Binged a little too much during quarantine? From fat freezing to cellulite reduction, these non-invasive treatments by The Aesthetic Studio can help get you back on track
Some background: I’m a mama to an 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl who both rock my world. I consider myself a pretty fit mama who honestly enjoys regular exercise (I do everything from F45 to Pilates, yoga and biking through Siglap!) and eating nutritious, mostly homemade food. I eat a flexitarian diet, minimising simple carbohydrates and dairy (though I always make an exception for Greek yogurt and French cheese!), avoiding processed foods at all costs while also trying to diminish sugar (I say “try” because I have a sweet tooth and will never say no to chocolate, freshly baked goods or dessert!). I like to pair all this scrumptious food with red (sometimes white) wine, ice cold beer or margaritas. Basically, I live for good food!
Coming out of the Circuit Breaker, I gained a few kilos as I was not exercising as much, eating so many more baked goods and absolutely drinking every day. Daily yoga and wine kept this mama sane! I was annoyed that my love handles seemed to have extended around my waist and turned into a visible muffin top. Furthermore, my bum and thighs looked lumpier and more uneven than before the CB. So it seemed like the perfect time for me to try a few of The Aesthetic Studio’s post-baby body treatments – which, let’s be honest, may be relevant to any mama who feels that her healthy, balanced lifestyle is just not reaping the right results.
During my appointment, I met the lovely Dr Jonathan Lee, who really took the time to listen to my story as he asked about my concerns and my physical goals. Dr Lee is renowned for his flawless method of combining the perfect non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures to refine, smoothen and shape your contours. He believes that by accurately treating your concerns while highlighting your best features, you can achieve the best results!
The consultation was followed by a physical mark-up (he used a white pencil) to map out my areas of concern. Dr Lee put a plan together and explained how the following non-surgical body treatments can help to tackle my (apparently common) post-childbearing body woes:
Clatuu Alpha for Non-surgical Targeted Fat Loss
What it does: With its patented 360-degree cooling system and multiple applicators of varying shapes and sizes, targeted areas are optimally fitted and treated to freeze fat away.
Clatuu was recommended to tackle my love handles/muffin top, and can also be used on the inner thighs, front abdomen, underarms and chin. This was by far the most uncomfortable treatment, but also the one that bore the most results! A cold sheet of jelly paper was placed on my skin before a suction cup the size of a small brick sucked up my flank on each side for an hour (bye bye, love handles!). It was very, very cold as both of my flanks were frozen at the same time and my body honestly needed about 20 minutes to adjust to what was happening – all in the name of vanity!
When the hour was finally up, it shocked me to see my frozen flanks remain in that frozen cup shape. For a second I thought they would just fall off! The aesthetician reassured me that this was normal and she proceeded to massage my frozen flanks so that they did not stand out. I experienced a weeklong sensation of my sides feeling raw, slightly numb and bruised all at the same time, which meant that it was uncomfortable to sleep on my side or receive my kiddos’ hugs around my waist. Luckily that frozen feeling dissipated, but that tingling sensation lasted for a good three weeks. I kept thinking about a Dutch saying that translates into, “Whoever wants to be beautiful, has to suffer some pain!” which is so spot on – I ended up losing a total of 1.5cm around my waist after just one fat freezing session! Even before taking the measurements that confirmed the results, I could feel and see that it was working. If you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, this could be an effective treatment! Dr Lee recommends 2-3 Clatuu fat freezing sessions for optimal, lasting results.
EnCurve to Break Down Fat
What it does: The heat generated by the radio-frequency in the EnCurve treatment effectively and specifically destroys fat cells in the upper layer exposed to the heat, and the broken down fat is excreted from the body permanently over the course of several weeks.
While Clatuu is a fat freezing treatment, EnCurve melts fat. This was the most comfortable body treatment of the three and also one that Dr Lee himself likes to do himself if he feels bloated after a gluttonous weekend. For the duration of this 30-minute treatment, I wasn’t allowed to hold my phone or wear any metal jewellery because of the radio frequency heating.
I laid down on my back while the EnCurve head permeated the warm energy onto my waistline. I experienced only one EnCurve treatment so did not notice much after, but I’m curious to see the results of a few more. Dr Lee advises that several sessions over several weeks are required for optimal results. Who doesn’t want to melt fat away while you snooze?!
VelaShape III for Fat & Cellulite Reduction
What it does: Using infra-red light and bi-polar radio-frequency coupled with a vacuum assisted massage, Velashape III effectively targets fat and the septae holding the fat together, breaking down fat and reducing cellulite.
Dr Lee recommended VelaShape III to tackle the cellulite and uneven skin on my tush and thighs.
Prior to the treatment, an oily lotion is generously applied prior to the areas of concern, which are then massaged, heated and rolled for 15 minutes. This feels like a warm (sometimes slightly hot!) deep tissue massage — by no means painful! After only one session, the circumference on my left thigh dropped by a whopping 3cm, while my right thigh saw a drop of 1.5cm. Because I am right handed, my right leg follows suit and is my dominant and stronger leg which translates into more muscle mass (larger circumference). I assume my left leg (less dominant) has more fat and therefore saw more results.
While I still see my cellulite dimples, my skin felt nicely firm and well-circulated. So it looks like not all treatments have to be uncomfortable to see results! I wonder what Dr Lee’s recommended additional two sessions will yield…
So would I do it again?
Yes! These treatments should not be regarded as an alternative, but in addition to a healthy lifestyle. We all know that a good night’s sleep, minimising stress (breathing/meditation and yoga help me tremendously), a balanced and varied diet of wholesome food (that your great grandmother would be able to recognise as actual food!), as well as regular exercise are key to longevity, a strong body and good health. But if we can get a little help from these non-surgical aesthetic body treatments to target stubborn fat and cellulite that you just can’t seem to sweat or healthy-lifestyle-your-way-off, since it makes us feel better – then why the hell not?!
Quote Sassy Mama to enjoy a special trial price of $188 on one of these treatments:
– Clatuu Fat Freezing
– Encurve Fat Reduction
– VelaShape Fat and Cellulite Reduction
The Aesthetic Studio Singapore Clinic & Surgery, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre Suite 12-08, Singapore 228510
The Aesthetic Studio at Parkway East Medical Centre, 319 Joo Chiat Place, Parkway East Medical Centre Suite 04-06, Singapore 427989
Brought to you in partnership with The Aesthetic Studio. Lead image via Getty. Treatment photos are not the author.