It’s summer 2013. Emerald is the new black, side partings are the new centre partings and eyebrows are bigger than ever. Times and (beauty) trends are changing and even surgery has had something of a… facelift. Surgical procedures for the sake of beauty have always been something of a taboo – raising the fully motional eyebrows of those who reckon we’d ‘never have it done’ – and having witnessed a few shocking high profile transformations over the years (naming no names) who can blame us?
These days, however, science and the demand for everlasting youth have led to the creation of non-invasive procedures that can turn back the hands of time without the scars or intense recovery period. So now that we can blitz our wobbly bits during our lunch hour without the help of a scalpel, who’s for a little extra help in the anti-ageing department? Meet the new treatments on the block…
The new facelift – Thermage
There’s a saying in the world of beauty, if Gwyneth Paltrow does it, you might want to give it a try. Well alongside one-on-ones with Tracey Anderson and a kale-heavy diet, it seems the gorgeous Gwyneth is a fan of the skin firming treatment Thermage. Known as the ‘face ironing’ treatment, Thermage uses radio-frequency to kick-start the body’s own natural renewal process and improve the appearance of sagging or loose skin.
The process involves the application of radio-frequency energy to the skin to penetrate into the tissue, heating the area and remodelling the collagen. Treatments are customised to suit your needs but take an average of 45 minutes for facial areas and 90 minutes for body.
Thermage devotees have reported visible results in just one day, however continued treatment will keep up the collagen regeneration and contouring, providing results that last for years with minimal recovery time.
The new lipo – Venus freeze
Venus freeze is a skin firming treatment that is also used to combat cellulite through the use of a new technology called (MP)². (MP)² combines radio frequencies with pulsed magnetic fields to increase tissue temperature and stimulate the FGF-2 hormone (or ‘growth factors’) and break down fatty acids in fat cells.
Still with us? Good. After a few treatments this break down of fat cells can shave inches off the tummy and thighs. The process creates controlled thermal ‘damage’ in the skin, which triggers its self-repair mechanism, causing it to create more collagen, leading to long-lasting firmer skin and improved elasticity.
So what happens during a treatment? (MP)² is applied to the skin via a hand-held pod that is fitted with electrodes that penetrate the skin and heat the tissue. Body treatments last around 40 minutes and the sensation can be compared to a hot stone massage which, we can't help but think, sound a bit more appealing than lipo...
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The new anti-wrinkle injections – Iovera
Iovera, aka ‘Frotox’ is an anti wrinkle treatment that uses the body’s natural response to cold to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It works by temporarily relaxing (or ‘freezing’) peripheral nerve tissue that provides movement to muscles in the forehead.
The treatment begins by injecting a local anaesthetic into the targeted area. A handheld Iovera device is then run across the skin delivering targeted cold via tiny hollow probes that reach about 6mm under the skin. Average treatments take about 20 minutes (allowing time for the local anaesthetic to take effect) with noticeable results from about seven days that last up to three months.
The ‘freezing’ idea might sound like other anti-wrinkle injections, but by using chryotechnology (that’s the cold bit) Iovera is able to work without the help of toxins or chemicals, meaning it leaves nothing unfamiliar behind in your skin. Now that’s what we call ageing naturally.
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