They are the latest anti-ageing weapon and a favourite with the likes of Jennifer Aniston. HELLO! Beauty Editor Nadine Baggott gives us the lowdown on laser facials.
She has one of the best complexions in Hollywood and along with good diet, plenty of sleep and lots of water, Jennifer Aniston reveals she also has a skincare secret weapon: anti-ageing laser treatments. "I love lasers," the actress said in an interview last year. At 47, the former Friends star looks as good as she did in her 30s, so she clearly knows her stuff.
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Jennifer is just one of a number of stars who have rejected extreme plastic surgery and visible face-freezing and plumping injectables, turning instead to "little and often" minimally invasive work aimed at stopping the clock, rather than completely reversing it.
It is not just a US phenomenon. Debbie Thomas, a London-based laser facialist whose client list includes Jourdan Dunn, Donna Air and Poppy Delevingne, says laser treatments are becoming part of the beauty regimes of many British people in the public eye. "It's what all my clients do – what most of the famous faces you see who seem to remain ageless and without any signs of obvious work do," she says.
This is not a facial in the traditional sense – we are not talking everyday cleanse, tone, moisturise and massage. A laser facial is an hour of lightweight acid peels, skin-tightening longwave lasers, then fraxelated skin ablation (taking away the top layer to speed up cell turnover, helping to remove age spots and fine lines and, eventually, tighten skin). It may even involve lasering the inside of your mouth to tighten your cheeks. Definitely not for the faint-hearted; as Debbie says: "I don't do namby pamby."
"Most of my clients do not want a lot of downtime, so instead they opt to see me once a month for six or eight months, which allows me to do less-invasive treatments," says Debbie. "Many like the results so much they simply book in every single month for maintenance. And trust me, they want visible results. Many are in the public eye, being scrutinised in pictures and on TV, so they have to look their best."
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