As 2021 begins, there are many cosmetic trends to be expected in the new year. Some treatments will be more in demand, or more praised than others. For those who prefer non-surgical treatments, there are many promising procedures to choose from when deciding how to improve your appearance this year.
What is it?
BOTOX is a toxin that when used in small doses by professionals, can lead to smooth, younger-looking skin. It works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the face that are causing wrinkles.
There are many positive effects Botox injections can have on your appearance. Below are some of the most common undesirable traits that are treated with BOTOX injections.
- Crows feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Thin lips
- Bunny lines
A BOTOX treatment only lasts 20 to 30 minutes and the pain is usually minimal. Using a tiny needle, an MD will inject specific muscles into the face. This is repeated based on your desired treatment and target areas. You can expect to see results in 1-2 days after your BOTOX injections. Results last for 3 to 5 months.
What is it?
Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis, a procedure that cools fat to a freezing temperature. This destroys fat cells without harming any of the surrounding tissue.
A major benefit of Coolsculpting is that it can treat nearly any part of the body that has collected fat. Some of the most common areas to treat include the following.
- Under the chin
- Lower back
Each body part takes an hour to treat so procedure times may vary. An applicator is placed over the desired area of fat. You will feel pressure at first and then intense cold but it will only last for a few minutes. When the treatment is complete, the applicator is removed and placed on the next area of fat.
What is it?
Dermal fillers are injectable implants or fillers that are used to add volume to the face. Natural dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid while synthetic fillers often use RADIESSE.
Dermal fillers help to treat signs of aging by restoring fullness to the face. The following list is some of the many ways you can use dermal fillers to improve your appearance.
- Plump thin lips
- Soften wrinkles
- Reduce scarring
- Contour nose
If you’re in Florida, another option for changing the shape of your nose is a Tampa rhinoplasty. This is a surgical procedure where an incision is made between and within the nostrils to change the shape of the nose.
Before injection, your desired location on the face will be cleaned and numbed. What follows is injection, massaging, and evaluation. This is repeated as desired. Depending on the number of treatments, the procedure could take as little as 15 minutes.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
What is it?
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of the skin. An ablative laser removes the top and deep layers of the skin to stimulate new cell growth. A nonablative laser doesn’t remove the skin but still stimulates new cell growth over time.
There are many skin concerns that can be treated with laser skin resurfacing. Below is a list of the most common areas of the face to target.
- Crow’s feet
- Age spots
- Uneven skin tones
The procedure starts by numbing your skin or sedation if the section of the face is expansive. An M.D. will then direct the laser at your skin and begin the treatment. It should take between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of your desired area.
What is it?
Chemical peels are a treatment where a chemical solution is applied to the face, neck, or hands. This causes the skin to peel off which allows new skin to grow.
This non-surgical procedure improves skin texture, coloring, and appearance. Some of these benefits created by chemical peels include the following.
- Reduce wrinkles
- Treat some types of acne
- Improve dry skin
- Reduce large pores
Depending on the type of chemical solution applied, it can be applied gently or massaged into the skin. Slight tingling is normal while the solution sits on the skin. The procedure only lasts 30 to 90 minutes but recovery can take 2 to 3 weeks.
While these are some of the top non-surgical procedures to look out for in 2021, there are several other treatments to choose from. If you’ve had plastic surgery in the past, there are even some cosmetic treatments to help your results shine. No matter what you’re interested in trying in the new year, be sure to do your research and talk with an M.D. so you know the best way to meet your cosmetic desires.
Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.