Low to No Downtime Aesthetic Treatments
By Annette Brooks
Not so long ago the only way to significantly enhance your appearance with no downtime was probably in a daydream. But modern innovations have made these fantasies a thing of the past. Now you can choose from an ever-expanding list of nonsurgical “lunchtime” services that deliver real, noticeable results.
FDA-cleared Ultherapy, touted as a “nonsurgical face lift,” turns back the clock with ultrasound energy. It heats targeted tissue under the surface of your skin, triggering collagen and elastin production which lifts the skin and reduces wrinkles and lines. You may see some initial effects right after your Ultherapy treatment, but optimal results usually take place over two to three months as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Many people only need one Ultherapy treatment to enjoy results.
Ready to flash those pearly whites without the hassle and mess of take-home whitening trays? Laser teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is an easy and effective alternative. You may see a dramatic difference in your teeth—sometimes up to 10 shades whiter—after just one 30-minute laser whitening appointment. And optimal whitening can come about after two or three treatments.
An array of advanced technologies make it easier than ever to reduce stubborn fat pockets and improve your body contours without going under the knife. For example, CoolSculpting destroys fat cells by freezing them with no damage to the skin or underlying tissue. SculpSure, a fat-melting laser treatment, is so comfortable it usually doesn’t require a topical numbing anesthetic. Another technology, TruSculpt iD, targets fat with ultrasound energy, with continued fat reductions seen for around 12 weeks post-treatment.
Longing for a deep, radiant dermal glow that exudes good health and youth? BBL Forever Young broadband light treatments provide visible complexion improvements to the top layers of skin as well as working below in the dermis. A Stanford University study showed that BBL Forever Young not only makes skin look younger, it actually promotes youthful skin on a molecular level.
Are the veins on the back of your hands becoming more prominent as each year passes? Now you can rejuvenate aging hands with dermal filler injections. Radiesse—which claims to be the first and only filler deemed safe and effective by the FDA to correct lost volume in hands—can create smooth, natural-looking results and continues to work over time by stimulating the natural production of collagen. The treatment has been clinically proven to last a year or more for many people.
With these and so many other options available, now is a great time to consult your plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or med spa professional to determine what plan of treatment will best meet your goals.