It’s Monday evening when we get to Body by Design, a specialist hospital that exclusively offers plastic and cosmetic surgery in Kenya, situated on Riara road. A small bird has just whispered to us that a special client, actor and former socialite Risper Faith, has just checked in for special treatment.
Our curiosity is drawn by the fact that for two years now, Risper has been off public limelight and only appears on her social media. On the corridors, we bump into her husband Brian Muiruri, the father to her two-year-old son. He is looking a bit anxious and from the look of things, he is not ready to disclose much of what is going on. As we greet, a friend joins in and in another minute, a doctor calls Brian into a private room. About 30 minutes later, he returns looking a little bit relieved.
“She will be here all night as the surgery has been such a delicate process. The doctors will have to watch over her and probably discharge her tomorrow,” Brian tells us, conversing as if we have had a brief of the whole story. “I know you (Standard Entertainment & Lifestyle) are her friends and I am sure she will give you the whole story once she is discharged,” he assures before we are warned that visiting hours are over and that we need to leave the premises.
On Tuesday morning, we head back to the Riara Corporate Suites facility and as the clock ticks 8am, our efforts pay. Here comes Risper with her husband. She is looking a bit weak, but has enough energy to smile at us. She has a covering around her waist. Anxious, we await for her to break the story.
“I was undergoing liposuction because I have had too much fat in very unwelcome places following the birth of my two-year-old son,” she breaks the ice. “I haven’t worn a bikini since the birth of my son as I have not been confident wearing one. It felt uneasy. I am not saying that I have been overweight, but that I needed to sculpt out the body shape I wanted to have. I so badly wanted to regain my sexy body back and overly boost my self-esteem as a woman,” she remarks before getting a stitch and bowing in the pain.
She has shared her journey with her TikTok family, posting several videos of her tummy area. ‘Hello am Risper Faith and am struggling with weight after giving birth to my son,’ one of the videos is captioned, where she later picks up a waist trainer, which she tried to use. The procedure was a tough and delicate taking almost 24 hours. She goes ahead to show us glass bottles containing the extracted fat and moving videos of the rather rigorous surgical process. This is nerve-wracking.
“When my husband and I heard that we could get permanent results here, we were so excited. At the cost of Sh450,000, we hoped for the best results and now see, soon my real curves will be showing. The truth is that I was scared of the procedure, but I gathered my courage so then I could go through it and get the required results,” Risper goes on noting that during the procedure, everything happened step-by-step with no pain.
The former socialite grew famous for having a bootylicious body that made her one of the most sought after socialites in East Africa. She graced showbiz magazine covers with the hourglass shape the same way she appeared in music videos. She later became a cast member on Nairobi diaries, where her love for Brian blossomed. Those days are long gone. “I have been trying everything to get my shape back. It has been a nightmare. Every woman likes to look good and I am happy I will flaunt my old awesome look again in a matter of days,” she concludes.