4 beauty treatments: Help shed the pounds

Wave goodbye to those stubborn areas

While renewing your gym membership, hitting hot yoga with a vengeance and counting the calories can all contribute towards a newly svelte figure, sometimes we all need a bit of extra help when it comes to fat reduction.

Currently two-thirds of Australians are overweight or obese - with those numbers rising - and 71% of women in Australia currently suffering from an unhealthy amount of fat . Thankfully, along with a healthy diet and exercise, there are a number of beauty treatments that can help trim and tighten those stubborn inches, and Sarah Pelham, beauty expert at beauty and wellness booking platform, Bookwell, is here to help navigate the different treatments on offer. Whatever area you’re struggling with, here are a variety of treatments that will help you shed the pounds:

Body contouring

If you want to remove stubborn areas of fat and pounding the treadmill isn’t doing the trick, body contouring might be just what you’re looking for. Using state of the art technology to heat the temperature of the cells, thus permanently destroying them, body contouring is one of the latest technologies when it comes to achieving a toned and sculpted body. Results can appear from the very first treatment, and include targeting fat reduction, better defined curves, reduced cellulite and firmer skin. Generally used to treat areas prone to weight gain including the waist, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, upper torso and upper arms, it’s a great way of eviscerating persistent pockets of fat. Prices start from $149 for the stomach or buttocks, and $169 for the inner or outer thighs.


The key difference between most forms of fat reduction treatments and Cryolipolysis is the temperature used to target the fat. While traditional contouring involves heating fat cells until they die, Cryolipolysis freezes fat cells in order to permanently destroy them. The treatment works by using an applicator to ‘suction’ the targeted area while cooling it which causes the fat cells to freeze and die. While the cool temperature can take some getting used to, minimum discomfort is involved in the treatment and there’s no recovery time, meaning you can hit the gym the very same day. Prices start from $450 for a 30-minute treatment.

Fat cavitation

A non invasive form of liposuction, Fat Cavitation can help eliminate inches almost immediately. The treatment works via an ultrasound being emitted into a fat layer, triggering a huge amount of pressure to build up within the cells, resulting in permanent fat loss once the desired outcome is reached. Carried out by a trained aesthetician, Cavitation liposuction works by actively administering ultrasound technology to focus on specific areas. And unlike Laser Lipo - which is a hands free process - and thus less targeted, Fat Cavitation gives the aesthetician total control over the areas to attend to, and they are also able to correct any imbalance as well as ‘feather’ the edges of the treatment area, ensuring a soft and natural finish. Prices start from $250 for a 20-minute treatment.

Laser liposuction

Often the more expensive alternative to liposuction, Laser Lipo can carry with it a higher price tag to other fat reduction treatments due to the fact that laser technology is among the most expensive type to produce, meaning clinics that offer the treatment have a higher initial cost than their rivals. A hands-free treatment that can be carried out by a trained beauty therapist, Laser Lipo – unlike other fat reduction treatments that destroy fat – simply causes the metabolism of the fat cells, which results in the dissolution of the contents of the cells rather than the destruction of the cells themselves. Considered a temporary treatment, a minimum of six sessions are recommended, and they may need maintaining over the years to sustain the initial results. Prices start from $350 for the stomach or love handles, and $500 for the buttocks.