Americans spent over $13.5 billion last year on cosmetic procedures, surgical and non-surgical, according to a report by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Notably, injectables saw a 21% increase in the past year. Here are the top five nonsurgical surgical procedures:
Brands such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin toxins are injected into areas of the face to block muscular nerve signals and temporarily paralyze muscles to create a tightened look and reduces wrinkles. Common sites for this injection are the crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines on the forehead.
As we lose volume in various parts of our face (most notably under the eyes, cheeks and lips), fillers help bring back fullness to these areas. A plastic surgeon will help you find which filler is right for your needs. The most popular fillers include Radiesse, Restylane, Juvéderm and Belotero.
Many women (and men) are choosing to have their body hair removed by laser technology that prevents hair follicles from growing hair. Several treatments may be required.
Chemical peels remove layers of skin, and help to stimulate new growth, in skin that has been damaged by the sun, acne, or other skin conditions. Your surgeon will help you chose the strength of the peel and how deep it should go. Common peels include TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and phenol.
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This mildly abrasive treatment gently sands away the outer layer of skin and stimulates collagen production. The procedure helps refresh the skin by reducing or eliminating large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and improves uneven skin tone. Microdermabrasion can be performed by either spraying exfoliating crystals onto the skin, which are then suctioned back into a machine, or by using a diamond-tipped wand across the skin.
“Botox remains the most popular non-surgical treatment in my practice,” said Dr. Rondi Walker, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Washington, DC. Although Dr. Walker prefers using a patient’s own body fat to correct deep volume loss, she recommends one of the heavier hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm, Voluma C or Radiesse, for women who don’t want to undergo ‘fat harvesting.’ These fillers ‘plump’ up facial lines and volume loss, she explained. “Juvéderm XC works wonders for the more superficial wrinkles, and creates beautiful soft lips. Radiesse (hyaluronic acid with calcium particles) adds volume to the cheek bones.”