These days, looking as young as you feel has never been easier. Advancements in cosmetic medicine have created a whole subset of non-surgical facial rejuvenation and skin revitalisation procedures -many with minimal (if any) downtime and long-lasting natural-looking results.
Non-surgical alternatives are becoming regular treatments for many women and men, alongside facials and other mainstream beauty treatments.
Here we look at the most popular non-surgical treatments at the MIRA Cosmetic Clinic from Perth.
Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily relax muscles thus prevent dynamic wrinkles from developing. Dynamic wrinkles form as a result of facial movement. Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to treat crow’s feet around the eyes, the frown lines between the eyebrows and the worry lines across the forehead. They can also be used to produce the effect of a subtle brow lift by relaxing the muscles that drag down the brow.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the skin to fill and smooth lines and deep folds. These fillers are also used to re-plump the contours of the lower, upper and mid-face regions and restore volume to sagging areas on the face where tissue has drooped.
Fillers help fill deep folds and smooth wrinkles and fine lines. They can also pad out hollow temples and cheeks and create fuller lips. There are a number of different fillers on the market, and each one varies in composition, viscosity and longevity.
Skin resurfacing procedures have come to the fore since the advent of fractionated ablative technology. ‘Fractionated’ means microscopic columns of skin are treated while surrounding skin is left intact, stimulating collagen production and smoothing away surface irregularities without the lengthy downtime associated with laser treatments of the past.
Laser Hair Removal
Just about everyone’s heard about laser hair removal these days. Long-term hair reduction can provide welcome relief from unwanted body hair and the never-ending task of plucking, shaving and waxing. Hair removal lasers are specifically designed to target the pigment in the hair follicle to destroy each hair individually, without damaging the surrounding area.
Laser treatments use a specific light wavelength to target the melanin in the hair shaft and zap the follicle so it won’t readily produce more hair. Each treatment tends to reduce hair growth by at least half, with between three and six treatments achieving a long-lasting result. Further growth over time tends to be sparse, needing just occasional maintenance.
Modern technology means you can flatten your tummy and trim your thighs without surgery and without downtime.
Body contouring devices use energy to break down pockets of fatty tissue — permanently destroying the targeted fat cells. It’s no liposuction regarding volume of fat removal, but if you’re within your ideal BMI range and have some stubborn areas of fat that just won’t budge, these no-surgery, no-downtime body shaping procedures are a huge leap forward for the industry.
One of the most popular and widely known body contouring devices is CoolSculpting, which uses freezing temperatures to destroy fat via a process called cryolipolysis.