Welcome 2018!! Last year I can honestly say was one of the worst years I have ever experienced. But, it is a shiny new year, with a little rebrand and some amazing things coming soon! Stayed tuned for some of the latest, greatest, craziest and most bizarre things going on in the world of beauty and aesthetics. Plus more diet, fitness and general masochistic abuse of my body in the name of vanity and weight loss!!!
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I think it has never been a better time to be “a woman of a certain age”. From Botox to Butt lifts there is something for every possible age related issue. The current non-surgical options are endless. But, when looking into clinics it is important to find a safe practitioner that has had the latest training as well as being someone with the appropriate background. Personally, although I am aware this can be a grey area I believe that only those with medical backgrounds should be carrying out such procedures.
I realise it is obviously no secret I love a bit of youth in syringe form. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I received an invitation to visit Aestha Clinic at 25 Upper Wimpole St in London. Following an extensive consultation with the gorgeous and talented Dr Victoria Virtosu it was decided that I would have some Juvederm in my lips and a bit (well more than a bit) of Botox to rid my face of the previous six months of worry lines I had developed.
Botox being my favourite neurotoxin, smooths out those “road hard and put away wet” areas of the face like nothing else can.
Juvederm is a range of fillers containing injectable hyaluronic acid that when injected by a trained professional can provide nine months to one year of fullness to your lips as well as correct moderate to severe wrinkling on certain areas of the face.
Lip fillers are an instant gratification kind of treatment, which I love! Botox tends to take roughly five days or so to see the finished result. When done correctly the forehead should not appear frozen, just noticeable smoother, giving a subtle more plump appearance to the skin.
The skin on your lips in particular over the life span is constantly moisturised from within by hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar. However, as your skin ages you lose hyaluronic acid causing lines to appear and the thinning of the lips.
Having a bit of filler when done correctly can dramatically improve the appearance of the lips. Obviously, it is up to the individual in consultation with an aesthetic professional how plump you want them.
Dr Victoria was very conscious of making sure that my results were balanced and symmetrical. Some of the biggest complaints I hear is around asymmetry which is why it is so important to see an experienced professional. Ultimately, it is up to you how big you want your lips. There are a lot of arguments online about this and honestly it all comes down to personal yet INFORMED choice.
Knowledge is power people!!
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Cellulite!! Ugh! It is not even a pretty word. A bit like moist, every time I hear it I just cringe! First of all everyone has a bit of cellulite at one point or another. But, unfortunately I have it all the time. Primarily because I spent the majority of my life morbidly obese, cellulite is the price I have to pay for my years of gluttony. Although I have lost a huge amount of weight and have had reconstructive surgery for loose skin, the cellulite in one form or another remains.
I have tried lotions, potions and various notions. Short of voodoo I have yet to find a miracle. Now I am sure you have heard of the various anti-cellulite tights and leggings. There are several companies that make them, all with very ambitious claims about “impregnated” fabric and that they sacrifice a live chicken in the factory to ensure your positive results. Ok, I made that last bit up!! But, you see where I am going. There are some very grand claims out there for what is often a very mediocre product. As some of these products are very expensive, the last thing you want is to spend £200 on what ends being a pair of lazy pants you wear on the school run.
I am very much a believer in finding those special treasures in places you would not normally look. I love the idea of trying something from a lesser known company as often they have something super special, but perhaps the world hasn’t discovered them yet. I met this amazing and very inspiring entrepreneur Fabia Santos at a plastic surgery conference. Her company called Yoga Compression Garments was not one I had heard of before, but her belief and dedication to her products hooked me right in. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but she was definitely someone I wanted to know better. There was the added bonus I suppose because it is a Brazilian company I thought if anyone in the world is going to know how to make your ass look good, it’s going to be them!
Over the course of researching the products what I learned was that in addition to the leggings which I will get to later, Fabia has dedicated herself to helping women going through reconstructive surgeries. She attends hospitals herself to ensure post surgical garments are fitted properly and educates medical staff on the importance of garment fitting in the healing process. I suppose this resonated with me because I have been in the position of trying to get myself into post surgery garments that in retrospect did more harm than good. One very ill-fitting corset I had following abdominoplasty I referred to as “the juicer”. The second I put it on my clothes were soaked with the excess drainage. So, the work she does is an integral part of the healing process for women that are already feeling quite vulnerable following life changing operations that are not always cosmetic. As a professional Fabia is someone who really “walks the talk”.
