I’ve always steered away from invasive beauty treatments; as soon as anyone mentions Botox I just see Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous with her Parralox! Also, after working in the NHS for several years I see surgery as something that isn’t to be undertaken lightly and I will avoid unless it’s for health reasons. I’ve always stayed on the product road with regard to beauty, along with trying to eat healthily and drink plenty of water, but in the last year or so I have had concerns which needed me to move up a level, not to what I would call invasive though. My two major concerns are, 1 – I suffer from thread veins around my nose I believe caused mainly by a series of sinus operations over the years and 2 – I started to get saggy jowls !!!! (More about the thread veins and IPL in my next post.)
A few months ago I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while and although she always looks fabulous there was something else I couldn’t put my finger on. It turned out that she’d had a course of CACI jaw/jowl lift. I was noticing a bit of looseness around the jowl area, despite the plethora of products I use, so I decided to try the treatment for myself. CACI is known as the non-surgical facelift and is used by many in the celebrity world, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone, Barbara Windsor, to name a few (although I’m sure they also have the benefit of unlimited products, regular facials etc etc as well).
CACI was originally developed to treat facial palsy so is completely safe. It uses micro-currents which deliver tiny electrical impulses which then work with the body’s own bio-electric current to help re-educate the muscles to deliver a firmer and more toned area. The jaw/jowl lift treatment is specifically developed to target muscle looseness around the jawline, Quad Probe applicators are used which double the lifting action for better results and reduced treatment time. The idea is that you have a course of ten sessions, two a week if possible, followed by monthly top up sessions. Obviously this is a big commitment both financially and timewise, however, most salons offer a discount if you book a course in advance.
I did some online research and went for a local salon which was easy and quick to get to. The cost was £25 per session or £200 for a course of ten which I thought was a good deal. The sessions last around 25 minutes and the intensity of the treatment is increased each time. I had heard that some people find the treatment unpleasant as you get a metallic taste in your mouth when the probes are near a filling, but I didn’t find this too bad at all and the therapist has to be fairly “rough” with the probes so they get right into the muscle. I actually found the treatments very relaxing even though someone was prodding my face with a couple of four pronged metallic instruments. I think it’s the fact that you’re lying down with the relaxing music in the background, I have to say I enjoyed the break.
I didn’t notice a great deal of difference until I’d had five or six sessions and I was putting my makeup on one morning and thought my chin area did look a bit tighter. It wasn’t until I had completed the ten sessions that I got comments from colleagues and friends asking what was different! I’m now having top up sessions every four weeks and I can definitely see a difference . This is now a lifelong commitment, if I stop the top up sessions then the muscles will start to relax again and return to how they were.
If you’re wondering whether you should try the CACI treatment I would definitely say have a go. The salon I went to offered a trial session where if I didn’t like it I only had to pay for the one session and if I was happy with the treatment I could use it as part of the course of ten. Do your research and find a good salon with staff who are knowledgeable enough to answer any questions you have and make you feel totally comfortable.