I Tried Cyrotheraphy’s Frozen Facial and Here’s What Happened

During a blustery week in February, I developed one of those horrid colds resulting in a patch of dryness under my nose.  It was a special-event heavy week, and my standard makeup routine seemed to only emphasize my new trouble spot.  Not even my coveted moisturizes did the trick – and I was looking for a miracle.

When I told my husband that I was heading to the spa to “get my face frozen off,” all in the name of beauty, he looked at me like I had two heads. Assuring him that I wasn’t chasing foolish vanity, as Cryotherapy has been around for centuries.  The CyroCure Facial TM , (also known as frotox) utilizes the same “frozen” Cryogenic technology, via a controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen effectively freezing the skin on the face and neck.beautiful-snowy-trees

As I climbed under the covers in my treatment room at Skintology Skin and Laser Center, I thought about the wavers I just signed and probed my esthetician about the non-invasive procedure.  She prepped my skin and gave me quite the education.  “Stop eating so much cheese!!”  How did she know? Also, learning that all those editorial samples that come my way aren’t always the best choice for my particular skin.  What I needed was something simple and streamlined via a gentile cleanser, moisturizer, and, of course, sunblock. As we moved on to discussing the specific treatment, I was skeptical when she told me that the bursts of localized, liquid nitrogen vapor would erase my post-cold dryness. Not just that, the cold nitrogen would bring on instantaneous tightness, filling in fine lines and wrinkles.  Collagen is also activated to produce more cells, causing the skin to become more elastic over repeated use. Since skin vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction (to keep the core temperature from dropping), followed by vasodilatation after the procedure – toxins, and other stored deposits are flushed out of the layers of the skin and blood perfusion is improved after several treatments.

It all sounded too good to be true.

After the esthetician thoroughly dried my face, I thought that we were good to go, until I opened my eyes, blinked and teared, and needed to be meticulously dried all over again. Then a little nozzle was run over my face, getting progressively colder as the treatment went on. Was it cold? Yes! But not unbearable, and she never stayed in one spot for too long.

When I looked in the mirror after my treatment, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The familiar lines, wrinkles, and cold-induced dryness were gone (yes gone!).  While those glorious results didn’t last forever, I enjoyed my glowing, youthful skin for a few days post treatment.

I can only image what the recommended series of treatments would do.

Treatment provided for editorial consideration.

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