12 07 casestudy tb

One woman's story about how a body contouring treatment helped her tone up and increase her self-esteem.

PATIENT: Marjorie*
AGE: 59
PROCEDURE: Circumference reduction of the abdominal area with Bella Contour
PERFORMED BY: Dr. Joshua Charlat

12 07 casestudy

As told to Liz Bruckner

*Patient name has been changed

ELEVATE: Why did you decide to undergo body contouring?

MARJORIE: I've always been an active, fit person, but noticed that even after the tummy tuck I had done following the birth of my twins, I continued to slowly put on weight. I did all I could with diet and exercising to drop pounds, but there were certain areas of my stomach that I couldn't smooth or tighten. I decided to look into the options available for fixing the problem in a non-invasive manner and found out about Bella Contour.

ELEVATE: How did you choose Dr. Pugen as your specialist?

MARJORIE: I see another doctor for bioidentical hormones in the same building that Dr. Pugen works in, and I expressed interest to the doctor about wanting to find an expert on body contouring. He suggested that I arrange a consultation with Dr. Pugen. Once I met him and discussed the many options available to me, I decided to move forward with his recommendation.

ELEVATE: What was the treatment like, and how many sessions did you have before noticing results?

MARJORIE: The treatments were a piece of cake. All I felt were vibrations from the machine. They weren't uncomfortable at all. As for the results, I think I started noticing changes in the way I felt and how my clothes fit after my fourth session. I did a total of eight and once I saw the before and after shots, it was clear that the results were very obvious.

ELEVATE: How do you feel about your results?

MARJORIE: I've always been someone who's on the move and have never really had a problem with being overweight, but that didn't change the fact that I still had pockets of fat sitting below my breast and in my lower abdominals that I couldn't get rid of. Bella Contour smoothed those areas and my belly is back to being flat. I feel like me again.

ASK THE DOCTOR

Dr. Gregory Pugen, MD
Clinical and Esthetic Medicine Anti-aging Clinic in Toronto
www.drpugen.com

ELEVATE: Why did you recommend Bella Contour for Marjorie's concerns?

DR. PUGEN: Marjorie was looking for a treatment that would safely and non-invasively tone her abdominal area, and Bella Contour does exactly that. What made it even more ideal is that it allows for specific targeting of areas with unwanted fat, and, also, doesn't change or remove the number of fat cells in the body, so she didn't have to worry about ending up with fat pockets showing up in unexpected areas once the sessions were complete. The latter can often happen with surgical procedures.

ELEVATE: How does it work?

DR. PUGEN: It works by stimulating the natural metabolic process so it shrinks fat cells in the same way your body does during a workout. Three technologies are used: Resonance ultrasounxd to vibrate, stimulate and release the fat cells, electrical field to increase the permeability of the cells membrane and move the free fatty acids to the blood stream, and lymphatic drainage (by vacuum massage) to enhance the absorption of the lipids in the blood so they can be used as energy.

ELEVATE: Is there an ideal candidate?

DR. PUGEN: Anyone who cares about how they look and feel, and struggles with stubborn fat. It's not recommended for people with liver problems, active cancer, degenerative or chronic disease, kidney problems and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or within four months of getting pregnant.

ELEVATE: Are there after-care instructions patients should be aware of?

DR. PUGEN: If clients workout regularly, we ask that they schedule activity within 48 hours of a Bella Contour treatment. Otherwise, we recommend someone walk around the block for 30 minutes, adhere to a healthy diet and overall lifestyle, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption for 24 hours following a treatment.

ELEVATE: What's the approximate cost of each session?

DR. PUGEN: Cost varies between $290 to $375 per session. Often when patients purchase a package with multiple treatments, prices per session are decreased.

ELEVATE: Is there an ideal candidate?

DR. PUGEN: Anyone who cares about how they look and feel, and struggles with stubborn fat. It�s not recommended for people with liver problems, active cancer, degenerative or chronic disease, kidney problems and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or within four months of getting pregnant.

ELEVATE: Are there after-care instructions patients should be aware of?

DR. PUGEN: If clients workout regularly, we ask that they schedule activity within 48 hours of a Bella Contour treatment. Otherwise, we recommend someone walk around the block for 30 minutes, adhere to a healthy diet and overall lifestyle, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption for 24 hours following a treatment.

ELEVATE: What�s the approximate cost of each session?

DR. PUGEN: Cost varies between $290 to $375 per session. Often when patients purchase a package with multiple treatments, prices per session are decreased.