From eyes to lips, these are the popular aesthetics done
What are Aesthetic Procedures?
Aesthetic procedures have become the go-to treatments of men and women alike to address, erase and prevent the signs of aging amongst other common issues; because let’s face it, topical remedies don’t do the cut.
From reducing wrinkles and facial lines to fixing broken blood vessels, large pores, and acne scars, oily skin, aesthetic treatments are increasing in popularity. Moreover, unlike health problems or medical conditions that require surgery and immediate attention, cosmetic procedures are optional, and the decision is always left to the patient.
There are two main types of aesthetic procedures, namely invasive and noninvasive, which we will look into detail later on.
According to the American Family Physician, it was due to the approval of botulinum toxin (Botox), dermal fillers and lasers for cosmetic use that these kinds of treatments became a widely accepted practice. From there, technology has allowed for more procedures that involve minimal skin invasion to be established.
Our skin, which is the largest organ in our bodies, is essential yet it is one of the easiest body parts to take for granted. We don’t always realize that our skin is constantly protecting us, keeping infections out and keeping the good stuff in.
As we age, our skin’s ability to protect and safeguard diminishes, hence the wrinkles, fine lines and the like. It is our task to give our skin a nudge and help maintain its optimal performance. Prevention is always better than cure; they always say.
Are Aesthetic Procedures for you?
There are two categories of aesthetic procedures, namely surgical or nonsurgical methods. They are also referred to as invasive and noninvasive treatments.
These are the types of treatments that undergo surgery, meaning the inclusion of sharp objects and blood. Reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and plastic surgery fall under this category.
Examples of surgical procedures are: liposuction, facelifts, breast implants, and radiofrequency ablation
2. Non-surgical/ non-invasive
Treatments that involve less intense measures like surgery are non-invasive. It is a conservative treatment that does not need any incisions into the body.
Examples of nonsurgical procedures include radio frequency skin tightening, nonsurgical liposuction, chemical peel.
Dermatologists today use both types of procedures extensively to achieve more significant results.
Things to Remember about Aesthetic Procedures
1. The cost
These types of treatments are rarely covered by insurance; therefore, be prepared to shoulder the entire cost. For example, one session of an acne laser treatment could cost between $200 to $1500 depending on the severity of the acne and the full treatment could take up ten sessions.
The number of treatments that only need one session to work is close to none. Treatments are not permanent; therefore, most will need to be repeated at intervals within a year or more.
You will need to do some diligent researching to ensure that the health care provider offering you a particular treatment is qualified to perform the task. Feel free to ask for their licenses and certifications and get references from past patients. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are the most qualified professionals to provide nonsurgical aesthetic treatments.
4. Take your time
Remember always to take your time and think things through when considering aesthetic procedures. This is a decision left to you and not anyone else.
5. Side effects
There will be side effects such as skin tingling or redness during some of these procedures. For example, the side effects of acne laser treatments depend on the severity of the breakout which could include redness, swelling, and pain.
Types of Facial Aesthetic Procedures
1. Classic facial
The most basic of all treatments, a facial cleanses, improves, nourishes and pampers the face. There are different “flavors” of facials such as anti-aging, pore minimizing, vitamin C-powered, skin damage reversal, collagen-infused, butter therapy, and more. Spas and aesthetic centers usually have their variety of facials and market it accordingly.
A typical facial would include cleansing, steaming, exfoliating, extraction of blackheads and whiteheads, a facial massage then mask, and the application of topical products for a much-needed skin boost.
Best for: All skin types although the consultant will first check your skin type and recommend the best facial for you.
Duration: A facial usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour
Frequency: It is advised to get a facial once a month for maintenance. Too many sessions could cause skin irritation which will only worsen the skin’s ph balance.
Microdermabrasion is the less aggressive form of dermabrasion, a technique that has phased out in the derma world. The next level of dermabrasion is used to renew the skin tone and texture.
If you aim for improved skin appearance, reduction of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, signs of aging, acne scars, melasma, enlarged pores, stretch marks, and other skin-related issues, then microdermabrasion is a good option to try.
This treatment uses a special tool that has an abrasive surface which acts like sand gently rubbing and exfoliating the outer layer of our skin which is filled with dead skin cells leaving it rejuvenated.
Another tool used for this treatment is a fine vacuum or suction that sucks away the impurities after the application of chemicals like aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate. Another name for microdermabrasion is diamond peel.
Best for: Microdermabrasion works on all skin types, especially on those with the issues mentioned above. An assessment before the procedure is required.
Duration: This treatment session lasts typically between 30-45 minutes.
Frequency: Depending on the skin condition, microdermabrasion is usually taken once every two weeks and extended to once a month for maintenance. The average time it takes for visible results are six to 10 sessions.
3. Chemical peel
A chemical peel involves a chemical solution being applied to the skin and allowed to soak. The solution will then irritate the top layer of the skin for the next few days and will lead to peeling. The process boosts collagen production which leads to softer, smoother skin.
Light peels, which only removes the epidermis, medium depth peels, which penetrate deeper into the skin to treat sun damage, wrinkles, and pigmentation, and deep peels which is the strongest type of chemical peel that targets scarring and deep wrinkles, are the three types of chemical peels.
