Fans of Eva Mendes are used to seeing the actor and model in stunning red carpet looks finessed by professionals however her latest Instagram post is something completely different.
Undergoing an anti-ageing 'mono thread' treatment, the 46-year-old shared a photo of herself with seven needles protruding from her skin and threadlike markings up and down her neck.
In the caption, Mendes gushed about the Beverly Hills-based beauty clinic, Beauty Villa Vergara, which is owned by Dr. Mariana Vergara Hofstetter.
"This spa-home away from home is incredible! No office with bad fluorescent lighting. No sterile office vibe. This is my go to for all things beauty. A home where you can relax while being tortured by the best of the best," she wrote.
"So excited to support her as a skilled beauty technician opening her own Latina owned business!
"Here I am getting some Mono-Threads. Ayyyy Dios! I'll update you with results if you care."
However, the response from fans was mixed. Some left horrified comments while others shared their positive experiences with the treatment.
"Which movie of Saw was this on?" wrote one fan.
"The threads are a game changer! I work at a medspa and we see some incredible results!" commented another.
Surprisingly, the treatment is actually painless as local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area.
Using dissolving suture material, the threads are inserted into the skin to lift, tighten and rejuvenate the skin, making it a popular treatment for areas like the chin, neck, jowls, eyebrows and crow's-feet.
Although the procedure – also known as a non-surgical thread lift – originated in Korea, it's now much more mainstream and is available in the USA, UK and Australia too.
According to Sydney skin clinic, Allure Skincare, the results are most notable eight to 12 weeks after the treatment and last up to two years. The sutures get reabsorbed into the body after six to eight months.
This isn't the first time the mum-of-two and McHappy Day Ambassador has shared her love for the Beauty Villa Vergara clinic. In July this year Mendes uploaded an Instagram video which showed her receiving a facial using a Golden 'roller' Wand.
"Since I can't see her as much as I'd like to during these times, her affordable beauty tool is helping me fight gravity a little bit. (Don't tell this to my face but I think gravity has the lead)," she wrote.
Surprisingly the Gold Wand was only US$20 via Dr Vergara's website and claims to be able to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, help prevent wrinkles and lift skin.