Being the type whose face shows everything—and not just emotionally—burning the candle from both ends means people know, and not in a good way. Also, factor in some sudden weight loss and you’ve got the telltale signs of premature aging. For me that means that, in addition to the run-of-the-mill stress-face fare of bags and breakouts, this also includes sagging, uneven skintone, and now that I’m older, the dreaded L word: lines.
CACI’s Premium Non-Surgical Facelift was kind of a godsend, as it targeted my specific needs at this point in time: rejuvenation of both muscle and skin, with a focus on muscle re-education (You can’t really resist its name though, plus J.Lo was a fan—sold!). In other words, the treatment re-trains facial muscles to snap back to their original, “more youthful” positions—before the onslaught of deadlines and well, being 30 rear their ugly heads. All this is done via targeted micro-currents that tighten, reduce sagging, and stimulate your 32 facial muscles into behaving way younger than you actually are.
It starts off with a cleanser and facial massage before an application of liquid collagen (which infuses into skin’s lower layer), then the rods and wands are dragged onto skin in uniform strokes. There’s minimal pain—just a tiny zap of current, very manageable—but the relaxing massage using the rods makes up for it (I specifically loved when they toned and “lifted” my brows). Apart from a slight metallic taste left in my mouth and the initial current, it felt just like a regular facial massage—with dramatic, and best of, instant, results.
May Bernad, CACI 6750 Co-Owner and Head of Marketing, says they sometimes do half the patient’s face first to show the client its immediate effects. The London-borne technology, which is backed by 20 years of research, was originally developed as therapy for stroke patients and those with Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis on one side of the face). As with anything, the treatment is more effective when started earlier, in your 30s—Dr. Cecilia Ramos-Bernad, Resident Head Surgeon, says I’m just in time!—with results in clients in their 40s and 50s being more visible the more often they have it done. Results last a while—from three days to a whole month, depending on your original “condition”—and like Botox, the more you do now, the less you’ll need in the future. I’m usually skeptical of claims of “non-surgical” treatments lasting more than a day, but six days, two plane rides, and countless late hours and deadlines later, and I still see my 25-year-old self in the mirror. Vive le difference!
CACI Premium Non-Surgical Facelift, P5000/75 minutes; P35,000/package of 10 sessions; CACI 6750 Face and Body Care Centre , GF 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati. Tel. no. 752 7828 or cel. no. 0927 792 6636