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In the era of the selfie, the search for the perfect filter can be never-ending. Whether it’s a lighting adjustment or a full-on photo edit, achieving that airbrushed look can be our greatest Insta-challenge. Well thanks to non-invasive cosmetic treatments, a summer spruce-up can be days away, done in as little time as lunch break, and with minimal bounce-back time.
With locations in San Francisco and the South Bay, Serenity Med Spa is one of the Bay-Area go-to’s for such non-invasive face and body aesthetics, making that airbrushed look easier to achieve than ever. Serenity Burlingame celebrated its first anniversary on May 2nd by unveiling the industry’s newest face and body treatments made popular in Korea. All treatments are researched, evaluated, selected and overseen by experienced surgeon, Dr. Lisa Kang, who administers procedures full time at the med spa with the aid of her qualified staff.
Says Dr. Kang, “Our clients love that they can now achieve real visible results without the need for surgery.” Here is a breakdown of new innovation available at Serenity’s Burlingame location, bringing that “filter free” selfie closer to our fingertips.
What it is: Consider this procedure to be a scalpel-free, scarless surgery that provides dramatic improvement in skin laxity. This is a minimally-invasive contouring solution for the face. FaceTite™ can be used anywhere above the shoulders, but is recommended for skin around the jowls, neck, and naso-labial folds.
Downtime: Because FaceTite™ is minimally invasive, using only a small needle to apply heating energy, recovery time is nominal. Expect to be tender and swollen for at least 5 days. Most patients are usually back to work within 7-10 days.
How long do results last? The treatment result from FaceTite™ will last up to about five years, similar to a mini face lift and thereafter the skin will age naturally, though genetics and lifestyle may affect the lifespan of the FaceTite™ or any other Face Lift procedure.
Ultra V Korea Thread Lift
What it is: For those hesitant about going under the knife, this is probably the most powerful lifting procedure available, short of a surgical face lift. As we age, our skin starts to lose collagen and fat. Over the years, the pull of gravity results in sagging of our face – specifically the jowl and jawline area. The Korean Ultra V Thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that was popularized in Korea to produce a V shape on the face lift via the insertion of different threads into your tissues. Performed by over 2000 clinics in Korea, thread lifts are now gaining popularity in the U.S. This treatment effectively tightens and lifts the sagging skin, giving you a V shape face, while helping to reduce the appearance of the wrinkles, creases and folds.
Downtime: Because the procedure is far less invasive than a surgical facelift, the downtime is minimal. There may be some mild swelling or bruising that lasts a few days to a week.
How long do results last? The great thing about thread lifting is that you can immediately see natural-looking lifting results. They will continue to improve over time as the swelling is resolved and your body starts to regenerate more collagen for the next 3-6 months.
Agnes Eye Bag Treatment
What it is: Agnes RF is a non-surgical radiofrequency device that treats eye bags without having to go under the knife! It can also tighten and removes fat from the neck and jowl area.
Developed by Dr. Gun Young Ahn, a Korean dermatologist, Agnes uses radiofrequency to specifically target a variety of tissue types and depths. It pinpoints under eye bags, which often suggest age and fatigue. A scientifically researched and designed micro-insulated needle is inserted into the fat pad and the RF energy is delivered to permanently reduce the fat. The minimally invasive treatment only requires local anesthesia.
Downtime: For deep lines and eye bags the downtime is between 3-7 days with possible swelling and redness followed by another week of less severe redness. It is possible to do lighter treatments with less downtime but more treatments may be needed.
How long do results last? Most of the benefit appears over the coming months as new collagen is deposited under the skin and the skin begins to remodel its structure. For the treatment of eye bags, it will take 2-6 months for the fat cells to be removed from the body.
What it is: BodyTite® is a good option for people interested in body contouring without invasive surgery. This is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses radio frequency energy to tighten skin, stimulate collagen production, and improve the contours of the body. A session can last from one to three hours.
Downtime: There may be soreness or tenderness following treatment. However, the minimally invasive nature of this procedure makes for rapid recovery time—you should feel your normal self within a few days.
How long does it last: BodyTite® produces will last up to about five years, but the duration of effect is going to be dependent on a number of factors including age, sun exposure, smoking status, and genetics.