Aging is a funny thing. Wine, Scotch, oak trees, artwork, even clothing and furniture, which have aged well (key word being “well”), are highly revered in our society. But people, not so much, unless of course you are male movie star sex symbol like George Clooney or Sean Connery. And women, well forget about it. Again, this is society we are talking about. Then again, aging gracefully is an art form and a science. In fact, we as women, are taught early to embrace our youth, defy and fight aging, and even be fearful of it. We have it pounded into our heads that youth rules and looking young is most important. With aging comes wisdom and that’s good. With aging comes wrinkles (spots, gray hair, sagging) and that’s BAD. Evil. Frightening. I love gaining wisdom, but I don’t love getting wrinkles (and the other aforementioned stuff), and forget about society, because I only want to do what I want to do and up until NOW, I didn’t have to do much.
Ok, I admit it, I’m Asian, so I have a different type of skin than some of my young fair skinned blonde friends. I’m 42 years old. I’ve had to do NO work, no lifts, no Botox, no laser, no pins nor pricks, nothing out of the ordinary to stop aging YET. In fact, call me delusional or in denial, but the only types of treatments I ever booked for my face were ones where I begged theÂ aestheticianÂ to please please please get out all of the toxins and clear the blackhead, and suck out the bad, the evil.Â
Then one day, I looked in the mirror and realized that my here-and-there cleansing routine, my frequent sun showers, and my infrequent “suck out the bad” facials weren’t enough. The time had come. My face needed to face reality. I. Was. Aging. I. AM. Aging. And while getting more sleep, quitting smoking, and drinking gallons of lemon water a day certainly was helping, the heavy hitters/professionals needed to be brought in.
So I turned to the Georgetown Salon & Spa, the only salon in D.C. performing META Therapy, which after some research and some prodding from friends “to go do it” was the only treatment I was willing to undergo. What is META Therapy?
META therapy stand for Medical and Esthetical Tissue Activating therapy. It involves making invisible micro-perforations in the skin in a painless way. As a result, the skin shifts its natural mechanism into high gear and starts producing collagen and elastin to repair the micro perforation. The self repairing property of the skin is a 100% natural form of sin renewal from the inside out. Your skin becomes firmer and regains it elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer, circulation is stimulated and the overall condition of the skin improves. All components of the machine and all the products are manufactured in Germany. Â A series of 8 treatments is recommended for best results but results can been seen with 3 to 4 treatments.
It is a Thursday afternoon and I arrive for my 3:30pm appointment on time. I’m immediately taken to the back by Linda Hardiman, the welcoming, soft spoken owner. Admittedly, I am a tad nervous, but Linda has a superb bedside manner. She is thorough in her explanations, answering my 101 questions, even sharing success stories of clients who, like I, had shared apprehension of what was about to happen. Linda shows me the tool, doing her best to make me feel relaxed. We begin with a cleanser and when the treatment portion begins, I tense up at the “buzzing” sound the tool spouts. It is akin to being at the dentist, but I actually will not be in pain, the process takes about 20 minutes and the results will be pleasing, not like after 20 minutes in a dentist chair, ever. I’m rather sensitive, so there is a tickling sensation as she moves the instrument, which is making micro-perforations in my skin, on my neck and throat. She assures me that if I am at any point uncomfortable to let her know and we can take a break. She continues onto my right cheek, notifying me that the forehead will be most awkward feeling because it has the least amount of skin on top of bone. We don’t do the nose, but she concentrates extensively on the area right below my eyes (where my wrinkles have created a party). She is right, the forehead is not fun, but she glides down to work on the left side of my face. Within minutes, we are finished. The best part is yet to come.
The cooling gooey masque is applied onto my face, covering my eyes, but allowing holes for my nose and mouth to breath. She tucks it all in, and begins to massage my neck and shoulders. Soon I’m almost asleep. What few uncomfortable minutes? I can’t recall them. It’s brilliant that the finale includes a decadent massage. The masque is removed, I’m cleaned up, and within an hour, finished.
Linda tells me that it’s good to let the masque continue to soak in, after all, my skin is an open porous blanket, ready to repair itself to a firmer state, with fewer lines, better circulation, smaller pores.
I wait a few days before I start examining. She is right, I look more radiant, the lines under my eyes have disappeared and I’m feeling like a million bucks. It’s been over a week and I’m still impressed with the results, especially below my eyes. In order to get the best from META Therapy, it’s good to go with a multi-treatment package (see below).
While you might be averse to any buzzing perforating tool on your face at first thought, trust me, it is worth it. It’s really painless with the procedure lasting about 20 minutes. You can go out right after, you can wear makeup after 24 hours, you can see the results within the 24 hours AND you don’t look freakish right after (I had a tiny bit of red on my neck).
- 1 treatment – $175
- 4 treatments – $700 includes take home product
- 8 treaments – $1225 pay for only 7 treatments and includes take home product.