After 3 kids my body will probably never be the same again. This is a truth I have come to accept. BUT! That doesn't mean I can improve on what I have been left with. I may be 10kg heavier than I was pre babies but I am slowly working towards a 5 kg weight loss goal. What I hate is that I keep loosing weight from all the "wrong" places like my face and breasts. In the meantime my love handles and tummy flab don't seem to budge.
This is why I turned to fat freezing! I wanted to sculpt my body and loose fat from specific places. I wanted to see my hard work exercising and eating well paying off for once!
When I first visited Emetheni I had a consult with Lisa who explained the process and what I would need to do after the treatment to ensure a good result. We also took photo's to be used as my "before" picture in future. I was told to wear comfortable clothing and appropriate underwear to the appointment and to bring something to keep me entertained as the treatment takes just over an hour.
When I had my treatment Lisa applied a (very sticky and gooey) gel pad to the area. I wanted to attack my hips (love handles) first. The CLATUU fat freezing machine was then turned on and the handle was placed on my hip. I would describe this as a curved vacuum head. Once we agreed we had the right spot Lisa activated the suction. This feels really weird! Literally your flab is sucked into the handle! It feels cold, wet and tight. But not painful. Once the suction level was set the cooling process began. Lisa explained that it may become somewhat uncomfortable but that this would subside very quickly as the area became numb.
The cooling did become a bit sore, kind of like holding an icepack on for too long, but this only lasted a minute or two. By the time I was 15 minutes into the session my hips were completely numb and I felt very relaxed and comfortable.
At the 20 minutes mark Lisa covered me in a lux fluffy blanket and turned down the lights. I must admit I read for about 15 minutes and then dozed off.
Lisa reassured me that this was completely normal and that it wouldn't last long.
It's not a weight loss treatment so don't expect to see big changes on the scales.
I was awoken by the beeping of the machine advising I had 5 minutes left. Lisa returned to remove the handles and talked me through what was going to happen when she did.
She said I wanted to see a "fat popsicle" (yuck) and oh boy did I! When she removed the handles I had 2 purple/red fat logs, one on each hip. Lisa covered each side with a towel and began massaging. As the blood retuned to the area so too did the feeling. The redness and the swollen log shape went away really fast. As the sensation came back I did experience a burning sensation. This lasted for about 5 minutes and was pretty uncomfortable. Lisa reassured me that this was completely normal and that it would last long.
I was given a bottle of water and left to dress and by the time I walked through to reception I felt pretty normal. The area was still a bit red and a bit cold but the pain was gone.
Lisa explained that over the next 2 weeks it was really important to eat well (low carb/low sugar) and to exercise. I found that I was really motivated to do the right thing. I didn't "crash diet" or anything crazy, I just ate well. Fish and salad, or steak and veggies and no naughty treats! I also went for a brisk half hour walk 3 times a week.
Lisa also explained that it would take my body several weeks to metabolise the fat. So I had to be patient to see the real result of the treatment.
Six weeks later I am thrilled with the results. My fav jeans are fitting better than ever and I feel more confident in swimwear. I can really see and feel a difference in the size and shape of my "love handles," and the tape measure agrees with me. I am 4 cm down around my hips!
I was so happy with the results in fact that I have now had my inner thighs and tummy treated too! I will share my "after" pics from those treatments in 6 weeks!
Overall if you want to sculpt your body and remove fat bulges from hard to budge areas then this is an excellent treatment. It's not a weightless treatment so don't expect to see big changes on the scales. That part is still up to you if thats what you want. You do still have to help your body metabolise the dead fat cells so don't expect and instant fix, but if you are patient and follow the instructions its well worth it to say bye bye to love handles!