(Continuation) GRACE Lee, who once dated President Aquino, had a different problem. She’s always been chubby and “top heavy” even as a child. Exercise and yoga enabled her to lose unwanted pounds during college, but her bulky arms refused to budge. Her realization came when she started doing TV.
“A lot of people, especially the mothers, who would see me in person, would comment that I didn’t look fat at all naman pala in person,” the multilingual Lee, a Korean, said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Whenever she would see Belo, she would always tell Lee to undergo liposuction. Since Lee was afraid, she insisted on doing it the hard way by going to the gym.
Although her upper arms became more toned and muscular, they didn’t get any smaller. Her problem became more pronounced since TV, apart from being such a “cruel” medium, tends to focus on the subject’s upper half, including the arms.
“Dr. Vicki once told me that my arms are like my frame on TV,” said Lee. “And since my arms are disproportionately big compared to the rest of my body, people watching at home think I’m bigger than I really am.”
Lee finally caved in to Belo’s wishes by undergoing Smart Lipo around her arms. The procedure, she said, literally changed her life. After “suffering” in vain at the gym, she wished she had done it earlier.
“I’m more confident now to wear sleeveless and halter tops. Before I was confined to clothes with short sleeves to cover my upper arms. I’m really happy with the results,” she shared.
The way Belo Medical Group (BMG) does it, said Belo, is different and more thorough than established procedures.
Since she does the procedure herself on patients, Belo likes to believe that arms are her expertise. She said that she could do one arm in 30 to 40 minutes, half the usual time most doctors spend on the procedure.
Being more thorough means suctioning off fat from various areas of the arms until Belo gets the desired results. Others, she said, confine the suctioning on certain areas of the arms, particularly the triceps.
But physically suctioning off the fat, or “liempo,” as Belo described it, is not enough. That’s why some doctors do so little because they don’t want to end up with uneven results—“bukol-bukol.” With Smart Lipo, Belo combines old-fashioned liposuction with lasers for more even results.
“Since liempo is very hard, it’s smarter to use a laser first to melt the fat away,” she said. “If you insist on just suctioning off the fat, it’s going to come out in chunks. At BMG, we make liempo turn into Jell-O first before we even begin to suction.”
There have also been cases, especially if the amount of fat removed is quite extensive, wherein the skin refused to contract. To address lose skin, Belo recommends that the client undergo Bodytite, a radio-frequency machine to firm up lose skin.
“We’ve had Bodytite for years,” she said. “We’re the only clinic in the Philippines and one of 20 in the world, which has it.” (Next time: achieving a more even, whiter skin)