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It’s been a successful year for cosmetic procedures: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were done in 2020. 2.3 million of them were cosmetic surgical procedures, while 13.2 million were minimal to non-invasive procedures. The study shows a clear interest among Americans aged 30-54 years old towards taking advantage of the lockdown to take a few years off their appearance in a non-surgical way.
Benefits of Going Non-Surgical
Doctors can perform non-surgical procedures more quickly. They are often outpatient procedures with a shorter recovery time than invasive or surgical cosmetic methods. This also means that they’re a lot safer.
Many people worry about “going under the knife” because the risks of cosmetic surgery are similar to other surgical procedures. There’s also a longer recovery time, so it’s not something they’re ready to commit to yet.
With non-invasive and non-surgical methods, you get the anti-aging effects and transformation but less risk. And it could be done over a day, with a recovery period done at home. If you would like to get your procedure done quietly, this is a good option. You won’t have to explain to people why you’ll be in the hospital for a while.
Different Options to Address Anti-Aging Needs
Best of all, the advances in cosmetic procedures have made many types of non-surgical anti-aging methods possible. So, there are various options for you to choose from if you’re seeking procedures to tackle any aging signs on your face.
Dermal fillers are among the injectables category of non-surgical procedures. Minimally invasive and very versatile, they can be used to address any number of aging concerns. They can smooth out wrinkles and fine lines and even bring back volume in areas that have lost fat in the face.
The results with dermal fillers are often immediate. For example, if you get dermal fillers injected under the eyes, you’ll see the effects immediately after the procedure; your eyes will look less hollowed and younger. Fillers work for the eyes, cheeks, nose, forehead, and even in the neck area.
The effects of dermal fillers can last for six months or as much as twelve months, depending on the type of filler you get. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, the same compound in skincare that urges skin to create collagen and elastin. Once injected, filler sits under your skin give it volume and elasticity.
However, after a while, your body will also start breaking the filler down and absorbing it. So you’ll need to get it redone to maintain your youthful appearance. Fillers typically cost between $600-$1000 per injectable and vary depending on what the filler is made of.
This procedure is popular among men, who may begin to suffer from a receding hairline or hair loss as they advance with age. Hair restoration or hair transplant is performed by removing follicles from an area of the body that still has growing hair. This is referred to as the “donor area.”
The doctor then takes the donor follicles and implants them on the scalp, where they would need to regrow to recreate the hairline. Typically, hair restoration can take some time to truly take effect—roughly six months on average, just to give your hair time to grow. But the great news is that this kind of procedure could last a lifetime. This is because your healthy hair follicles will keep growing in these areas.
Hair restoration procedures can cost anywhere between $4000 to $15,000, depending on how much hair needs to be transplanted. However, if you want a well-performed transplant that will bring back a youthful, natural hairline or restore your hair for life, it’s well worth the cost as a one-time procedure.
Light Therapy Treatment
The skin eventually develops hyperpigmentation, age spots, and liver spots as we advance in age. Some people even find their varicose veins or spider veins becoming more evident. This is not something fillers can fix, but light therapy certainly can.
Light therapy is an in-office procedure that uses light pulses. It can also be called Broadband Light therapy. A machine is brought over the skin, and the light is flashed over the affected areas. These pulses penetrate the skin in rapid bursts to damage the pigment, tissue, and blood vessels.
Don’t worry—the kind of damage that light therapy does is microscopic and only enough to trigger the body into repairing it. While the body begins to repair the damage from the pulses, it also repairs the rest of the issues.
Your age spots and hyperpigmentation fades, and even your varicose veins and spider veins will start becoming less evident as your body restores the youthful appearance of healthy skin. Skin tone also evens out, with better elasticity and texture.
Typical treatments can be easily done in-office, and you could be done in as little as fifteen minutes. And there’s little to no downtime to affect you as well. The only thing you have to remember is not to pick at your age spots for a while and let the body safely do its work.
The average cost of broadband light therapy could range between $150 to $950, depending on the areas being treated and how large an area is covered. You’ll need roughly 2-5 treatment sessions, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Take it From the Experts—Non-Surgical Procedures Can Make a Big Difference
Just because the procedure is less serious than a surgical one doesn’t mean it won’t be as effective. Non-surgical methods are safe and less risky and can go a long way in restoring your youthful appearance.
Remember to always consult with professionals who truly understand what each procedure entails and what fits your needs best. When you speak with experts, you’re more likely to have a better experience and get the best results from your anti-aging procedure.
If you need help in deciding which procedure would be best for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact Vargas Face & Skin Center to get a virtual appointment! Our specialists can answer your questions and give you great options to choose from. Browse our different facial procedures to learn more about them.