Do you look in the mirror and feel that the reflection that stares back at you is much older than you feel? If so, then you definitely are not alone. As we age, our body’s production of the two major building blocks of our skin - collagen and elastin - naturally slows, and so over time, the skin on our bodies becomes looser. This can cause a variety of problems on both the face and body, including:
An increase in fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging jowls
- Folds of skin on the neck
- Less defined jawline
- Flabby upper arms
- Loose skin on the thighs
- Increased cellulite
- Deep creases in the skin across the body
Currently, the market is saturated with a huge range of creams, gels, and other topical treatments that claim to be able to tighten and smoothen the skin, making it appear more youthful. However, many patients report that the results of these skin treatments are not dramatic enough for them achieve the transformation that they wanted.
The thought of undergoing invasive surgery to improve our appearance is a big decision, but there is an alternative, and this comes in the form of non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, such as Profound, by Syneron Candela.
What are non-surgical procedures?
The field of cosmetic enhancements has evolved dramatically over the last few decades as experts work tirelessly to create procedures that are safer, faster and significantly improved, with the aim of ensuring that the patient has the best possible experience from start to finish.
Most of the non-surgical cosmetic treatments now available are minimally invasive. What this means is that less anesthesia is required, smaller incisions can be made, and recovery can be faster and less painful. In the case of our example, Profound, the device used contains microneedles that penetrate the skin and cause damage, which in turn stimulates the body to produce more collagen and elastin to fix it. The result is better elasticity and volume in the skin, and a more youthful appearance, without any need to go under the knife.
The benefits of non-surgical procedures
An increasing number of patients are now turning to non-surgical cosmetic treatments thanks to the array of benefits that they offer. These include:
Less pain. Non-surgical procedures are minimally invasive, meaning that there should be little to no pain either during or after your treatment. If necessary, your doctor will provide you with numbing cream or a small injection of lidocaine.
Shorter procedure time. Most non-surgical cosmetic treatments can be performed in a standard lunch break, including prep time and your immediate aftercare.
Reduced risks. All standard surgical procedures come with a variety of risks, including infection and complications from the use of anesthesia. Choosing minimally invasive treatments dramatically reduces this risk.
Faster recovery. Surgery is invasive and sometimes extensive, which can mean a long and arduous recovery process. However, with non-surgical cosmetic treatments, the majority of patients can go back to work within 24hours. Major non-surgical facelifts or eyelifts will almost certainly result in bruising that lasts several days, and many patients choose to take this time off of work. Nevertheless, this is still a significant improvement on the usual down time necessary after a surgical facelift procedure.
Great results. Although not permanent, non-surgical procedures can help each patient achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. As the patient gets older and their features change, so too may the areas that they wish to address. A distinct benefit of non-surgical procedures is that they can be ‘topped up’ when and where the patient needs them most. This helps the patient to feel confident and happy with their appearance for years to come.
Affordability. Conventional cosmetic surgery can be very expensive, and is often simply unattainable for the standard person. However, non-surgical treatments are available at a fraction of the price, making them affordable for a far wider audience.
If you want to experience the benefits of smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin, but are unable to unwillingly go under the knife, then non-surgical cosmetic treatments may be the ideal solution for you. Make an appointment with our team at Elsa Raskin, MD to discuss how you wish to transform your appearance, call 203-861-6620.