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Ultimate Guide to Cosmetic Procedures, Anti-Aging & At Home Treatments

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: June 21, 2022

Cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more popular. Whether you're looking to freeze your wrinkles away, get laser hair removal, or just tighten up your skin, there's a procedure out there for you. But with all of the choices available, it can be tough to know which one is right for you.

This guide will help make sense of the most popular procedures and show you how to do some of them yourself at home! So whether you're in your twenties or your seventies, read on for the best tips on keeping your skin looking young and gorgeous.

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As we age, it's inevitable that our appearance will change. With time, our skin becomes thin and less elastic, wrinkles form, and age spots appear. While some people embrace these natural changes, others turn to surgery in an attempt to look younger. Here are the three most popular facial surgical procedures:

Chin, Cheek or Jaw reshaping (Facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)- As we age, our features start to change. Our skin loses its elasticity, and our bones and muscles shift. This can cause our face to look different than it did when we were younger.

One of the most noticeable changes is a sagging chin, cheeks, or jaw. Luckily, there are procedures available that can help restore a more youthful appearance. Chin reshaping, cheek reshaping, and jaw reshaping are all options that can give you a more contoured look.

Hair replacement or transplantation- Hair replacement surgery is another option for those struggling with hair loss. Unlike hair transplants, which involve moving existing hair, hair replacement surgery involves creating new hairs using artificial fibers. These fibers are then implanted into the scalp using special needles.

Hair replacement surgery is typically less expensive than hair transplant surgery and may be a good option for those who do not have enough donor hair for a transplant. However, it is important to note that hair replacement surgery does not provide permanent results and will need to be repeated every few years.

Brazilian Butt Lift- A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the buttocks.

The procedure involves transplanting fat from other areas of the body into the buttocks, resulting in a fuller, more shapely appearance. BBL surgery is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction, to contour the other areas of the body from which fat is being harvested.

The result is a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing overall silhouette. In addition to improving appearance, BBL surgery can also help to improve self-confidence and body esteem.

As we age, it's inevitable that our appearance will change. With time, our skin becomes thin and less elastic, wrinkles form, and age spots appear. While some people embrace these natural changes, others turn to surgery in an attempt to look younger.

Breast Augmentation - Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, is a cosmetic procedure that helps to achieve fuller, shapelier breasts.

The surgery involves placing breast implants under the breast tissue or the chest muscles (see top exercises to lift sagging breasts). Breast augmentation can be performed for a variety of reasons, including correcting breast asymmetry, improving breast shape and size after weight loss or pregnancy, and achieving a more balanced figure.

The procedure is also sometimes used to correct breast ptosis, or sagging. While breast implants are the most common type of breast augmentation surgery, fat grafting is another option that can be used to achieve similar results. Ultimately, breast augmentation can help women feel more confident in their appearance.

Tummy Tuck - A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the stomach area.

The surgery can also involve tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall to create a smoother, more toned appearance. tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia and take two to three hours to complete. Recovery from a tummy tuck can take four to six weeks, during which time patients may experience pain, swelling, and bruising.

However, the results of a tummy tuck are typically long-lasting, and many patients report feeling more confident and comfortable in their own skin after surgery.

Liposuction - Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from the body.

It is typically used to target specific areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, or arms. The fat is removed through a small incision in the skin, and a suction device is used to draw out the excess fat. Liposuction is generally safe and effective, but it does have some risks, such as infection and bruising.

The results of liposuction are usually long-lasting, although some people may experience weight gain in the treated area over time.

Nose Job - A nose job, also known as rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure to change the shape of your nose. It can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve breathing. The nose is made up of bone and cartilage, and the surgery involves breaking the nose and restructuring it to achieve the desired shape.

The procedure usually takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Recovery time is typically one to two weeks, during which time you may experience some bruising and swelling. If you're considering a nose job, it's important to talk to a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Botox - Botox is a purified protein that is injected into muscles to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

It is most commonly used on the forehead, around the eyes, and on the face. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the injected muscles. This leads to a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Botox injections usually take effect within a few days and typically last for four to six months. After this, the muscles will gradually regain their original appearance.

Botox is a safe and effective treatment that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of wrinkles.

Injectable fillers - injectable fillers are substances that are injected into the skin to help fill in wrinkles and give the face a fuller appearance.

There are many different types of injectable fillers on the market, made from different materials such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, or fat. Injectable fillers can be used to plump up lips, smooth out wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, (see Blepharoplasty) and restore volume to cheeks or other areas of the face.

The results of injectable filler treatments are usually temporary, lasting for six months to a year before the material is slowly absorbed by the body. However, some types of injectable fillers may last longer.

