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Excess Weight

What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A person with body mass index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight, and a person with BMI over 30 is considered obese. A high BMI is often associated with common chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension. Maintaining a healthy BMI is recommended for overall health and general well-being.

Often times, we may have a normal BMI but have stubborn areas that just wouldn’t budge despite good diet and exercise. Body contouring treatments may be useful in this case to target specific areas of concern.

What causes weight gain?

The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. An increased intake of energy-dense foods rich in fat and sugars and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain.

What are common health issues related to weight gain?

Raised BMI is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as:

The risk for these noncommunicable diseases increases with BMI.

Consistency and setting realistic goals are the key to success with weight loss. Seeking medical help early will also increase your chances of weight loss success.

Body Contouring Treatments

How can I optimise my lifestyle habits?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people limit energy intake from total fats and sugars and increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts. It is also best to engage in regular physical activity of around 150 minutes a week. Body contouring treatments are aimed at sculpting targeted areas where exercise and diet are unable to reach. Many of these body contouring treatments are not intended as overall weight loss treatments, but rather, they target specific areas for improved aesthetics. Regardless, body contouring treatments tend to be more successful when paired with a good diet and exercise. 

COOLSCULPTING​

Coolsculpting® is an FDA-approved non-invasive fat-reduction treatment, especially for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. It’s a safe way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat. It involves no surgery and minimal downtime. The Coolsculpting® procedure delivers precisely controlled cooling to target the fat cells underneath the skin. Targeted fat cells are crystallised (frozen), destroyed and then over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells.
You will not need any recovery time following your CoolSculpting® procedure and can return to your regular daily activities when you leave our practice. You may experience some numbness over the next several weeks while fat is depleted from your body, as well as some tenderness, redness, or bruising in the treated area. These symptoms will dissipate in time. You should begin to see a difference in your appearance in about two weeks after your CoolSculpting® procedure. The full results should be visible in two to four months. Results may vary between individuals. Read about CoolSculpting here.

EXILIS® ELITE

BTL Exilis Elite™ system was designed for body shaping, skin tightening, facial rejuvenation and lifting. Using the patented Focused RF technology, the new BTL Exilis Elite™ precisely heats the skin and targets fat cells without the need for surgery. Through the thermolipolysis process, the targeted fat cells are heated to a temperature at which they are destroyed and permanently eliminated from the body through lymphatic drainage.

The dual energy delivered by BTL Exilis Elite™ speeds up the metabolic activity of fat cells and causes them to shrink. It also stimulates and strengthens the collagen network, which improves skin elasticity and texture. The thermal energy simultaneously encourages the production of new and firmer collagen, which tightens the skin.

The treatment helps eliminate the signs of ageing, and reshapes the body, with minimal downtime. It can postpone or remove the need for invasive surgery, especially for patients with mild to moderate fat deposits.

Read more on BTL Exilis Elite here.

WEIGHT LOSS INJECTION PEN

Losing weight in itself is a challenging task, which requires you to stay consistent and motivated to achieve the desired weight. Often, the most common hurdle is overcoming hunger. Glucagon Like Peptide- 1 Agonists are a prescription-only medication that is US FDA and Singapore HSA-approved for the treatment of obesity (BMI >30, or >27 with a comorbidity). The medication acts like the hormone Glucagon Like Peptide- 1, which is produced after a meal to signal to the brain to stop eating, so as to reduce appetite and food intake.

Used for a period of 3-6 months together with regular exercise and a balanced diet, most individuals can achieve weight loss of 5-10% of their body weight. Significant weight loss will give added benefits, with improvement in obesity-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and sleep apnea. Apart from medical benefits, enjoy the aesthetic appeal of looking years younger.

Hop over to our Glucagon Like Peptide- 1 Agonist page for more details here.

Speak to our doctors at VIDASKIN to understand more about the paths to weight loss that are best suited for your body.