[This is not a sponsored post. The treatment was a gifted experience.]
It’s tough in a world of Instagram filters and botox fillers not to be hung up on the shape of our faces. From defined, protruding cheekbones and the perfect pout, to chiselled jawlines you could literally cut yourself on, we’re surrounded by perfection every way we look. But while social media makes it look simple, that perfect aesthetic takes equal amounts of work and commitment to maintain.
In 2020, though, the popularity of injectables like botox and fillers is on the decrease, and instead, we’re looking for more natural, holistic treatments to deliver similar effects – without pumping out bodies full of chemicals. Part of that is no doubt due to the current health trends we’re seeing more often than ever, with veganism rates and sales of natural, organic produce at an all-time high. It’s also thanks to the passing of an era that saw stars dote on surgery that so often failed to live up to its promise.
So when I was invited to Dr. David Jack’s clinic on London’s Harley Street to try out the Forma facial, I was equally intrigued and sceptical. The treatment uses radio-frequency technology, which stimulates skin contractions in the deep layers of the face, delivering an overall tightening effect. It also improves the skin’s overall appearance by encouraging new, healing collagen production, delivering a bright, clear complexion.
While the facial uses heat to effectively burn muscles which, as they repair, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, the procedure is completely painless and there is no downtime. Dr. David Jack says of the facial:
“Smart Radiofrequency is set to be a huge trend in 2020… This works by using real-time temperature monitored radiofrequency heating to stimulate new collagen and elastin formation in the skin, lifting and improving skin quality to give a zero downtime, lunchbreak lift. This treatment is becoming super popular because the downtime is so low and the results are reliable and predictable, as well as safe.”
I was drawn to the procedure for a number of reasons – not least of all because I can’t resist a facial (or a freebie, for that matter). Most importantly, when it comes to treatments that claim to do so much, and at such a cost – £350 per session or £1,800 for a session of 6 (the recommended amount) – I want a) results and b) long-lasting benefits. Because as soon as you get into the hundreds, you’re looking towards long-term results – not just the instant gratification of a standard facial.
And the results did deliver. I only trialled one session, and after a week or so, now is the time I’d ideally go back for my follow-up (number 2 of 6). But as with botox, after one 55 minute session my skin felt taut and so refreshed, and looked noticeably rejuvenated. Again, that’s just one session, and obviously, after any treatment, you’re going to feel good immediately after. I’m also aware that, at 23, I’m probably younger than the target market here. But prevention is always better than cure and, the fact I felt benefits myself no doubt proves that, for more tired skin, there’ll be plenty.
The session itself is also incredibly relaxing and, contrary to my initial fears, totally painless. The temperature increases to a maximum of around 43 C (109 F), but it’s in no way overwhelming and, compared to a cryofacial, for example, more of a soothing experience. The cooling gel, applied to half the face at a time, also helps. Head over to my Instagram Highlights to see the treatment in action.
Like the cryo, however, it can be used on the entire body – pretty much anywhere that skin could need tightening. Commonly treated areas include:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crows feet
- Upper eyelids
- Lower eyelids
- Nasolabial folds
- Smile Lines
All in all, from the effects I experienced, and the success stories I’ve read and heard from the Forma treatment, I’d 100% recommend this facial to anyone looking to avoid invasive surgery but achieve similar results. Yes, it’s not cheap, but compared to high-quality injectables that deliver similar results, and the fact you can avoid the respective chemicals and associated trauma, I think it’s justified. Also, if you’re going to splash on a one-off facial, perhaps ahead of a busy week or a special occasion, and want results that’ll last, this is definitely one to consider.
You can read more about the Forma facial, as well as the other treatments and procedures available at the Dr. David Jack Clinic here. Drop any questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer, and let me know if you’ve tried a radio-frequency treatment before. And, finally, if you like what you see, drop your email address in the box below to subscribe to my weekly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest posts.