Just as much as people want to take advantage of cosmetic surgeries in order to look younger and attractive, they equally reluctant to go under the knife to achieve that result. We all want the easy way out, don’t we? So, more and more of us want to get that youthful, wrinkle-free, fresh look without having to undergo a surgical procedure and also at minimal expenditure.
Keeping up with this demand, the last few years have seen several minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures shooting up and becoming popular. The goal is one-fold – dealing with the main aspects of facial ageing, like sun damage, volume loss and dynamic lines, which are anatomically related to skin, muscle and subcutaneous fat.
Every person who wants a cosmetic treatment is not necessarily required to go in for a surgical procedure. An isolated minimally invasive procedure will do the trick, too. Of course the right person to advise you on this will be your cosmetic surgeon and it will serve you best to discuss with him the procedure you wish to undergo.
Here we shall discuss a few of the minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries that are popular.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
Commonly known as Botox, in this type of treatment injections are given to prevent development of wrinkles. Medicine is injected into the facial muscles to paralyse them and smooth wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows.
The patient will start to see smooth skin in usually 3-5 days but sometimes, it could take around two weeks to view the full results. The effect can last up to four months but as treatment becomes more regular, the result lasts longer.
Soft Tissue Fillers
These are injections filled with tissues that are inserted under the skin to smoothen out wrinkles and giving a fuller appearance to the area. Soft tissue fillers are also referred to as injectable implants and involve injecting a form of hyaluronic acid or a collagen-stimulating chemical under the skin. This gives a plumped-up effect to the cheek or the lips and smoothens out the nasolabial folds. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are absorbed by the body over a period of time hence the smooth and fresh effect will last till as long. Radiesse, Juvederm Voluma XC and Sculptra will have a longer lasting effect.
Use of chemical peels is said to do wonders to the skin’s appearance making it smoother and tighter. These can be used on the face, neck or hands to help get rid of age spots, freckles, wrinkles, lines under the eyes and mouth, fade scars and make you look younger and fresher. It is an outpatient treatment in which one or more chemical is applied to specific areas of the skin. The chemicals include trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid or phenol.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive procedure which helps rid of unwanted hair from areas like the leg, arm, face, chest, neck, shoulders, underarm, and bikini lines. The use of laser makes the procedure precise without damaging the surrounding skin. The process is fast too with areas like the upper lip taking less than a minute while legs may take around 60 minutes. Usually patients require 2 to 6 sittings.
Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation procedure that gets rid of dead and tired skin cells from the surface by propelling microcrystals across the skin. The dead skin peels off exposing the new living cells beneath. The patient goes home feeling rejuvenated and with a healthy glowing skin.
It is evident that minimally invasive procedures go a long way in enhancing your appearance and lifestyle with minimal risk. It is ideal to consult a cosmetic surgeon to understand these procedures in detail before undergoing one.