Thursday saw ØNE Aesthetic Studio open in the heart of Alderley Edge.
When I gleefully accepted the invitation to take a look round little did I know at that point that not only was going to be stepping inside what I have to say is a very lovely and stylish building but into the world of ULTRAcel…
I turned 40 a couple of months ago. I was looking forward to the milestone if truth be told.
Without sounding trite, getting older is a gift not a curse, because as a lovely lady I know remarked to me last week…
what’s the alternative?
However, whilst feeling blessed and fortunate yada yada yada I can’t ignore the cons. I’m 40 with no children (that’s a whole different blog post. Nay, series, of blog posts) and as you get older whilst your mind is enriched (I’m constantly trying to nourish the spiritual side of things), the physical side of things start to rebel.
I’ve never had so called ‘work’ done. My rap sheet of ‘things done to my body’ includes:
- Pierced ears (3 ‘pairs’, 2 now healed);
- A pierced naval (now healed although I’ll never say it’ll never happen that one day I’ll have a middle aged meltdown and ram that god forsaken gold bar straight through that healed hole, as god is my witness etc etc
- 3 tattoos – a mcr bee on my right wrist, three little birds on my left foot and a little heart behind my left ear; and
- A regular session of ‘Russian lashes’.
I want to hammer home that I don’t see it myself AT all, but I do get ID’d for alcohol a few times a year.
Yes, I totally agree that this is ludicrous, I honestly do. But it happens and each time I’m mortified, not joyous. Perhaps as I (touch wood) slide deeper into my 40s and it happens I’ll start to feel the joy, but all I feel at the moment is like a naughty kid trying to get away with buying a bottle of nice wine to go drink down the park.
Anyway, what may seem like a ‘casual brag’ aside, whilst I’ve never had ‘work’, I was offered the opportunity to try ULTRAcel at the launch evening.
Is it ‘work’? I asked’What on earth are you talking about’, said…well actually no one but to paraphrase Haddaway (in case you were in any doubt as to my age)…
What is work?
I guess for me, anything invasive (i.e. going through, piercing through, cutting through the skin) is ‘work’ (yes i have piercings and tattoos, I know, but these are add-ons so ner).
And again, whilst I will never say never, that’s not my bag right now. ULTRAcel is a non-surgical, non-invasive, non-piercey/cutty/injectiony alternative, but more on that in a second.
Anyway and so ready to attend the launch of ØNE… to do a general blog piece covering the studio, ready to observe, photograph, write, comment, I was asked by top PR boss, Laura, how I’d like to try a complimentary treatment on the evening. The treatment would be on my neck, jowls and lower face.
Agh. I hate my jowls. Now this is good, surely? I hate them so a treatment is good, no? But no, this is me. I search for the negative.’
‘Will I be jowl-shamed?’ (What does this even mean…)’
‘No. No you will not be jowl-shamed’.
Ok. No jowl shaming for me.
Next consideration , what would happen to me, precisely (are we’re getting there…)?
Well ULTRAcel is a revolutionary concept which is ‘non surgical skin tightening and lifting’.
But how? Well, glad you asked.
The first stage is the use of radiofrequency to apply heat to the skin (in my case my lower face and neck). This encourages the growth of collagen (see – encouragement! Aka gentle! Non-aggressive!)…
Ultrasound waves are then applied to the same areas; specifically to the posture muscles which lie beneath the facial tissues. This tightens and gifts lift to the tissues.
So that’s the science but how did it actually feel in practise?
Personally absolutely fine. A ‘bit funny’ is the worst I can level at it.
I have to say this was down to being in the expert hands of Lead Medical practitioner, Victoria Armstrong, who was lovely, reassuring, and calming, and throughout the treatment kept me informed of all the stages, what to expect and an assurance that if at any stage I felt too much heat, I could request a reduction in temperature.
As I lay there, quietly reminding myself that this was a TREATment, a new experience and that writing and indeed life was all about new experiences, I really had nothing to worry about.
In fact, to be honest, my biggest concern was the fact that this was happening at an event – an event I had attended without a scrap of make-up on, with hair that was at best ‘a mess’ after heading straight to Alderley Edge after a busy day at work, a frantic dash to the shops after realising that I’d forgotten a change of clothes, and a run upto Piccadilly Station in the rain after missing my first train.
A lie down in the big white chair was frankly a relief, no matter what was going to happen to me there.
And so the heat application was never too hot – I’d go as far as calling it warming and relaxing.
It was the next stage that was ‘a bit funny’. As the probe passed over my skin, I felt a light vibration and occasionally what felt like a little pin prick. And I mean a little pin prick. I guess like pins needles.
See how I smile serenely?
It was all over in about half an hour and I was good to go.
No need to rest or take to a chaise longue in dramatic fashion, take pain meds (although I was advised that if I did have any aches, paracetamol were sufficient – I didn’t) or perform any self ‘after care’.
The next day I felt a reassuring slight ache and tightening or the muscles round my jaw and that was it.
Also note this is was occurring at my desk whilst I was at work – no downtime!
I was told that I might see a small difference immediately but that is the gift that keeps on giving; skin appearing smoother, neck area more defined, things generally a lot more contoured, with the full effect realised after 3 months. However, and here’s the even better news, the results can last upto 2 whole years!
As I write, it’s day 5 since the treatment and I already feel like there’s an improvement, especially round my ‘problem area’ – those dreaded jowls.
(Jowls is a horrific word, isn’t it. It’s almost onomatopoeic – jowls just sounds saggy and swollen.)
My skin certainly feels smoother.
These are no make up pics taken today…
I will provide updates on my lower face, jowls and neck as things progress (you lucky lucky people) but days 4 and 5 and I do feel improvement…
What I can comment on with certainty at the moment is the due care and attention given to me by Jonquille Chantrey, Victoria Armstrong and Dr Michael Barnish, both before and during my experience in the big white chair.
To be continued…
For more information about ØNE Aesthetic Studio and ULTRAcel, please visit their website http://www.oneaestheticstudio.com, read about ULTRAcel here or contact the clinic team on 01625 585990 or 07412 532 637.
You can also find them on Twitter: @oneaesthetics1 and Instagram: @oneaestheticstudio
Photography – Elspeth Moore
Event managed by Laura Graham of Vital Publicity: http://www.vitalpublicity.co.uk