Get set to show off your bikini body! RETREAT asked one of Australia’s top rated cosmetic medical practitioner, Dr. Ehsan Jadoon MBBS, FACAM, FCPCA, the skinny on body sculpting to get you beach-ready!


  1. Who is a good candidate for a body sculpting procedure?

Anyone wanting to loose excess fat from a certain body area which they are unable to lose by exercise or diet. Currently, liposuction or liposculpture remains the gold standard for getting rid of excess fat deposits that are difficult to remove with exercise or diet alone. 

Several advancements have been made in this field over the past few years. Lasers, ultrasound and radiowave based devices are available now that show some extra improvement in results over the traditional liposuction. However, the traditional tumescent liposuction remains the bench mark procedure even when the above mentioned devices are used in conjunction. 


  1. What are some other less invasive body sculpting procedures, and how long do their effects last? 

There are several non-surgical fat reduction devices available in the market today. However, most of them either deliver no clinical results or the results are minimal to say the least. In Australia, we generally find them in non-medical beauty spas and salons. 

The only non-surgical device that we have found to be actually able to eliminate excess body fat in clinical practice is the technology called cryolipolysis. In simple words, fat freezing. Most non-surgical fat reduction procedures are not effective and therefore they fade away after a short period on the market. With the growing trend in looking fit and slim, I believe that more and more companies are manufacturing non-surgical fat reduction machines throughout the world. The use will hit the Australia market on regular basis.


  1. What are the short term and potential long term risks associated with these quick procedures?

It is important to understand that not all fat freezing platforms are the same. There are several cheap Chinese manufactured machines in the market that can be very dangerous to use. And can cause significant deformity and permanent damage to the body. It is important to choose the clinic that offers the real Coolsculpting procedure using the Zeltiq ™ platform. 

When done correctly by a qualified medical provider or paramedical staff, we have not seen any major short term or long term side effects. There have been reports of mild to discomfort in a small minority of patients in the treated area for the first few days after the procedure. But apart from that, there are no known risks. 


  1. Many patients have been trying less invasive body sculpting procedures to test out whether or not they want to undergo a more permanent procedure. Do you think this is a good method, and would you recommend this to your patients who are hesitant to have permanent procedures?

Coolsculpting is a good option for patients who do not want more invasive procedures like liposuction. 


  1. Besides a change in their physical appearance, what other changes/benefits do you see in your patients who have undergone body sculpting procedures?

I would strongly advice that no fat reduction or body sculpting procedure should be undertaken without a good exercise and healthy diet, plan in place. 

We understand that for many people, the initial will power required to stop unhealthy eating behaviors and start healthy exercising regimens is not easy to have. Therefore, for a small minority of people, a small area body sculpturing procedure can give them the initial jump start they need to get on track. The positive aspects of leading a healthier lifestyle and looking good are not just limited to the physical side of things, but also have a huge positive impact on a person psychosocial wellbeing. 


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Dr. Ehsan Jadoon

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results may vary. This article is for educational purposes only and does not endorse or promote any medical procedures.

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