She isn’t shy about the fact that she gets cosmetic surgery, and Kim Kardashian West broadcast her latest procedure for the world to see.
In a Snapchat video Wednesday at the office of Dr. Simon Ourian — who treats practically every member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan — Kim chronicled her skin-tightening procedure, thanking Dr. Ourian and cheekily hashtagging the Snap #HateHimNowLoveHimLater. The plastic surgeon responded to Kim with a post on Instagram, thanking her and using the hashtags #skintightening #nonsurgical #tummytuck.
Yahoo Beauty spoke with Consultant Plastic Surgeon and BAAPS member Mark Soldin, who has not treated Kim, about the procedure. “A ‘non-surgical tummy’ tuck is a marketing phrase,” Mr. Soldin said. “This encompasses a variety of treatments: freezing fat, fat dissolving injections, ultrasound massage techniques and so forth.”
A surgical tummy tuck — which “removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer,” according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons — provides “a significant improvement that is easy to see— much tighter skin, much less fat, flatter tummy,” according to Mr. Soldin.
But he notes that the improvements from non-surgical tummy tucks, which Kim might have had, can be so subtle, they might be difficult to notice, but may provide the patient with peace of mind. “I know of no high quality evidence showing a significant physical improvement using these techniques,” Mr. Soldin, who opts not to perform the procedure, says. “However if the patient is happy, then all is well. The mind has been cared for. ”
Mr. Soldin says that many doctors who do perform non-surgical tummy tucks are aware that the treatment is more satisfying from a psychological perspective versus a physical one, so they make sure to provide other things that will make the patient feel comfortable, too — things like “beautiful surroundings, caring and gentle staff, and efficient service.” He acknowledges that there are always risks with any kind of surgery, but with this kind, “the risks are low.”
Kim has been publicly documenting her mission to lose the baby weight she gained while pregnant with baby son Saint. She hopes to get down to her goal weight of 120 pounds, and pampering treatments like these may help her get into the right frame of mind to maintain a healthy lifestyle and body she’s happy with. “Having a positive self-image has always been important to me because it affects so many aspects of my life: my work, my relationship with my husband and my life as a mom,” Kim has said, according to the Daily Mail.
Dr. Ourian, who treated Kim, has also worked on stars like Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, and Cara Delavigne, according to the Daily Mail. But the publicity he gets from Kim’s 155 million followers — not to mention the fanbase of sisters Kylie and Khloe, who always frequent the surgeon’s office — is sure to give him peace of mind as well.