Showing posts with label PHI Clinic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PHI Clinic. Show all posts

Saturday

Icon stretch mark treatment: a second update

My stretch marks have improved dramatically since undergoing Icon treatments. Even my 8 year old sister noticed a difference, and she doesn't even know that I've been having treatments! So I know for sure, that they've worked. I've had one more treatment since my last update (see post here). 
Before starting the treatments, I could always feel the 'engraving' texture of my stretch marks on my stomach whereas I can't feel them at all now. They're also a lot less visible and much more blended into my skin. 

The ones on my stomach have improved a lot more compared to the ones on my back, but Jenna assured me that this is most likely due to the fact that the back's skin tissue tends to be a lot more thick and stubborn, so there's a lower chance of the laser actually getting through the layers. 

Wednesday

SculpSure | Consultation and First Treatment

SculpSure (by Cynosure) is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that is designed to get rid of stubborn areas of fat, e.g. flanks and thighs. I go to the gym quite regularly (I go 3-4 times a week and do spinning, Zumba, body conditioning, and body pump), but I find that the weight primarily disappears from my thighs, arms, and waist. My stomach and flanks have always been really stubborn areas with regard to fat.

I've regularly considered fat removal treatments and liposuction, but the side effects always scared me out of it when I became deep in the research stages. So as a non-invasive treatment, SculpSure was something that I just had to give a go of.

What SculpSure does is transport heat to the fat cells and disrupts them. Then, the body eliminates the fat through waste disposal (i.e. urine) between 4-12 weeks after treatment.  According to Cynosure, the treatment can result in up to 24% of fat reduction within a 12-week period, and the fat will never return once it's gone. Having said that, SculpSure does not affect body weight; it does not budge the number on the scales, but instead sculpts the area that is treated. It takes only 25 minutes to complete a treatment and there is no downtime.

Monday

Icon stretch mark treatment: an update

A few months ago, I wrote about my initial appointment for the Icon Stretch Mark Treatment at the PHI Clinic on Harley Street and expressed that I had already seen a slight difference in the reduction of the stretch marks on my stomach and hips (See post here). Since then, I've had two more treatments and some photos taken- and I'm so pleased to report that there has been some very significant progress. 

Treatment 2: 
Prior to the treatment, Jenna used a numbing cream on the area (particularly as I found the treatment to be slightly painful on my hips). I personally don't think the numbing cream made much difference but maybe this was because my period was due that week and so I was little more sensitive. 

During this session, Jenna concentrated on treating my upper stomach as this area is where the stretch marks are a bit more visible (usually they tend to exist on the lower stomach). I asked her if there is a specific reason as to why this is, and she said that it's just the way that my body reacted to change during puberty and weight gain/loss. She stressed that everyone's body is different, and that stretch marks can appear anywhere.