Many people want cosmetic procedures to make them look younger and more attractive, but not everyone wants to spend thousands of dollars on surgery. Fortunately, many non-invasive cosmetic procedures can transform how you look, and they’re easy on the wallet.
Please keep reading to learn more about these affordable and effective procedures.
This minimally invasive procedure may be correct for you if you want to improve how your face looks. The procedure gently abrades the facial skin to take off the outer layer, reducing age spots and discoloration.
Microdermabrasion also can reduce your wrinkles and fine lines and get rid of acne scars. However, you mustn’t confuse this procedure with laser skin resurfacing, which is more expensive.
Botox is one of the most popular and affordable ways to reduce lines and wrinkles in the face.
According to Oregon Plastic Surgeon Dr. Aric Arghayan, “Botox injections stop the nerve signals sent to the tiny face muscles in the face that make facial expressions. So, over time, you may develop lines and wrinkles in the corners of the eyes and mouth and other places that make you look older.”
Arghayan adds that the muscles that make common facial expressions are temporarily weakened by Botox injections, so the lines and wrinkles are smoothed out.
The effects are temporary, so you will need to have touchups performed every three or four months.
Botox can also help prevent wrinkles from forming; some plastic surgeons offer preventive Botox treatments when the patient is in their 20s or 30s. If Botox is injected before wrinkles form, it can keep them at bay for many years.
Laser Facial Treatment
Fractional laser treatment can do the trick if you have sun spots, large pores, or skin dullness. This is a painless procedure that can be done in a few minutes, and there is no downtime.
Your healthcare provider simply moves a laser wand across the face to eliminate minor flaws and reduce the size of pores.
There may be some minor redness after the procedure, but it will fade within a day.
A chemical peel involves putting special chemicals on the face to peel away the top skin layer. After a week or two, new, fresh skin replaces it and will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, and even acne scars.
Depending on your skin condition and aesthetic goals, you can have a light, medium, or strong chemical peel.
A light peel only takes a few days of recovery, while a strong peel can take a few weeks.
Many celebrities love oxygen facials because they work fast and don’t require downtime.
A compression machine is applied to the face, and it pushes oxygen and skincare products into the skin with pressurized air. This treatment may not be as effective as a full facial, but the results are fast, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Some clients also say the oxygen facial brightens skin tone and plumps the skin for a younger look.
Collagen occurs naturally in the dermis layer of the skin. But as we get older, the skin loses collagen, which makes us look older and leads to wrinkles and lines. Some older people also lose volume in the cheeks as the years pass.
But dermal fillers can fill in lines and wrinkles and lost volume. Some of the most effective are hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid.
Some surgeons use Botox and dermal fillers together to provide the client with a rejuvenated face without surgery.
Dermal fillers also can be used to make minor improvements to the nose. Also known as liquid rhinoplasty, a dermal filler can smooth out a small bump in the nose or even out the tip.
Dermal fillers last between six to 12 months.
As we get older, the skin becomes less elastic, so it may become loose and baggy. To get tighter skin and look younger, skin tightening can be effective.
One of the best options is Ultherapy, which puts ultrasound heat energy into the face. This lifts and supports the deeper skin layers in the face and chin.
It’s more expensive than some non-surgical treatments, but the results may last up to a year.
This technique uses radiofrequency waves to make the face smoother and firmer.
Your doctor uses tiny needles to put heat-based energy into the lower skin layers. This stimulates the skin to produce new collagen and tissue. This is especially useful for sagging skin and scarring.
You may need to have more than one microneedling session for the best results.
Before you have any of the non-surgical procedures above, it’s critical to learn about the options with your healthcare provider and understand why you want to make a change.
For example, if your expectations are unrealistic or you want to look different for your partner, you may not want to move forward.
But if you have these procedures for the right reasons, they can make a dramatic difference in how you look, and they’re affordable, too.
Also, non-surgical treatments work well, but more substantial changes usually require surgery. For example, if you have a high amount of skin laxity in the lower face and neck, you may need to consider a neck lift and facelift eventually.
But for minor, temporary changes at a reasonable price, the above non-surgical procedures are a good bet.