If, like me, your skincare routine consists solely of a daily cleanse and moisturise and your fitness regime has all but fallen by the wayside, you’re probably baffled by the seemingly endless number of beauty, skin and weight loss treatments on offer. And if, like me, that low-effort skincare sesh and 30-minute walk ’round the neighbourhood don’t quite produce the results you’re after, you might decide to actually try one.
But behind the complicated terms and impressive before-and-afters, do you really know what you’re in for? Today, I’m going to delve deep into the beauty world and decode some of the most popular treatments, so you can book that appointment with full confidence.
This rejuvenating skin treatment uses a crystal-tipped (or, for the ultimate luxury, diamond-tipped) suction device to exfoliate, vacuum up all the dead skin cells, and buff the skin. Afterwards, you may experience a little redness, but this will fade to reveal the cleanest, smoothest skin you’ve ever had. You’ll likely notice a huge reduction in the appearance of acne, scarring, fine lines, pigmentation, sun spots, and enlarged pores – just make sure you apply sunscreen religiously for a few days after. With instantly visible results and no downtime, you’ll be hooked after one session.
You’ve probably heard of laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) for hair removal, but allow me to introduce you to the newest kid on the block: SHR. Short for “super hair removal”, SHR is faster, safer, more effective, and less painful than dated laser and IPL technology. How? Instead of using massive amounts of intense heat, SHR fires multiple lower-intensity shots at a time at high speed to damage the hair follicle and prevent regrowth, meaning it’s a lot more comfortable and convenient for you – in fact, it’s so fast, you can even get it done during your lunch break and still have time for a sanga!
3. Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
If the years are starting to take their toll on your dial, a couple of radiofrequency skin tightening treatments could be just what the doctor ordered. Using RF energy to heat tissue and stimulate collagen production, this revolutionary anti-ageing therapy promises to fill fine lines, reduce the appearance of loose skin, and take years off your look. The best part? It’s non-invasive and carries minimal potential side effects. Think of it as a facelift without the painful surgery or price tag!
4. Laser Liposuction
I know what you’re thinking – can a laser really be just as effective as the real deal? Depending on what you’re looking for, the answer is yes. However, unlike surgical liposuction, the aim of laser is to shrink fat rather than remove it completely, so it’s better suited to those wanting to target “problem areas” or with just a few stubborn remaining kilos to lose. It works by sending laser directly to the fat cells, making them release their stores of fatty acids, glycerol, and water, and causing them to shrink. As long as you don’t go in expecting to drop four dress sizes, you’re sure to be satisfied with the results.
5. Fat Cavitation
Laser not your thing? Why not give ultrasonic fat cavitation a go? This non-invasive, painless treatment uses low-frequency ultrasonic technology to vibrate the fat layer, thus breaking it down and draining the fat cells of fluid. You’ll notice about a centimetre of fat loss after the first session, but generally, six to eight treatments are required for the best results. While laser lipo is best suited to smaller areas, fat cavitation is perfect for larger areas with at least 3cm of fat – think thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen.
6. Cryotherapy Fat Freezing
Most fat treatments work by applying heat to those stubborn fat deposits, but cryotherapy fat freezing (also known as cryolipolysis) does the complete opposite. Laser lipo and fat cavitation may shrink the fat cells, but cryolipolysis goes one better, destroying the fat cells altogether without harming the surrounding tissue, offering permanent, lasting results. The cooling, vacuum-like device is perfect for smoothing areas like the abdomen, hips, back, and inner and outer thighs and, unlike many other fat reduction treatments, cryolipolysis doesn’t require multiple sessions, making it one of the most cost-effective solutions.
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