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A Comparative of Some of the New Cosmetic Treatments
Chitra Sanam with Dr Daniel Sister
1. Carboxytherapy for Treating Cellulite: Get Rid of the Orange Peel

Podgy, dimpled skin is simply detestable. It's every girl's nightmare. But as much as you try to avoid it, cellulite shows up at some point or the other.
Your cellulite is fatty if
- You're plumpy, have few pounds to lose and you've always had weight problems - Your cellulite is soft, supple fluid like a custard cream. You can pinch it easily - Your cellulite is located on the top half of your body (arms, belly, stomach) as well as on the bottom part (hips and thighs) - You suffer from stress

Your cellulite is infiltrated if
- You suffer from "heavy legs" (swollen, cramps, spider veins)
- You seem to balloon before your periods. Depending on what day, your rings may be too big or too tight
- Summertime, your legs and fingers double in volume
- Your legs, ankles, thighs are thick
- Your skin is tense, cold on the bottom part of the body
- When you press your finger on your thigh it leaves a remaining hole

Your cellulite is fibrous if
- Your cellulite is hard, painful when touching, hard to pinch. Mostly on the bottom part, inside the thighs and knees.
- Your skin is white, dry, and fragile.
- Your bust is small, and when you follow a diet you lose more from the top and not from the bottom.
- Your cellulite exists for many years, and nothing you've tried has yet worked
- Your cellulite does not vary during your cycle
- You are active

One cellulite treatment that's a huge hit is Carboxytherapy. It's new, comfortable and effective, and non-surgical too. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is infiltrated into the subcutaneous tissue through a tiny needle, and it kills fat cells. What's more, you can go right back to what you were doing as soon as you are done with the treatment. Each session lasts between 10 to 15 minutes.

If, however, healthy lifestyle choices aren't incorporated – such as exercise and good nutrition, it'll be 5 to 6 months before you see the cellulite starting to creep back in!

SITTINGS: Would need 12 sittings, ideally


RESULTS IN: Six months or longer. The end result is fewer fat cells and firmer subcutaneous tissue
COST: Approx. Rs 4000/- per sitting (as of Sept, 2008)

2. Liposuction: Get the Skinny on Fat
Despite doctors digging deeper into their bag of tricks to come up with technologically advanced treatments, traditional liposuction continues to be a popular choice in India, as it helps suck out larger quantities of fat than advanced treatments such as smart lipo or injection lipolysis. It’s been two decades since Liposuction was first introduced but even today it guarantees results and is a good alternative to fall back on.

Liposuction, however, works best for those who weigh around 30 per cent more than their ideal weight. It’s not a cure for obesity. It’s the best option for those who have large pockets of extra fat accumulated in specific areas.

Skilled expertise, however, is crucial for a successful surgery. So choose your doctor carefully.

DOWNTIME: 2 weeks
WORKS BEST FOR: Any area that needs fat removal
MARKS LEFT: Tiny scars, less than one-half inch
RESULTS IN: Six months or longer
COST: Approx. Rs 80,000/- (as of Sep, 2008)

3. Abdominoplasty: Jelly Belly Bothering You?
Abdominoplasty, what’s more commonly known as the tummy tuck, helps tighten stomach muscles while removing extra fat around the area. It also helps improve skin elasticity. The right expertise can promise minimal scars and that too away from sight - below the bikini line. The naval too is relocated. Doctors suggest keeping away from strenuous activity post surgery.
DOWNTIME: 4 days
MARKS LEFT: Light scars
RESULTS IN: Six months or longer
COST: Approx. Rs 1.5 - 2 lakhs (as of Sept, 2008)

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