The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity. For instance, in 2017, the number of non-surgical procedures grew faster than plastic surgery procedures.
Many patients opt for non-surgical face treatments because they involve less invasive procedures, faster recovery time, and slight bruising or swelling. For example, a rhinoplasty or nose job is a popular procedure but involves substantial downtime and recovery. That’s why some patients choose non-surgical options, such as liquid rhinoplasty.
Below are the most popular and effective non-surgical options for your face.
Botox is an injectable compound that is safe and effective in reducing the most common signs of aging in the face. This injectable compound can be used to smooth wrinkles on the face, such as crow’s feet, lines around the mound, and smooth lines around the eyes and brows.
Botox is the most popular form of this compound, but another popular option is Dysport, which works a bit differently than Botox.
The Botox injections interfere with the nerve signals from the brain to the face muscles in the targeted area. Those muscles can no longer contract after the Botox takes effect, so it can smooth facial lines and make you look younger. Most patients need new injections every three to six months.
Hyaluronic Acid Injectable Fillers
Soft-tissue or dermal fillers come in several forms. They often are named by their active ingredient. The most popular dermal filler is hyaluronic acid or HA.
Hyaluronic acid is a skin lubricant that is found naturally in the body. It works well as a dermal filler because it draws and retains water. This helps to improve volume in parts of the face where you’ve lost elastin and collagen.
Dermal fillers may produce minor swelling for a week after your appointment. You should see results after the swelling goes down. Results may last between six months and a year.
Chemical peels are popular non-surgical facial procedures because they help with skin texture and tone by cleansing the skin. The peel removes the damaged, outermost layer of skin, and fresh, new skin is revealed.
Chemical peels can be done on other body parts, but most are performed on the face to treat lines and wrinkles, acne, uneven skin, and scarring.
Laser Hair Removal
FDA approved the use of lasers for removing hair in 1995. With laser hair removal, the treatment area will be numbed, so you’re comfortable during the procedure. Your surgeon focuses the laser across the treatment zone, hitting it with concentrated light just under the skin surface. Hair follicles are hit by this light and disappear.
Darker hair usually absorbs the laser energy more effectively, so laser hair treatment is less effective on light hair.
CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, which uses cold to break down fat cells in the treatment area. This technique is popular to contour the body in two or three treatments. Some patients prefer CoolScuplting to liposuction because it’s less invasive.
CoolSculpting also be used on the face, chin, and neck to uniformly eliminate unwanted fat cells. This non-invasive procedure is often considered instead of a facelift or neck lift.
During your session, the device is positioned on the treatment area to drop the temperature of the fat cells under the skin. The extreme cold temperatures make the fat cells weaken and collapse. The body eliminates the liquified fat over a few days.
This technique is highly effective for people who have submental fat or a double chin.
Dermabrasion is a non-surgical facial procedure that uses a special blade or instrument to carefully remove the top layers of skin. The method’s purpose is to take away enough layers of skin to minimize lip lines, smile lines, and other wrinkles.
After treatment, the area will be raw and tender. But over a week or two, fresh, new skin will replace the old. The result is a younger, fresher-looking face with fewer lines and wrinkles.
This is a skin resurfacing technique that uses your skin’s natural healing processes to eliminate skin imperfections, minimize sun damage, and give you a clearer, smoother complexion.
Rather than removing skin layers with chemicals or heat, microneedling makes microscopic holes in the skin using an instrument with many short, fine needles. These ‘injuries’ are invisible to your eyes, but they cause a natural healing response.
Your skin will produce new elastin and collagen, which encourage the growth of new, healthy skin.
Some of the skin issues that microneedling can treat include:
- Surgical scars and acne
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Large skin pore size
- Sun damage and age spots
- Texture problems and rough patches
- Stretch marks
Microneedling doesn’t remove skin layers, so it’s safe for all types of skin, including darker skin. Also, you don’t need downtime for this treatment, so you can go back to work right away.
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