I’m lying, wearing the world’s smallest paper knickers, in the luxurious lair of body therapist Tetyana Probyy-Holova (the cellulite slayer who regular readers will remember once helped me after a miso fat-melting service went wrong) on the upper floor of Neville Hair & Beauty, in London’s Belgravia. She’s armed with a high-tech anti-ageing and slimming machine, promising to melt my problems away.
Venus Freeze is a non-invasive, body-contouring and “thermal skin-rejuvenation” treatment that promises to soften wrinkles and tighten skin on the face and body. Radiowaves and magnetic pulses penetrate up to 3cm deep, and heat and thermally weaken the fat-cell membrane, causing it to emulsify so the liquefied fat can exit the body through normal lymphatic drainage. The multipolar radio frequency heats up the skin and shrinks and breaks down fat cells, while magnetic-pulse therapy stimulates the fibroblast skin cells to produce new collagen and elastin.
The new collagen matrix contracts, causing the skin to look and feel firmer – resulting in a more youthful appearance. Pulsed magnetic-fields technology also works to increase oxygen, nutrients and blood flow to the skin, promising an immediate glow, while Tetyana herself uses a combination of the machine and her own cupping and strong-handed massage technique for a treatment she calls “the Magnetic Melt” to first blast cells and then facilitate drainage.
Tetyana draws forwards the machine – a black hemisphere with eight protruding electrodes, linked by a single wire to a workstation – and asks which area I’d like to have treated. She says it can be used on the face and body – anything from arms or abdomen to buttocks or thighs. As the treatment is supposed to be effective in circumference reduction, skin tightening and minimising the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite, there is no question in my mind: my derrière.
I lie on my front, posterior in prime position for a pummelling. I ask if it will hurt. “No. There might be a little bruising afterwards, but not from the machine.” (Tetyana is a former black-belt judo champion.) She applies oil to my bottom and thighs and sets to work on one side. She moves the device slowly over my skin, using only a slight pressure. Although the temperature reaches 41 degrees Celsius (45 degrees is the maximum), it feels incredibly relaxing, like a hot-stone massage, and I don’t experience any startling heat spikes.
After 10 minutes spent on my left buttock and thigh, Tetyana uses a cup-shaped vacuum vessel – to lift blood to the skin’s surface – and hard manual labour for a lymphatic drainage-based, deep-tissue and “shaping” massage. Her strokes are long, powerful and in one direction – like you might brush down a thoroughbred.
She repeats the machine-and-massage formula in equal vigour on my right-hand side. The machine is so gentle that no cooling agents are needed during or after the treatment, and I feel like I’ve had an extremely relaxing massage.
I book in for my second treatment one week later, and when I return it follows exactly the same format.
The Bottom Line
After the two treatments, I feel more streamlined. When I look at myself naked, the skin surface on my bottom is certainly smoother, with less dimpling. Tetyana advises that if I have 6-8 weekly sessions combined with a tailored exercise regime, the results will be even more significant. – and these can be maintained with monthly sessions.
Spa Junkie, aka Inge Theron, is the founder of FaceGym. She pays for all her own travel, accommodation and therapies.