This blog post was done in collaboration with Bella Vou and Page8. However, all views expressed here are my own and not those of the sponsor.
One year since THE surgery…
Hey guys! 👋🏻 How is everyone doing during these crazy times in our lives? 👀 I must to admit, I’ve been neglecting this project since the lockdown has started and I honestly don’t know why… 🙇🏻♂️*sigh* These sudden changes to our daily lives really had an impact on my overall productivity but I try not to stress too much about it because it’s ok not to be ok during a worldwide pandemic. My aim right now is to do things when the right time comes.
So, with that said, today is the day where I’m (finally) updating your all on my Vaser Liposculpting journey! *yaaas* It’s been over a year now since I had THE surgery. NGL, it’s truly been a life-changing experience for me. All thanks to my blogger mate Ed Lemont who got in touch with me last year AND, of course, Bella Vou – a cosmetic surgery clinic based in The Royal Turnbridge Wells who took a really good care of me. 💆🏻♂️
Just before the lockdown, Ed and I booked a staycation at Page8 Hotel where we spend the weekend together and celebrated our 1-year Vaser Anniversary. *hashtag party* We ate pizza, drank copious amounts of coffee and shot fab images for the gram. *snap snap bish* Also, I offered Ed to take part in my “Vaser Update” video which you can find below… 📹 *scrolls down to watch the video*
Back in March, Ed and I shot our 1-year Vaser Update video where we talked about our experience, as well as tips on fitness, diet and whether it’s was worth getting a liposuction in the first place. We also answered some of the questions we received on YouTube and Instagram. So, there you go, hope you like it. 😉
This blog post was done in collaboration with Bella Vou. However, all views expressed here are my own.
Let’s start from the beginning…
It was the beginning of March. I was on my way to Valencia to spend a few days by the beach and celebrate the infamous Fallas Festival. *party mode onnn* The whole city of Valencia was celebrating for days and it couldn’t be a better time for me to visit this wonderful Spanish city. The weather was warm enough to wear short shorts and revealing tees. However, I wasn’t confident to show that much of my skin because it’s been rather an on-going issue of mine… I’m not happy with my body and it’s been like this since my early teens! *wait, what?!*
I’ve been trying to achieve a toned/lean body for years by consistently exercising and eating well. There were times where my body was at its best, with muscles showing on my arms and chest. Yet, still… The fat in my lower abdominal area was there like its ingrown inside my body and not intending to leave or change no matter what I do. *sad face*
Also, this may come as a little surprise for some of you but… *takes a deep breath* I have a mild case of Pectus Excavatum! *googles to find out what the heck that is* SO, Pectus Excavatum is a structural deformity of the anterior thoracic wall, which (in my case), is lightly visible but does not affect my internal organs. Meaning, my chest bones have grown slightly inwards but I didn’t need the surgery to fix it. This was a deformity that my parents noticed during my puberty.
Even though I exercise regularly and my chest muscles grow… The results are often underwhelming because of the shape of my chest!
At first, I wasn’t sure about that sort of procedure because it is a full-blown surgery! *yikes* As someone who has never had a surgery of any kind, it was definitely something I didn’t want to get myself into. However, after doing a little bit of research, I quickly realised that Vaser Liposuction is THE procedure I need!
So, I asked Ed to pass on my details to Bella Vou and take it from there. A few email exchanges and I was on my way to the Royal Tunbridge Wells to have my first consultation with Amir Nakhdjevani!
A little bit about Vaser Liposculpting procedure…
Vaser Liposculpting (or Vaser Liposuction) is an advanced body sculpting procedure that eliminates fat by using targeted ultrasound technology to liquefy and then very precisely remove fat from the body.
This treatment only targets fat cells, causing significantly less damage to other tissues. In other words: less pain, bruising and recovery time! It can also sculpt and shape multiple areas in a single procedure, including those ‘hard to reach’ areas of the body.
The thing I was most drawn to Vaser Liposculpting was the precise body sculpting procedure. There was an opportunity for me to have my chest sculptured to create the shape I was always dreaming of.
