HOUSTON—Summertime temperatures are in just a few more weeks along with swimsuit season, which for some women and men means it's time to tone up.
At Hired Hands Spa in Pearland, customers are greeted with a selection of options to slim down. Massage therapist, Nora Cruz, offers her clients herbal body wraps to help trim inches.
"The wraps kind of boost you to lose weight you really begin to see results, you don't see the cellulite, and it also firms the skin up. You really begin to look good," said Cruz.
The spa also offers ' Lipo-B' injections, which it claims help burn fat.
"It's a mixture of a vitamin B and a Lipotropic mixture. What it does it speeds up the metabolism, curbs your appetite, give you a bunch of energy and its all natural," said licensed esthetician, April Cervantez.
The 'Lipo-B' injection differs from the 'Lipodissolve' injection the Food and Drug Administration has warned against. This week the FDA issued a warning to six medical spas around the country to stop using the drug that it has not cleared for use in the United States.
Dr. Franklin Rose with Utopia Med Spa said 'Lipodissolve' injections first gained popularity in Europe as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The injections claim to dissolve fat away.
"The problem is, quite frankly is, that it doesn't work or in the rare case, and I think this is the main FDA concern, is that it can leave irregularities or little calcify nodes. So, in some cases it can actually be dangerous," said Dr. Rose.
So far, the only FDA approved non-surgical liposuction treatment is a medical device by VelaShape, which uses radio frequency to melt fat.
But, it you don't have the time or money for injections or body contouring procedures, there is always summertime camouflage.
"Spray tans, a lot of people prefer to do those because - when you have tan skin it gives a slimming effect and a lot of people seem to like that," said Cervantez.
Making a swimsuit easier to slip on when the heat is on.
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