Marie found herself struggling with her weight for many years and despite getting to the size she wanted she was left with excessive skin on her tummy. Marie decided to visit Mr Adrian Richards for an abdominoplasty procedure and shares her story below.
“I came to the realisation that I did deserve it and this was a time in my life when I had the money and the time off work to make myself and my stomach happier.”
Why did you decide to have an abdominoplasty?
I had always struggled with my weight and in the past I had worn size 20+ clothing. I lost my weight the old-fashioned way through a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. It was over a year ago that I realised my stomach would actually never look how I wanted it to look, the extreme loss of weight had caused it to loose elasticity and it just looked a little sad.
I initially felt really guilty for considering tummy tuck surgery. I felt like I didn’t deserve it as the damage caused was self-induced by my past. Gradually I came to the realisation that I had worked hard to get where I am now and that I did deserve it and I was at a time in my life where I had the funds and flexibility to take time off work to make myself happier.
The thought of being able to go shopping and freely choose what I wanted to wear was a great push for me to consider surgery. Being able to ditch the support pants (which were so tight I could hardly breathe) was enough for me to make that final decision too.
How would you say having surgery has changed your life?
I know I have made the right decision by going ahead with my tummy tuck surgery. I am looking forward to getting back into full fitness and being able to exercise again without being held back by my tummy. I now enjoy going into a clothes shop and whenever I try something on I just feel so overwhelmed to see how well it all fits. I am thoroughly enjoying my new flat-tummied life.
What would you say to someone considering a tummy tuck?
I would say if they have the opportunity to do so, then do it. I see it as an investment for myself, I may have had to sacrifice a few luxuries to get funds to go ahead but my new memories I am making post-surgery is well worth it.
How would you sum up your surgical experience?
I visited The Paddocks Clinic in Princes Risborough, Bucks and found it quiet and peaceful. My surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards made sure I had fully realistic expectations for what the surgery could do for me. The whole procedure felt very personalised to my wants and needs but at no time did I feel any pressure to have the surgery. I really appreciate the time that Mr Richards spent with me to answer all of my questions. I had been researching clinics all over the UK from the North to the South Coast and I felt like I had made the right choice almost instantly.
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Whether it’s your thighs or the tops of your arms, most of us have one area of our body that we wish was firmer and more toned. Unfortunately, the fat in some areas refuses to go, no matter how many spin classes or push-ups you do. “Men and women are programmed to store fat in different ways. This is a legacy of our hunter-gatherer days when women were responsible for looking after and feeding the children,’ says the cosmetic doctor Dr Dennis Wolf from The Private Clinic of Harley Street. “Even though the way we live has changed dramatically, the way our bodies function hasn’t yet evolved. This means that women are still prone to storing fat in particular areas, including the hips, bottom and legs.”
With bikini season in full swing, Bazaar spoke to a number of experts, including Dr Wolf and Chris Walton, the head of personal training at Embody Fitness, to discover the best approach to tackling body fat…
1. UPPER ARMS
“Bingo wings develop as women age due to loss of skin elasticity and accumulation of fatty material, which creates that ‘saggy’ appearance,” says Dr Wolf. “A lack of exercise can also exacerbate the problem.”
The treatment: Vaser liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic, can remove small pockets of fat and shape the upper arm area for a more defined finish.
2. BOTTOM AND THIGHS
The treatment: “A gentle fat-removal procedure can combat the ‘banana roll’, which is the term for the pocket of fat in the fold just beneath your bottom,” says Dr Wolf. However, he cautions against removing too much, as this can cause your bottom to sag.
The exercise: “Exercise won’t necessarily lead to fat loss in the desired area, but deep squats, hip bridges and lunges will develop a good muscle structure and will tone thighs and give your bottom a lift – without surgical help,” says Walton. Taking a regular spin class and keeping your resistance high, will help tone your thighs and lift your bottom, too.
3. HIPS AND STOMACH
Sugar and hormones are the most common causes of fat accumulating around your tummy and hips. “A thick middle is often a sign that your body isn’t handling insulin very well, which often results in fatty deposits around the waist,” says Dr Wolf.
4. DOUBLE CHIN
This effects both men and women and is as much related to genetics as it is to age. “With age, your skin loosens and you lose muscle tone, which causes this area to droop or to appear ‘wobbly’,” says Dr Wolf.
The treatment: “A skin-tightening treatment or a non-surgical face lift is optional, but I advise patients to approach the latter as a last resort,” says Dr Wolf.
The exercise: It’s tricky to target this area specifically, however Face Gym in Selfridges offers a non-invasive facial workout treatment to target your chin.