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Introductory sessions comprise assessment, consultation and full treatment (what to expect on your first session). The cost of an introductory treatment is £135 (for a full pricelist click here).
Because it combines three different technologies all at the same time, each course of 6x Meso-CRF® treatments is the equivalent of 18x sessions of radiofrequency, cavitation or electro-mesotherapy applied separately.
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Loose skin affects women of all ages and sizes, but especially those over 40 years of age; who live a sedentary life; who follow yo-yo diets or crash diets; who do not eat enough protein
The only treatment worth having for skin tightening is monopolar radiofrequency (RF).
There are hundreds of RF machines on the market and depending on how those machines are used at different clinics, on can say that there are thousands of RF treatments. Many are quite ineffective while a few are very effective but in summary a high intensity, deep, monopolar radiofrequency treatment is the only technology today that can provide significant skin firming for the body or face. Bipolar radiofrequency (including tripolar, tetrapolar and octapolar) are more superficial and less effective.
Anything else, inclusing most massages, ultrasound, AWT (acoustic wave therapy), vibration massage, suction massage (palper-rouler), microcurrents, low level laser therapy LLLT etc. will only offer a minimal benefit and are generally not worth spending money on. Focused ultrasound can offer significant skin tightening but at the cost of very frequent occurences of skin burning, scarring etc., so it is not really worth the risks.
Most creams do not really work for skin firming, as they do not contain any significant quantities of skin firming actives, for cost reasons. However, those who do, can significantly boost the results of monopolar radiofrequency or can also provide results on their own. The most well-known skin firming actives are hydroxyproline, centella asiatica, ascorbic acid and several peptides, but several others skin toning actives exist which are equally or even more effective. Combining multiple actives in high concentrations can offer tangible and visible results, while single-ingredient, low-concentration creams offer none.
So in summary, the only treatments that is worth spending money on for skin toning / lifting / tightening are high-power, monopolar radiofrequency treatments, especially if combined with a highly concentrated skin firming cream with mutliple actives, during or after treatment. Being in the industry for more than 15 years, I know that I would not spend money on anything else.
High fat diets are very popular these days but unfortunately they do not distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fat.
Furthermore, quite a lot has been written about the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. Basically, the higher the ratio, the more unhealthy is the diet, due to the inflammatory potential of too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3.
A recent paper has now shown that between two high fat diets with the same calories and the same ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, the one that contains mainly saturated fat is much worse than the one that contains mainly poly-unsaturated fat (PUFA).
Specifically, a high fat diet rich in saturated fat for six months leads to increased adipocyte (fat cell) size, liver damage, and "ectopic" fat storage in liver and muscle. None of these changes have been observed with a high fat diet rich in poly-unsaturated fat.
No differences were found between the two diets in body weight, total adiposity (total fat levels), adipose tissue health, adipokines (fat tissue hormones), whole body energy balance or glucose tolerance.
In summary, based on the findings of this study, if you are going to embark on a high fat diet, forget saturated fat coming from meat, cheese, milk, butter, chocolate etc and focus on avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, flax/chia seeds, oily fish and coconut oil (coconut oil saturated fat is "different", as it gets metabolised for energy than for fat storage).
Source: A Difference in Fatty Acid Composition of Isocaloric High-Fat Diets Alters Metabolic Flexibility in Male C57BL/6JOlaHsd Mice, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26098756
It is now well established that exercise increases the protein UCP1 in fat cells, especially those fat cells under the skin (subcutaneous adipose tissue) and inside the skin (cellulite). This consequently turns fat-storing white fat cells into fat-burning "beige" fat cells. In this way, exercise helps you lose fat both by burning fat in muscles and by burning fat in fat cells themselves.
Now a new paper published on the journal Diabetes reports that exercise training results in changes in thousands of genes that affect subcutaneous adipose tissue and in adipokines on both subcutaneous adipose tissue and visceral adipose tissue (deep stomach fat), with beneficial effects against diabetes, whole body inflammation and heart disease (adipokines are hormone-like substances produced by fat tissue and have multiple implications in whole body health).
