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HOW TO GET A BEACH BODY; SOS..SAVE OUR SKIN..SOS For when a coat of fake tan just won't cut it, we've been testing out all the latest high-tech fixes that promise to make you feel your best in a bikini You But.

Before COOLSCULPTING What does it do? Freezes flab off without touching the surrounding tissue. It chills fat cells in your trouble spot until they crystallise and die, then your body flushes out the destroyed fat.

after How long to see results? Visible in a month, three months for the full effects. Most people only need one treatment per area. Ouch factor: Like being firmly gripped but not painful. You might feel bruised afterwards.

What's it like? One tester said: "Chilly when the machine's flab grabbers were first clamped onto my love handles, then it just felt numb. An hour later, it looked - ew! - like I had lumps of frozen butter under my skin. They were then massaged and the area quickly settled. Three weeks in, my waistline is already sculpted to the tune of nearly an inch, I'm thrilled." Cost: From around PS800, we went to the Phi Clinic (Phiclinic.co.uk). Case study pics from Zeltiq. Available in Glasgow at www.drdarrenmckeown.com V-BEAM FOR THREAD VEINS What does it do? This laser absorbs the pigment in thread veins (tiny surface veins that have dilated and become visible) so they disappear or lighten. The results are permanent.

How long to see results? Veins can disappear within a week, although some may need a further going over. Ouch factor: A lovely cooling sensation, followed by a sharp zap. Pain ranges from 'static' to 'wasp sting'.

What's it like? Our tester said: "The first zap is fine, by the time I had the third in the same spot I was cringing with discomfort. Opt for numbing cream. My thread veins were left looking like insect bites initially, but after five days the veins had gone or faded." Cost: From PS200, find clinics at Syneron-candela.com PICOWAY What does it do? Removes tattoos in half the time of previous laser treatments. PicoWay uses a short, strong pulse to shatter tattoo pigment into fragments small enough for the body to remove. It's also less damaging to skin, meaning a shorter downtime (two to four weeks) between appointments.

Before How long to see results? It averages three to six treatments. Amateur tats are easier to remove than pro inkings with lots of colours. Ouch factor: It hurts, so try an over-the-counter numbing cream. After, there's redness, plus white frosting on the tattoo, but no downtime. What's it like? One user said: "It hurts more than getting the tattoo but it's worth it - just one session faded my tattoo more than two years of treatment with a different laser."

after." Cost: From PS190 a go. We went to the Phi Clinic (Phiclinic.co.uk).

Before I-LIPOXCELL What does it do? We all have around 20-40 billion fat cells, which fill up when we gain weight. i-Lipoxcell doesn't destroy them but uses lasers to empty them.

after Afterwards, you do a cardio session to burn the fatty fuel (you don't want it going straight back into the fat cells). How long to see results? Clients lose (on average) 2cm per treatment on thighs or tummy. The recommended course is two per week for four weeks.

Ouch factor: The massage is 'vigorous'. What's it like? Our tester said: "My thighs were warmed up with infrared, pummelled with a rollerball (not nice) and a vacuum was used for skin tightening. Then I was sent off to run for 30 mins. I felt bursting with energy, and I lost over 3cm off each thigh. Even if you don't have the full course, it's a fab instant fix for a big occasion." Cost: Exclusive to Harley Medical Group (Harleymedical.co.uk), PS150 per treatment, or PS960 for the course.

SOPRANO ICE LASER HAIR REMOVAL What does it do? A reduction or complete removal of hair on your chosen zone. The laser is unique in that it has an ice-cold tip, making it virtually pain-free - and while some other laser hair removal can only treat those with fair skin and dark hair, the Soprano is effective on darker skin tones too.

How long to see results? Six to eight sessions to see final results (which vary depending on your skin and hair type) but you can start to see a reduction in hair growth from the first treatment.

Ouch factor: Cold and a bit tingly at the beginning, then it feels like elastic bands snapping over your skin. Bearable, but it's no spa experience.

What's it like? Our tester said: "Let's face it - zapping your hairs with a hot laser is never going to be enjoyable, and while the coldness from the tip of the laser does a good job at numbing some of the sensation, it still isn't pleasant. Prepare for a few hours of redness."

Cost: From PS500 for six sessions on small areas like the bikini line. We gave it a go at Courthouse Clinics (courthouseclinics.com).

COMFORTABLY NUMB Clinics offer topical anaesthetic cream but you'll need to add at least an extra hour while it takes effect. You can save yourself time by buying EMLA Cream over the counter to apply in advance. But discuss it with your clinic first and always read the label.

just been FEELING THE BURN? Next time, stay in a shady place between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest, and always wear a hat if you have to be out in the midday heat. If it's painful, take ibuprofen, which is anti-inflammatory as well as pain-relieving.
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