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Dec 15, 2010 2:03 PM by Carina Corral

Hyperbaric oxygen facials, not just a bunch of hot air. Locals put this Botox alternative to the test

Hyperbaric oxygen facials are replacing Botox needles and this A-lister treatment is now available on the Central Coast.

There are only two day spas locally offering this newest Hollywood trend.

One of them is the Madonna Inn, where an hyperbaric oxygen facial party was recently held so locals could see for themselves what all the fuss is about.

"You will actually see a brow lift, a pop in the cheek bone and a definition in the jaw line even after one treatment," said Sarah Crawford, a representative with Intraceuticals who was at the Madonna Inn fielding questions from women there to learn more about this exclusive treatment. They were also given mini-treatments.

"These aren't as intense. These always have a little bit of dryness, they're better now. And a lift in my brow," said Stephanie LaBarbara, who allowed us to see her instantaneous results. She was referencing her laugh lines, the fine lines around her eyes and brow line, in that order.

Here's how it works: a plumping serum is misted over your entire face, while oxygen is used to infuse it directly into your skin. The serum is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient your body uses to moisturize the skin. The hyaluronic acid draws water from your skin to plump out fine lines, lips, jowls and brows.

"Dermal fillers (like Botox) are generally hyaluronic acid and we're using those same ingredients, but instead of injecting them into the skin, we're misting them on the surface and then using pure oxygen right over the serum to infuse it... It's not going to be as effective as Botox, but that's what's so great about it. It's a much more natural look," said Crawford.

Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria are just some of the star testimonials of these facials. It also gives women that flawless, red carpet-look by infusing a host of vitamins into the skin.

And now for the million dollar question, how much does it cost?

One, 60-minute treatment is $190.


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