I am an 18 year old female, 5 foot 3 and I weigh about 110 pounds. I am quite thin and I am very healthy. I eat the proper amount of calories to sustain my weight and I work out every day, so I have a lot of muscle tone. I have about 1 inch of loose skin on my lower abdominal area because I lost 85 pounds in about 9 months. I have been told I am too young for surgery and do not want it anyway, so I am using body wraps. How long would it take a body wrap to tighten 1 inch of loose skin?
How Long Does It Take a Body Wrap to Work if You Don't Have a Lot of Loose Skin?
Doctor Answers 1
There is no scientific evidence that body wraps burn fat. The only way to melt fat is with diet and exercise (granted some healthy supplements may contribute to weight loss). The truth is, body wraps are nothing more than bandages, or sometimes clay, that are soaked in herbs. And we're supposed to believe that you can lose inches off your body in just an hour. Sit down and think about that for a moment. How is that even possible? People spend months, sometimes even years on diet programs. Truth be told, if you stick to a diet, it does work. Anyone who disagrees falls into the category of the people who diet, and fall back into their old ways, causing them to gain the weight back.
Many of you may be wondering what exactly a body wrap is. It's pretty much a material, whether it be bandages, clay, even seaweed, soaked in herbs. How it works (and this is usually performed in a salon or spa), is by wrapping the client (or yourself) in seaweed or clay, which has been infused by herbs. They tell you to wrap yourself, beginning from the ankles, after measuring yourself in over 20 different areas. You must remain in the wrap for one hour. During this time, the spa technician will usually tell you that you can either relax, or jog on the treadmill/exercise for the hour. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but who's to say you don't actually feel better and slimmer after the hour? But it's not because of the wrap...it's because you were exercising.
While body wraps may temporarily tighten your skin, it's not permanent. You see, it's not really taking off fat. It's simply water weight, and water retention.
More effective ways of decreasing areas of stubborn fat are Coolsculpting or liposuction.
More effective ways of skin tightening include Pelleve radiofrequency treatments. Dermapen treatments are more effective for stretch marks. You would be getting more of your money’s and time’s worth with more effective treatments.
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