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A couple of years ago, a new treatment hit the medical aesthetic industry that uses electromagnetic muscle stimulation (EMS) to trigger thousands of intense involuntary muscle contractions. Although EMS has been used in the medical field for decades, it has been harnessed into a commercial grade technology used in professional clinics to help strengthen and tone your muscles. Home versions of the technology have been around for several years, but these professional devices (such as Emsculpt and CMSlim) are far more powerful. They force your muscles to contract more times than physically possible through exercise; the equivalent of 20,000-30,000 contractions in 30 minutes. Devices like CMSlim and Emsculpt have revolutionised the way we live our lives. We use satnav instead of maps; we communicate with millions of people around the world with social media; surgeries are performed through robots so surgeons can have more precision and control. We now have the ability to push our fitness to new levels through technology. EMS is a way to rethink and revolutionise how we can achieve our fitness goals and improve our strength in a way that is just not physically possible on our own.
What is EMS?
Electromagnetic muscle stimulation uses electromagnetic fields that pass through the body and interact with your motor neurons that trigger muscle contractions leading to muscle strengthening and growth. EMS was originally used in physical therapy for musculoskeletal conditions, neck and back pain and other medical treatments. Studies proved that the functions induced by electrical stimulation caused long-term changes in the muscles.
How is EMS used in medical aesthetic clinics?
First you decide which areas you want to target – abdomen, buttocks, arms, thighs or calves. During each session, paddles are placed over the area and as the device starts, you will feel the current start to force your muscles to contract over and over. As you progress go through a course of treatments, the repetitive intense contractions force your muscle tissues to adapt, and they continue to develop over the next four to eight weeks. Clinical studies reported an average of 16 per cent to 18 per cent increase in muscle thickness one to two months after a course of treatments.
EMS targets 100 per cent of muscles
One of the main reasons EMS achieves results not possible through normal exercise, is because it engages 100 per cent of the muscles in target areas. According to Dr Susanna Hayter, GP and owner of Marlow based My Beauty Doctor: “The electromagnetic energy we use in CMSlim can target 100 per cent of the muscle fibres to contract, which is more than double what most elite athletes can achieve in training. Repeated stimulation results in increased muscle strength and size and this takes a few weeks after each session to become apparent. The intense contractions also stimulate the release of fatty acids from nearby fat cells which results in significant fat reduction in target area.”
Targeting Your Core
One of the hardest muscle groups to target is our core muscles; the muscles around the spine, hips and pelvis that provide stability. The core is described as a “corset” that acts to control the spine and provide stability for the function of your limbs. Core exercises require very controlled form and pace. EMS penetrates down to your core muscles and forces contractions. By engaging 100 per cent of your core muscles, it can help virtually all aspects of your fitness performance by improving your posture, stabiliser muscles, as well as helping you perform abdominal and core exercises safely and more effectively. In addition to improving your fitness, strengthening your core muscles reduces the projection of your abdomen. Even if you have developed abdominal muscles, if your core is weak, your stomach can stick our further. EMS can help pull in your core, making your stomach flatter as well as more defined.

EMS is a revolutionary way to change the way we exercise and help people feel better about themselves. Our life spans are getting longer and we need to embrace technology that can improve our lives and health. It will never be a replacement for hard work, but if it means we can improve our fitness, health and ultimately take better care of our bodies, this is something everyone can benefit from.

Unwanted hair can be an ongoing issue for anyone- at any age and any hair type- which is why exploring hair removal treatment has become so popular over the last few years. With so many advancements in laser hair removal, there is a way to help people who feel conscious about their unwanted body hair.

Like all treatments, there are some things to consider when you permanently reduce or remove your hair as well as knowing how much it might hurt! We’ve answered some of the most common questions our clients ask us, to help you make better decisions when it comes to choosing a hair removal treatment.

How long should I go in between laser hair removal appointments?

The time between each hair removal treatment will depend on your hair and skin type as well as the area you’re treating. We usually recommend clients have hair removal treatments every 4-6 weeks. As the body has different hair growth cycles, the hair loss you have will depend on how your follicles re-grow.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

As we use some of the most modern machines, here at Marlow Face and Body, it means all our laser hair treatments are virtually pain-free, meaning your laser hair removal treatments won’t hurt at all! Whilst there may be heat, using the Soprano Ice lasers mean our treatments are quick and painless.

How often do I need to get laser hair removal?

Here at Marlow Face and Body, we always recommend a course of 6-8 treatments using our state-of-the-art Soprano Ice Platinum laser machine. It will also depend on where you’re having hair removal but for facial areas, treatment can be done every 2-4 weeks whereas other areas such as armpits and legs are normally 4-6 weeks. 

We use the best technology on the market with the Soprano Ice laser which targets the hair follicle in all 3 stages of growth and means your hair regrowth will be much slower.

How old do you need to be for laser hair removal?

We always recommend that our customers are at least 18 years of age to have any laser or skin treatments. There are some exceptional situations where a parent or guardian can join a consultation for someone under 18 but we would want them to understand the procedure and aftercare.

“As a teenager, I realised I was burdened with very hairy genes!  I started shaving my legs, underarms and bikini line at age 13.  I would shave in the morning, and by the afternoon I would end up with stubbly prickly legs.  When Summer came, my life was consumed with stubble management.  This meant I had to shave almost every day.
I was over the moon when I later discovered waxing.  Yahoo!!!  I would finally have smooth legs.  Well, at least for a week.  But then an even more visible problem appeared…ingrown hairs!  My legs looked like I’d been fired at by a bibi gun!!  Not to mention the scarring.
The embarrassment was consuming and I always tried to keep my legs hidden, or constantly moving so no one had a chance to get a good look.  And as a lot of women know, ingrown hairs are even worse around the bikini line. Mortifying.

