I’m 36. Recently I have started using anti-wrinkle creams on a daily basis as I also have started showing fine lines around my eyes, I hit the gym three times a week and I exercise at home, I watch my diet and my weight, I don’t have sugar in my coffee anymore, and I don’t eat or drink anything that has sugar altogether – no sweets, no ice cream, no candies, no cake, no chocolate, you get the idea. Can you blame me? I want to be, look and feel younger for a longer time. Isn’t that a natural desire for any woman? But of course, it requires sacrifice.
I’ve never considered having any rejuvenation treatments yet, like botox or whatever, mostly because of the invasive character of some of these treatments, but also because it’s only recently when I’ve passed that “mid-thirty” line, when I am further and further from my “twenty-something” age, a time of my life when I felt young and beautiful with absolutely no effort. I still feel young and beautiful, but now I have to put some effort in it, it’s not effortless anymore, at least not for me. Of course it’s not a rule applicable to everyone my age, but in my case this is how it worked out so far. The only beauty treatment with long-time effects that I have ever had was a laser hair removal treatment for my underarms 6 years ago. At that time I had about 5 laser hair removal sessions, then I had a maintenance session every two years or so, and I’ve been happy with my hair removal treatment all this time. I don’t have to worry about such mundane, time consuming and sometimes inconvenient things like shaving, creaming or waxing, and it feels great! One less thing to worry about.
Recently I’ve had an interesting beauty experience, when I was invited to try on a couple of facial rejuvenation treatments offered by Viora (based in Toronto and New York), a market-leading manufacturer and technology provider of light-based and advanced radiofrequency systems, microdermabrasion and electro-mesotherapy for the global aesthetic and medical markets. All of the products are developed by a team of veteran engineers in the industry as well as medical experts including physicians, surgeons, dermatologists, medical research.
The two facial treatments that have been offered to me are called Reaction Skin Tightening (eye treatment) and Infusion (needle free mesotheraphy).
Viora’s Reaction™ treatment offers non-invasive body contouring and cellulite reduction, featuring the new-age CORE™ (Channeling Optimized RF Energy) technology. Only CORE™ delivers three distinct RF treatment modes and a multi-channel mode that incorporates all frequencies, delivering exceptional treatment accuracy and results. Reaction™ is endorsed by leading physicians and dermatologists worldwide.
Infusion treatment is based on a Nobel Prize winning discovery, there is no pain, no downtime and immediate results, you can go out right after the treatment, and it’s perfect for pre-event. This is a pain-free, needle-free substitute to traditional aesthetic procedures and is an alternative to traditional mesotherapy, which involves the injection of medication into the mesoderm, or middle layer of the skin. Infusion revitalizes the skin with topical solutions that penetrate through epidermis layers such as hyaluronic acid (which is a natural substance found in youthful skin).
The issues that Infusion addresses are:
• Skin rejuvenation
• Collagen regeneration
• Lip plumping
• Nasal labial folds and Marionette lines filled
• Plumps fine lines and wrinkles
• Body sculpting and contouring
• Skin tightening for body and face
• Face/neck tightening and firming
• Stretch mark reduction
• Dark circles under eyes
• Bags under the eyes reduced
• Reduction of cellulite
Infusion system uses gentle pulse waves that temporarily open micro channels through the cell membrane, without puncturing it, to bypass the outermost layer of the skin. This technology is all derived from a Nobel Prize winning discovery which helps the solutions penetrate deeply while also maintaining a non-invasive experience.
On the day I had my appointment with Jennifer, a beauty technician from Viora, I had a combined session of these two treatments done for my eye area. First Jennifer did the Reaction treatment for me, and then the Infusion treatment. The two treatments give the best results if done together, as Reaction gives you skin tightening and creates collagen, while Infusion infuses the skin with hyaluronic acid (a substance found in younger skin) which plumps the skin instantly. For a long time effect, it’s better to do it once a week, for 6 to 9 weeks, and then have a maintenance session every 3 to 6 months.
The entire treatment took about half an hour. I was doing it during my lunch hour and I managed to get back to my office within the hour. I didn’t notice the results right away, or maybe I couldn’t really figure out if I saw any difference immediately after the treatment, but I did notice the difference the next morning when I woke up and started getting ready for a new day. I was looking in my bathroom mirror and… I saw no fine lines around my eyes! The skin around my eyes looked tightened and levelled, and there were no fine lines. It made me look at least 5 years younger.
If I were to do pursue a complete Reaction and Infusion treatment, it would cost me about $150-$200 per session for my eye area, but packages are also available. For the whole face it would be $350 to $500 per session. Other treatments that Jennifer told be about are ReFit and ReLift. ReFit for the body ranges between $250 and $500 per session, depending on the treated area. ReLift for the neck and jaw area is $300 to $400 per session.