The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that almost 18 million cosmetic procedures were done in the United States in 2018 – a record. While cosmetic surgery is enormously popular, it’s interesting to note that almost 90% of procedures in most years are non-surgical.
That means about 15 million non-surgical cosmetic procedures are performed annually. This speaks to the popularity of cosmetic procedures that enhance the appearance and reduce signs of aging but don’t involve the risk and recovery of surgery.
What are the most popular non-surgical procedures in 2021 and beyond? Keep reading to learn more.
Botox and Fillers
In our age of Zoom meetings, selfies, and app-based dating, our faces get more attention than ever. If you look at your face during a Zoom meeting and recoil at the crow’s feet or lack of volume in the jawline, you have a lot of company.
This trend took off during the pandemic in 2020, and it’s continuing this year. If your surgeon uses dermal fillers and Botox carefully, you can get a type of ‘liquid facelift’ that provides many benefits of a facelift without the recovery.
This is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy. Microneedling can be done by itself or with PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma. These cosmetic treatments are an effective procedure that can improve wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation.
Microneedling provides radiance to older skin, and when used with PRP, can treat thinning hair in men and women.
This non-invasive procedure uses special chemicals to exfoliate and retexture the skin by taking away the older outer layers. Chemical peels are some of the least invasive cosmetic procedures that can make your face look younger and smoother.
Chemical peels can help with wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, pigmentation issues, and sun-damaged skin.
You can have a superficial, medium, or deep peel, depending on the issues you want to correct. Note that the deeper your chemical peel, the longer the recovery time. Deeper peels involve more skin redness, inflammation, skin peeling, and healing.
Micro-Resurfacing With Infusion
This method is similar to traditional microdermabrasion, but it evenly exfoliates the top layers of skin to get to the vibrant, smooth, and revitalized skin below. This procedure also may involve dry exfoliation and dermal infusion to repair problems such as fine lines, large pores, and discoloration.
This procedure feels like your skin is getting a deep clean vacuuming, followed by a cool infusion of solutions that penetrate deep into the skin using reverse suctioning. The result – a vibrant, healthy glow and skin that tingles with freshness and invigoration.
Cutting-edge laser technology allows plastic surgeons to improve wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots on the face. Also, non-ablative laser techniques allow better results with faster recovery time.
Laser treatments also can help with sun damage, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.
One of the gold standards in laser treatments today is the Fraxel Dual laser, which offers impressive results with a short recovery. This laser allows the surgeon to treat superficial and deeper skin issues in a single treatment.
The Fraxel laser can treat wrinkles and fine lines, acne and surgical scarring, sun damage and age spots.
Did you know that injectables can reduce fat in some areas of the body? One area that is particularly troublesome for some older patients is the double chin. This problem can surface because of weight gain, genetics, hormone changes, or simply age.
Many patients like the idea of an injectable to solve the double chin problem, rather than using liposuction or other more invasive procedures.
One of the most popular fat reduction injectables is called Kybella, which destroys fat cells under the chin so no more fat can be stored there. The chemical kills the fat cells, which are absorbed by the body over a few weeks.
This non-invasive procedure may cause some minor bruising and swelling, but it subsides after a week or so, and there’s little downtime.
If you have a sagging lower face and neck, skin tightening can lift the neck and face with little downtime.
This ultrasound-based technology targets the same muscles that your surgeon would manipulate in a facelift. This anti-aging treatment directs energy into the skin to stimulate elastin and collagen production, which tightens the skin.
This therapy can see below the skin’s surface to target the exact delivery needed for each patient. Ideal results take about three months to show, and results last up to a year.
Request A Non-Surgical Procedure Consultation
Considering a New Jersey non-surgical procedure? Dr. Smita. R. Ramanadham can help you obtain the results you want. In your consultation, Dr. Ramanadham will go over your options, goals, and more to determine if you’re a good candidate for a variety of non-surgical procedures to make you look younger.
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