Before I even start talking about this story, I’m going to admit that the photos I’ve included have made me nervous. There’s nothing scary about them, but there’s something very revealing about putting a photo of your stomach sans clothes on the Internet for everyone to see. But here I am, doing one more thing that makes me incredibly nervous. It’s my belief that someone out there has the same concerns, so hopefully you can gain from my experience.
As many of you who follow the site may know, I’m in the process of losing a lot of weight. I’m at 82 lbs and have somewhere in the 12 lbs-ish range to go. I was obese for almost a decade, so I took my time taking the weight off so it would stay off (I don’t want to be afraid of pizza or butter, to be honest.) So, at the tail end of this journey to get my belly button where it used to be, I’ve also realized that I have something around my waist that most people don’t ever talk about in polite company: excess skin. Oh yeah, kids: it’s there. Because when you stretch your skin out and then there’s nothing underneath it, it can lose it’s elasticity and, well, stay loose.
Only for you would I talk about what’s happening underneath my clothes. Like, for serious.
This is when it’s really helpful to have these problems as a beauty editor, because I can be a guinea pig for creams and treatments that claim to cure such ills, which is what I signed on for about a month ago when leading skincare company Skinceuticals came to me with a solution: their new Body Tightening Concentrate with six sessions with the Tri-Pollar Apollo machine. The combination of the two should essentially help tighten and tone the skin so there wouldn’t be dimples and sagging.
Skinceuticals Body Tightening Concentrate is essentially a cream that helps target and tighten sagging loose skin in areas where gravity kind of has its way with you: abdomen, thighs, batwings, etc. What it does is it cools the skin and stimulates collagen as well as the molecules that essentially hold water to help re-inflate the skin from the inside, which in turn gives it a tighter, smoother appearance for long-term effect. It’s not just there to mask the problem, it’s there to actually go into your skin and aid in fixing the issue. The technical advances of what makes it amazing are included in the link, but a great mixture of tripeptide, yeast extract, hydrolyzed rice protein and LHA (Lipo Hydroxy Acid) is what makes it run.
The Tri-Pollar Apollo machine is a machine that essentially uses radio frequency massage to go deep into the dermis and help it essentially tighten. It can reduce the appearance of a double chin, it can tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and help with the appearance of fat. Note that it can’t get rid of fat, though. You’d need liposuction for that, or you’d have to go my route, which is good old fashioned exercise.
I agreed immediately because, in my experience, if you’re going to go with clinical skincare solutions that honestly do everything they say they’re going to do, Skinceuticals is the company you work with. A box of the cream was given to me and it was off to Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists in Midtown Manhattan I went, where the amazing Dr. David Goldberg and lovely Gabriela worked on my wobbly tummy bits .
We’re five of the six sessions into it and I wanted to show you the results. So, let’s get a read on what my stomach looked like before. See the photo above and below:
And this photo below is after Session Five. 🙂
Do I have a Victoria’s Secret supermodel stomach? NO. Is the dimpling gone, do I have better definition and is the skin smoother and tighter? Clearly, the answer is YES.
I want to stress that I used this Body Tightening Concentrate twice a day on my stomach without fail. As in, I never skipped a day, I never missed an application. Clearly, I had the Apollo machine to essentially help to shrinkwrap my tummy, but the skin tightening concentrate REALLY amped the results. If you’re looking for a skin tightening cream that really makes it happen, I mean, look at my stomach up here. If you can get a smoothing action from using it regularly and it helps give you confidence, why not do it?
Now, let’s be honest here: I’m in an image business and putting photos of my less-than-flat stomach, particularly pre-treatment, scared me to death. But then I thought about it and, honestly, we’re ALL in this boat out there. I may never have a washboard stomach again, but the smoothness of the skin and the definition I’ve gotten through hard work (and a little cream and tightening treatment for the excess skin) has helped boost me quite a bit. Check it out if you’re so inclined. Skinceuticals is sold through an amazing dermatologist near you.