Grooming, Health & Fitness

Summer Definition

Summer Definition

Oliver Peoples Metal Sunglasses; Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton beach towel, polyester swim shorts; Model Michel \ Mannequin


‘Tis the season to be salacious! If there is ever a right season (or reason) to be taking off that T-shirt or leaving the entire row of shirt buttons undone for the ‘gram, it has to be summer. #SummerBod #TooHot

After six months of hard work shredding that body from previous year’s festive bingeing, there is a need for some recognition. Even without the nods of approval, it feels great to have a sculpted body and know that one projects the image of being at the peak of his health. If that New Year’s resolution of getting in shape is not working out or tapering off, take comfort in the knowledge that there is a quick-fix to get that beach-ready body. 

Enter body-sculpting aesthetic treatments that utilise advanced technology to destroy fat cells and reshape the abdomen, thighs, glutes, and upper arms without surgery. The procedures generally involve the use of radio frequency or ultrasound to break down fat cells to be absorbed into the body’s lymphatic system and flushed out later. 

One such popular treatment is Exilis that employs both radio frequency and ultrasound. Ultrasound waves are first used to emulsify fats in the desired area; then, acoustic waves are delivered to drive the melted fats into the lymphatics. Radio frequency is concurrently applied to help tighten the skin that has loosened from the removal of fat cells. The dual action of fat reduction and skin tightening yields the appearance of a sculpted body. 

Other body-sculpting treatments virtually emulate each other, with variations in how the fat cells are being broken down, then driven out of the system, accompanied by other benefits like skin tightening. However, a recent breakthrough has changed the game– EmSculpt, a treatment that uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to induce muscle contractions. 

EmSculpt stands out because it specifically targets muscles, unlike other body-sculpting treatments, which mostly deal with fat cells. The high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy allows the targeted area to undergo supra-maximal (unachievable voluntarily) contraction, where a typical half-an-hour session for the abdomen is equivalent to performing 20,000 crunches. This entails a large expenditure of energy that depletes surrounding glucose. Thus, the body has to utilise the energy stored in fat cells, which causes them to break up. As muscles are also activated with EmSculpt, toning of the targeted body part is achieved. 

Men’s Folio spoke to Dr Rohan Mendis of Mendis Aesthetics to understand more about the EmSculpt services he provides. “There’s so much sheering force, and so much of energy utilised that fat cells are broken up. So there’s about 90 per cent cell destruction and 19 per cent permanent reduction in fat. Exilis also reduces fats, but it’s not permanent – most of them are temporary reduction as the fat emulsifies, but the fat cells remain,” he shares.


Catch the full article in the June/July’19 issue, out on newsstands now!