One of my favourite things about working at Face & Body is that we’re always embracing new ideas and treatments. The latest is FAB Inch Loss, which was introduced at the end of August and is already proving to be popular. I think it’s going to be a huge hit. Here’s why…
FAB Inch Loss – as the name suggests – can help you shift unwanted inches, especially on your waist. Whether you choose to use it to help shift those last few inches that dieting alone can’t get rid of, to tighten and tone after weight loss, or to help get you motivated at the start of a weight-loss journey, this new, non-surgical treatment can typically take at least an inch off the treated area.
Long term results
Unlike old-fashioned inch-loss wraps, the results of this treatment – especially if you follow our pre- and post-treatment advice – can be reasonably long-term. I like to think that it’s about being sensible; after all, if you stopped off for a burger and chips on your way home from the gym every night, you wouldn’t get the best results. The same principle applies here – whilst the odd treat won’t make you instantly regain the eliminated inches, regularly tucking into things like cake, chips and cola will mean that the fat comes back faster.
Ahead of the treatment, we recommend that you avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours and caffeine for around 24 hours. You’ll also need to avoid both for three days after each treatment. Whilst there are no serious side effects if you don’t do this – other than maybe feeling a bit dizzy – eliminating them each side of every session will help you achieve better results.
Each treatment takes about an hour and most people can expect measurable results after the first treatment. In most cases there is loss of about an inch on the treated area, but I have seen some people lose two inches at this point. Remember, the results do vary and those who’ve had the biggest losses have usually been the patients who’ve been careful to avoid coffee and alcohol beforehand.
The treatment is in two stages – ultrasound and radiofrequency. It’s pain free – most patients say the “worst” thing is the ringing sound they encounter during the ultrasound process. The radiofrequency part is quieter but warmer – about the same amount of heat as a hot stone massage, so it’s cosy rather than hot and many people have said it’s quite relaxing.
The first part of the treatment, ultrasound, targets fat cells via a handset that is applied to the targeted area in a massaging motion. The vibrations it delivers break down the fat cells, causing them to disperse into the body, where they are eliminated naturally. (This is why you need to drink lots of water to help flush the toxins out of your system, and why you need to avoid caffeine and alcohol.)
The second part of the treatment uses radiofrequency technology to tighten the skin so you have no loose bits! It can be especially effective in helping reduce the appearance of cellulite and can be used to help tighten lose skin post-weight loss or pregnancy. This part of the treatment basically works by stimulating collagen production, so although your skin may look better right away, it takes several weeks to see the final results.
Unlike CoolSculpting, this is not a permanent fat removal treatment, so you may need some maintenance treatments further down the line, but as long as you eat sensibly there’s no reason why you can’t maintain the results for up to 12 months. Plus whilst CoolSculpting treats stubborn pockets of fat - this can treat larger areas for circumference change.