One Woman’s Beautification Adventures

Medically reviewed in April 2022

In the interest of science and my own personal quest, I have tried a variety of health and beauty treatments that I have seen demonstrated on TV. You’ve probably heard about these treatments, too: laser hair removal, Pelleve (which claims to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles) and Synergie (a cellulite-reduction treatment). If you’re like me, the big questions always are: Do the treatments work? How uncomfortable are they? Are the results lasting?

I decided to become a guinea pig and try these treatments, and offer up my personal take on my adventures here. Note: As an independent person, I have no obligation to any of the companies that provide the treatment equipment (or to the technicians). The prices vary depending on where you live. Doing a package will reduce the cost.

Laser Hair Removal
My motivation: As I have gotten older and more far sighted it has been impossible to see where to shave. While going out and doing things, I have randomly encountered patches of hair on my legs and under my arms that I have missed in the shower (very embarrassing!).

My experience: It took six laser treatments to permanently remove the hair under my arms and on my legs. The treatments were somewhat painful but bearable. The therapist blows cold air while she lasers the hair follicles to make it feel less like a burning sensation. For me the armpit treatments were more uncomfortable than my legs. It was like getting brain freeze of the pits. Fortunately, it was quick.

Regardless of any discomfort, I highly recommend it. It worked. I no longer have to worry about shaving at all! I am thrilled.

Pelleve
My motivation: those wrinkles that have popped up as I have gotten older, especially those around my mouth.

My experience: This is a non-invasive skin tightening technique that uses radiofrequency waves that stimulate collagen to contract and thus the skin to tighten. The therapist recommended four treatments, each one month apart, and then yearly thereafter. The treatment takes about an hour. The therapist passes a radiofrequency probe over the face. It heats up pretty quickly. When it gets too hot they need to move it around faster. If it is pulled away abruptly there is a bit of an uncomfortable spark.  So, it is important to have an experienced technician doing the treatment.

I went through the series a year ago and have to say that I notice a difference. The lines around my eyes and mouth have smoothed out somewhat. They aren’t completely gone but they are a lot better.

Synergie Cellulite Treatment
My motivation: I eat a healthy diet, exercise and have not been able to change the appearance of orange peel on my thighs.

My experience: This is a treatment that uses vacuum massage with a combination of suction and pressure to removed fluid from fat cells.  As a result, the skin smooths out and the area tightens. The treatment must be done twice weekly for 8 weeks and then monthly for maintenance. It takes about 45 minutes.

The procedure is like a deep massage. I have almost finished all my treatments and I have to say, I have lost 2 inches around both my waist and thighs. I have also noticed a difference in the appearance of my legs. I still have cellulite but it is greatly reduced. My husband (who doesn’t even notice when I have a haircut) noticed the difference without my asking. That is probably the best endorsement.

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