The new treatment is called Venus Freeze (www.venustreatments.com) and the machine costs as much as a deposit on a small flat. The idea is that it can smooth out lines, wrinkles, jaw lines, cellulite and baggy arms without having to resort to surgery. Now, Botox and face lifts are not for me (personal choice, I don't want to undertake major surgery for something quite so flippant) but I'm all up for testing anything that can achieve similar results without a knife or needle.
Venus Freeze is a non-invasive treatment that combines Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulses giving it the ability to access deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which helps cell renewal and skin to plump, smoothing out wrinkles.
|Karin King and her lovely Venus Freeze machine|
When I arrived Karin took a couple of before photos which are so hideous I can't bring myself to post (after the course of treatment I may post the after, which should be less hideous). She then coated my face in a layer of glycerin, which conducts the heat and allows the tool to move smoothly over the skin's surface.
Using a heated rod to raise the temperature of the skin to a reasonable level, Karin drew a figure of eight across the area she was working on with the rod so that my skin got quite hot. It needs to so that the layers underneath start to repair and bring blood in to do so, which helps create the collagen and elastin.
The heat is absolutely fine on most parts, but does get very hot on bony places such as the forehead, upper lip etc. However, the heat is adjusted here to make it acceptable. Once Karin has been over all areas the magnetic phase kicks in to complete the treatment. To be honest, I can't remember what the magnetic bit did but it was a lot cooler and so very pleasant.
At the end of the treatment I could definitely notice a difference in the bags under my eyes, my jowl lines and my forehead. However, the best chance to see a difference will be tomorrow as the repairing kicks in.
Overall, I'm impressed. This machine is FDA approved which is incredibly difficult to achieve, it's the first machine Karin has bought in 15 years because she didn't need to and it's used by a Lister Hospital dermatologist in his private practise. Someone must be doing something right.
Clearly, it's not cheap but once you've had a course of 6 you only need one every 2-6 months, depending on your skin. I've signed up for a course as my skin needs some serious TLC and no one is more honest about what works than Karin. She's the only clinic in Sussex to have Venus Freeze at present so it's either her or up to London if you want to try. My advice is go to Karin as you'll get someone who gives about your skin, rather than just taking your money. If you'd like to know more call her on 01293 537007 as I know she's doing some open evenings on this so get yourself booked in, but my advice is to avoid her taking the before photos - frankly, they do nothing for a girl's self esteem.