Tighter and brighter and wrinkle-free: Monique Roffey puts tongue in cheek to look at a new form of facelift

Say facelift and I think scalpels, operating theatre, blood and bandages. I don't think of a face covered in cold, ectoplasmic goo and blue-hued mini-light dancing over my features as electrical probes are applied.

But here I am, blue in the goo-ed face, with a cold metal rod slipping and sliding over the contours of my jawline, cheek and brow. Then, slowly, I start to feel an intramuscular twitch here and there. After about 10 minutes, the twitch becomes a slight tug. In the same way that the steel bands of a teenager's braces are tightened by a minute screw, I feel as though someone is tightening my facial muscles - from the inside. This is a facelift?

'Try and put your tongue into your cheek,' says Eileen Mulligan, the woman who has brought the Caci (pronounced Casey) facelift to Britain. I do, and it hardly fits. My cheek feels as though it's been vacuum-packed. 'Now stick it in the other side of your face,' she says, meaning the side she hasn't worked on. My tongue makes a lump in my cheek.

Eileen, a former Harley Street nurse, is 32, with flawless skin. She stays out of the sun, cleanses and moisturises every day and has a Caci treatment every month or so. She discovered Caci - Computer-Aided Cosmetology Instrument - while working in the US for a physiotherapist who was using the machine to work on athletes' damaged muscles. Invented by Dr Thomas Wing, the machine works with the body's own bio-electrical field, restoring muscle tone by recharging the electrical energy potential within the muscle and improving skin tissue by triggering microcurrents of repair activity within the skin cells.

'It occurred to me that this treatment could also be used for cosmetic purposes,' says Ms Mulligan. The mild electrical current could lengthen and loosen facial muscles that had knotted and shorten ones that had gone slack.

Five years ago, clutching the the exclusive rights to the machine, Ms Mulligan brought the first Caci machine to Britain. Since then she has sold 4,000 to salons around the country and a Caci hotline has been set up to deal with inquiries. The treatment's image has been further boosted by such celebrity clients as the Princess of Wales. Caci's results are most dramatic on women with facial drooping or sagging. Some 'before' and 'after' shots Ms Mulligan provided me with showed women visibly transformed by the treatment.

Almost as if the creases in their faces had been ironed out.

'Women become addicted,' she says. 'Once they've had one session, it's not long before they book in for a course of 10 treatments as well as regular maintenance sessions.' At pounds 40 an hour, Caci isn't cheap, but its more discreet than a facelift - more like an uplift. The Caci-ed face registers a more subtle change than a facelift. It doesn't actually alter the shape or the look of a face, in the way cosmetic surgery can, but it does make women look healthier and younger.

When it was time to look in the mirror after an hour of treatment, the effects weren't immediately apparent. I did look better, but wasn't quite sure why. The wrinkles starting to appear around my eyes had softened thanks to the 'feathering' technique Ms Mulligan had used with a smaller probe. But it had more to do with how my face felt - much tighter and brighter. By the next day, however, that look had vanished. The red wine, cigarettes and salsa dancing had taken their toll. Old paper-bag face was back, pounds 40 poorer.

The Caci Clinic, 11 Heath St, London NW3 6TP. Caci National Hotline 071-431 1033.

(Photograph omitted)

Arts and Entertainment
Chloe-Jasmine Whicello impressed the judges and the audience at Wembley Arena with a sultry performance
TVReview: Who'd have known Simon was such a Roger Rabbit fan?
News
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Frost will star in the Doctor Who 2014 Christmas special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
TV
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Maisie Williams plays 'bad ass' Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife

film
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding

music
Arts and Entertainment
Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne modelling

film
Arts and Entertainment
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape

Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'

music
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'

film
Arts and Entertainment
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

film
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Tom Hardy stars with Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders II

TV
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam