How do firming facials work?

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

FOR those of us who weren’t gifted with high cheekbones, achieving a slimmer face can be an issue. Some people could have slim bodies, but still chubby faces. There’s always contouring with makeup, but for those who want longer-lasting effects, a firming facial might be for you.

Facial Care Centre was kind enough to let me try their non-invasive UltraFace Firming Facial, which promises to reduce facial fat and help reshape the face. To begin the treatment, my face was given a cleansing. The therapist started the procedure by applying a thick layer of petroleum jelly on my right cheek as a conductor for the UltraFace hand piece. It uses high frequency ultrasound waves to pass through the skin and liquefy fat cells. The hand piece feels like a very warm piece of smooth metal being massaged over the face.

After a few minutes, the petroleum jelly is scraped off, followed by an application of oil as a conductor for the UniFace hand piece. This part of the facial works on the lymphatics to help drain the melted fat. UniFace uses radio frequency energy to heat dermal and sub-dermal tissues on the treated area, which causes collagen fibers and connective tissues to contract, resulting in more toned and tightened skin.


The UniFace handpiece has a small rotating head that massages the treated area.

The UltraFace and UniFace procedures were then repeated on my jawline and neck.

By now, you’re probably thinking, “Is this for real?” I was also not sure what to expect, but when the therapist handed me a mirror to check the right side of my face, I was shocked, in a good way. It wasn’t night and day between left cheek and right, but there was a difference. The right side looked noticeably slimmer and more lifted, and the shadow beneath my cheekbone was more pronounced.

After finishing the left side of my face, the whole treatment took less than 45 minutes. It is completely painless, although I had to ask the therapist to stop a few times when the UltraFace hand piece felt a bit too hot against my skin. There is no down time or healing process, although I was advised not to expose my face to too much heat for a week, like the sauna or direct sunlight.

Anyone can get a firming facial, but this procedure is popular with women 35 and up because this is around the age when the skin first begins to droop. Still, I’m in my 20s, and it was effective on me.

My therapist, Santina, was bubbly and helpful. She was gentle, explained every step of the procedure and answered my 101 questions. As a good therapist should, she advised me to let her know to stop if anything becomes too uncomfortable. This is something to keep in mind when visiting a skin care center.

How long the effect of a firming facial will last depends on your lifestyle. If you eat a lot of salty or fatty food and don’t exercise, the effect will not last as long.

Remember that machines can’t do all the work for you: These treatments are best when supporting a healthy lifestyle, so don’t forget to take care of yourself to get the most out of your appointments.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 14, 2014.


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