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Cosmetic Treatments to Trick Father Time
Michelle McCarthy
3/29/2013

Forever young. Do you want to be forever young? Well, get in line. The search for cosmetic treatments that will strong-arm the hands of time have long been sought after—and some of them are just plain crazy. In Japan, one spa offers clients a pool filled with wine in which they can take a dip and reverse sun damage to their skin. In Washington, D.C., you can get a pedicure by plunging your feet into a tank of fish that feed on the dead skin of your tootsies. But there’s no need to go and book your travel. We’ve rounded up the industry’s best, latest and most bizarre local treatments for staying young.


 

Vampire Facelift
Perhaps taking a cue from the undead’s monopoly on mortality, this all-natural procedure involves taking your own blood and injecting it into “trouble spots.” Also known as injectable selphyl, it’s said to make your skin look younger and healthier by increasing its volume (i.e. filler). To clarify, your blood is drawn, platelets are separated from the red blood cells, the platelets are mixed with a fibrin mixture and then they are injected into areas where wrinkles are cramping your style. Users claim there is no swelling, bruising or lumping, and the results last up to 15 months. Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery, spaldingplasticsurgery.com; Rejuvalife, rejuvalife.md

Shrink-Wrap Liposuction
No, you can’t do this procedure at home with a roll of Saran Wrap. Instead, liposuction and laser technology are utilized to help you lose two to four dress sizes. After a Tic Tac-sized incision is made, a laser is used to liquefy fat cells that are then sucked away forever. Shrink-wrap liposuction also induces collagen retraction, skin tightening and overall tissue shrinkage. And since it's minimally invasive, you'll be up and at ‘em in no time. So you can return to your competitive eating career in a snap. Raffi Hovsepian, M.D., rhmdplasticsurgery.com; The Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, bevhills.com

Cupping
Gwyneth Paltrow was photographed a while back with mysterious circular markings on her skin, sparking all kinds of curious rumors. Turns out, the circles were actually a result of a cupping session. Sounds dirty, doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually a Chinese practice that has been around for thousands of years. Cups are placed on the body to create suction and are said to improve blood flow, remove toxins and heal ailments such as arthritis, acne, anxiety, high blood pressure and migraines. Pain Control Acupuncture Clinic, (213) 626-7682; Body and Soul Acupuncture, (323) 938-0511

Fanny Facial
You have your face primped and fawned over all the time. Why not share the love and spruce up your bum? Much like a standard facial, the fanny procedure involves cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. But it throws in a massage as a way to assist in circulation and cellulite reduction while toning up your tush. And if you’re the shy type, it can easily be done at home with common household items such as eggs, coffee grounds (great for exfoliating), oatmeal and flaxseed. Rox Spa Beverly Hills, roxspabeverlyhills.com; Lancer Dermatology, lancerdermatology.com

Anti-Aging Facial 
You know the fight against the aging process is serious business when beauticians turn to NASA to gain their knowledge. What the space geeks found is that cells can convert light energy to support the growth of new cells and collagen development. The anti-aging facial then uses specific frequencies of light to zap wrinkles. And since thermal heat is not used in the process, the treatment is non-invasive, pain-free and requires zero downtime. Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, sonyadakarskinclinic.com

De-Stress Training
It’s been ingrained in us all—stress can cause all kinds of ungodly problems in the human body and can manifest itself on your face or in the color of your hair. It simply makes you grow old faster. Parents are even known to name worry lines in their faces after specific children in their brood. De-stress training is a way in which you can reprogram your mind and body to calm itself. How is it done? By teaching yourself to call on the database of emotional reactions you’ve experienced in the past. Instead of letting your stomach ball up in knots in anticipation of an unpleasant situation, your training will give you the skills to switch oncoming stressful thoughts to positive ones. “Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth.” De-Stress Institute, destressinstitute.com; Take Giant Steps, takegiantsteps.com

Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System
This option is perfect for those not into going under the knife. According to the official Pellevé website, the treatment delivers constant, gradual radiofrequency energy deeply into the skin, causing heat to build up where the skin and fat layer meet. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles within the skin and causes contraction and stimulates growth of new collagen. This leaves the client with firmer, tighter, younger-looking skin. Stepanyan Surgical Arts Center, stepanyansurgical.com; Fincher Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, fincherderm.com

Synthetic Snake Venom
Yes, snake venom. The rationale is that since a snakebite can leave its victim paralyzed, why not use the magical elixir on your face? Facial expressions are so 2012 anyway. And if someone wants to know how you’re feeling, don’t give him the satisfaction of being able to read your face. The venom works like Botox, except instead of injecting it, you sssssimply rub it on. Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, sonyadakarskinclinic.com; Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Medical Associates, bhrmedical.com


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