Top Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon

 

Top Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments

Cosmetic surgery encompasses medical operations that aim to improve a person’s appearance. They can be done through both invasive and non-invasive steps. Non-invasive procedures are less costly, have minimal or no pain, leave no scars after treatment, and may require minimal or no recovery period. Since most people, who are not addicts of plastic surgery, fear undergoing invasive cosmetic treatments, non-invasive procedures can do the trick. Also, with the 180% increase in the population of people undergoing non-invasive cosmetic treatments, that is according to 2000 to 2016 statistics, there has been a tremendous spread in its awareness.

Botulinum Toxin Type A

This constitutes a dilute solution of purified botulinum toxin that is administered through injections for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Completely marketed under the botox trademark, it functions by blocking muscular nerve signals, therefore, weakening the targeted muscles. This, in turn, limits muscle contraction which relaxes wrinkles hence preventing them from deepening. Botulinum toxin type A treatment can be used in non-surgical eye treatment, frown lines, forehead furrows, crow’s feet, and neck skin bands treatment.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are also known as soft tissue fillers, injectable implants, or wrinkle fillers. They are medically approved to help create a fuller and smoother facial appearance. Dermal fillers reduce the appearance of wrinkles, full lines, and the nasolabial folds found at the cheeks, lips, and chin by adding fullness and volume to the face. It does so by recharging the hyaluronic acid levels in the skin and drawing in moisture from the body. The duration of which the results of this treatment lasts will depend on the underlying tissue structure, the volume, and type of the filler used. Since some dermal fillers are naturally absorbed as time passes by, patients may have to attend several treatment sessions to repeat the procedure for long-lasting results.

Chemical Peels

This is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a chemical solution to remove the top skin layers. When this happens, smoother skin grows for a new appearance. The chemical peel used is applied to the skin, especially the facial skin to treat wrinkles, scars, discolored skin, dryness, acne, and uneven skin tone. Depending on the issues that a patient would like the surgeon to address, he will decide on the best type and depth of the chemical peel to use. It could be a light, medium, or deep chemical peel. The recovery period differs depending on the type of chemical peel used. Light and medium chemical peels take a shorter time of recovery compared to deep chemical peels.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses laser energy to remove unwanted hair. It is commonly done to men to address problems of stubborn hairy backs, and shoulders. The laser energy consisting of a concentrated beam of light is absorbed by the melanin in the hair pigments after which it is converted to heat that destroys the hair follicles responsible for producing hair. However, laser hair removal treatment doesn’t permanently remove unwanted hair. It will require multiple treatment sessions for long-lasting results.

Keratin Hair Straightening

Keratin hair straightening is a non-invasive treatment that is used to straighten hair. Also called a Brazilian blowout or Brazilian keratin treatment, this technique is designed to save plenty of time. The doctor applies keratin to the hair, a natural protein type present in the hair, skin, and nails that form strengthening fibers. Afterward, he treats the hair with a flat iron that leaves the hair strands smooth, straight, and shiny. The Keratin hair straightening technique can help maintain the hair for a period of at least three months, depending on the type of hair. One treatment session costs about $400.

Microbalding

Microbalding non-invasive cosmetic treatment is used to treat the eyebrows. It is more of a tattooing procedure that fills in the thin eyebrow areas to give them a fuller, and thicker appearance. The procedure is done when the doctor uses a hand-held microblade tool with fine needles to break into the skin to apply color pigments that resemble real hairs. These semi-permanent hairs may last to about 3 years until the next treatment is required. One session takes about two hours to complete depending on the person performing it.

Latisse

Latisse technique is used in the treatment of eyelashes. It is designed to give patients longer and fuller eyelashes hence eliminating the need for extensions or false eyelashes. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure uses a drug called bimatoprost to lengthen, thicken, and darken the eyelashes. The doctor uses a sterile brush to apply Latisse on the lower and upper margins of the eyelids every day for about four weeks. Although prices vary regionally, the cost of this procedure ranges between $120 to $140.

Conclusion

Non-invasive cosmetic treatments have helped improve a lot of people’s lives. As long as you know exactly what you want and can choose an experienced surgeon, then you are good to go.