When I had my consultation with Dr. Amir, he briefly explained the surgery, the technology used and things I should do to fully prepare myself for it. Amir performs most of his procedures under local anaesthetic. He told me that he’ll be performing this surgery under twilight sedation as well… Meaning that I’ll be awake during the surgery. Ermmm, what?! *shook* I would lie if I say that I wasn’t taken back by it.
However, after a while, I got into terms with it and thought to myself that it will be quite an interesting journey. *haha, literally* I am a very curious individual, so doing that one thing a day that scares me also gives me strength to move forward. So, let’s do this!
The day before my surgery, Bella Vou were kind enough to offer me a 3-night stay at One Warwick Park Hotel which is just a few minutes walk from the clinic. The hotel offers partner rates for those who are having treatment at Bella Vou. Therefore, make sure to ask them for more details. *winkwink*
I was asked to arrive at the clinic at 10 am and have no food 6 hours prior to this. As you would imagine, I didn’t set my alarm at 4 am to have a meal to feed my old body. *gurl, bye*
When I arrived at Bella Vou, my mind was going through waves of emotions. I didn’t know whether I should be excited or nervous about this whole thing.
At the theatre (where the surgery was happening), the anaesthetist hooked me up to a drip which was inserting local anaesthetic into my bloodstream. Within seconds I was completely out of it. *no joke*
There were 6 small incisions made around my abdomen area to perform the procedure. At one point during the liposuction, I was more awake than usual. I could feel things going inside my body. *omg* But fear not, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The twilight sedation was really great as it made me feel very relaxed at moments like this.
The surgery took about 4 hours, which in my head played out as barely an hour. Honestly, one minute I was freaking out over a needle and next thing you know, I’m stuffing my face with an avo toast post-surgery. *hashtag wild times*
When the surgery was over, I was hooked up to 3 drainage tubes for the next 24 hours. It was to ensure that all the excess liquid has left my body and I could achieve the best possible results.
Also, I had to wear a compression foam and garment for at least 4-6 weeks following the surgery. It’s definitely not the most flattering outfit in the world but it made me feel cosy at night. As a blogger, I had to give my edgy outfits a little break and focus on other kinds of campaigns.
The thing I like the most about Bella Vou is that they provide the best post-surgery therapy treatments, which are included in their aftercare, by the way! I was required to attend daily 60-minute Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MDL) messages for the whole week. These are very important as they help reduce swelling, as well as release any remaining fluid from the body. MDL therapist Nikki performed my massages. She has made my recovery feel smooth and quite enjoyable. All of this is included in the price.
Final words, for now.
So, it’s been about 8 weeks since my surgery and I can confidently say that it was all worth it. Was it scary? Yes! Was it painful? A little bit BUT my body has never looked this good!
This whole experience gave me motivation to be kind to myself and my body. I’m currently changing my diet by going mostly plant-based. I also exercise more and drink on very rare occasions. Everything just keeps getting better! *yaaas*
Pssst… Watch this space as I’ll be updating you on my Vaser Liposculpting journey, including diet and fitness. Until next time. xoxo
Timberland is the brand that I was obsessing over since day one. Seeing other male fashion bloggers sporting their latest pair of Timberlands has made me so determined to work with them that this has become the ultimate goal of mine. *fangirling is an understatement* So, two years later and I’m finally starting my first ever campaign with one of the most admired brands on the high street! *bam* But before I get into this, let’s go back in time…
It’s been over seven years since I moved to London. Years went by and I’m still fascinated by this wonderful city. However, my beginnings were not as glamorous as they are now. From fighting for survival in Elephant and Castle to commuting to work every morning from Greenwich, I lived my first 5 years in South East London. This area shaped my understanding of the big city life and the struggles of living independently. *mum, where are thou?!* I spent the first few years exploring my local areas and making friends with people who showed me the best that these places have to offer.
My life in London really took off when I moved to Fitzrovia in 2016. Living in Zone 1 has really made a huge difference in my career and social life. But everything would not be the same if I didn’t take that night bus to SE7. *ahhh*
Roaming Canning Town with Kojo Funds!
