Kelly Had 2 Inches Trimmed Off Her Waist and
Back Without the Need for Surgery. So Where Did All the Fat
a whisper going around the elegant waiting rooms of Harley Streets
finest plastic surgeons.
The word is
that old-fashioned liposuction, once considered a quick-fix procedure
that tackled everything from flabby thighs to double chins, is falling
out of favour.
that the vain have become prettier or the plump suddenly skinny.
The change is all down to that increasingly sparse commodity: time.
In the past
few years a new range of weight-loss treatments that promise subtle
improvements rather than major body reshaping have come on to the
It has long
been the holy grail for slimmers: a gadget that would melt away
fat without leaving a scar.
In the Seventies,
there were vibrating belts and steam tents, and in the Nineties
electric zappers that promised to help tone the midriff while you
In recent years,
these have been replaced by ultrasound, infrared and vacuum technology.
their dubious forefathers, these new treatments have clinical trials
to back up their claims. But can they really work?
head of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS),
believes that within ten years, these new technologies will leave
liposuction trailing in their wake.
look into a crystal ball, we may one day not be doing much major
liposuction any more. For people who are toned and just need shaping,
these will be the kinds of treatments that will be helpful.
So was Kelly OBrien, a 38-year-old mother of two from Hertfordshire.
As Europes leading Dolly Parton Tribute Act, Kelly has to
try to keep her waist as close to Dollys 20in as possible.
But after giving birth to daughter Amber last year, she found it
hard to slip back into her slender Dolly costumes.
who is 5ft and weighs 8st, exercises four times a week and watches
her diet, she could not shift the post-baby weight from her tummy
or her lower back. Last month, she agreed to undergo a series of
six sessions of a new non-invasive treatment called Med Contour
at the Riverbanks Clinic in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
traditional liposuction on her stomach ten years ago which
involves making incisions in the skin and inserting fine metal tubes
called cannulas to suck out fat and finding the pain after
surgery horrific, Kelly had been nervous about having
any more weight-loss treatments.
Yet she was
astonished with the results of Med Contour, losing almost 2in from
her waist and dropping a dress size.
is required to lie on a consulting-room bed as an iron-shaped device
beams ultrasound into the fatty tissue and then a nozzle the size
of a vacuum massages the treated area.
claims that high-frequency sound waves warm the fat cells so the
fat is released. It is then massaged out of the problem area so
that it drains into the lymphatic system, and is then flushed out
with other toxins and waste products through the liver. The treatment
takes just an hour and requires five to six sessions to shave inches
off the patient.
do not offer the radical big reveal changes of liposuction.
But they do target the small, irritating bulges of fat that no amount
of diet or exercise will shift. The course costs £700, which
includes five sessions in a lymphatic drainage suit. The suit inflates
and then deflates, and this gentle pressure helps to improve the
flow within the lymphatic system so the body can expel any waste
lives with her husband Ben, 38, a communications director, her nine
year-old son Oscar and one year-old daughter Amber, says: I
had liposuction a decade ago without properly researching it. I
didnt like the fat pockets on my stomach and as a professional
entertainer I had to get into tiny costumes.
ten incisions on my stomach to get the fat out and then had to wear
compression pants for six weeks afterwards. After the operation
it was so painful, it was horrific. Although it did remove those
bits of fat, the recovery was so painful that I dont think
I would ever do it again.
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