Laser Skin Resurfacing - laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to improve the appearance of the skin.

laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and scarring. The laser energy is directed at the outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. This helps to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate new cell growth.

As a result, laser skin resurfacing can help to improve skin tone and texture, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. laser skin resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis and requires no downtime. side effects are typically mild and include redness, swelling, and crusting.

However, more serious side effects are possible, so it is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist before undergoing laser skin resurfacing.

Chemical Peel - A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is used to remove the top layers of the skin. This can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and other blemishes. Chemical peels can be performed at different depths, depending on the desired results. A shallow peel will remove the outermost layer of skin, while a deeper peel will penetrate into the middle or lower layers of the skin.

The type of chemical peel and the depth of penetration will be determined by your skincare specialist. Chemical peels are typically performed in a series of treatments in order to achieve optimal results.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment - Intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) is a type of cosmetic skin treatment. It uses intense pulses of light to improve the appearance of the skin.

IPL can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and wrinkles. The light pulses cause the top layer of skin to shed, revealing new, unblemished skin underneath. IPL treatments are usually done in a series of sessions spaced several weeks apart.

Each session takes about 30 minutes to an hour. IPL treatments are considered safe and effective for most people. Some common side effects include redness, swelling, and bruising. These typically resolve within a few days.

Lip Augmentation - lip augmentation is a type of cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedure that aims to alter the appearance of the lips by increasing their fullness or altering their shape. lip augmentation can be achieved through a variety of methods, including dermal fillers, fat grafting, implants, and injectable fillers.

Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for each individual will depend on their unique desires and needs. regardless of the chosen method, lip augmentation is a popular way to achieve fuller, more youthful-looking lips.

Facial Rejuvenation (Plumping, Collagen or Fat Injections) - Facial rejuvenation is a catch-all term for any medical procedure that aims to restore a youthful appearance to the face. This can be anything from plumping up facial wrinkles with injectable fillers to performing surgery to tighten sagging skin (How much Botox?).

One of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures is injecting collagen into the skin to help fill in wrinkles and give the face a more youthful appearance.

Fat injections are another popular option, as they can help to plump up the skin and give it a more youthful look and feel. Whatever facial rejuvenation procedure you choose, be sure to consult with a qualified physician to ensure that you are getting the best possible results (Fix my droopy eyelids).

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Non surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Keratin TreatmentsKeratin treatments are a popular way to achieve smooth, manageable hair.

Also known as a Brazilian blowout, Keratin treatments involve applying a Keratin-based solution to the hair and then using heat to seal it in.

The Keratin helps to fill in gaps in the hair shaft, resulting in smoother, shinier hair. Keratin treatments can be used on all types of hair, but they are particularly effective on frizzy or dry hair. Keratin treatments typically last for about three months, after which time the Keratin will start to break down and will need to be reapplied.

Veneers - Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth.

They are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, discolored, or slightly misaligned. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps between teeth. The veneers are made to match the color of the natural teeth, and they are very durable.

There are two types of veneers: porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are made from a thin sheet of porcelain that is shaped to fit over the front surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. Veneers can last for many years with proper care.

Brow Lamination - Brow lamination is a treatment that is used to straighten the brows and give them a more polished look.

The treatment involves using a solution that adheres to the brow hairs and sets them in place.

The solution is applied with a brush, and then the brows are combed into place. brow lamination can be used to create a variety of looks, from natural-looking brows to dramatic, sculpted brows. The treatment is often used by people who have naturally curly or unruly brows, as it can help to tame the brows and keep them in place (Top 10 natural anti-aging treatments).

Brow lamination typically lasts for four to six weeks, and the results can vary depending on the person's natural brow shape and how well they follow aftercare instructions.

Non- Surgical Nose Job - A non-surgical nose job, also known as a non-surgical rhinoplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns.

During the procedure, a small amount of dermal filler is injected into the nose to alter its shape. This can be used to reduce the appearance of bumps or depressions, narrow the nose, or increase the tip definition. In addition, non-surgical nose jobs can also be used to correct symmetry issues.

The results of a non-surgical nose job are usually temporary, lasting between six and twelve months. However, some patients may see longer-lasting results. Non-surgical nose jobs are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional rhinoplasty surgery, as they offer many of the same benefits with minimal recovery time.

Cool Sculpting - Cool-sculpting is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells without damage to the skin or surrounding tissues. The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin.

Treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

When diet and exercise don't eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, cool-sculpting can help. cool-sculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, and it's not for everyone. cool-sculpting is intended for healthy adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above who also have unwanted pockets of fat. cool-sculpting may improve the appearance of a double chin and can also be used on other areas of the body, including the thighs, arms, abdomen, flank, bra bulge area (back), and under the buttocks.

