3 Easy Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

If you want to wipe off a few years off your appearance and feel great about yourself, there are 3 easy non-surgical procedures that you can undergo. Each of these procedures is extremely safe and can be performed at your local Medical Spa or Aesthetic Clinic even during your lunch break. While regular skin care and a healthy diet can help maintain your looks, sometimes you need a little extra "something" in order to really get that perky and fresh effect.



Botox is already a household name, especially in LA and on the West Coast. Botox even isn't the exclusive domain of women these days, as men have also been lining up to get their so called "Brotox". Botox works by relaxing the muscles of facial expression. Highly trained medical professionals inject the substance into the muscles that are the main cause behind the wrinkles associated with facial expressions.

As the Botox begins to take effect, the muscles relax and stretch out. It's a bit like splinting a broken limb - it prevents the muscles from working and thus lets the skin recover. With time the wrinkles slowly fade away. If the wrinkles are deep it may take a few top ups in order to get a good noticeable effect.

You shouldn't expect the wrinkles to completely go away, but there will more than likely be significant improvements. Sometimes you might notice some new wrinkles forming in compensation, but this is a small price to pay to get nice and smooth (mostly) wrinkle free skin.

Botox is really more of a way of life, as you will need to keep getting the injections every 3-4 months. It's really not that costly when you compare it to other beauty treatments, given that you can be certain that this treatment will really work. It'll only take a about 15 minutes of your time to get the jabs after you've got all the paper work out of the way, so you can easily fit it in during a busy day!

Hyaluronic Acid as a Dermal Filler

Botox is a great and effective drug, but the areas that one can treat with botox are fairly limited. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in. The substance is a type of carbohydrate that is normally naturally found it our skin. As we age the hyaluronic acid in our dermis becomes depleted and it is this loss of volume that is one the major signs of aged skin. Losing volumes means losing the strength of the skin, which result in saggy and flaccid skin. You might be more familiar with the brand name forms of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane.

The classic areas that you can benefit from the use of hyaluronic acid are to fill in the nasolabial fold lines (the lines between the sides of the nose and the mouth), as well as the marionette lines (the folds extending from the sides of the mouth downwards). It can also be used as a cheek filler, to give you those high cheek bones you've always dreamed of.

Hyaluronic acid works by literally filling in the wrinkles as it replaces the lost volume. The procedure itself takes about half an hour, but your doctor will usually apply a local anaesthetic cream before the procedure which can take up to 45 minutes to take effect. You can expect the effect of the filler to last for about 9 months, although it can last sometimes as long as 18 months!

Hyaluronic Acid for Lip Augmentation

Dreamed of having those perfect, full and luscious lips? Hyaluronic acid is also a safe substance for lip augmentation. When used to treat the lips your doctor will normally start off by anaesthetising your lips in the same way your dentist would. Once the anaesthetic sets in, the procedure is fairly painless and quick, again taking about 20 minutes to finish.

The lips are a sensitive area, so they are more prone to swelling. You can expect the swelling to settle down within a couple of weeks and then you will be able to appreciate the final effect. While the swelling is something that you will notice, more than likely it won't be too noticeable to people around you.

The duration of effect in the lips is slightly shorter, at about 6 months, although it can last as long as a year.

The great thing about these procedures is that they're quick, safe and people are normally very happy with the results. Often not only will it perk up your looks, but it'll give you a healthy boost to your self-esteem. There can be side effects, but they're mostly very mild and temporary, such as slight tenderness or bruising.

3 Easy Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

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