The leggings are called The Yoga Emana. They absorb heat from the body and return in the form of “long infrared rays”. The rays are then absorbed into the skin and stimulate circulation and cellular metabolism. The leggings contain bio-active crystals and so these properties are not lost when they are washed. Amongst the many benefits that are purported:
Increased cellular metabolism
Increased skin elasticity
Reducing the appearance of cellulite
Reduction of muscle fatigue
So, with my magic leggings in hand I was off to try them myself in hopes of conquering these beastly dimples! Putting aside that they are meant to benefit you by wearing them, as a product they are beautiful and really flattering. The instructions are that you are to wear them 12 hours a day. I must say this was easy as they go with everything and really give you a beautiful shape. They are so comfortable, yet hold everything in as well as pushing that excess junk in the trunk up perfectly.
The initial trial is meant to show results within weeks. As I have particularly bad cellulite I took before pictures over six weeks. The results were everything that was promised. There was a marked difference in the smoothness of the skin and I definitely found the dimpling in my upper thighs in particular to have reduced.
Although I was primarily trialling them in order to ascertain the anti-cellulite properties I did actually find that there was a marked difference in how my legs felt following a run when wearing them. So, there is definitely something too the claims about reducing fatigue. From day one I was able to pack more punch into a workout wearing my Emana’s. All in all the trial was extremely successful. I can’t recommend them enough. They retail for £95, which is a reasonable price for leggings that deliver the goods. They remain in my normal rotation as my go to workout wear as well as sneaking them under other garments as a much more comfortable option to your standard “suck in your gut” pants. An all around great product from a fabulous company.
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We all have that bit of our bodies that we dislike. I am particularly lucky that I have been able to have a multitude of treatments to “fix” much of the damage a lifetime of obesity has done to me. Although very pleased with the general results I still have pockets of fat here and there that exercise doesn’t seem to be able to shift. I wish I could be more accepting of my remaining flaws, but I just can’t. I know this issue goes far beyond what any surgical or aesthetic treatment can cure. However, I do believe that if you are not happy with your body there is nothing wrong with trying to make it right. Whether making it right involves diet and exercise or something more invasive than why not?
Enter Meadow Clinic in Leamington Spa. I was invited to the launch of their gorgeous new clinic. Now obviously they must have been very special as venturing outside of London is quite unusual. I was shown around by the gorgeous Mica . They offer a range of aesthetic treatments including massage, cellulite/fat reduction, REVIV vitamin infusions, a host of anti ageing remedies and a treatment called metabolic balance for weight loss. Metabolic balance involves having a blood test and based on the results a tailor made nutritional programme based around what is best for you to aid weight loss and for general well being. I must say I find the idea really interesting and at some point will do a piece about it as I firmly believe that with nutrition there is no one size fits all solution.
At the launch I had the opportunity to have a treatment. As I have an odd pocket of fat on my waist it seemed the perfect solution to get back some symmetry. Basically, on my right side I have a pocket of fat that makes that side appear bigger than the left. Due to the due to the massive amount of skin removal, I would be bound to have the odd area that holds more fat than another. So, following a consultation with the fabulous Jenny we decided that a targeted treatment was the best course of action.
The fat freezing process itself is totally non invasive and just felt like I had a big suction cup stuck on me. In fact during the hour long treatment I managed to down 4 glasses of champagne whilst lying on the table (no I do not have a drinking problem! I didn’t spill a drop). Following the treatment I was advised to eat as cleanly as possible and keep hydrated. I should see results after about three weeks as the fat cells die and get metabolised elsewhere. In the weeks following the treatment I saw the gradual reduction in the fat near my waist. I am very pleased with the results. Now if I could just find a six pack machine I would be sorted!
Food, food food!! How I love you!! My long term love affair with the bastard is not a secret. In fact it is my best friend, lover, confidante and arch enemy all wrapped up into one dysfunctional package. Due to this crazy dynamic I have to keep myself fully on top of the food situation or literally I can guarantee I would eat myself to death! So, when someone offers me a free meal and not just a meal but delivers it to me at work I can hardly say no. Can I? Well, can I? The answer is a big fat juicy no! But, this is a bit different. A company in South East London called Bed N Breakfast prepare a gorgeous breakfast tailor made to your dietary specifications, which for me can be quite a vast list. Obviously, with my main concern around how things are prepared and the use of any fats as minimal as possible. What I received was amazing! I chose the veggie breakfast which was a massive portion big enough for me to share with one of my colleagues. The gorgeous Hannah, in between her many media commitments managed to deliver heaven on a plate. It was gorgeous!! Everything was piping hot and looked amazing. As a lover of all things yummy, the fact that I can order something this gorgeous that is also healthy is a huge bonus. I am literally salivating thinking about it! For me the commitment to healthy food is something I really value. As I have to balance my love of all things yummy with the absolute need to keep it clean and healthy this kind of care and attention to the important details is vital. I would certainly order again, in fact has anyone seen my phone? I need to put this chick on speed dial.