In Australia and all over the world, more and more mums are rejecting the usual diet and exercise regime in favour of inexpensive plastic surgery abroad in the world-class medical facilities we have in Thailand to regain their pre-baby figures.
When Caroline saw a one of the new range of Glamorous Life Swimwear- the deep plunge black Marilyn she fell in love and bought it.This luxury label featured unique designs exuding glamour, that was luxurious and the very definition of resort-chic.
The label is aimed at sophisticated women of all ages who demand high-quality and high-fashion in equal measures. The collection hits a fabulous note that is sexy, and also flattering and comfortable. It was perfect for he, she thought, or of the “Caroline” she wanted to be.
The whole luxuirous range can be seen here: http://www.glamorouslifeswimwear.com/collection.html
She didn’t have a holiday booked – and didn’t have the boobs, or body for it- but she couldn’t resist it.For years, she had worn cover-all swimming costumes to hide her body, which she hated. Let alone to show it off!
It inspired her to do something about it to feel beautiful and glamorous again!
After three children, it seemed that no matter how much she dieted and exercised, she couldn’t get rid of her “mummy tummy” and decided on what some people might consider drastic action and had liposuction and a tummy tuck, or a “mummy tuck”, as they have been nicknamed.
Not just that, she went on to Thailand for the surgery, which she and her husband had saved for a family holiday. And it was the best decision she ever made- the investment in herself and the self-confidence it had given her. “It’s been well worth the guilt of feeling selfish and having to leave my hubby and kids for the first time in my life to do something for myself!”
She says: “I feel like me again. I can look in the mirror and like what I see.”
Caroline’s not alone in opting for surgery to sort out her pregnancy-battered shape.
Surgeons at a conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons last month reported that the number of women going under the knife after pregnancy has doubled in the past five years. This figure supports the current research from the International Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons.
The women cite reasons such as fear of returning to work looking overweight and frumpy and seeing celebrities pinging back into shape after having a baby. Some go a step further and have both a tummy tuck and a breast lift and implants to make them feel like their old selves. “The statistics of ordinary women thinking of this and actually doing it are much higher than you would believe,” says Claire Licciardo, Managing Director of Cosmetic Holidays International.
“We get more than 15 inquiries a week from women wanting these combined surgeries, and more with liposuction.” It’s actually quite common,” she says.
Kim had caesarean sections for the births of her three children, Sophia, seven, Jody, four, and two year old Rani. And her body took a hammering, leaving her feeling miserable about her shape.
She explains: “It wasn’t too bad after I had Sophia, after two more children so close together my tummy just stretched and stretched.
She was left with what she describes as a “horrible pouch” and stretchmarks, with lose skin. “I hated it. It just hung there. I dieted, went to the gym and I’d lose my baby weight from everywhere but there. The skin had stretched and it wasn’t coming back anytime soon!”
Kim even encouraged her friend Alison to come with her for the same procedures so they would do this life-changing physical transformation together.
Of course, their husbands thought that they don’t need to do it, but as Alison said “It is my body and my choice and it made a huge difference to my sense of self-worth. I am so glad I did it and my husband supported my decision,” she says.
Alison and Kim both thought about surgery for a long time before she finally took the plunge.
She recalls: “I kept thinking how hard we’d worked to put the money away and how it could be a trip to Disney for the children or a car. Then a friend at work who had had a boob job pointed out how much better it would be for the children to have a happier mum. And told me about Cosmetic Holidays International !”
“I was thrilled to have met them. Their team in Sydney were so friendly and helpful- I didn’t feel embarrassed at all, as they were women too so I felt they could understand. After a consultation they informed me that their surgeon said that a tummy tuck was the only way to get rid of the pouch.”
“I was a little scared of the process but I wanted the best result. They informed me of the latest technology world-wide in liposuction. Vaser liposuction is a new technique that uses two devises, UAL (ultrasound assisted liposuction) and PAL (pulse- assisted liposuction) that are more effective than traditional liposuction techniques.
This new technology emulsifies the fat, melting it first, and then targeting the unwanted fat while preserving the surrounding tissues including muscles, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues allowing for
- A greater removal of deeper, fatty tissue
- An increased amount of fat removal
- Less trauma and bruising than traditional liposuction
- A smoother and superior result than traditional liposuction
- Assists women with uneven fat and greater, smoother results
- Less pain and bruising
- Even better results
Instead of having the procedures in Sydney I went to Thailand, with my best friend, where I stayed in absolute 6 star luxury for 6 days after the procedures, had attentive nurses, surgeons visits throughout the day, IV drip for pain control, a plasma TV and twice daily rehab as well as use of the latest technology in recovery- the hyperbarrack oxygen chamber twice day that assists with recovery by breathing 100% oxygen. And saved about a third of the cost I was quoted in Australia.!”
“My mum came to stay with my husband while I was away, after 6 days in hospital and 7 days stay at a luxury hotel in Phuket, to help with my three kids while I recovered.”
At first sight, Kim was a little shocked at the bruising, but she says she expected worse. ” I could see something that made it all worthwhile – a pouch-free stomach. It was very swollen but there was no sagginess. I was so emotional. I was getting a glimpse of the body I had dreamed of.
Both Kim and Alsion said “I had to wear support underwear to help the healing process, but I healed quickly and I don’t have a very big scar, I am really happy with the results!”
Claire from Cosmetic Holidays Inetrnational, who arranges more and mummy tucks than ever, believes women should not feel guilty or like they’re cheating by having one.
She says: “After one baby, the tummy often returns to normal, but after two or more or after a large baby, the internal wall of the stomach is stretched so much that no amount of exercise or diet can make it what it was. Re-stitching the muscle and tightening it up internally is the only way to get the pre-pregnancy stomach back.
“Many women who come to see me say they feel guilty about spending so much on themselves, but their needs shouldn’t come bottom of the list. This is their treat to themselves.”
Kim can identify with that: “I work hard and have juggled three children, a job and a home and so in some ways I think I deserve to feel happy with myself.”
And she does. Today she’s back in her pencil skirts and has enjoyed wearing this summer’s body-con tube dress trend. The support underwear went in the bin.
She adds: “I am wearing my Glamorous Life swimsuit! It is supportive, flattering and makes me feel so glamorous. And perfect after my tummy tuck so I can show off my beautiful new breasts with the deep plunge and supportive and flattering around the tummy-as I still have a little swelling.
It will be about six months for my tummy to be perfect and I still have a little swelling.
“But I love trying it on knowing that when we can afford to go on holiday again I’ll be able to sunbathe in it and feel good. And that’s worth every penny.”
*Names have been changed for our clients privacy* For more testimonials please visit our website at: http://www.cosmeticholidays-int.com/testimonials/our-happy-clients/