THE IMITATION GAME
IN THE NAME OF BEAUTY GAIN WITHOUT THE PAIN, THE EB TEAM GOES IN SEARCH OF NO-NEEDLE ALTERNATIVES TO SURGERY FOR A QUICK FIX BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY
VelaShape 3 body contouring
INSTEAD OF liposuction TARGET AREA: Stomach and back
THE LOWDOWN: Combining vacuum and tissue manipulation with Elos technology (infrared light and radio frequency energy) the VelaShape III device massages over skin, heating the fat cells and their surrounding connective tissue. With a recommended three to four sessions, it promises to shape, slim and contour treated areas making it a popular choice for those with cellulite as it breaks down fat deposits on thighs. The treatment is also ideal for anyone wishing to shift stubborn fat that won’t budge through healthy eating and exercise.
THE RESULT: After one 30-minute session of what felt like a warm deep tissue massage, we noticed the skin on our stomach and back had subtly smoothed out and softened. After two sessions, the areas felt tighter, firmer and less wobbly, and after three, excess fat felt significantly reduced as if dissolved back into the body.
WHO TO SEE: Rehab Mohamed Yahia at Nova by Aesthetics. (04) 3469888. Prices start from Dhs1,500 per session. Get four sessions for the special price of AED 4,000 until 31st March 2017.
Realine Beauty Patches
INSTEAD OF Botox TARGET AREA: Frown lines
THE LOWDOWN: Simple and super easy to use, the hypoallergenic patches are placed on frown lines and worn for a few hours before an event, or overnight before your big day to soften lines.
THE RESULT: Upon peeling off, the patches instantly reveal ironed-out skin between your brows and lines. Whilst the results from one patch won’t last much longer than a day, just reapply fresh patches for longer-lasting results – the ultimate quick fix that works.
WHERE TO BUY: Buy online at realinebeauty.com. Dhs125 per box of 30.
Cico eye treatment
INSTEAD OF fillers TARGET AREA: Eyes and surrounding area THE LOWDOWN: The 30-minute treatment uses CACI micro-currents to lift, tone and firm the forehead and eye area. The treatment is also noted for helping to reduce puffiness and dark circles, stimulate collagen and elastin, as well as soften lines and wrinkles – with zero downtime. THE RESULT: After having facial muscles kneaded and tingled with a mild electric current (it’s much more relaxing than it sounds) we noticed a slight lift straight away on the outer corner of the eyes and brow line, with the effect lasting for around six days. We recommend 10 treatments (once or twice a week) before your big day to get the maximum effect. The CICO treatment is even available to tone the whole face and body.
WHO TO SEE: Tanuja, Akaru Spa, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. (04) 2308565. Dhs190 per session.
INSTEAD OF facelift TARGET AREA: Face
THE LOWDOWN: This onehour facial claims to lift, tighten and tone, using lasers that bypass the outer layers of skin to penetrate deeper, promoting collagen production and ultimately lifting the face.
THE RESULT: After the recommended three treatments over three months, we found it most noticeable on lifting above the brows, and tightening the jawline. Although the treatments felt a little uncomfortable, leaving the face red and a bit puffy, results are said to last up to one to two years.
WHO TO SEE: Dubai Cosmetic Surgery. (04) 3485575. Prices start from Dhs5,000.
Fillerina Lip Volume Dosage 3
INSTEAD OF lip injections TARGET AREA: Lips
THE LOWDOWN: Formulated with six different hyaluronic acid molecules, Fillerina is applied to lips like a lip gloss five times a day to penetrate and hydrate through various layers of the skin. Helping to fill tissues that have lost volume over time, it promises to promote volume in your lips and plump up your pout.
THE RESULT: Whilst you may not see immediate effects like other lip products which burn or tingle for an uncomfortable swell, we recommend to start using Fillerina one month before your big day, to see a gradual and progressive plumped result. We noticed a subtle but naturally fuller ( pain- free) pout within a few weeks.
WHERE TO BUY: Leading pharmacies across the UAE. Dhs289 labosuisse.com.