A cool-sculpting treatment takes about 35 minutes per session. Most people see results within two to four months after their treatment, though it may take up to 6.

Oxygen facials - An oxygen facial is a type of facial treatment that uses oxygen to help improve the appearance of your skin.

Oxygen facials can be done at a spa, salon, or even at home with a portable oxygen machine. The oxygen is applied to the face through a oxygen mask or oxygen wand. As the oxygen is being applied, it helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. It also helps to increase blood circulation and oxygen levels in the skin. Oxygen facials can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, such as wrinkles,

(See Botox Brands) fine lines, age spots, and sun damage.

They can also help to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. If you're looking for a way to help improve the appearance of your skin, an oxygen facial may be right for you.

Laser Liposuction - Laser-liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to target and remove unwanted fat cells.

The laser energy creates a small incision in the skin, through which the fat cells are then suctioned out. Laser-liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and most people can return to their normal activities within a day or two.

There is minimal scarring and bruising, and the results are usually long-lasting. Because laser-liposuction is less invasive than traditional liposuction, it carries a lower risk of complications.

Body Contouring - Body-contouring is a process that can help to improve the appearance of your body.

There are many different types of body-contouring, but all of them share one common goal: to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Non surgical body-contouring is a type of body-contouring that does not require surgery. Instead, it uses various non-invasive techniques to help tone and sculpt the body.

These techniques can include laser body-contouring, radio frequency body-contouring, and ultrasound body-contouring. Each of these methods can help to improve the appearance of your body without the need for surgery. If you are interested in improving your appearance but are not ready for surgery, then non surgical body-contouring may be right for you.

Chin Fullness Reduction - Chin-fullness reduction is a non surgical procedure that helps to improve the appearance of a double chin.

It can be done through a variety of methods, including injections, lasers, and radiofrequency devices. The most common injection used for chin-fullness reduction is Kybella, which is made of a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid. This acid occurs naturally in the body and helps to break down and absorb fats.

Once injected into the chin area, Kybella destroys fat cells and gives the chin a more defined appearance. In some cases, chin-fullness reduction may also be combined with neck liposuction to further improve results.

MesotherapyMesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting mesotherapy solutions just below the surface of the skin.

The mesotherapy solution contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are specifically chosen to target a patient's individual needs. Mesotherapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, inflammation, and skin problems. The mesotherapy solution is thought to work by stimulating the body's natural healing process.

As a result, mesotherapy can provide long-lasting results without the side effects that are often associated with surgery or other more invasive treatments.

Thermage - Thermage is a non-invasive device that uses radiofrequency energy to generate heat, which in turn remodels collagen and tightens skin.

Thermage can be used on the face, neck, abdomen, arms, and thighs. It works by heating the skin to deeper temperatures than other devices, which causes immediate collagen contraction and long-term collagen regeneration.

Thermage has been FDA-cleared for use on all skin types and can be performed in a series of treatments or as a single treatment. Thermage is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of aging skin.

Liquid Face Lift - The term "liquid face lift" is often used to describe a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can help to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance. A liquid face lift typically involves the injection of dermal fillers into strategic areas of the face in order to restore volume and create a lifting effect.

In some cases, botulinum toxin may also be injected in order to smooth away wrinkles. The beauty of a liquid face lift lies in its ability to produce significant results with minimal downtime. Most patients only need a single treatment session to achieve their desired results, and there is no recovery period required afterwards.

If you are considering a liquid face lift, it is important to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Cheek Fillers - Cheek fillers are a type of dermal filler that is used to add volume to the cheeks. Unlike other types of fillers, cheek fillers are designed specifically for use in the mid-face area.

As we age, our cheeks can lose volume, resulting in a sunken, sagging appearance. Cheek fillers can help to restore lost volume, giving the face a fuller, more youthful look. There are several different types of cheek fillers available on the market today, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Your doctor can help you choose the right type of filler for your needs.  Cheek fillers are typically made from either hyaluronic acid or collagen.  Hyaluronic acid (lactic acid) is a naturally occurring substance that helps to keep the skin hydrated and plump.  Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin, bones, and connective tissue.

Cheek fillers  made from collagen  tend to be longer lasting  but  may require  a  skin test prior to treatment  to  ensure  that  you  are not allergic to the product. Cheek fillers are injected into the mid-face area using a fine needle or cannula.

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Non Invasive Procedures (minimal or no jab)

Softwave for Tightening - Softwave is a new technology that uses sound waves to improve the appearance of loose, sagging skin.

The sound waves create a gentle vibration that helps to increase blood flow and stimulate collagen production.

Softwave can be used on the face, neck, and other areas of the body where skin laxity is a concern. The treatments are quick and painless, and there is no downtime required. Softwave is an ideal option for those who want to improve the appearance of their skin (see microdermabrasion) without surgery or injections.

