With plenty of recent press and media discussing how cosmetic procedures can go wrong – PIP implants to name just one – many people are now opting for non-surgical treatments that offer them a temporary cosmetic solution that doesn’t involve them going under the knife.
If you have recently considered non-surgical treatments and are interested in how they could help you, you may well be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options available to you. Botox, fillers, vein removal, laser hair removal – there are so many fantastic treatments, how do you know which one is right for you?
Here we look to explore just some of the non-surgical options available on todays market, what they are, what they involve and how they could change your life.
Botox is an injectable drug that can be used to treat medical conditions like an overactive bladder or excessive sweating, and to treat signs of aging like wrinkles. It does this by paralyzing the surrounding muscles temporarily and tends to last around six months. You may find botox under other names such as: Vistabel, Dysport, Xeomin and Myobloc.
Common cosmetic uses for botox are to treat: crows feet (at the side of the eyes) and glabellar lines (between the brows). Prices vary depending on the clinic you attend, and you will need to have it topped up regularly if you want the results to last.
Chemical skin peels are used to improve the skin’s overall appearance. They involve a chemical being applied to the skin which will essentially remove a layer of old skin, leaving new, glowing skin underneath that is smoother and healthier than the skin that was there before.
You can have a skin peel on your face, neck and hands to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, scars and some types of acne. And regardless of your skins condition before you have it done, you will be left with smoother, healthier looking skin a few days after the treatment.
It is important after you have had a skin peel that you protect your skin with high level sunscreen as you will be more sensitive to the suns rays than you were before.
Reputable clinics like Qutis Clinics will give you a thorough assessment before you have the treatment to ensure you are suitable. In some cases you may not be suitable for a skin peel, but may instead be more suited to a similar procedure like microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is an incredibly powerful exfoliation treatment that uses tiny crystals to remove dead skin cells from the face. People prone to redness or thread veins on the face may not be suitable for this treatment and instead may be more suited to a chemical skin peel. If suitable, the treatment will leave you with glowing, youthful skin because all the old, dead cells on the surface have been removed.
Fillers are used to plump out the skin, reducing the signs of aging and giving the skin volume where it may have become saggy or lack-lustre due to ageing. The fillers are most commonly used on the face, where they plump out facial features like the lips or cheekbones. They have recently been used on the hands, as celebrities began having fillers in this area. This is because the condition of the hands can be a telltale sign of your age, even if your face isn’t. The chemicals used in fillers varies depending on the brand.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is where a concentrated laser is aimed at tiny hair follicles, destroying them, giving you a long term hair removal solution. It’s an incredibly popular treatment as it is relatively pain free, safe and effective. The machine is very precise and can target many hairs at a time. It is commonly used to remove armpit hair, leg hair and bikini line hair but it can be used nearly anywhere on the body. It often takes several sessions for the full hair removal of an area and then top-up sessions after for breakthrough hairs.
These are just some of the non-surgical procedures available within the cosmetics industry today. If you do opt for one of these treatments you must ensure you visit a licensed clinic to have the procedure. As with any industry there are unlicensed and unqualified practitioners out there, so do make sure you do your research and select a reputable one. Once you’ve found a great clinic you can then look forward to having some life changing non-surgical treatments, which have the ability to give you a new burst of confidence, and a new lease of life.