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True story: I’ve had two of three lipocel treatments on my arms and now, I wear things that don’t have sleeves.

Before I go on, I’ll say that I do love my body. There are of course times where negative thoughts creep in and days when I feel less confident. But all in all, I am very grateful to have a healthy body.

All of that said, I am human, and for whatever reason, I don’t like my arms. Specifically, the upper back part of my arms. I work out regularly and maintain a balanced diet, yet no amount of tricep kickbacks or dumbells exercises seem to make a difference. I’ve tried every trick in the book to tone them into the lean, lovely, Jessica Biel-esque shape I would so love to have.

But alas, nothing changes. I just don’t like them.

So when Elite Body Contouring reached out with an opportunity to try LIPOcel — a permanent fat reduction treatment — I was immediately intrigued. I’ve had the opportunity to try similar treatments in the past but have always passed – namely due to greater risks for littler rewards — so believe me when I say I did my research (hours on the internet, so much Googling) on LIPOcel before I even considered a consultation.

The success stories I read, combined with the pain-free technology and zero downtime required ultimately lead me to give it a go. And I’m so glad I did.

Within hours of the first session — it can take eight-to-12 weeks to see the results of one treatment — I saw a change. Around six weeks after the first treatment I really noticed a difference. My arms were more defined (the muscle I had been working so hard to tone all these years was actually there! Hey little buddy, where you been all my life!?) and they were noticeably leaner.

Usually, with body stuff, I will ask my fiancé if he notices a difference, he typically grunts and says ‘yeah sure,’ a clear sign he isn’t listening. But this time around he actually stopped and commented on how clear the definition was. Now he’s sniffing around for his ownLIPOcel magic.

But the difference was obvious, so much so that for the first time in what would be around 10 years, I started to confidently wear pieces in my wardrobe that don’t have sleeves. Singlet tops I bought seasons ago that still had tags on. Even on cooler days I'm in a singlet top, determined to make up for lost time.

Read on for my interview with Elite Body Contouring Training Manager, Christina Barbara, where we cover every aspect of the treatment. You'll also find before and after pictures of my progress so far. Stay tuned for more updates!

POPSUGAR Australia: What is LIPOcel?

Christina Barbara: LIPOcel is a brand of HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) for permanent fat reduction and skin tightening. LIPOcel is a medical grade device, TGA approved and completely non-invasive. HIFU technology uses high temperature to kill fat cells permanently.

PS: How hot does the temperature get? CB: HIFU technology uses high temperatures (heat) of 65-100 degrees Celsius to burn the target fat cells.

PS: Do you feel the heat?

CB: The LIPOcel has a special contact cooling device to eliminate any heat felt during the treatment. This cooling device also prevents the skin from burning.

PS: Do you feel any pain during the treatment or afterwards?

CB: Clients can feel slight heat and prickling sensation although this is minimised through LIPOcel's cooling system. Some clients may experience discomfort at higher energy levels or when being treated around bones. There may be slight tenderness post treatment.

PS: Is there any downtime needed?

CB: There is no down time.

PS: Does it work for everyone, or should some expect to not see results?

CB: Everyone is a potential candidate but through our strict consultation process we ensure that anyone who has existing medical conditions are screened and encouraged to seek advice before undertaking any treatment with us. This is not an alternative to overall weight-loss nor does it replace a bad diet or lack of exercise. LIPOcel targets pockets of fat only. It suits those who live a healthy, balanced lifestyle who have stubborn pockets of fat they cannot shift no matter how strict their diet or how intense their exercise regime is.

PS: Do some areas of the body respond better than others?

CB: No areas of the body respond better than the other. It's all dependent on the person's metabolism, diet, lifestyle and health. Areas that we can treat are love handles, abdomen (upper and lower) thighs (inner and outer), arms, bra rolls and above the knee.

PS: Is it permanent?

CB: LIPOcel is permanent. Clinical studies show that LIPOcel will reduce stubborn fat PERMANENTLY by 20-to-40 percent in the targeted area each session. LIPOcel also stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin which will tighten and firm the skin. Fat cells are killed through the high heat where the body recognises the dead fat cells as waste and is then removed by the body's lymphatic system in which the cells are passed through the urine.

PS: What treatments is LIPOcel an alternative to?

CB: Cryolypolysis (fat freezing) which is also a non invasive treatment to permanent fat removal. However LIPOcel works larger areas and kills fat cells immediately.

PS: How many treatments do you recommend?

CB: Each client is different but we usually recommend a minimum course of 4 sessions on the same area to see a visible reduction. Each session runs for approximately 45 mins to two hours depending on the areas being treated. These are performed four weeks apart.

PS: When can you expect to see results?

CB: Results can be visible after 8-12 weeks sometimes longer. This is not an instant fix. If you are wanting a summer body work at it in Winter. LIPOcel can be combined with cryolypolisis to maximise the results.

PS: Are there any risks involved?

CB: LIPOcel is a non-invasive treatment to permanent fat removal. No down time at all. There is a chance of superficial burns but highly unlikely when performed by a fully trained therapist.

Read more about LIPOcel here.

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