The ever-developing world of beauty can sometimes be somewhat baffling for the outsider. With a plethora of new treatments streaming onto the market, it’s important to know which are right for you. It’s often in summer when we consider having a more invasive treatment. It may be that you’ve reached your ideal weight but are left with loose skin, you are suffering from sun damage wrought in your early teens or even you finally want to tackle that insecurity that has always left you feeling not quite your best. Here are some of the treatments you might want to consider:
Procedures like the gastric band have been around for years, but some have found their old habits hard to give up and find consuming sugary drinks can make the band ineffective. There have been lots of advances in this type of surgery, such as a gastric balloon (also known as an intragastric balloon), which aims to reduce feelings of hunger and help you feel fuller for longer after eating only small meals. This type of weight loss treatment can help you lose weight without invasive surgery as the balloon is inserted through the throat and then inflated with a saline solution. A gastric balloon is designed to be a temporary weight loss solution, and will usually be removed after six months.
Many of us are familiar with liposuction, but if you want to look into less invasive procedures, consider a process like CoolSculpting. This procedure freezes fat cells – problem areas are squeezed between the CoolSculpting applicators, which then cools the area to a temperature that causes fat cells to crystallize and dissolve. This treatment is not intended for major weight loss, but it is an excellent way to remove stubborn fat like love handles, lower tummy fat and wobbly legs. Once banished, those fat cells won’t come back, but it’s up to you to maintain a healthy lifestyle so you do not see a build up on that area again.
Facial plastic surgery can accomplish everything from refining the shape of the nose to lifting loose skin and eliminating fat beneath the chin for improved facial contour. Most people undergo cosmetic surgery for one of two reasons: to make the face look more youthful or to change the contours/shape of the face or facial features. Common procedures include:
Face Lift: This surgery is designed to address moderate to deep facial wrinkles and reduce or eliminate the more obvious signs of aging, including sagging facial skin, especially in the lower parts of the face.
A Brow Lift: A procedure that addresses hooded brows, as well as deep lines and wrinkles on the forehead. The result is a more youthful appearance.
Cheek Augmentation: This procedure involves the placement of small implants under the skin and enhances facial contours and can also combat the signs of ageing.
Before any surgery, have a series of consultations with a cosmetic surgeon to address your needs and concerns.
Eyelid Surgery: Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, involves the removal of excess skin and fat around the eyes. Eyelid surgery is designed to rejuvenate the eye area and eliminate the “tired” appearance of ageing eyes.
Here are ways to address the above skin complaints without going under the knife.
Face Lift: When it comes to turning back the clock, there are three main approaches – prevention, correction and maintenance. The ‘Liquid Face Lift’ is good for this. This involves a mixture of liquid injectables – such as Botox to prevent fine lines, hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate skin and Restylane or Juverderm for deeper creases. Essentially, a mixture of different fillers are used on sections of the face and prescribed on the problem areas.
Brow Lift: If you are happy with the shape of your brows and just want a more youthful appearance, Botox or other dermal fillers are the best bet.
Cheek Augmentation: If you don’t want to have implants under the skin, you can achieve a similar effect with the use of fillers.
Eyelids: If you want to clear completely clear of any injections, a good skincare routine can make the world of difference. There are many face creams, lotions and serums that can help rebuild collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The good news is that unlike fillers, the results won’t fade away after a few months. Look out for ingredients like wrinkle fighting peptides and collagen boosting stem cells.
As with all things, a good diet, exercise and a skincare regime adapted to lifestyle and age are all-important factors in improving appearance, so be sure to address these issues before thinking about surgery.