If you’re willing to get very, very cold, you could take years off your face. Advocates claim it promotes healing and weight loss. Cryotherapy, long popular in Europe, is now available in the United States. The media has dubbed the procedure “Frotox,” but the actual name of the facial procedure is cryoneuromodulation.
You can choose to have your entire body treated at a cryotherapy center, or pick the partial body treatment that doesn’t subject your head to the extreme cold. You wear gloves, sock and your underwear, along with earmuffs if your head is inside the cryotherapy chamber. The temperature, thanks to liquid nitrogen, is about 228 degrees below zero. You stay inside for up to three minutes. Once you’re out and getting warm, you should feel energetic, with any aches and pains gone. Cryotherapy treatment releases endorphins to help your body heal.
There’s another form of cryotherapy that target just the face and neck. Think of it as a “frozen facial.” The practitioner uses a beam of liquid nitrogen to target areas and freeze the skin. The process – which must be repeated several times over a month for optimal effect – aids in cell repair and regeneration and diminishing of lines and wrinkles. The freezing supposedly reduces skin inflammation, which accelerates aging. The effects last a few months.
Botox injections last about the same amount of time, and while the use of this botulism toxin is generally safe, there is always the possibility of serious side effects. That’s not the case with facial cryotherapy. It’s completely non-toxic. Some people may experience minor discomfort or headaches shortly after the treatment. It takes up to a month for Botox to make visible difference in lines and wrinkles. With cryotherapy, you see the difference immediately after your session.
Cryotherapy offers more for the skin than just anti-aging benefits. It reputedly helps those suffering from acne by clearing toxins from the skin, and regular sessions may reduce acne scars. Inflammation reduction makes existing blemishes less noticeable by calming down redness.
Advocates claim cryotherapy helps strengthen the immune system, which means your skin and hair will look better along with an improvement in your overall health. Hair and nails become stronger.
Cryotherapy isn’t yet in widespread use in this country, but it’s likely to become the “next big thing” in skin and anti-aging treatment.
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