“One of the most frustrating things about losing a large amount of weight is looking in the mirror and not seeing any changes in your body. In my late 30s, after the birth of my son, I began an intense workout regime to lose the more than 50 pounds I had accumulated through unhealthy lifestyle habits and pregnancy. Even though I was successfully losing weight all over, it didn’t change how I felt about the parts of my body that made me feel self-conscious. I carry most of my weight in my tummy, and although the number on the scale kept decreasing, the shape of my body didn’t seem to change, so all my same insecurities remained despite any change in weight.
Once I turned 40 and had completed my seventh half marathon, I knew I had to change my approach to getting my body to where I wanted it. Although I’m fit and make healthy choices, I wasn’t as proud as I should be of my figure or all my progress. I wanted to see a difference in how my clothes fit, stop hiding my midsection and finally have the confidence to get in a two piece, but I didn’t want to commit to the stress and downtime of a tummy tuck, which I thought was my only solution at the time. When I found Elite Body Sculpture and learned about AirSculpt—a precise fat removal procedure that uses a small, power-assisted cannula to pluck and suck out each individual fat cell—I finally took the plunge to get the body for which I worked so hard.
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I liked that AirSculpt could be performed without any anesthesia and that I wouldn’t have to press pause on my life because of the recovery associated with more intense surgery. On the day of my procedure at Elite Body Sculpture, Chicago plastic surgeon Gregory Bazell, MD carefully marked up my abdominal area—from directly under my breasts to the top of my pelvis. Although I was nervous, Dr. Bazell and his team put me at ease as he explained that he was going to eliminate the protruding belly fat that I couldn’t get rid of with diet and exercise.
After prepping with a few Xanax and some laughing gas, I was comfortable, happy and ready to get AirSculpt. Dr. Bazell used his cannula like a sculptor’s tool to shape and contour my torso and abdomen to have a more curvy, feminine shape and a flatter tummy. After my procedure, Dr. Bazell’s team wrapped me in a full body-compression garment to help bring down swelling and promote healing for the weeks that followed. Within just a few hours, my waist was ‘snatched’! And as the days followed, I was excited to see my new shape revealed more and more.
Recovery was a breeze and after a few short days of post-procedure TLC and self-care, I was out and about resuming my normal daily activities. I loved that I never had to miss a day of work or skip giving my son a bath. For me, playing the waiting game to be fully healed and for my swelling to go down was really the worst of it. The team at Elite recommended waiting a few months to go shopping, and that’s exactly what I did. Even though my old clothes are too big and I desperately need to invest in new tops and pants to show off my new waistline, my first purchase was a cherry red two-piece bikini to hit the beach. I’m happy to say, thanks to AirSculpt, I’m not hiding my bikini body any more!”
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