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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 take a look at five of the most requested non-surgical procedures at the Cosmetic Medicine Centre.
1. Anti-wrinkle injections
One of the biggest players in cosmetic enhancement, anti-wrinkle injections temporarily relax muscles and thereby prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by facial movement, for example frowning, and occur when your skin’s collagen fibres break on account of regular skin creasing.
Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to treat crow’s feet around the eyes, the frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) 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 injected into the skin to smooth and fill deep folds and lines. They are also used to restore volume to a sagging face where tissue has drooped with age, re-plumping contours in the upper, lower and mid-face regions.
Fillers are used to add volume, fill deep folds and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to create fuller lips and pad out hollow cheeks and temples. There are a number of different fillers on the market and each varies in longevity, composition and viscosity. Generally lasting around four to 12 months, dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections for a cumulative result.
3. Skin rejuvenation
Skin resurfacing procedures have really 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. Our device of choice at the Cosmetic Medicine Centre is the Matrix RF, which uses non-laser radiofrequency to deliver energy in a matrix pattern deep within the skin, which increases levels of beneficial collagen and new healthy skin cells.
The Matrix RF is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, superficial skin lesions, textural irregularities and skin laxity.
4. 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.
5. Fat reduction
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 in terms of 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.
For advice or more information on any of these popular procedures, please call and speak to one of our friendly staff members!