Lutronic Genius for Fine lines - Lutronic Genius is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive laser treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The treatment works by using heat to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that play an important role in skin health. Lutronic Genius can be used on all skin types and is considered a safe and effective alternative to more invasive procedures such as surgery or injectables

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In most cases, a series of three treatments is recommended for optimal results. Lutronic Genius is an ideal option for those who are looking for a minimally-invasive way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Clear + brilliant Touch for Texture & Discoloration - Clear + Brilliant Touch for texture & discoloration is a new, minimally-invasive laser treatment that can help improve the appearance of your skin. The treatment uses fractional microablation to create very small lesions in the uppermost layers of skin.

This triggers the body's natural healing processes, resulting in the production of new collagen and elastin. Clear + Brilliant Touch can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It can also help to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and other types of discoloration.

The treatment is safe for all skin types and requires no downtime. Clear + Brilliant Touch can be used as a standalone treatment or as part of a comprehensive anti-aging regimen.

Platelet Rich fibrin (PRF) for radiance - Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a concentration of platelets and fibrin in a small volume of plasma. PRF is created by extracting a patient's blood and spinning it down in a centrifuge. This process separates the different components of the blood, including platelets, red and white blood cells, and fibrin.

The platelets and fibrin are then injected back into the patient's skin. PRF has a range of potential applications, including reducing wrinkles, improving skin texture, and increasing radiance. When injected into the skin, PRF releases Growth Factors which stimulate collagen production and promote cell regeneration. As a result, PRF can help to improve the overall appearance of the skin. In addition, PRF is believed to have anti-aging properties and can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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At home skin care procedures (That actually work)

Microneedling - Microneedling is a dermatological procedure that involves using small needles to create punctures in the skin.

The purpose of microneedling is to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars. microneedling can be performed at home or in a professional setting, and it is generally considered to be safe and effective.

There are a variety of microneedling devices on the market, and the selection of a device should be based on the specific needs of the individual. microneedling can be done at home & there are plenty of quality devices on the market.

Chemical Peels - An at-home chemical peel is a DIY skincare treatment in which a person applies a chemical solution to their face to remove dead skin cells and improve the appearance of their skin. Chemical peels have been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions, and they are now a popular at-home beauty treatment (Your face after Botox).

There are a variety of at-home chemical peel kits available, and each one contains different ingredients. The most common at-home chemical peel solutions contain glycolic acid or lactic acid, which work to exfoliate the skin and improve its texture. At-home chemical peels are typically performed once or twice a week, and they can be done in the comfort of your own home.

If you're interested in trying an at-home chemical peel, be sure to consult with your dermatologist first to find the right kit for your skin type.

Dermaplaning - At-home dermaplaning is a popular skincare treatment that involves using a sharp blade to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the face. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, and it can be done at home with minimal equipment. Although at-home dermaplaning is considered safe for most people, it is important to take proper precautions to avoid cuts or other injuries. Dermaplaning at home can be a great alternative to more expensive professional treatments, and it can help improve the appearance of the skin with regular use.

Extraction - At-home Facial Extraction is a skincare procedure that is usually done at home using simple materials and tools.

The goal of at-home Facial Extraction is to cleanse the skin and remove dirt, oil, and blackheads. At-home Facial Extraction can be done using a variety of methods, but the most common is to use a small metal tool to gently press and lift the debris from the pores.

Another popular method is to use a cotton swab dipped in warm water to massage the skin and loosen the dirt and oil. Once the at-home Facial Extraction is complete, it is important to wash the face with a gentle cleanser and apply a moisturizer.

Bets way to keep your skin healthy & wrinkle free

One of the best ways to keep your face from getting wrinkly is to moisturize regularly. Moisturizer helps to hydrate the skin, keeping it supple and elastic. This can help to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, moisturizer can also help to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors such as UV radiation and pollution.

Look for a face cream or lotion that suits your skin (see Tretinoin for wrinkles) type and apply it daily after cleansing. For best results, use a face serum in addition to your regular moisturizer. Face serums are usually light in texture and are easily absorbed into the skin. They often contain high concentrations of active ingredients that can help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Use face serums sparingly, applying them only on areas where wrinkles are most prominent. With regular use, you can help to keep your face looking young and wrinkle-free.

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Conclusion

 Thanks for sticking with us throughout this comprehensive guide to cosmetic procedures and treatments! We’ve covered everything from the most popular surgical procedures, to minimally invasive procedures and non-surgical treatments. We also shared some great at-home skin care tips that actually work, as well as the best ways to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle free. If you enjoyed this article, share it on social media or with your friends – we appreciate your support!


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