Article Type: Press, Online
The 25 best body tweakments for women over 40
by Annabel Jones, acting beauty director, Dominique Temple, beauty editor Rosie Green, Alice Hart-Davis and Beatrice Aidin
3. Ultra Femme with Dr Galyna Selezneva at Dr Rita Rakus Clinic, London SW3 (drritarakus.co.uk)
What it claims: This vaginal rejuvenation treatment (yes, really) is proven to reduce stress incontinence, improve dryness and enhance sexual pleasure by tightening the tissues of the vagina.
What it does: The treatment uses radiofrequency energy, delivered via a long probe, which heats the vaginal tissues to 41 degrees (it is comfortable, as there are surprisingly few nerve endings in there, and there is no discomfort or downtime after treatment). At this temperature, the existing collagen in the tissues contracts, and the heat shock stimulates the growth of new collagen. This leads to a feeling of tightness and can help improve orgasms after treatment. In controlled clinical studies by Ultra Femme, 89 per cent of women reported post-treatment that their original conditions (ie dry vagina) had improved greatly. Cost: £3,500 for three sessions – you need three for the best results.
What it claims: Using Cryolipolysis, a non-invasive method developed by scientists at Harvard Medical School, the treatment minimises fat deposits by freezing the area.
What it does: A cold vacuum applicator cools the target area for approximately 70 minutes, until close to freezing, without injuring the skin or surrounding tissue. While uncomfortable for some (a cold burning sensation can be felt), no anaesthesia is required and there is no downtime. Fat cells start to die off when they are cooled to 4C or less, and these dead cells will be excreted from the body. Expect up to 30 per cent of fat in the treated area to vanish over the next 12 weeks. Cost: From £895 for one treatment. A course of two is recommended.
Before I had kids, I paid little attention to my pelvic floor. But then I gave birth to twins. Both babies were a healthy weight (6lb 15oz and 5lb 9oz), so by week 38, my pelvic floor was tasked with holding up what felt like a baby elephant. After the birth, I got back in shape by jogging and strength-training my external muscles – but it was the invisible pelvic floor muscles that got neglected. A weakened pelvic floor affects 30-40 per cent of post-partum and menopausal women in the UK, and means you have all sorts of minor (sometimes major) issues, from leaking a little when you sneeze to not being able to hold your wee. If you think of your pelvic floor like a sling that holds pelvic organs in place, even helping to assist in the stability of your hip joints, you see it’s essential to living an active life. Kegel exercises three times a day are recommended, but easily forgotten.
Then, I was introduced to the EMSElla chair. An American invention that uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic field (HIFEM) technology to cause deep muscle stimulation, it sends 11,000 electromagnetic pulses to the pelvic floor in each 30-minute session – and just involves sitting wide-legged on the chair, fully clothed. While not painful, you can feel a strong magnetic sensation, a bit like sitting on a Power Plate machine. By my third session, I noticed a difference to my pelvic-floor strength, and by the end of my course of six, I could engage and contract the muscles more quickly and strongly. Cost: £2,000 for a course of six treatments, drritarakus.co.uk