Plastic surgery is a field committed to changing the way you look—to giving you power over you appearance. Plastic surgery can even change aspects of that appearance which normally would be immutable. The results of plastic surgery are often quite natural looking—but the transformation can be bold and stunning.
In many ways, that’s the point. You want a significant transformation. But for some patients, that result is less than ideal. In fact, there are many patients who prefer a transformation that is quite subtle. That’s why we’re talking about three ways to look great without the questions a bold transformation might invite.
Non Surgical, Subtle Transformations
One area making significant headway in terms of these subtle transformations is non surgical cosmetic treatments. These treatments often involve a kind of non surgical (or non invasive) alternative to a more common surgical procedure. These cosmetic techniques often generate subtle results that are perfect for patients seeking a quick fix.
Kybella Injections for Submental Fat
It used to be that getting rid of a double chin could involve liposuction. These days, patients are quick to opt for a Kybella injection. A few injections of Kybella will often effectively eliminate fat in the target area. This means you’ll be able to get rid of your double chin without the need for surgery.
Of course, there are some drawbacks when compared to surgery. First, the scope of Kybella is currently limited to submental fat (so if you want to get rid of fat elsewhere in the body, you’ll need to look into a procedure such as liposuction). And it can take several months for the final results to manifest. But once they do, patients often report seeing a sleeker, more athletic jawline that is effectively permanent.
Botox Injections for Wrinkles
It’s true, discussing the effectiveness of Botox isn’t necessarily breaking any new ground. But it’s worth pointing out that, for many patients, Botox is an incredibly effective alternative to a surgical facelift procedure. According to the website of the Twin Cities Botox experts at Carillon Minneapolis, there might be many reasons for this:
- Often, Botox treats minor wrinkles and lines before a facelift is necessary
- Botox can generate results without the need for surgery (and, thus, a long recovery)
- Botox injections can be performed quite quickly
- Botox can create subtle and natural looking results—in other words, you’ll look more youthful but people won’t assume you had work done
There will probably come a point where the best solution to the lines and wrinkles on your face will be a surgical facelift procedure. But until then, Botox is a great way to keep those wrinkles at bay.
Microneedling for Smooth Skin
But it’s not just lines and wrinkles that patients want help eliminating. Sometimes, the skin just looks old and worn out. Often, this is due to damage from the elements (such as the wind or the sun) combined with simple aging. Microneedling is a procedure that improves the overall condition of the skin.
Microneedling is able to do this by using your body’s own healing powers to help rejuvenate your skin. A special device will make many tiny abrasions on your skin—not enough to do any real damage, but enough to trick your body into releasing all kinds of healing compounds (including collagen).
Your body gets to work on healing your skin, but those healing powers are so amped up that you also get a smoother, more radiant finish because of it. Microneedling procedures can usually be completed in roughly 30 minutes and the results will be subtle—but noticeable.
As you may have noticed, many of these procedures are designed to leave you looking good. That’s the idea. After all, the “age” that develops in our faces are really just a collection of small markers: a line here, a wrinkle there.
By making subtle changes, patients can make their faces appear much more youthful. Sometimes, of course, it will take more than that. But for many patients who are struggling to combat those first signs of aging, these non invasive and non surgical procedures are a great way to get results with minimal discomfort and maximum satisfaction.
The purpose of subtle procedures is to have everyone around you noticing not the work that you’ve had done—but that you look great!