Trying to get rid of stubborn stomach fat is one of the most popular concerns among Singaporean women. Whether we’re dealing with post-pregnancy tummies, have been struggling with long-term obesity or are active and just looking to rid ourselves of the last bit of a stubborn “spare tire”, our end goal tends to be the same.
But just because an end goal is similar doesn’t mean the treatment method should be. Depending on your body and needs, different levels of shaping, tightening and fat reduction are required. BTL Aesthetics, a producer of medical aesthetic devices has three particular devices and treatments that can help target stomach fat. To help us figure out which device or combination of devices is right for your individual concerns, we spoke to a panel of three doctors to find out which treatments they use and when.
Dr. Sylvia Ramirez - from Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
“Generally in medical aesthetics, combination treatments are always preferred.”
Which treatments do you use most commonly?
“We have found that BTL VANQUISH ME and CoolSculpting devices are ideal for a wide range of patients from those with high BMIs, women who want to get back into shape after a delivery as well as active individuals who just cannot seem to get rid of certain pockets of fat.”
Could you tell us a little more about these devices?
“We like this unique protocol, which we call Fire and Ice, as BTL VANQUISH ME is the first and only contactless radio frequency (RF) technology that is capable of treating the entire abdomen area in one session reducing overall abdomen and waist size while CoolSculpting’s fat freezing technology is great in targeting pockets of fat all over the body in that are resistant even to rigorous exercise and diet.”
Dr. Chan Kok Weng, K W Chan Medical Clinic and Surgery
"What appeals to me as a medical practitioner is the versatility of BTL VANQUISH ME applicators. The flex applicator makes it easy to treat smaller body areas like upper arms, inner and outer thighs, and calves; whilst the bigger applicator treats larger body areas like lower and upper abdomen, love handles, below buttocks and saddle bags."
What are the benefits of the BTL VANQUISH ME treatment?
“Besides the permanent destruction of fat cells, it has an added advantage of skin tightening and body contouring. And more importantly, it is US FDA-cleared, which makes the treatment extremely safe.”
What body concerns can be treated with BTL VANQUISH?
“I have seen many success stories in my patients who are post-pregnancy mothers that want to permanently get rid of fats with an added bonus of skin tightening, brides-to-be looking to lose a tummy, love handles or bra bulges, and even grooms-to-be that wish to get rid of their tummy or love handles. Even active gym-fit patients can specifically target and get rid of the last bit of stubborn bulge that exercise cannot target.”
Does the treatment hurt or have any downtime?
“There’s no pain, it’s non-invasive and has no downtime, so this treatment appeals to almost everyone, especially men. I see about 65% women and 35% men, and the number of men is increasing.”
Dr.Chew Khek Kah, NU.U Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic
“Tummy sculpting remains the most requested treatment in our clinic. Patients these days want non invasive procedures that produce quick results with no pain and also no downtime. We have found that the best results come when we combine certain procedures. Combining procedures allows us to maximize the overall results and leave us with much higher patient satisfaction within a shortened period of time.”
How would you combine treatments?
"For the best results, we use BTL VANQUISH ME to reduce the fat volumetrically and homogeneously and then we use BTL EXILIS ELITE to tone and tighten the treated area. This combination is excellent at combating fat reduction. An added treatment that assists this combination is the BTL X WAVE. This deep mechanical therapy supports the lymphatic circulation and speeds up the results. What we can do with a single approach pales in comparison to what we can do with multiple modalities."
To round it all up, the BTL VANQUISH ME seems to be the most popular option for overall non-invasive fat loss. Plus, it’s a fairly short 45 minute treatment you can fit into your lunch break. According to BTL Aesthetics, the best results are seen in patients with a BMI range of 28 to 32.
It’s commonly paired with the BTL EXILIS ELITE treatment which is a great option to tighten everything up after, especially for someone who has just lost a lot of weight and is dealing with loose skin. And to enhance the entire process, BTL X WAVE is favoured for its ability to stimulate collagen production and stimulate micro circulation which is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and make your skin more elastic.
If you’ve been struggling with stubborn stomach fat for a while now, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. For more information, call the clinic for more personalised advice on available treatments for your particular body concerns.
For more information:
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
DR. Sylvia Ramirez
K W CHAN Medical Clinic & Surgery
Dr Chan Kok Weng
NU.U. Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic
Dr Chew Khek Kah