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6 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Minimalists

 

Laser Skin Resurfacing to treat Melasma

Laser Skin Resurfacing to treat Melasma

Want an improved, more youthful appearance without undergoing a surgical procedure? Lucky for you, it’s no longer necessary to have invasive cosmetic surgery to improve your skin’s appearance. Experienced plastic surgeons can give you the results you desire with highly effective, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures.

Here is a list of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures that can give you a more radiant and youthful appearance with little to no downtime.

1. Laser Rejuvenation

Laser rejuvenation and laser resurfacing are procedures that reduce wrinkles, acne scars and other blemishes to reveal younger looking skin. Laser rejuvenation directs short concentrated, pulsating beams of light to affected skin. These pulses of light gradually remove top layers of damaged skin to reveal new, clearer skin.

A laser rejuvenation procedure can take up to thirty minutes for partial layering or up to 2 hours for a full facial treatment.  For mild treatment, recovery times are usually no more than one week, while more aggressive treatments can require up to three weeks.

2. Laser Hair Reduction

Laser hair reduction, which patients generally describe as less painful than waxing, involves aiming concentrated beams of light at hair follicles to destroy unwanted hair. While some regrowth may occur, it will be sparse compared to before, and the laser hair removal process is often repeated until the desired area stops growing hair altogether. An impressive 90 percent of patients have permanent hair loss after just 3-5 laser hair removal sessions. Each session will take up to an hour to perform. Recovery time is minimal, requiring only a couple of days for your skin to return to its normal state.

3. Facial Filler Injections

Facial volume loss is common problem that arises as skin ages. Hyaluronic acid injections are a popular choice for filling in lines, wrinkles and depressions in the face. The most common facial filler injections are:

  • Juvederm This is a hyaluronic acid (a substance normally found in your skin) which does a great job of filling lines and wrinkles.
  • Radiesse  Unlike the other products here, Radiesse is made from tiny calcium-based microspheres that help to volumize the mid-face as well as fill the nasolabial folds
  • ● Voluma is the latest facial filler.  It is also a form of hyaluronic acid but has qualities that make it a better volumizer – much like Radiesse, but it should last about twice as long.

The results of these injections are immediately noticeable. It will take a week or less for swelling to go down.

4. Botox

Botox is the most popular injection to temporarily diminish wrinkles and facial lines. In fact, plasticsurgery.org reports that Botox is currently the top minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, with 6.3 million patients receiving Botox treatments in 2013.

Botox is a diluted form of the botulinum toxin which safely relaxes muscles to create a more youthful appearance. Botox works to temporarily interrupt the transmission of nerve signals that reduce muscle contraction. Since it is derived from a potentially dangerous substance, only a trained physician should administer these injections. Much like hyaluronic acid gel fillers, swelling can take up to one week to go down.

5. Light Chemical Peels

Light Chemical Peels are a popular procedure for making skin look flawless and fresh. Chemical peels can use any number of mildly acidic substances to exfoliate the surface layer of skin. Removing superficial or dead skin makes room for the younger. smoother skin underneath to be seen. Most patients require more than one treatment session but can expect very nice and youthful results. Recovery takes anywhere from 4-7 days following procedure with only minor flaking.

6. IPL Photofacial

Unlike some facial treatments, IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacials are non-ablative, meaning the procedure improves skin’s appearance without causing damage.

People who undergo IPL photofacials notice immediate changes, including a more even skin tone and reduction in appearance of brown spots, large pores and signs of sun damage. Patients can often return to work immediately, although there may be some slight redness.

If you are interested in the New York metro area and are interested in minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, contact our office at 214-249-4020 to schedule a consultation.

 

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Dr. Thomas P. Sterry

Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient's unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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