Are you proud of your posterior? Are you smug about your seat? Or do you despise your derriere? Whatever your opinion, seminal spa superiors around the world have been busy developing treatments to put your posterior anterior.
In 2009, Solange Magnano – a former Miss Argentina, tragically died from complications following a gluteplasty procedure (or bum implants, for the uninitiated amongst us). Whilst deaths of this sort are reasonably rare, surgery of any kind does involve an element of risk. So, if you aren’t quite ready to succumb to the surgeon’s knife, the Good Spa Spies have been busy researching what other treatments are available to revitalise your rear!
Stepping away from surgery but remaining in the realms of ‘procedure’, EF Medi Spa in Kensington offers Instant Butt Lift Injections. By injecting Macrolane filler (traditionally used for non-surgical breast enhancement) into the top and sides of your bottom, it is claimed that you will leave with a firmer, plumper behind, with minimal downtime. EF Medi Spa additionally include a skin-tightening radio frequency treatment as part of the package, which they claim is “excellent for smoothing out cellulite, tightening loose and sagging skin and more importantly promoting collagen production so that your skin remains firmer for longer.”
If the idea of someone sticking needles in your rear doesn’t appeal, there are a number of spa solutions that can leave your seat looking (and feeling) sweet:
The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, California, was one of the pioneers of the ‘Fanny Facial’ (language differences to be remembered in this case please, spa-goers!), with their infamous Divine Derriere treatment. Since then, the UK market has cottoned on and is offering some splendidly sumptuous bottom-beautifying treatments.
Formby Hall offers a very popular Cheek Lift treatment that is designed to tone and lift your bottom, leaving it moisturised and visibly perkier. At £60 for this 60-minute treatment, it also represents good value for money.
Urban Retreat at Harrods utilises Mama Mio’s Boot Camp for Butts, which provides a killer combination of sweet almond oil, aloe vera and vitamin E for ultimate moisturisation and rejuvenation. This treatment hits the mid-range price-wise, coming in at a pretty reasonable £65 for 50 minutes.
For those of you wanting to spa at home, gentle exfoliation and scrubs are the order of the day, and a clay mask comes highly recommended - if you don’t mind standing around whilst you wait for it to dry! Alternatively, you could ask your partner or a willing (and open-minded!) friend to help out!
Our spa insiders recommend using a mask that has been tailored to your skin type – but using your regular face-mask on your bottom is a-ok. Sedate Spy loved the hydrating effect of Balaton Spa's mud mask, so we'll be giving that a try! The sparing application of oils such as lavender and tea tree is recommended by spa aficionados to add a finishing touch and a general glow to a well scrubbed behind.