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Ask The Doctor 4 Ways to Shape Up and Slim Down Words by Dr. Leslie Baumann As a cosmetic dermatologist, most patients come to me with two concerns: visible signs of aging and stubborn fat. Lucky for all of us, the array of non-surgical options available for treating both of these aesthetic issues has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. To me, the advances in non-invasive body contouring are most exciting, and there are more effective ways than ever to eliminate stubborn fat that has been resistant to diet and exercise and these are my four favorites. UltraShape Power UltraShape changed the fat-melting game thanks to its proven results over a series of painless treatments. Harnessing the power of ultrasound energy to permanently destroy fat cells, this treatment works well for the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and beyond. Just a few months ago, a new and improved version called UltraShape Power received FDA approval. Twenty percent more powerful than its predecessor, UltraShape Power has been found to reduce fat by up to 32 percent. I'm very impressed with the results I've seen in my patients (and they are too!). Liposonix Another ultrasound-based body contouring treatment, Liposonix delivers visible fat reduction in just one session. Although Liposonix may be a bit uncomfortable, it's a great option for those who can't commit to a series of treatments and it can also be combined with UltraShape power for even more dramatic bulge-busting results. VelaShape Ideal for smoothing the appearance of cellulite and tightening loose skin, VelaShape is great on its own, and an even better complement to UltraShape Power or Liposonix. This treatment uses a combination of suction and heat to boost the skin's natural collagen production, in turn improving the skin's tautness as it removes ripples and other unsightly irregularities. Kybella Kybella is a game-changer because it is the first injectable fat-melting treatment. Approved for improving the appearance of stubborn fat in hard-to-reach areas like the fat under the chin, Kybella offers dramatic, permanent results over a series of three or so treatments. (The number of sessions depends on the size of the area to be treated.) It's important to know that the results of all of these treatments become visible after a month or more, so they're not going to have you in your skinny jeans by the weekend. But with that said, a majority of patients say the wait is well worth it because these treatments are able to eliminate fat that diet and exercise cannot. Of course, combining these treatments with diet and exercise results in more significant and faster results. Most patients report losing at least one size in six weeks! I have been using all of these treatments, but don't tell my trainer because he thinks the changes in my body are all due to my workouts. These treatments are usually used in combination depending on which areas have stubborn fat. UltraShape Power, Liposonix, VelaShape, and Kybella are all wonderful tools that that I use to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. Bra fat can be gone in six weeks and they make muffin tops a thing of the past! You can even stop worrying about a double chin in your selfies! These treatments are the ideal way to refine your physique quickly, and the visible results also help motivate you to get on track with a healthy lifestyle. Are these treatments replacements for diet and exercise? No. But they will help you obtain your body-shape goals faster and put you on the path to your best body ever. Visit Baumann Cosmetic on Facebook and check out our Facebook Live videos that demonstrate these procedures, or read more at ML

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