Many women want to grow old gracefully without getting Botox or going under the knife. Even actors such as Kim Basinger, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep have expressed their opposition to artificial interference. But what can one do about the inevitable facial jowls and sagging skin that eventually set in?
You could try lotions and potions and a multitude of creams. But now there's also another option -- the facelift facial, according to the Daily Mail.
Jill Zander, who provides the treatment at her skin rejuvenation clinic in Surrey, England, explains how it works.
"As we age the skin, especially on the face, becomes much looser and begins to sag," she told the Daily Mail. "Part of this facial involves using radiofrequency energy to deliver deep thermal heat into the skin, which results in collagen remodeling, skin tightening, and fat loss, particularly around the jawline where many women suffer from jowls as they get older."
The results are most dramatic, she said, in women over the age of 50.
The treatment typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. First, a light fruit acid is applied to cleanse the skin. Then, a vacuum-based abrasive tip is applied that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates all at the same time. An LED light is then used to stimulate the production of collagen, which is what gives skin its elasticity. The result? Smoother skin, Zander said, especially when it comes to the jowls.
"This is the area that shows a lot of improvement," Zander told the Daily Mail. "The difference can be seen in as little as two sessions."
The treatment costs 400 British pounds -- or about $750 -- and a top up treatment is typically needed about three to four times a year to maintain the results.
Still, other doctors quoted by the Daily Mail say they still prefer Botox and fillers to lift the face as the better alternatives to surgery.
Over the past few years, many different kinds of facelifts have been marketed, all in an effort to help women look younger. Just one of them, the vampire facelift, involves the drawing of blood from the patient. That blood is put into a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected back into parts of the patient's face.
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