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Do you know that there’s a hipster-looking Library @ Orchard (that’s not as awfully crowded like the Central one at Victoria Street), located on the 3rd floor of Orchard Gateway? I didn’t, and only found out about it recently while navigating my way to Halley Medical Aesthetics – an equally hipster & stylishly looking place for a medical aesthetics clinic, clearly differentiating itself from the other tenants – which is located directly across the library’s entrance, during my first visit.
Trivia aside, I was at Halley’s for a consultation with Dr. Terence Tan. I’ve always had issues with my weight since primary school (I was put in TAF club when I was in Primary 6, and I blame it all on my family of cooks, their huge love for homemade desserts and my constant craving for carbs). The only times I was probably considered and labelled “skinny” was when my parents separated during my teens and the weeks leading up to my wedding day. There was no way I was going to walk down the aisle looking like I was bursting at the seams of my mermaid-silhouetted, French lace wedding dress on my big day.
To fuel my insatiable love for food and desserts without putting on excessive weight, I started exercising. Although my weight didn’t seem to decrease significantly from the weekly exercise sessions, it helped in maintaining my pear-shaped body size. I continued exercising even after Liam was born. It was only after Ollie came along that I stopped making time to work out. While it was a challenge shopping for bigger-sized clothes with flattering cuts so that I wouldn’t invite speculation if I was baking another bun in the oven, it didn’t push me to do anything about it. After all, if breastfeeding and caring for 2 active babies couldn’t help shed the kilos, what else could?
While making my way to Halley Medical Aesthetics, I wondered if Dr. Terence Tan would appear to be snobbish, cold and unsympathetic during our first consultation. Only because my past experience and consultations with 2 slimming salons which I went to years ago seemed so. The “body shaming” and “harsh truths” during my first consultation in those salons felt terribly uncomfortable, that I couldn’t convince myself to return for follow-up sessions despite signing up for their packages and paying in full.
I was pleasantly surprised by how affable Dr. Terence Tan was. After a quick introduction, he spontaneously asked about my interesting surname. With a good bedside manner and an amiable disposition, it didn’t take long for me to openly share about my problem areas, how much it bothered me, and what I hoped to achieve through recommended treatments with Halley.
After understanding my concerns , Dr. Terence Tan shared the solutions he had in mind: a customized weight management programme comprising weight loss medications and a nutrition counselling session that is paired with CoolSculpting. Fat removal using cryolipolysis with CoolSculpting would help me with body contouring and rid stubborn fats that even spot toning exercises can’t eliminate.
To have a better assessment of the amount of body fat I had, I was asked to change out of my skinny-fitting jeans to the garments provided which would allow for a more accurate measurement of my weight, height, waist, hip and thighs.
“Wow, you really did not look like it earlier,” Dr. Terence Tan said candidly while assessing. I assumed he was referring to my very muffin-ed, bulging belly, which have been a key problem area for the longest time, even during my “slimmer days”. Thanks to well-designed and well-cut clothes for my body shape, I’m able to disguise the embarrassing flab most of the time.
My BMI however, was just 0.1 shy from exceeding the acceptable range of 18-23. “But don’t worry, we will bring it down okay?” he chuckled, breaking the room’s silence with lighthearted comments.
My body fat percentage was also higher-than-acceptable by 3%. After going through the rest of my measurements, we proceeded to do a body fat/flab assessment.
Throughout the entire time, Dr. Terence Tan was mindful not to make me feel too self-conscious about revealing my flaws, constantly reminding his staff to modestly reveal either the tummy or thighs at any one time while he used his “kiap kiap” (a colloquial term we used for what was just a plastic caliper) to measure the amount of fats that was bulging.
“Your upper tummy has more fat than your lower tummy, your upper tummy fats measure 38mm (showing me the length measured on the plastic calliper) while your lower tummy fats measure 30mm,” he concluded.
NO WAY! How could my upper abdomen area be more “problematic” than the lower abdomen since it always appeared more “compacted”? Through Dr. Tan’s explanation of the upper abdomen pushing down on the lower abdomen area causing it to bulge a lot more, coupled with a fair amount of “loose skin” hanging around the lower tummy region, I finally understood why I’ve always assumed that my lower tummy to be the fattier flab.
“But not to worry, CoolSculpting can address these 2 areas easily and eliminate the fat cells”, he assured once again, before I was asked to change back to my own clothes and ushered back to his consultation room.
After a recap of my current key body stats, and both of us agreeing that I needed CoolSculpting treatment for the tummy more than the thighs , I was given an easy-to-understand introduction on what CoolSculpting – the world’s #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure – was, how it has been used over 2 million times (updated data), how it’s a FDA-approved treatment, how treated fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated from the body upon being “frozen”, and how there’s no downtime and zero burns/bruising from this treatment.
“I’m sure you are capable of slimming down on your own to further enhance your CoolSculpting treatment, right?”, he asked for the second time during our chat, “but let me know if you would like me to prescribe some short-term weight loss medication to give you a little motivation and head-start. We usually pair weight management programs such as Halley’s Total Slim Programme with CoolSculpting for effective weight loss first. Thereafter, an in-house nutritionist will work with you closely to manage and maintain your weight loss journey with easy-to-follow, practical dietary tips. I’m a believer that when one starts seeing results, one will start making more effort to maintain or improve it voluntarily without procrastination.”
I thought it was a brilliant way to boost one’s motivation for weight loss! Dr. Terence Tan clearly knew that as much as we are sometimes our own worst critic, we are also our own best motivators. After hearing his approach, I couldn’t help but admit how I’ve been meaning to start exercising at the gym but haven’t got around to making it happen. Clearly, I needed that motivational boost too.
We ended our conversational and insightful consultation with a summary of what was discussed, a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan consisting of 2 different applicators which would take place during my next appointment, and more information on the 3 types of medication which I was going to start on. In fact, I will be treated with two of Zeltiq’s latest applicators–the CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Plus. These new applicators will reduce treatment time by nearly half to just 35 minutes!
I left Halley Medical Aesthetics feeling excited to embark on my weight loss and body contouring journey. And I’m bent on surprising myself and every one of you with a positive transformation over the next few months.
Check back this space in 2 weeks to read about my review on CoolSculpting and my customized weight loss programme.
Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
T: 6737 8233 | www.halley.com.sg
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[Disclaimer: I received a consultation, all words, writing style and opinions are mine.]