The other problem with waxing was enduring the hair growing back until it was long enough to wax again.  Special events and holidays involved a lot of timing and planning.

My body hair battle lasted through my teens and into my twenties.  Then, the revolution of laser hair removal was introduced!!!  It sounded way too good to be true, but if it really meant solving all these issues, it was certainly worth a try.
I could not believe what happened. Two weeks after the appointment, the hair just started to fall out. For the first time since I was young, I had smooth hairless legs. It was the most incredible feeling!

Eventually, all the ingrown hairs started to fade and all the marks vanished.

Ultimately, getting laser hair removal ended the years of burden body hair management and I can’t imagine ever going back.  I’ve now been getting Soprano ICE Platinum on other areas of my body, and it feels amazing to no longer have to be embarrassed.”



With warmer weather bringing sandals and open-toed shoes, fungal nail infections are becoming more apparent. Whilst fungal infections can affect any part of the body, when they appear on your nails in the summer, it’s understandable you’d want to do something about them- without simply painting over them.

With a few different options available to treat fungal nail infections, we explore what causes them and what the best treatment could be, depending on how many nails are infected and how bad the infection has become.

What causes fungal nail infection

Fungal nail infections are caused by various types of fungi and the most common is a type of fungus called dermatophyte. Fungi isn’t the only cause of a fungal nail infection either, as they can be caused by yeast and even moulds. Anyone can develop fungal nail infections, at any age but they’re more common in adults. 

Is fungal nail contagious?

Rather annoyingly, yes fungal nail infections are very contagious and can be spread either by direct contact or even from touching an infected surface after someone with one has touched. It can be very frustrating as they are trickier to treat in smaller children but easier to spread. 

Luckily, if you have got a fungal nail infection, there are a few options available to you when it comes to treating it.

What is the best fungal nail treatment?

If you have a small infection on one or two nails, you can find treatment in your nearest pharmacy such as a file and varnish or pen treatment. Whilst, these are effective on small infections, they aren’t always 100% and can leave some fungus behind. 

It’s always great if you catch a fungal nail infection soon and stop them from spreading further as your treatment will be quicker.

If you’ve got more than one infected nail or have a bigger infected area, the best treatment is a laser treatment to target the area. Our expert practitioners are now able to use the Harmony XL laser as the best treatment for fungal nails, helping to break the shell of infection and kill off the bacteria. Using a targeted heat, laser treatment is an accurate treatment that is guaranteed to stop the spread and remove all fungal infections for good.

If you’re looking for a consultation for treatment or want to speak to one of our team members about treating a fungal nail infection, get in touch with us today.

I have spent the last seven years researching aesthetic technology as well as offering technology based treatments in our clinic.

The medical aesthetic industry has become flooded with so many different machines for various treatments and making a decision can be overwhelming.  Especially with social media showing us pictures of incredible transformations; sometimes unrealistic.  And even more daunting, we are now seeing case studies of people who have suffered traumatic injuries from treatments.

When it comes to fat freezing, the goal is to freeze and destroy fat cells resulting in permanent fat reduction.  In 2009, scientists at Harvard University discovered that if you freeze fat cells at a specific temperature for a certain period of time, they die (apoptosis).  The body will identify them as a toxin and the cells are gradually metobolised over a 12 week period leaving you with permanent results.

The reason the cost for this treatment varies so dramatically comes down to the manufacturer and the clinical studies behind the device.  A medical grade device from a reputable organisation carries out clinical studies which prove the efficacy and safety.  They also ensure the clinics and practitioners are qualified and properly trained.

To really identify the technical differences, I decided to investigate why some fat freezing machines had phenomenal results, while others had minimal to none.

Inside the handpiece, there are metal cooling plates  which deliver the target temperature.  In order to destroy the fat cells effectively, but also safely so you do not affect any of the surrounding tissue (such as the skin and blood vessels), the plates need to maintain a very controlled specific temperature.  If they are too cold, you could cause burns.  If they are not cold enough, it will not work.

I carried out a test on a CoolTech device as well as another device which was a fraction of the cost.  Using an infrared thermometer, I measured the temperature of the cooling plates for 30 minutes while the treatment was active.  I consistently and constantly moved the laser across the plates to record the temperature.

Here were my findings:

CoolTech:  The target temperature remained consistent across the entire surface of the cooling plates throughout.  It did not deviate, nor did it vary in different areas of the plates.

Other machine: I discovered the temperature ranged from +7 degrees Celsius to -18 degrees Celsius.  The temperature changed constantly and varied on different areas of the cooling plates.

With the temperature constantly changing, there is no accuracy and it is impossible to achieve apoptosis.  Not only will these higher temperatures not destroy fat cells, leaving a metal plate against the skin at -18c could cause significant burns and even necrosis.

In order to achieve apoptosis effectively and safely, a controlled temperature must be maintained throughout the duration of the treatment.  And therein lies one of the main the technical differences.

As consumers, we rely on well-known certifications such as “FDA approval” (which is an American certification) or Medical CE Marking (the European certification for medical devices), to give us the confidence and reassurance that the clinical studies have been evaluated by the necessary professionals.  But with all the choices available, you still need to do your research.  Know who developed the machine, where it was manufactured and if the practitioner is experienced and properly trained.  Ask to see before and after pictures of clients they have treated themselves.

Fat freezing a revolutionary treatment and is life changing.  So choose wisely and take the time to learn as much as you can.

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Elisabeth Bester, Marlow Face and Body


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