Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat chisels cheekbones sans scalpel
Dragonfly's toning facial
We’ve always suspected that our ancestors were dilly-dallying in the queue for cheek chub when the jawlines were being handed out, and as such anything that helps quell our passing resemblance to an ageing turtle crossed with a hamster is good in our books. Unfortunately, we also have a deep dislike of pointy implements being waved near our eyes, so a surgical route to carving out some cheekbones is off the cards.
We’re not alone, as the desire to improve what your momma gave you without the help of a scalpel is soaring—and now, for the first time, a potential solution has landed in Beijing.
Dragonfly Spa has installed a Venus Versa machine, your one stop shop for aesthetic triumph. Like a non-invasive Swiss army knife of beauty treatments, this robotic magician claims to be able to remove hair, reduce cellulite, get rid of acne, zap wrinkles and tighten and tone your skin – although hopefully not all at the same time. Due to our aforementioned less-thanchiseled appearance, we tried out the skin lifting facial treatment.
The Venus Versa machine bears a concerning likeness to something that you might find at a dentist, but the therapist did a fantastic job of bringing a relaxing, therapeutic vibe to the facial.
The treatment starts with a soothing cleanse as the therapist sweeps various potions and lotions across our face. After all traces of the day’s makeup and Beijing’s dust are cleared, and our nose is thoroughly relaxed (we never realized that our nose was harboring stress until it was melted away by the therapists excellent sweeping motions) our face is coated in a gooey slime and the machine is revved up.
The skin tightening feels a bit like getting an ultrasound on your face. The applicator provides a controlled heat through high-frequency radio waves, which penetrate multiple tissue depths, stimulating collagen production and blood flow. This is much more relaxing than it sounds, and once we got used to it we even nodded off for a couple of seconds (next time your struggling to sleep try asking your partner to rub some marbles all over your sticky face—it’ll work, we promise). The treatment ends with a facemask and head massage that ensured we left feeling fully chilled out.
And the results? Well, we’re not quite ready to chuck out the contouring set, but our skin was noticeably tighter, smoother and firmer postfacial and we felt like ditching the makeup for a few days to show off our newfound glow. We were also told repeatedly how fresh and beautiful we were looking in the following week, even on a hungover Sunday after precious little sleep. This kind of beauty tech doesn’t come cheap, but with celebs raving over it and evident results, it could be a worthy investment before a special day.
Venus V Shape Face Lifting and Moisturizing Treatment ¥2180/60 minutes.
Find it: B1/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu;朝阳光华路1号嘉里中心商场地下一层 B10