CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you are a gym rat who isn’t seeing results, there is an option to give you six-pack abs and the definition you’ve been looking for nearly overnight.
“I like going to the gym and I love my cardio, but there were just things I was not able to break through some of them was the definition in my stomach and my chest,” says Mark Reid.
Reid hits the gym four to five days a week. But when the 45-year-old wasn’t getting the results he thought he should be getting, he turned to board-certified plastic surgeon Daniel Shapiro.
“It sounded like exactly what I was looking for to kind of give me that appearance that I felt I was working hard to achieve, but didn't get,” Reid explains.
The new procedure he signed up for is called vaser hi definition liposculpture. Dr. Daniel Shapiro is one of 17 physicians in the United States that has been trained to do it.
“I think we all yearn for that shape that we had in our twenties and the fact of the matter, this can deliver that,” says Shapiro.
The procedure gives Shapiro the ability to sculpt Reid’s body into that six-pack he always wanted, as well as improve his backside. Reid had the surgery this past March.
“Now with the vaser involved what that does is that helps you liquefy the fat and also helps you release the skin,” Shapiro explains. “So it can shrink, wrap and tighten. It enables the surgeon to be more artistic and actually recreate contours.”
This means the procedure can sculpt both deep and superficial fat, allowing underlying muscles to appear more defined.
“Within the first week my abs had all but protruded out and I was like ‘wow’ and actually at the end of two months, I thought I was in better shape then I ever thought I was initially,” Reid says.
“I don't think you see the final results, with all the swelling to go down, for probably about a year,” says Shapiro. “But I think the muscular definition, what people really want and the changes in the contour; see most of it at three months.”
It’s already been nine months since Reid’s procedure. So now the question is: how hard will it be for him to keep his new shape?
“I don't think they have to lift weights or power build and stuff like that,” says Shapiro. “But I think as long as someone stays between 10 to 15 pounds of their target weight or weight we started with, I think you'll maintain the shape we created.”
As for Reid, maintaining his new look doesn’t mean giving up the gym. He goes just as much, if not more.
“I think it's for anybody who is already fit and is having a hard time getting through certain parts of their body,” Reid says.
The cost of the procedure, depending on what areas are being shaped, can vary from $4,500 to $12,000.