High-Tech Treatments That Will Fix Your Face

ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano

So you have a couple of holiday parties to attend, and your face sort of looks like a mess (thank you, late nights and boozing). What to do? A good skincare regimen helps, but for a mega fix, nothing beats non-surgical, high-tech treatments that promise to tighten, lift, and smoothen your face. Here, two of the best:

1| Thermage at Belo Medical Group

What it is: The Thermage procedure employs a patented radio frequency (RF) technology called ThermaCool System, which has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and define facial contours. Over time, new collagen is produced to further tighten skin, resulting in healthier, smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

Target areas: Face, neck, eyes, body. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. 

Pain Factor: Two. The ThermaCool device uses a sophisticated treatment tip called the ThermaTip, which delivers a controlled amount of RF energy. With each touch of the ThermaTip device, you will experience a brief, deep heating sensation as the RF energy is delivered to your skin and underlying tissue. This deep heating sensation is an indication that your collagen is reaching effective temperatures for tightening. 


Results: Depending on your skin type, you may see some slight swelling after the treatment. Thermage studies show that measurable tightening improvements appear gradually over two to six months after a single treatment session. However, many patients have reported seeing an earlier response.

Frequency: One treatment lasts between 12 to 24 months, depending on the condition of your skin. EDSA Shangri-la Plaza Mall 

2| Hollywood Lift at Dr. CRB 

What it is: The Hollywood Lift brings back the strength and tightness of your muscles after each treatment. It works on two levels: first, on a superficial level by infusing collagen and firming serum to the lower layers of the skin; second, on the muscular level by using microcurrents with a series of movements for each facial muscle to reeducate, tone, and tighten. 

Target areas:  Face, arms, thighs, and abdomen. The Hollywood Lift uses a patented microcurrent technology, which starts as a small wave on the skin and expands as it hits the muscle, minimizing the sensation on the skin but maximizing the effect on the muscle. It also incorporates several skin rejuvenation technologies, active ingredients, and skincare formulations for a more natural look.

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Pain Factor: Zero. The Hollywood Lift begins with the ultrasonic skin peeling by lightly running an actuator over the skin. The therapists then use cotton-tipped wands with currents to gently grab and hold the muscles. Then, enhanced tissue repair pads are applied onto skin problem areas. Lastly, the wrinkle comb is used over areas where lines have formed, or where they are about to. The facial’s final touch is a last wave of collagen infusion and moisturizer.

Results: The effects last between four to six weeks. After more treatments, the muscle becomes stronger and the effects last longer. For those who still have firm facial muscles but simply want them even tighter, the effects can last up to a month even after the first session.

Frequency: The Hollywood Lift can be a preventive measure that can be done once a month if your looking to pre-empt skin aging. However, for those seeking the full benefits of the non-surgical facelift, 10 initial sessions are recommended at two to three times a week. After which, the facial will only be needed once every month. 1608 The Trade & Financial Tower, 32nd St. corner 7th Ave., BGC

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