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

Emirates Bride - - BEAUTY/TRIED AND TESTED - WORDS: RACHEL BASSETT

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.

Ulther­apy fa­cial

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.

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