Endolift Facial Tightening with Professor Ali Ghanem

 

 Treating loose skin and fat around the lower face and jowls used to require a facelift. Now, it has become easier to tighten the skin since the arrival of the Endolift. This innovative, minimally invasive procedure uses a laser beam to remodel the collagen within the skin – and, if needed, to reduce excess fat. What makes it very different from other laser procedures is that this one is used from inside the skin.

How does this work? What is it like to have this treatment? In the video, I went to see Professor Ali Ghanem, a plastic surgeon and key opinion leader for Endolift, at the Cranley Clinic in Harley Street, to try the treatment for myself.

As Professor Ghanem points out, one of the reasons that our faces sag as we age is that the skin loses its firmness and resilience, and becomes loose on our faces. Endolift offers a non-surgical alternative, by using a laser to heat-treat the collagen within the skin — from the inside. The device is attached to an optical fibre, finer than a human hair, which can be slipped underneath the skin. In the video, Professor Ghanem treats the skin below my eyes (I’m wearing protective intra-ocular shields, which is why my eyes are green) and the skin on my lower cheeks and jawline.

This video is sponsored by The Cranley Clinic

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About Alice Hart-Davis

Alice Hart-Davis is an award-winning beauty journalist and author. For nearly 20 years she has been reporting on the aesthetic cosmetic procedures colloquially known as tweakments, and has trialled countless procedures in order to review them.

Alice has won many awards for her work, though none for services as a cosmetic guinea pig. She attends aesthetics conferences around the world and spends a lot of time catching up with the doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses and the companies behind the technology in this fast-expanding field, the better to understand the tweakments on offer.

Over the years Alice has seen — and experienced first-hand — plenty of bad treatments, and understands the many problems that beset the aesthetics industry, from the lack of regulation to the rising incidence of body dysmorphia among cosmetic patients and practitioners.

Despite this, she remains an advocate of good, understated cosmetic work — the sort which goes undetected and unremarked, because it doesn’t lead to weird-looking hamster cheeks or frozen foreheads. She is also still enthusiastic about the potential of tweakments for making people look that bit better, which in turn makes them feel better about themselves and better able to get on with the rest of their lives.

She lives in London, a short bicycle ride from Harley Street, with her husband and a lively Jack Russell terrier. Her three young adult children take a dim view of tweakments, but accept that these are something she does for work (and are too kind to use the word, ‘vanity’).

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