It'll probably give my readers—and my mother—some comfort to know that when I first heard about a skincare treatment that touted itself as a "non-surgical face-lift," I was only curious in a very removed kind of way. As I close in on my 27th birthday, my skin priorities center firmly around health and prevention. Quite frankly, I don't intend on drastically altering my appearance now or ever.
But I was intrigued enough about the science behind the Forma treatment to meet with the team at Le Jolie Medi Spa, a celebrity-frequented skincare destination in West Hollywood. Forma is one of the team's most popular menu items—and as I'd soon learn, many of the clients who seek it out are actually fellow 20-somethings.
My own initial misgivings illustrate the fact that it might a disservice to Forma's capabilities to refer to it solely as a face-lift alternative. While this might be true to a certain extent—particularly for those who are actually hoping to combat wrinkles and sagging skin—really, the treatment might be better described as a non-invasive alternative to injections. For a younger demographic, it's an effective preventative measure as well, with results lasting for up to six years.
After learning all this and confirming that I'd be experiencing longevity above all else, I decided to opt in. Keep reading to learn about my Forma experience—and the interesting results—below.
How the treatment works
Forma is a non-invasive thermal skincare treatment that enhances and tightens the skin via deep tissue stimulation. "Forma works by harnessing the power of radio frequency and heat to stimulate the formation of new collagen and improve the skin's overall elasticity for long-lasting results," explains Brian Nourian, co-founder of Le Jolie. "Instead of turning to fillers or traditional plastic surgery methods like face-lifts, Forma couples radio frequency and heat to tighten the jawline, remove nasolabial folds, raise and lift the brow bone area, sculpt cheekbones, and more."
In addition to offering the ability to specifically target problem areas and sculpt the face in a customized way, Forma boasts no downtime. "If anything, those with sensitive skin may experience some rosiness, but this will diminish within 15 to 20 minutes post-treatment," says Nourian.
To me, the most intriguing element that Forma has to offer is its longevity: With consistent treatments (typically five to six sessions total, administered once a week), younger clients can see results for up to six years, and those with more mature skin might get an entire decade of firmer, younger-looking skin.
I was officially hooked on Forma when, halfway through my first treatment, my practitioner held up a mirror so that I could compare the sculpted side of my face to the untreated side. The results were subtle yet entirely noticeable—one cheekbone was higher than the other, one brow was slightly lifted, and one nasolabial fold had all but disappeared.
I went on to get a total of six Forma treatments, returning back to Le Jolie every week or so. Each time I'd leave slightly firmer, more awake-looking skin. About halfway through my treatments, others began to take notice, in a "wow, you're glowing!" type of way.
To me, those are the results worth aiming for: understated, healthy, and very mildly noticeable, as if I've just returned from a magnificently relaxing vacation. It's also exciting to me to get a glimpse into the future of skincare, where medical-grade treatments are more attainable than ever, and payoff doesn't require a needle or knife. Forma isn't cheap—treatments at Le Jolie start at $600—but I suspect that in the coming years, these kinds of practices will only become more and more accessible.
Perhaps this time will come around the time that my current Forma results begin to fade. I still have five to six years, after all.