Lose inches with fat freezing
AM Aesthetics is an aesthetics clinic run by nurse practitioner Anne-Marie Sharman who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Her CV is pretty impressive, having worked for elite Harley Street plastic surgeons before opening her own business. She’s won awards for her non-surgical facelift and is an ambassador of Obagi Medical Skincare. She’s carried out thousands of non-surgical aesthetic procedures, with botox leading the charge as her most popular treatment. Also popular are the dermal filler treatments and Profhilo, where pure hyaluronic acid is injected into the face to hydrate and firm up the skin, and give a healthy glow. New on the menu though, is TruCryo, a fat freezing treatment that will help you lose those bulges and banish cellulite.
AM Aesthetics is tucked away down a small walkway between James Dean Estate Agents and Canakin just off the High Street in Reigate. It’s a great spot, discreetly tucked away from the busy High Street, and yet with the convenience of a central Reigate location.
The clinic is small, but perfectly formed with just one treatment room and a waiting area. It feels intimate and quite personal. And while the treatment room has a clinical feel – entirely expected at an aesthetics clinic – it’s also warm and welcoming with a pretty blind covering the window and a couple of comfy chairs where Anne-Marie conducts her pre-treatment consultation. Anne-Marie is warm and friendly and really easy to talk to. I liked her a lot – she’s one of these people who puts you at ease instantly, which is not doubt why she’s so popular with the ladies of Reigate and beyond!
I’m here for the fat-busting TruCryo treatment – targeting that ever-increasing middle-aged spread! As well as offering inch-loss, cryotherapy is also good for tightening the skin. There are medical benefits too, and a similar treatment is used by sports injury therapists to treat sports injuries.
For me though, it’s all about a bit of pre-summer holiday body sculpting. Cryotherapy works by applying a jet of gas to the skin to cook the area to 4 degrees Celsius, which causes the fat cells to go into thermal shock. It’s a bit like when plant pots are left out over winter and the frost cracks them – and once the fat cells crack the lymphatic system is able to drain the fat away.
The treatment takes only 15 minutes per area – as well as the tummy area, clients might also choose to target the thighs and the ‘bingo wings’ on their arms. For the best results you’ll want a course of five treatments and combine it with sensible eating.
After my consultation with Anne-Marie – which felt more like a relaxed chat – I rolled up my top and wiggled my jeans down a bit and took up my position on the treatment bed. The procedure is fast and painless, although it’s pretty cold. She applies the freezing gas, first to my tummy, then to each of my side ‘love handle’ areas, before returning to the tummy again. The gas is pretty noisy when it comes out – so there’s not much room for conversation. But actually, it’s over so quickly that it’s fine.
Anne-Marie had taken measurements immediately before the treatment and overall I lost 1.5 inches after just one treatment. I was impressed by the results – they’re not shockingly obvious after one treatment, but after the second treatment you can expect a reduction of about 4 inches and over the course of five treatments you’d expect to drop a dress-size. My skin also felt firmer, which I liked.
Good for: The treatment is idea for anyone who wants to lose inches in a targeted way. It would also be ideal for those who want to trim some inches before a holiday or a special event.
Not for: If you’re pregnant or breast feeding it’s not recommended, and anyone who has Raynaud syndrome can’t have the treatment.
HOW MUCH? A course of five treatments is £445.
AM Aesthetics, 67B High Street, Reigate RH2 9AE. amaesthetics.co.uk