She’s got it. Venus that is. ‘It’ being the ability to shock skin into submission, tighten up the wrinkles and sags – and make you feel confident to face the world, whatever your hang-ups.
They might include sagging skin on your upper arms that makes you reluctant to wear sleeveless tops. They might be jowly cheeks or deep lines caused by a lifetime of sun worshipping.
There are no miracles, we all know that. But technology is advancing all the time, creating clever machines that can do their bit to smooth out the signs of ageing.
The Saks beauty salon in Gosforth is home to the Venus Versa machine, which in the space of half an hour can work wonders to tighten up the skin.
The magic happens thanks to a clever little machine with a collection of heated probes that is massaged over the face (or tummy, or arms – whatever you want to target).
Venus works to challenge the sagging skin that cannot be easily targeted with diet and exercise alone. Wherever you find it—over the cheekbones, around your chin, under your arms, or along your waistline—loose skin is a struggle.
In the past, surgical procedures or injectables have been the go-to solution for skin tightening. But this no-knife, no-needle treatment changes that.
As a non-surgical radio frequency treatment, it works on rejuvenating the appearance of skin by gently heating the tissue under the skin’s surface. This triggers the natural production of collagen and elastin, which as we know are the key building blocks of healthy, youthful skin. The result is effortlessly tighter, smoother, and younger-looking skin.
A course of six treatments is recommended and the results are clear to see on some impressive ‘before and after’ photographs,
As an experience, the treatment is effortless and lunch-hour friendly as it’s just a 30-minute session, with no before and after downtime.
You lie on a bed, face makeup is removed then the probe is gently massaged around your face concentrating on the area you want to target, such as jawline or forehead and eyes. It’s 15 minutes each side and feels warming and restful – a bit like a hot stones beauty treatment – chance even for a wee nap!
If you’ve had an injectable filler before, you’ll know the sensation of tightening on the forehead and eye area – and this is replicated with the Venus Versa machine – minus any needles. It is effective and treatments are cumulative so after a final treatment results will continue to improve for up to 3-4 months.
After that, your face and body continue to age, so maintenance is recommended once a month or every 3-4 months, depending on the individual.
You can use the Venus Versa to target body concerns such as excess fat on the thighs or tummy or those upper arms.
It can also be helpful for dark spots caused by sun damage one of the most common signs of premature ageing.
Photofacial treatments effectively target pigment under the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of discolouration. The treatment also works on vascular marks (distended blood vessels often caused by UV exposure), such as spider veins and port wine stains. Acne sufferers can heal existing acne-related inflammation while also destroying acne-causing bacteria to minimise future breakouts.
Skin tightening treatments are £85 and £35 for eye area only. Body treatment £150.
Saks, 167 High Street, Gosforth – 0191 340 0420; venustreatments.com