Price: $150 – $6000 (deep peels)
Best for: All skin types upon assessment and approval by a licensed dermatologist.
Duration: A chemical peel usually lasts 30-90 minutes depending on the type.
Frequency: This treatment requires fewer sessions and can be done every four to six weeks.
4. Laser treatment
Laser treatment is an aesthetic procedure that addresses skin irregularities and conditions through concentrated pulsating beams of light. Laser treatments can reduce wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes.
LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation which means an intense pulse of light radiation is placed on a specific part of the skin. The heat energy from the laser is absorbed by the skin to stimulate growth or destroy some patches to promote regeneration.
It is usually a better option for those who are squeamish with blood and is a quicker and somewhat painful procedure.
Price: Depending on the coverage, laser treatment could cost between $200 to $1500.
Best for: All skin types but those with darker skin will not benefit from the procedure. Darker skin means more melanin that absorbs the light energy from the laser. When the procedure has taken effect and the damaged skin removed, the replacement could be lighter than the original.
Duration: A session typically lasts an hour.
Frequency: Laser treatments are never complete in one session. A particular issue could require ten sessions or more.
This semi-invasive aesthetic procedure requires needles that are injected into the skin to supply it with a specially formulated mixture of vitamins, amino acids, and medication. These are placed just millimeters under the skin and works at softening the surface lines, hydrating the tissue and plumping the skin.
Mesotherapy is not for treating an issue such as acne scarring or sun spots but is for brightening and firming the skin to achieve a natural youthful state. Dermatologists say that one treatment will make you look like you’ve slept for a week!
Price: A single session could cost between $250 to 600.
Best for: Because this treatment is highly customizable, all skin types could benefit from mesotherapy.
Duration: A session typically lasts half an hour.
Frequency: Depending on the desired results, one would need 3 to 15 sessions.
6. RF treatment
This type of treatment uses radio frequency to tighten and lift the skin. Generally used for areas like the forehead, under eyes, cheeks, mid-face, jaw line, and the neck, radio frequency goes deep into the soft tissues under the skin to address the issues.
Radiofrequency works by stimulating the collagen production of the skin. A machine is used to heat the surface between 38-40 degrees with radiofrequency which feels like a hot stone face massage.
Price: ~$150 for the face
Best for: Aging skin and those who want to tighten and lift saggy skin without taking an invasive measure.
Duration: 30 minutes for the whole face
Frequency: At the start, it is advised to undergo the treatment weekly then monthly for maintenance.
Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures on the skin and create a controlled injury to force the skin to start rejuvenation. As we age, our collagen productions decrease, and we need to give it a little bit of push to ensure we positively do not look our real age.
A topical anesthetic is applied on the skin then a small instrument called a derma roller with tiny needles passes through the face to create the trauma. Once the skin is irritated in a good way, new collagen will be produced to fill in the punctures with brand new skin. A serum is placed after the procedure to ensure effectivity.
Best for: Skin with acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and pigmentation.
Duration: 15-45 minutes for a session
Frequency: Normally done in batches of three to six sessions every other month
It may sound scary, but this process is a simple procedure that uses heated electrodes to burn or destroy skin tissues such as warts and small benign skin lesions. It is also known as thermal cautery.
Anesthesia is applied before the treatment, and then a tool that looks like a magic wand is used to pass direct or alternating current through a resistant metal wire electrode. Patients with implanted electrical devices like cardiac pacemakers can still safely undergo this treatment because the current does not pass through the patient.
Best for: Skin with lesions to be removed
Duration: The session depends on the number and size of the targeted area
Frequency: A one-time procedure but may require a post-checkup
Aesthetics of the face
Focusing on the face, there have been a steady rise of treatments, or ‘tweakments’ that are increasing in popularity. Examples are: lip fillers, Botox, liquid facelift, and rhinoplasty.
9. Lip fillers
We probably have the Kardashians to thank for making lip fillers popular. While obviously plump lips were the in-thing last year, 2019 is all about natural-looking results. Doctors are using hyaluronic-acid -based injectables in small doses to gradually achieve the desired effect of natural-looking lips. The treatment can last up to 12 months, if done correctly.
Botox, which had a bad reputation before for being dangerous, now has a better version. The new B-type 2 toxin does not need to be injected in large doses and lasts longer. Wrinkles, fine lines, and any other signs of aging can be addressed more safely.
11. Liquid facelift
Another cosmetic surgery to look out for in 2019 is the secret facelift. No more missing work and being wrapped in bandage after a major treatment. The liquid facelift contours the face without looking like they had it done.
It is a non-surgical procedure that uses dermal fillers and can last up to two years.
Another favorite part of the face to tweak is the nose, or rhinoplasty. Those who desire a more symmetrical nose can opt for a nose job to feel more balanced.
Today, there is a nonsurgical nose job that also uses dermal fillers to subtly enhance and reshape the nose minus the invasive procedure, side effects, and downtime.
We are sure facial aesthetic treatments will only improve as we go into the future. With so many treatments to choose from, do always consult and/or seek a second opinion if you are unsure about opting for the procedure. Remember, you are in charge.