This month, Timberland released a new shoe that is all about roaming and exploring the city life. They are running a campaign in partnership with a London based afro swing artist, Kojo Funds, who revisited the area where he grew up and important places within the area. He shared his thoughts on how the area influenced him and his music today.
In this video, Kojo Funds is wearing the same pair of CityRoam™ Alpine Chukkas as I do in this post. These chukkas are inspired by Timberland’s iconic Adventure 2.0 Cupsole range. The high-rebound cushioning and comfort really make this pair a good companion when out and about all day.
Check out the short film featuring Kojo Funds and Timberland below:
So, what did you think of the film? Let me know in the comments below!
Stranger Things. Quite possibly the most hyped show of the streaming age. Last year, I binged my way through the first series in just 72 hours. *blimey* Insane? Yes. Regretful? Not at all!
I have been counting days until I get to watch season 2 and that day has finally come. Eleven, Mike Wheeler and his ghostbuster-like squad are back and ready to fight the creatures from the Upside Down. *cancels plans for the weekend*
We have so many questions left unanswered. I’m hoping to find out how Mike is connected with the Upside Down and whether Eleven will be reunited with the crew. Ahhh, I just can’t wait! *quickly downloads the whole show on his phone*
The Binge Club
This month, Three UK are launching the ‘Binge Club‘. It’s an online community that brings bingers together to discuss their favourite shows live. What makes Three stand out from the rest is that they allow their customers to stream content on their smartphones without using up their data allowance. You can stream music, series and TV at no extra cost. *jaw drops* So, they launched Binge Club to celebrate this life-saving feature and encourage people to consume more content on the go.
The first ever episode of Binge Club is based on the new season of “Stranger Things”. Pssst, the show is now available to stream on Netflix. *yasss* I’m super stoked to take part in this because I struggle to keep my fingers away from some serious spoiler alerts. *sorry not sorry*
The Binge Club host has just made the first announcement. Therefore, you can take part in the challenge here. The first task is to watch the first half of “Stranger Things 2” within the first 72 hours. Can you manage? I mean, really, CAN YOU MANAGE?! Once you have completed your first task, the host will then go live on Facebook to discuss the first half of the show with everyone. There’s a chance for you to share your knowledge and predict future events with other fans of the show.
So… Who’s binge-watching “Stranger Things 2” this weekend? Will you join the Binge Club?
Check out the new and final “Stranger Things 2” trailer below. Let’s go back to the Upside Down!
Thanks to Three UK for sponsoring this post. However, all views are my own. #GoBinge
My childhood nightmares are being revisited! *yikes*
After 208 episodes, 10 series and 2 feature films, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back once again as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in a new audio drama – The X-Files: Cold Cases!
Released on July 18th, X-Files: Cold Cases takes place after the events of X-Files: I Want To Believe. The audiobook tells the story of Mulder and Scully coming out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that involves not only their former investigation bureau but also the US government and creatures from out of this world. *hides under the bed* Expect a mind-blowing soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures and humming space crafts. Listeners get to experience The X-Files like never before, so there’s no better time to start your FREE trial with Audible!
I Want To Believe…
Last week, Audible invited me to witness a staged alien autopsy in the newly opened Postal Museum. This was my first ever immersive experience and it was perfect because I’m a huge fan of The X-Files. *duh* I spent most of my childhood watching (and rewatching) episodes of the hit TV series. Therefore, this was the most nostalgic day of my life.
Tasked with cracking a case from a never-before-released X-Files archive, I had to solve the mystery of the terrifying creature Flukeman’s escape and missing agent Scully. This one of a kind experience brought me closer to the world of Mulder and Scully as I used my senses and intuition to progress through a number of rooms. There was a lot of file-digging and sign-searching, which I really excelled at. *Who would’ve thought?!* Also, I managed to bring a little bit of comedy to this monstrous X-Files escapade with quirky one-liners and sass. Yasss!