I was just wondering if body wrapping can help reduce stretch marks as well???? Also, does it make the body feel strong and tight? Because my legs are a little saggy and I want to tighten them.
Can Body Wrap Reduce Stretch Marks?
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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.
Body wraps do not tighten skin or reduce stretch marks
Skin tightening can be accomplished by modalities like IPL (for example Sciton's Skin Tyte), Thermage, fractional laser skin resurfacing and some of the new ultrasound skin tightening technologies.
Although there is no ideal treatment for stretch marks, fractional laser skin resurfacing, pulse dye laser (for stretch marks that are still red) alone or in combination with skin tightening technologies can improve stretch marks significantly.
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