Aesthetic Medicine Part 2: Today vs. 30 years ago

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The evolution of aesthetic medicine over the last few decades is quite extensive. Before, if you wanted to alter or improve your appearance and didn’t want to rely on promises from the latest over the counter skin cream, you would resort to plastic surgery. This would involve hospitalization, anaesthetic, recovery time and an expensive bill.

Today, you can improve and change your look without having to go under the knife, and you need not look far to find an aesthetic medicine practice that will help you do so. The possibilities and procedures are plentiful and will treat a variety of issues, including acne, wrinkles, excess hair, and even cellulite. Today, aesthetic medicine is a booming business that is catering to a more informed, self-assured and willing consumer that knows there are non-invasive procedures that can greatly improve their look.

It all started with Botox®, which, upon its invention, was being used to treat a variety of medical conditions including but not limited to excessive sweating and chronic migraine headaches. Once it was noted that Botox® could temporarily paralyze muscles without adverse reactions, and thus smooth out superficial wrinkles, it became widely popular with those who wanted to “freshen up” those worry lines on their forehead. Medical spas started offering basic Botox® treatments during regular business hours, often with only a few days’ notice for an appointment and for a minimal cost compared to surgery.

It didn’t stop there. Before we knew it, treatments and procedures were being developed everywhere that promised a fresher, newer you, without the invasive side effects of plastic surgery. Today, there are upwards of 20 different types of treatments that can be done with minimal invasiveness. Besides Botox®, here are 5 of the most popular types of aesthetic medicine treatments:

Photofacials

A Photofacial is an advanced skin rejuvenation technique that uses lasers, lights or photodynamic therapy to treat skin conditions such as photo aging, wrinkles, spots, texture issues such as acne, skin conditions caused by sun damage. During the procedure, gentle pulses of intense, optimized lights are directed at the skin and are selectively absorbed by the treated area. The heat of the light delivered by the machine destroys the damaged blood vessels and pigments and effectively work to reduce wrinkles, sunspots, scarring and stretch marks, among other conditions.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are wrinkle smoothers that are injected into the skin. Their compound, which consists of hyaluronic acids, collagens, or biosynthetic polymers, increases the volume in the skin, which has a smoothing effect on wrinkles. Results normally show after a couple of treatments and last for months. As most of these ingredients will eventually be absorbed by the body, so treatments need to be repeated regularly.

Chemical Peels

This is a treatment that will improve and smooth the texture of the skin by using a chemical solution, such as an AHA, BHA or retinoic acid that causes the dead skin to slough off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical Peels can achieve great results on sun damaged skin as well.

Body Contouring and Cellulite Treatment

You can help to smooth out the stubborn orange peel look of cellulite with a few different clinical treatments. “Endermologie” treatments knead the skin with a rolling suction device, which boosts circulation and helps to stimulate collagen production. Six sessions are often needed to see results. You can also be treated with lasers and radio-frequency devices, both of which use massage and suction as well. These relatively painless treatments help shrink fat cells via heat, and then your liver processes the fat.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is great for those ladies and gentlemen that no longer want the chore of shaving areas such as legs, chest, back, the bikini and underarm. Although it isn’t permanent, it can have lasting results after only three treatments and requires very little maintenance. It works by way of a laser pulse heating up the follicle and killing it while not damaging any surrounding tissue.

 

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