The most popular aesthetic treatments
Rewinding the clock and reversing the signs of ageing is as much routine these days as, let's say, your standard cleanse, tone and moisturise. We're in a constant battle with our ageing skin, trying everything that's at our fingertips to take us from crèpe-paper face to á la J.Lo - but those dreaded fine lines just don't know when to stop! Years ago, turning back time on our skin meant resorting to painful and expensive – albeit effective – cosmetic procedures. While going under the knife is still a popular choice with many celebrities, a lot of the time, the desired results come out, well, not so desirable, hence why non-surgical alternative solutions are favoured more.
There are plenty of non-surgical aesthetic treatments available which won't give you a whole new face, but will take years off, tighten and rejuvenate, giving you smooth, plumped, healthier-looking skin. Here, we take a look at the most popular:
The chemical Peel
Made popular by Kim Kardashian-West - who often posts an Insta snap mid-treatment - this procedure involves an acidic solution being applied to the skin that peels away damaged skin. The solutions range from mild alpha hydroxy acids to stronger acids like phenol, sounds super painful, right? Surprisingly no, you may experience a little discomfort but it's super effective and the results are instantly visible. The treatment exfoliates the tops layers of dead skin, leaving you with a smoother, brighter and more even complexion. While Kim K is known for her love of makeup, have you seen her skin makeup-free? We have a sneaky suspicion chemical peels might have a little something to do with her flawless appearance. The treatment does range in price depending on the type of peel you go for (anywhere between £60-1,600), but even at the higher end of the scale it still comes in a lot cheaper than surgery, so it won't break the bank - plus, it literally takes years off, so... winning!
Dermabrasion and Micro-dermabrasion
This treatment involves sanding (not the kind you do with wood, don't worry) it's just a removal technique of the top layers of skin, and involves smoothing out wrinkles while diminishing the appearance of imperfections such as acne scars and blemishes. It is performed by a physician using a 'burr', an instrument containing diamond particles, or a rough wire brush which is attached to a motorised handle. A more superficial version of the popular treatment is micro-dermabrasion, which can be done at the spa or salon. A crystal or a diamond tip is used to remove just the top layer, which helps to stimulate collagen production and promote the growth of healthy new cells, revealing fresh, blemish and wrinkle-free skin. While micro-dermabrasion targets just the top layer of skin, it's small price tag of around £90 makes it an ideal short-term fix.
Plasma Skin Regeneration
One of the latest in skin rejuvenation is Plasma Skin Regeneration (this one's a bit science-y so stay with us!). This non-laser treatment uses a special NeoGen system that converts Nitrogen gas into plasma energy. A handpiece is used to deliver controlled pulses that rapidly heat the tissue and modify it, replacing old damaged collagen and elastin. The treatment helps to reduce facial lines, wrinkles and skin pigmentation, and with permanent results (the skin takes around a week to fully restore) for around £1,200 (full face), you can expect plumped and visibly smoother skin which is also said to continue to improve with time.
Facial fillers target deep lines and are injected in small controlled doses under the surface of the skin. The treatment helps to reduce wrinkles, smooth the natural contours of the face and enhance sunken cheeks, providing a more youthful appearance. As it comes with little downtime, this procedure means you can return to normal everyday activities straightaway. Costing as little as £180 a go and with results lasting from 6 to 24 months, it's no surprise that this treatment is fast becoming the go-to for many.
Brows might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of anti-ageing, but brows play a huge part in our overall look, so it's not surprising to see how a tidy set of brows can transform any look - let alone take years off. We have the bold brow trend to thank for that though – one that's seriously taken off thanks to fashion model
Cara Delevingne's statement brows. This trend has seen even the least makeup-savvy preening their brows to en fleek perfection; let's face it, well-preened brows make a huge difference. But what if I have thin, shapeless brows and a not-so-steady hand, you ask? Well, that's where micro-blading comes in. For around £250, this treatment gives
you a semi-permanent brow for up to 36 months, and involves tattooing the top layer of skin along the brow line, meaning less time spent in the mirror trying to achieve thicker, fuller brows. Popular with celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Lucy Mecklenburgh, this treatment takes just two sessions and leaves you with on-point brows that even Miss Delevingne herself would be proud of. Yes, please!
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