy buttocks using the patient's own tissue." – Dr. Ozan Sozer,El Paso Cosmetic Surgery

This is just a brief look at several treatments that can help you sculpt your body into what you envision it to be. In future articles, we will further explore each option, including possible benefits and risks of each treatment. ///
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