Skin care taken to the extreme

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Last year, Americans underwent more than 11-million cosmetic procedures and spent nearly twelve-billion dollars on skin rejuvenation.

Everyone wants their skin to look younger, healthier and better, but some are taking it to an extreme.

Cheri Kovacsev's face is dripping with blood, and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Kovacsev told Ivanhoe, “I'm hoping to achieve smaller pores, [and] the fine lines around my lips to improve over this process.”

Licensed paramedical aesthetician Amaris Centofanti performs rejuvapen micro-needling.

Centofanti told Ivanhoe, “After you are done with the treatment, collagen elastin kicks in to heal the skin, so in a few days, your skin starts to look more flawless.”

However, people like the professor of dermatology James Spencer MD, MS, aren’t sold on micro-needling, which costs about 350 dollars a pop.

Spencer told Ivanhoe, “There was just a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, JAMA Dermatology, last month, of 3 cases of allergy to the medication to the serum that was put on after micro-needling.”

Some other extreme beauty treatments include the bee venom facial. The theory is the venom tightens skin by pumping up collagen. It costs about 130 dollars.

Then there is the vampire face-lift, which costs about 600 to 800 dollars. For this treatment, plasma is taken from your blood and injected back into your skin.

The placenta facial uses stem cells from a sheep’s placenta to boost collagen.

Urine therapy involves using your own urine as a healing ingredient. Some say it can clear up psoriasis, eczema and acne.

If you’re looking for something a little less extreme, but still “hot,” there’s exilis. It uses radiofrequency to tighten skin and reshape parts of the body for about 14-hundred dollars for 4 treatments.

Medical aesthetician, Denise Ogelsby told Ivanhoe, “There is relatively no pain, but it does get warm. You like to keep the clients on the edge, so that it is slightly almost uncomfortable.”

So even if you say no way, others can’t stay away.

Kovacsev says, “You’re crazy for not trying this. It’s amazing.”

Another popular beauty treatment that has been touted by celebrities like Victoria Beckham is the geisha facial. It uses the excrement from a nightingale, which some believe contains important enzymes for skin. This treatment costs around 180 dollars.

BACKGROUND: Skincare is a major part of physical appearance, and many people will do anything to keep their skin clear and tight. Last year, over 11 million Americans went under some type of cosmetic procedure. In 2013 there was a 12% increase in cosmetic surgeries from previous years, and these numbers will most likely continue to go up. Reasons for this increase are that these surgeries are less intrusive because of advancements in technology, a greater accessibility to the public and a rebounding economy which is causing people to start spending money on themselves again. These procedures aren’t cheap and about 12 billion dollars were spent on skin rejuvenation alone last year. The top five surgical operations included: liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and nose surgery.


SKIN CARE TREATMENTS: Trying to look young, healthy and flawless is desired by most; however people have started going to extreme lengths to make that happen. Micro-needling costs about 350 dollars each procedure and involves repeatedly sticking sterile needles into the skin of the patients face in order to produce collagen, which then heals your skin to make it look healthier. The Journal of American Medical Association Dermatology reported 3 cases of allergic reactions to this treatment. Bee Venom is another type of treatment preformed as a facial and costs about 130 dollars. The venom is said to work by increasing collagen, which then tightens the skin. The Vampire Facelift is a 600 to 800 dollar procedure where plasma is taken from your blood then shot back into your skin. The Placenta Facial takes stem cells from the placenta of a sheep to increase collagen. Another extreme treatment is Urine Therapy, where you use your own urine as a way to heal your own skin and is supposed to help clear acne, as well as psoriasis, and eczema. Radiofrequency tightens and reshapes the skin by using heat, with almost no pain. This procedure is more expensive than other treatments though and costs about 1,500 dollars.

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