After more than two years of looking at themselves on computer screens during Zoom meetings, people have increasingly paid attention to their appearance. No longer does the typical patient want to look refreshed.
Many want aesthetic procedures and overall skin rejuvenation that will not only make them look good but look great. Yet, there has been a subtle shift in aesthetic treatments, as evidenced by the coined word “tweakments.”
What patients mainly want is non-invasive procedures that are not obvious but appear natural. As such, these are the go-to procedures that patients want from experienced aestheticians.
1. Power PRP: the Updated Vampire Facial
Platelet-rich plasma injections, commonly called PRP, are a non-invasive treatment that uses blood taken from your body and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The latter is rich in skin-boosing growth factors. Super PRP is a new trend in the so-called Vampire Facial that uses a super-concentrated version that is five to eight times as strong as the original treatment. The super treatment uses a different centrifuge that eliminates platelet-poor plasma.
Your medical provider places the plasma into your face via injection or micro-needling, where it penetrates deeper than ordinary skincare. PRP stimulates collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production, all of which drop as skin ages. It’s also a popular treatment among men to combat hair loss.
2. Surgery-Free Body Sculpting
Liposuction was once the gold standard for removing stubborn fat in areas like the stomach, thighs, and other problematic areas. However, liposuction carries risks as it involves surgery.
Over the last decade, other FDA-approved treatments, including CoolSculpting and the Emerald Laser, have started to gain traction.
Coolsculpting uses paddles to grab fat in problem areas and freeze it. The ultra-low temperatures kill fat cells, with the body eliminating them over several months. The Emerald Laser is also a cool laser, but instead of freezing fat, it uses electromagnetic energy to drill tiny holes in fat cells. The fat becomes emulsified and effectively leaks out.
A third body contouring procedure called Emsculpt Neo is also gaining traction. This treatment uses high-intensity electromagnetic energy combined with radiofrequency to melt fat. It’s a multi-purpose tool that also claims to tighten muscles in multiple sessions.
3. Botulinum Toxin Injections for More Than Worry Lines
Botulinum Toxin A Injections, commonly called Botox, continues to remain one of the most popular aesthetic treatments.
Traditionally used to treat wrinkles, migraines, and sweating, recent studies have shown it may also reduce the symptoms of anxiety when injected into the forehead. Not being able to frown for several months after Botox injections can create a positive feedback loop for your psyche.
When the brain doesn’t see constant frowning in the mirror, which correlates with stress, worry, and anxiety, it relaxes. Thus, Botox can deliver a double benefit, fewer frown lines, and a better mental outlook.
Another popular off-label Botox treatment involves the facial muscles of the jaw. When injected into the Masseter muscle of the jaw, it can treat the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and slim the jaw simultaneously.
Botox is still the favorite with many patients in non-invasive cosmetic treatments as its results are subtle yet effective. As this procedure can be performed during your lunch hour with no downtime, making you look instantly refreshed and well-rested in one treatment, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.
4. Subtle Dermal Fillers and Treatments
Big pouty lips are passe, and so are other dermal filler treatments that make a big statement. Less has become more. Many people now prefer subtle injectable forms of hyaluronic acid that work more like a moisturizer while creating new collagen and elastin to soften fine lines, address skin laxity, and provide better skin texture and texture brightness.
Increased time on Zoom calls and other online pursuits where people see one another has led to rejuvenation treatments that address problem areas in a non-surgical manner that will make the body look as natural as possible.
5. Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is an attractive option for many as it removes old skin, allowing new layers to grow and resulting in a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion. Peels come in different strengths and often require a fair amount of recovery time, as this skin rejuvenation procedure can result in blistering, scabbing, and peeling. They are also great for many different skin types. Ask your doctor which type is right for you. A chemical peel can help make your skin texture smoother and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, brown spots, sun damage, and acne scars.
6. Laser Facial Therapies
Lasers have become incredibly useful in non-invasive aesthetic treatments. Depending on the strength and type of laser, they can treat the skin in multiple ways. Laser skin therapies go far beyond cosmetic tattoo removal. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can help reduce visible sun damage or signs of aging.
Laser skin resurfacing helps even pigmentation, eliminates broken blood vessels, lifts sagging skin, and more.
IPL is especially effective in helping the aftereffects of acne. IPL is especially effective at removing bacteria, pigmentation, and redness accompanying acne as the laser can penetrate deeper into the skin than topical treatments to address acne’s source.
If you are Hispanic, African-American, or of another ethnicity with darker skin tones, talk to your provider about the type of laser used. Newer laser therapies are safer and provide better results for patients with darker skin tones.
7. Under Eye Treatments
After spending several years wearing masks and participating in Zoom meetings, our eyes have caught a lot of attention, especially the area underneath them.
Several newer treatments target the area around the eyes, including new injectable fillers like Nucleofill that will improve skin quality vi proteins that encourage your body to produce collagen and elastin to make the area look healthy and radiant.
Fillers like Nucelofill are a type of injectable under-eye concealer that will minimize dark circles and make you look younger. These treatments inject tiny amounts of hyaluronic acid dermal filler around the eyes to hydrate them and brighten dark circles.
Dark circles and under-eye hollows can stand out significantly when only the upper third of this face is visible. Thus, many people focus on ensuring that the skin under the eyes looks fresh and radiant.
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