Not so long ago, facelifts and other treatments to look young required extensive surgical procedures with substantial downtime and recuperation periods. Not anymore! Technological advancements and innovations in the field of beauty care has brought in treatments where each session can be completed in under an hour and the patient can get back to routine life almost immediately. Additionally, these treatments are affordable and within reach of the common man, reason why there is a huge growth in demand for such procedures.
Here are some of the latest non surgical procedures to look young.
Botox is also known as Dysport and Xeomin. It is basically a neuro-modulator that causes the muscle to relax when injected into it. When the muscle is relaxed it cannot contract any more, thereby eliminating the possibility of formation of fine lines and wrinkle formation. Typically Botox is used to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead creases and other lines in the region of the upper face.
Results from Botox treatment are visible within three to seven days and last for about three to four months. Hence, you will have to go through periodical treatments to maintain the young and rejuvenated look. For deep lines and wrinkles, several sessions might be required to get the desired effect. There are no side effects of Botox and the slight redness and swelling around the injected area disappears in a few days.
IPL and Laser
Laser and IPL machines harness the power of light to carry out skin rejuvenation procedures. Concentrated beams of light are focussed on the area under treatment. These enter the top layer of the skin and induce production of collagen which is the main element responsible for fresh and taut skin. The main difference between laser and IPL technologies is that laser light is more focussed and can carry out precise procedures whereas IPL has light spread out like an incandescent bulb.
Laser treatments are very effective for treatment of wrinkles, large pores, sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, acne scars and spots and birth marks. A number of sessions depending on the extent of skin damage are required for results to show. This procedure is also extensively used for permanent hair removal.
Ultherapy is the only skin rejuvenation procedure that uses ultrasound to lift and firm up sagging and loose skin. The process involves use of medical ultrasound technology which delivers low levels of heat to the area under treatment. Like laser, this procedure too stimulates production of collagen and shows natural results including tighter skin around the neck and under the chin and a better defined jaw line.
Even though the full effects of treatment will gradually be visible after 2-3 months, immediate results can be seen after a couple of treatments only. The dermatologist or plastic surgeon will evaluate your condition and decide the number of sessions required by you.
Ultherapy has no side effects and is considered to be painless though this depends on the degree of sensitivity of the patient’s skin. There is no downtime and normal life can be resumed soon after treatment sessions.
During the ageing process there is a loss of volume in facial features as collagen and fat below the surface of the skin breaks down over time. This causes wrinkles and fine lines. It is particularly noticed on the lips, chin, jaw line, under the eyes and forehead. Injectible fillers can replace this lost volume thereby eliminating fine lines and wrinkles and making the patient look young and rejuvenated after a single session.
These are some of the current non-surgical and non-invasive procedures trending in the beauty care industry today.