You may know people who have undergone cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, and you liked their new looks so much that you felt like you needed that kind of improvement in your appearance. But is that kind of improvement available without the surgery? Yes, it is, and here are some ways to choose the non-surgical cosmetic treatment best for you.
Consult a good dermatologist. As your skin is a sensitive organ and any damage to it may literally "scar" you for life, you have to make sure that your dermatologist is a certified professional. Check for his qualifications and credentials, check his status in the local or national dermatology association, and make sure that his clinic is a reputable and sound establishment.
Know the different treatments available. Depending on your situation, you should research what particular dermatology treatments should apply to you.
- If you want to get rid of wrinkles, for example, the most popular treatment available nowadays is botox. How does it work? A doctor would inject toxins into the muscle directly below a wrinkle, and that toxin would work to relax and smooth that area of the face. Botox injections usually take about 4 weeks to take effect, and last for four to six months.
- Microdermabrasion is a process wherein skin is mechanically "polished" and resurfaced using specialized equipment; it typically does not involve any skin chemicals. Abrasive microcrystals are commonly used in this procedure and the expected result of regular microdermabrasion is a clearer, finer skin with less acne scars and wrinkles.
- While microdermabrasion techniques usually work only with the outermost layer of the epidermis, laser treatments penetrate even deeper into the skin. There are many kinds of skin laser treatments that bring particular benefits. Some of these non-surgical laser treatments promote skin tightening (particularly in the neck and chin area); others aim to correct skin discolorations; some are for acne scars and wrinkle removal; others remove warts, moles and other unwanted growths; while still others remove unwanted hair. Some other laser treatments could bring about a combination of these benefits. Laser procedures are also used for stretch marks on other parts of the body.
- Laser treatments typically work by removing the upper layers of your epidermis, to be replaced by new skin. These lasers emit specific wavelengths of energy to the specific face or body area that needs to be treated, while leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected.
- Chemical peels aim to literally "peel" off damaged skin in order to stimulate the growth of new skin. These are used to improve skin texture, erase acne scars and correct pigmentation.
Know the risks involved. Even though the treatments are non-invasive, there are still some risks attached to them. Those who have laser treatments, for example, run the risk of slight burning or darkening of the skin, scarring or even eye damage. Botox treatments might also cause headaches and nausea, along with pain, muscle weakness and inflammation. Chemical peels may cause skin discolorations and even permanent scarring.
With all these risks, it's important to be doubly sure about your dermatologist's professional qualifications.
These are just some of the ways to choose which non-surgical cosmetic treatment to avail of. Use your common sense and sound judgment in making your choice.