Even more impressive is the fact that fat cells taken from trained mice and transplanted into sedentary mice continue to behave as if they belong to a trained animal and cause beneficial body-wide changes in metabolism and overall health!
In summary, the beneficial changes in whole-body metabolic health that exercise training causes, are to a large extent due to the profound effects of exercise on fat tissue itself, especially superficial fat tissue.
Source: Exercise Effects on White Adipose Tissue: Beiging and Metabolic Adaptations, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26050668/
Caffeine may have positive effects when used locally, as part of an anti- cellulite cream, and generally mixed or negative effects if taken orally, as a supplement or caffeinated drink, such as coffee, tea etc. We have analysed those effects of caffeine in detail on separate articles on this website.
However, decaffeinated drinks, such as coffee and tea, and low-caffeine drinks, such as cocoa drinks, do have multiple beneficial effects against ageing and cellulite, without any of the potential side effects of caffeine. This is due to the high amount of polyphenols and other phytochemicals contained in those drinks, such as flavanols (coffee and cocoa), procyanidins (coffee), tannins (tea and coffee), chlorogenic acid (coffee) and catechins / epicatechins (cocoa and tea).
Polyphenols act as anti-inflammatory, anti-glycation, anti-adipogenic / lipolytic, blood vessel / circulation supporting and skin firming agents. All these actions have a profound effect on both ageing and cellulite. Due to the absence of caffeine there is no limit to the consumption of these drinks (within reason, of course), so they can be used as effective anti-ageing / anti-cellulite drinks. I know of women who consume 15 cups of decaf green tea a day and their antioxidant levels,are really high without any side effects or other problems.
Decaf green tea, decaf tea and decaf coffee all contain no caffeine and high amounts of polyphenols. Cocoa does contain some caffeine, so excessive consumption should be avoided. However, you can always buy high polyphenol cocoa (also known as high antioxidant) cocoa which will allow you to receive maximum polyphenols with minimum caffeine.
I see no need to take green coffee, cocoa or green tea supplements, as you can take quite significant amounts of antioxidant naturally and at the same time enjoy the taste of those drinks several times a day. However, if you do hate tea, coffee or cocoa, that is an option you may wish to explore.
However, please note that if you suffer from low blood pressure or similar vascular problems you must be careful in your use of cocoa, especially the high antioxidant variety, as it effectively reduces blood pressure and may lead to dizziness. Always consult a doctor if unsure about changes in your diet and taking supplements.
Of course, existing cellulite will need more than healthy eating and exercise to be significantly reduced, but drinking high polyphenol decaffeinated drinks will definitely enhance the results of any treatment you receive or cream you use.
Since we started using green coffee, cocoa and green tea extracts at our clinic for our anti-cellulite and anti-ageing treatments, results have significantly increased. Our creams also include multiple sources of polyphenols, in addition to high purity coffee, cocoa and tea extracts, for maximum results. And of course, we always recommend high polyphenol drinks and also foods (such as berries) to all our clients.
Lemon verbena is a popular aromatic herb which is normally used as an anxiolytic (stress reducing) and natural sleeping aid.
However, new research published recently has shown that polyphenols from lemon verbena decrease triglyceride (fat) accumulation in adipocytes (fat cells) and free radical production (antioxidant action). Most polyphenols possess anti-obesity and antioxidant actions, so the results of this study don't come as a big surpise.
Scientists attribute these changes to reductions in PPAR-gamma and fatty acid synthase (FAS), two proteins that boost fat accumulation. Lemon verbena was also found to boost AMPK and PPAR-alpha, two protein that boost fat oxidation (i.e. fat "burning").
Verbascoside, a well-known polyphenol found in verbena, was shown to be less potent than a more mixed polyphenol extract from verbena, showing that another molecule or a group of molecules are responsible for the beneficial effects and not verbascoside.
The scientists concluded that "the polypharmacological effects of plant-derived polyphenols from lemon verbena may have the potential for clinical applications in obesity".
We can safely add that similar potential exists against cellulite, by incorporating a concentrated lemon verbena extract in an anti-cellulite cream.
Source: Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora) polyphenols alleviate obesity-related disturbances in hypertrophic adipocytes through AMPK-dependent mechanisms. , http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26055125