Minimally invasive cosmetic treatments are a great way to turn back the hands of time without a long period of downtime afterward. Each treatment is meant to improve the way we look and feel without having to go under the knife. Every year, the number of minimally invasive procedures done increases due to rising popularity and acceptance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures has increased from 2012 to 2013 by 3%. The top five most popular treatments are Botox, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. Lets talk about the three of these treatments that we offer at NOVA Plastic Surgery.
1. Botox. Botox remains the number one minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure compared to all other treatments. There were over six million recorded Botox treatments in 2013. Botox injections are used to reduce wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, and on the crows feet. The neurotoxin reduces the activity of the muscles that cause these wrinkles, allowing the wrinkle to relax. The effects of Botox can last anywhere from 3-4 months and even longer in some cases. Due to the increase of knowledge about Botox and the amount of very skilled and talented injectors, it is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for wrinkles.
2. Soft tissue fillers. Approximately 2.2 million people elected to have soft tissue fillers in 2013. This is a 13% increase from 2012! Soft tissue fillers range from hyaluronic acid products such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Perlane, to fat grafting using the fat from your own body. Fillers work to fill in deep wrinkles and other areas on the face. They can be used to plump lips, enhance cheeks, and fill bags under the eyes. The effects of fillers last longer than Botox ranging from 9 months to a year, with the longest lasting being fat grafting, which is commonly a permanent fix.
3. Laser Hair Removal. Over 1 million people had laser hair removal treatments done in 2013, a decrease from the year before. Laser hair removal uses laser light to destroy hair follicles. The laser targets the pigmentation in the follicles to damage them without affecting the surrounding skin. It is a widely known treatment for the reduction of hair growth and is commonly used in many different types of practices.
These are three of the top five minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in 2013. We offer all of these treatments at NOVA Plastic Surgery in Ashburn, Virginia. If you would like to schedule a consultation for to find out what treatments are best for you, please call our office at 703-574-2588.