Nine months on, nine months off, they say. But once you have managed to shift those extra pounds after having your dear little oneâ€”what are you left with? Well, in my case, the tummy of an old woman. Sad face. I was so pleased to have hit my target on the scales but I wasnâ€™t banking on bizarre, stubborn fat pockets, and wrinkles that would make a prune look smooth! Having swathed my ever-increasing bump with oils, lotions, and potions for nine months, I have to say that I have managed to emerge with very fine and almost invisible stretch marks, which is greatâ€”canâ€™t complain. However, SpanxÂ® and dollop of Xen-Tan aside, I need to solve the wrinkly pouch situation and in my quest for pre-baby belly, I am trying out the best treatment options available to us ladies to help fix the problem. In the first of this two-part feature youâ€™ll see what I have been up toâ€¦
Wrinkle, Wrinkle Little Star
After doing a HUGE amount of Internet research whilst my dear little one catches some Zzzz, I found a number of in-clinic treatments that claim to treat crÃªpey skin, which in itself was a relief. But how do you know what works and is going to be worth the money. I am the kind of person that would be willing to splurge on something if it actually did the trick; there is nothing worse than frittering money away here and there on things that donâ€™t do the job.
First stop, Google of course. I have seen some incredible reviews online and letâ€™s face it, if ThermageÂ® is OK for beautiful Gwyneth Paltrowâ€™s Oscar-winning face, itâ€™s good enough for my mummy tummy. ThermageÂ® has received glowing reviews in the good old Daily Mail for all manner of skin ills: turkey neck, saggy knees, crinkly dÃ©colletÃ©â€¦it looks to me like if you can point to it, you can fix it!
So, after all that, I worked myself up into an excited frenzy and am now booked in for a consultation with the biggest practitioner of ThermageÂ® in Europe and I canâ€™t wait for them to get their hands on my wrinkles!
Ba Ba Fat Sheep
Youâ€™ve eaten healthily, tried the 5:2 diet, cut out refined sugar and stopped indulging as if it was still Christmas, but if youâ€™ve had a darling little one, you will know that losing the baby weight is by no means the end of the story. Yes the elasticity needs fixing, tick, but what about the strange pockets of fat you start to find beneath your belly button, bulging out of the top of your SpanxÂ®, sitting comfortably underneath your bra? It felt like every day there was a new discovery and after squeezing, grabbing, and tugging at no less than six of these nasty fat pouches, I decided it was time for action. Enter the master of all fat bustingâ€¦CoolSculpting by Zeltiqâ€¦and its partner in the battle against the bulge, Tracy Mountfordâ€™s multi award-winning UK Cosmetic Skin Clinic. The Clinic has received an award for their services to fat reduction having treated more satisfied customers than anyone else in Europe. The clinic is buzzing with people embarking on a transformative treatment program and Iâ€™m excited.
CoolSculpting literally freezes and reduces stubborn exercise- and diet-resistant fat in target areas. It has robust clinicals that show that on a suitable candidate when treated by an expert clinician, the procedure can reduce fat in the treated areas for good (yes!) by an average of 23%.Â Additional treatments in the same or multiple areas are said to enhance the desired aesthetic effect.
So off I go to Stoke Poges where Frances Devine (and thatâ€™s her real name), one of Tracyâ€™s team of top Aesthetic Medical Practitioners, took care of me and put together a bespoke treatment package to tackle all my lumps and give me my waist back. Talking to her about my concerns and listening to her plan of action not only put me at ease but Frances made me feel like I was talking to a best friend. She is such a delight and so knowledgeable about the treatment, as is the entire team. â€œOur Mission is to provide excellence in delivering the highest quality cosmetic treatments in an extremely professional, yet relaxed and friendly environment,â€ says Tracy and they have certainly achieved that.
I have embarked on a schedule of CoolSculpting treatments over the course of a month or two and I havenâ€™t got a bad word to say about the whole experience so far. Each treatment is quick and there is no discomfort to speak of really, apart from a strong pinch, followed by tingling and then nothing. Numbness.
Stay tuned to find out how I get on after the 60-day wait for optimal results. Frances was sure to weigh me and take 360-degree pre-treatment photos so that after my treatment program I can get a real idea of how effective itâ€™s all been. I get the feeling I will not be disappointed (shrill shriek of excitement)!
Love from London