How to get movie star glam with Hollywood treatments available at Northern Ireland clinics
With the awards season under way it's easy to covet a face like Jennifer Aniston's or a body like Gwyneth Paltrow. Una Brankin finds out how to get their A-list looks here.
Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing
Demi Moore and Khloe Kardashian
Prices: from £60-£117
If you're struggling with post-seasonal bloat, the ladies behind the best-selling Cinch waist-training corset are offering the A-list body treatments at their recently opened clinic in Holywood.
They include Demi Moore's reported favourite, cryolipolysis, a clinically approved, non-surgical liposuction procedure which cools fat cells (fat freezing) to gets rid of stubborn pockets of fat.
"By targeting an area of the body and freezing away the fat cells to sculpt and contour the fat cells, the excess is diminished for good," says Angela Hunter of Cinch.
"Cryolipolysis can treat various stubborn areas on your body such as stomach, love handles, back-fat, arms, flanks, inner and outer thighs, bra line and moobs - if you have a pocket of fat, more often than not, we can treat it.
"The advantages of the treatment compared to other fat busting treatments are that it's one 45-minute session, which can be repeated after three months, and you will be able to return to your everyday activities straight after the treatment, so there is no downtime involved whatsoever."
Obviously, it is recommended that cryolipolysis is used alongside a healthy approach to eating, increased water and decreased alcohol consumption.
Clients will be provided with an after-care advice sheet which will include dietary guidance.
Cinch also offers non-invasive liposuction procedures, including an ultrasound cavitation treatment, which aims to reduce body fat by targeting ultrasonic waves to break down the fat cells without harming any other cells in the body.
Cavitation can be used on its own or in conjunction with cryolipolysis, to speed up results or for larger clients who suffer from larger pockets of fat.
"We do radio frequency (RF) for both the face and body, too," says Angela.
"The body contouring RF treatment can help firm, tighten, plump and refresh the skin on any part of the body.
"The treatment heats up deep layers of the skin and underlying tissue, causing deep collagen structures in the skin to tighten.
"This boosts the body's own existing collagen levels and promotes the production of new collagen.
"It's great for cellulite, as the heat generated by the device converts cellulite into water and carbon dioxide, which is removed from the body simply and painlessly through the lymphatic system. And it's very effective for skin tightening. The increase in collagen production assists in firming up the skin, improving overall tone and lessening the effects of deep wrinkles."
Cinch body treatments range from £60 to £117.
Cinchclinic.co.uk, tel: 028 9099 5388
Plasma Skin Regeneration
Prices: from £195-£400
Skin MediSpa owner and therapist Judith Mulgrew, a finalist in the beauty category of last year's Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards, has recently introduced the Plasma non-surgical treatment to her hi-tech clinic on Belfast's Lisburn Road.
Judith emphasises that the treatment - also favoured reportedly by the ever-youthful Jennifer Lopez - is not a laser, pulsed light or radio frequency procedure.
"The resurfacing and rejuvenating effect from the Plasma treatments comes from thermal energy, which is generated by the sun and naturally present around us all the time," she says.
"In a nutshell, it heats the fibro-blast cells that are designed to produce collagen. The collagen multiplies and disperses through the skin and continues to do this for the best part of 12 months.
"The skin plumps up, making fine lines and wrinkles disappear."
According to Judith, one of the benefitsof the treatment is its ability to target the eye area, where skin is thinnest.
"We're getting good results for sagging skin, uneven tone and texture, ageing hands, smoker's lines around the mouth, acne and acne scarring," says Judith, who also specialises in semi-permanent make-up.
Plasma Skin Regeneration at SkinMediSpa ranges from £195 to £400. For the month of January, the clinic is offering £50 off anti-ageing injectables.
Skinmedispa.co.uk, tel: 028 9068 1066
Younique Health & Skin Care Bootcamp
Kim Basinger; Madonna:
Prices: from £100-£405
The Newry clinic Younique is running intensive eight-week programmes which includes basic training in skin care, nutritional advice and treatments by the skin health experts from the company’s beauty college.
The package includes a three-day juice cleanse, wheatgrass multivitamin capsules or drinks, probiotics with vitamin D, essential omegas with vitamin E, a Glow Nutrition guide and optional weigh-ins.
The innovative clinic is also offering options of colonic hydrotherapy and a colon cleanser, or an Angel Detox wellness programme for digestive health.
Beauty treatments include micro-needling — Angelina Jolie’s favourite facial — chemical peels, IPL (intense pulsed light) and a range of a facials, spread over two to three weeks.
“It’s a great way to freshen and brighten the complexion in the winter and a good way to start off a good skincare regime for the year ahead,” says Aine Larkin of the award-winning Younique clinic.
“Gut health is very important for glowing skin so we have included nutritional boosters and colonic cleansing, if required.”
Off Monaghan Street in Newry, Younique has gone one step ahead of its competitors with its upcoming Doublo Non Surgical Face Lifting and Tightening, a high intensity ultrasound-based treatment which Jennifer Aniston has raved about in the glossies.
Younique treatments range from approximately £100 to £405 for the full Skincare Beauty Bootcamp package.
younique.ie, tel: 028 3026 7606
Sculptra & Fraxel
Kim Basinger; Madonna:
Fraxel celebrity devotee:
Prices: from £375
Although the long-established aesthetic practitioner Dr Donal McKeown places sun protection and a healthy diet at the top of his skincare rules, the north Belfast clinic owner uses Sculptra to subtly replace lost volume in the face and Fraxel to tighten and freshen the skin.
Sculptra — sometimes referred to as the ‘liquid facelift’ — is a lactic acid-based treatment originally developed by doctors to build up the collagen in the gaunt cheeks of patients with Aids.
Such were the transformative results, that medical dermatologists began to refine the treatment to gradually restore a little youthful plumpness in ageing cheeks, temples and jowls.
“It’s important to stress that Sculptra is not a filler — those injections only reach the superficial subcutaneous level of the skin and therefore don’t last,” says Dr McKeown.
“Sculptra goes much deeper and encourages the skin to reproduce its own collagen. There’s no down-time and results are natural and much longer lasting — up to a year.
“Fraxel laser works on the surface of the skin. My clients like it particularly for the neck and chest. It leaves a bit of redness for a day or two and you have to be extra careful not to expose your skin to the sun afterwards.”
Dr McKeown’s Antrim Road clinic, Laserase, was the first to introduce medical-grade cosmetic lasers to Northern Ireland for acne, tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation.
For acne and ageing skin, he also prescribes retinol/Vitamin A cream — the only topical product he, and most dermatologists, believes makes a difference to the texture of the skin. “All women over 30 should be using retinol,” he says.
“It makes the skin shed off dead cells and helps even skin tone. You must use a high SPF afterwards; you should always protect your skin anyway, all year round. UVA and UVB rays are the worse for damaging the skin.
“The other golden rules are to avoid too much sugar and alcohol, eat fruit, vegetables and moderate amounts of protein, drink water and only use moisturiser when your skin’s dry. Daily use discourages the skin from producing its own moisture.”
laserase-medical.com, tel: 028 9077 7772