Every year, we strive to better ourselves—and so does the field of cosmetic medicine. New procedures are developed all of the time in order to treat common problem areas more effectively. Today, there are a number of innovative treatments—many of them completely non-surgical—that can revolutionize the look of your face and body. The only downside to this situation? It’s hard for patients to keep up with what each new treatment does, and how each one accomplishes its goal. When you consider the fact that there are now over half a dozen different dermal fillers alone, it’s clear why some people find themselves a bit confused. Fortunately, we’re here to help; below, we’ve compiled a list of four modern procedures that have taken the world of aesthetic medicine by storm. If you’re looking to boost your confidence in 2018, these might be just the way to do it.
The 4 Best Procedures for 2018
Jacqueline Skin Care – Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning
Why not kick it up a notch in the new year? It’s time to move on from ineffectual creams and lotions to a powerful skin care treatment that’s made especially for you. Programs like Livingston Plastic Surgery’s Jacqueline Skin Care offer patients the chance to try medically-proven skin care that’s delivered by a true aesthetic professional. One particular treatment, microdermabrasion, allows the patient to remove the damaged layers of skin to reveal the newer skin underneath. Microdermabrasion is great for removing blemishes, a powerful anti-aging treatment, and-when performed by a skilled medical professional-completely safe for the skin.
Jacqueline Skin Care also offers dermaplaning, a type of exfoliation treatment that removes the dead skin and peach fuzz that can accumulate on top of the skin. Using a fine blade, a medical professional will gently scrape the top layer of your skin to help you achieve a smoother, clearer, and more glowing complexion. And, because it opens up the pores and the lower layers of skin, dermaplaning can actually boost the effectiveness of topical skin care products.
While Botox certainly isn’t anything new, it’s experiencing something of a renaissance right now. People are moving beyond the Botox myths of yesteryear and embracing this treatment due to increased public understanding of its relative safety and efficacy. Today, most people understand that Botox will not “freeze” their faces and adverse reactions to this compound are exceedingly rare. Moreover, emerging research has shown that Botox can actually help to prevent static wrinkles if it’s administered early in the aging process. Younger patients and former Botox “skeptics” are therefore flocking to this simple non-surgical, wrinkle-reducing treatment in droves.
Chemical Peels and Laser Skin Resurfacing
Today, patients are increasingly trying to work with their bodies when it comes to fighting the signs of aging. We’ve discovered that when procedures make use of the body’s own rejuvenating compounds, such as collagen, they can produce results that look extremely natural… Because, in essence, they are. This is the science behind chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing: Using different mechanisms, both of these treatments remove the surface layer of the dermis. In doing so, they erase superficial signs of skin damage, such as fine lines, small scars, enlarged pores, and sun spots. They also prompt the body to manufacture new collagen (in order to produce a fresh layer of skin). This helps compensate for age-related collagen loss; the new layer of skin is smoother, more supple, and tighter thanks to the collagen infusion it’s received.
Injectable fillers have long made headlines thanks to their popularity in the realm of lip enhancement. Today, however, we’re hearing more and more about these compounds in an anti-aging context, and for good reason: A number of new dermal fillers have been designed expressly for the purpose of filling in deep wrinkles and facial hollows. In fact, dermal fillers can be used in combination with Botox and chemical peels (or laser skin resurfacing) to create what is known as a non-surgical facelift. How? The dermal fillers take care of deep static wrinkles while also increasing localized collagen production. Meanwhile, Botox relaxes away any dynamic wrinkles (usually forehead lines and crow’s feet) the patient has. Finally, skin resurfacing is used to erase any remaining superficial blemishes and create more youthful, radiant skin. Yes, all of that is now possible without a single scalpel being involved!
Even if you’re short on time this holiday season, these four procedures provide a great way to begin transforming yourself for 2018. Their lack of significant downtime and natural-looking results make them ideal for a wide array of patients, regardless of age or lifestyle.