From a lymphatic drainage “space suit” to magnetic muscle stimulation
Words by KELLY ATTERTON
PHOTO: STEVEN CHEE/TRUNK ARCHIVE.
The Ballancer Pro
This Instagram-famous “space suit” is actually an FDA-approved lymphatic drainage system, featuring patented, state-of-the-art therapeutic garments with 24 chambers that systematically compress every part of the body, mimicking a super-charged lymphatic drainage massage. The Ballancer Pro has become a go-to for pro athletes and celebrities to reduce water weight, revealing slimmer, more toned contours. The jacket treats the upper body, arms, and back while the pants treat the hips, stomach, thighs, and butt. The suit rhythmically pulsates over the body in a precisely calibrated, wave-like motion with intensifying pressure throughout the treatment. Some people find it relaxing enough to fall asleep, while others breathe deeply to get through it, knowing the results are definitely worth the slight discomfort. Treatments start at $200. ballancerpro.com.
Morpheus8 is the buzzy (and pricey) treatment Kim Kardashian helped popularize earlier this year. Hailed for being one of the most powerful radio-frequency, microneedling treatments on the market, Morpheus8 helps the skin look firmer, tighter, and more lifted. The treatment is a great option for any area that shows surface irregularities, such as visible blood vessels, sun damage, rough texture, scarring, uneven skin tone, stretch marks, skin sagging, and cellulite. The experience is not a walk in the park, however: Ultra-thin needles, emitting radio frequency energy, are stamped into the skin, creating micro injuries that stimulate collagen and elastin production. Unlike many other laser options, Morpheus8 can be used on all skin types, with little to no downtime. Results start emerging about a month after first treatment and generally last around one year. Expect to pay upward of $3,000 for body treatments. inmodemd.com.
CoolTone is made by the makers of CoolSculpting, which remains one of the most popular nonsurgical body contouring treatment options available. CoolTone is FDA cleared and best for those who are in relatively good shape and close to reaching their fitness goals, but are lacking definition in their stubborn workout-resistant areas, including the abs, butt, and thighs. This noninvasive procedure is also great for enhancing core strength, improving posture, and toning or firming the muscles. CoolTone works via Magnetic Muscle Stimulation, or MMS, to rapidly contract and relax your muscles in succession. These microcontractions happen so quickly, the muscles don’t fully relax between contractions, which is ideal for toning versus building muscle. Just one CoolTone session includes more than 20,000 contractions, effectively equaling a day at the gym. Four sessions over a two-week period is recommended for best results. Single sessions start at $600. coolsculpting.com.
This story originally appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of C Magazine.
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