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20October2017

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Turn back the clock with non-surgical cosmetic procedures

The discipline of cosmetic dermatology or aesthetic medicine is the fastest growing field in medicine today. With the rise in popularity of television programmes such as Doctor 90210 and Extreme Makeover, more women than ever before – from high-powered lawyers and accountants, to teachers and stay-at-home-moms – desire to look their best, yet struggle to keep up with the likes of Hollywood’s most glamorous female celebrities.

The truth is, however, that attaining that level of aesthetic appeal no longer requires invasive surgery, high costs, excruciating pain and weeks of downtime. In fact, recent years have seen celebrities opening up about using non-surgical aesthetic and cosmetic procedures to maintain their youthful, close-up-ready appearances.

No matter who they are or where they hail from, the women of the world have discovered the benefits of non-surgical aesthetic procedures and are using them to effectively fight the signs of aging and preserve their youthful appearances.

Perhaps you’re noticing the first signs of premature aging and would like a less invasive remedy. Or maybe you’d like to explore non-surgical options before committing to cosmetic surgery. Some of the most popular and effective non-surgical cosmetic procedures available today include the following:

Fractional laser skin resurfacing
A new volumising fractional laser, which sets the new gold standard in laser resurfacing and targets the three signs of aging. This treatment has been perfected for treating wrinkles, pigmentation, skin texture and tone in just one treatment.

Total laser skin resurfacing
Total laser skin resurfacing offers a consistent method for dramatic improvement of facial skin quality for individuals with photodamage and acne scarring, while minimising risk.

Skin tightening
A light-based solution for treating wrinkles through tightening skin.

Facial sculpturing and balancing
This treatment is performed via injectable dermal fillers, targeting cheek bones, noses, chins, tear troughs, lips, folds and lines.

Botox
Targeting wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes.

Facial peels
Superficial to deep chemical peels are effectively applied to remove fine lines, small scars, discolorations such as freckles or liver spots, as well as areas of sun damaged skin and spots of precancerous keratoses.

Laser Genesis
For the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pore size and skin tone.

Laser hair removal
For the long-term removal of stubborn facial hairs, as well as unwanted body hair.

Medically-assisted weight loss
If you are considering any form of non-invasive cosmetic procedure, it is of great importance to note, that while many health and beauty spas can perform many procedures to help you look your best, and trim years off your face, most procedures – especially those which involve injections of any kind of material into your body – should be performed by a licensed doctor or dermatological physician.

Says leading aesthetic physician, Dr Genevieve Marks (otherwise known as ‘Dr G’), “The good doctor regards cosmetic or aesthetic medicine as a specialist field where the principles of clinical trials and evidence-based outcomes are applied just like in any other field of medicine.”

With the sheer number of non-surgical procedures available today, making the right decision can indeed be a very daunting task. Because patient and procedure selection are the most important part of the process in the determination of a final result, it is best to attend an initial consultation with your doctor, who will discuss your various treatment options and provide you with all the information to help you make the best, most insightful and well informed choice.

“By presenting my patients with treatments that have been subjected to extensive trials and demonstrate proven benefits, the risk is taken out of the product and treatment selection,” says Dr G.

Whether you are looking to minimize fine or deep lines, give your eyes a brighter more refreshed look, rejuvenate tired looking skin, or smooth lip lines and add volume to lips, non-surgical cosmetic procedures are not only a great alternative to surgery, but they can also most certainly help to maintain and enhance beauty beyond belief.