The popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown significantly in recent years. In 2013, 3.4 million people in the U.S. (55 and older) underwent non-surgical cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The number of all cosmetic procedures rose to 15.9 million in 2015.
Why Get a Non-Surgical Facelift?
Are people obsessed with looking younger, or simply not happy with how they look? There’s probably more to it. Non-surgical, or minimally invasive, cosmetic procedures are more prevalent now than ever before. They don’t require general anesthesia and the duration of the procedure and recovery is much shorter than traditional face lifts and other procedures.
Non-surgical procedures typically have fewer side effects as well. Patients can often return to work and normal activities within hours or immediately after the procedure.
Better yet, they’re suited for various types of skin rejuvenation. Without invasive surgery, dermatologists can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, eye bags and crow’s feet, red and brown spots, and sun damage. It’s also possible to improve skin texture, tighten loose skin, and reduce acne scars.
Some cosmetic procedures use fillers or injections. Injectable fillers can be used as an alternative to traditional rhinoplasty, which is invasive, painful, and requires significant recovery time. Chemical peels, Botox, and injectable fat busters are other forms of cosmetic treatment that don’t require going under the knife. People have chosen cryotherapy and injecting various compounds to reduce cellulite and address skin pigmentation, among other things.
A Non-Surgical Necklift or Facelift without Injections?
The advancement of radiofrequency lasers has, in many cases, eliminated the need for injections and fillers, let alone invasive surgeries. Lasers are nothing new in the field of dermatology. But in the last decade, they’ve become applicable to nearly any type of skin treatment.
Laser skin treatments often don’t require preparation. Your doctor might advise you to stop taking certain medications that affect healing, or to stay out of the sun. The after effects may include some redness or bruising, depending on the treatment and extent of therapy, while some pain may be felt temporarily. Infections and scarring are possible, but uncommon.
But after one session or a series of treatments, you may see results, or it may take time for your skin to rejuvenate after a laser treatment has stimulated collagen growth or fat breakdown.
The most common types of lasers for non-surgical cosmetic procedures include:
- Pulsed dye lasers, best suited for spider veins, blood vessel overgrowths, and other vascular lesions.
- Short-pulsed lasers that can remove birthmarks and freckles, and even break down tattoo pigments.
- Long-pulsed lasers best suited for removing dark hair and preventing it from re-growing for several months.
Lasers can work on the skin surface or penetrate deep layers. Dermatologists and laser technicians are trained to safely use equipment. Laser light is bright and powerful, so eye protection, non-reflective instruments, and non-flammable materials are used in treatment areas where high-energy laser beams are used.
Consult with Our Dermatologist in Los Angeles
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including RF lasers, are safe and effective. Various treatment options are available at the Laser & Dermatology Institute. We’re known for the best skin rejuvenation services in Southern California and offer personalized skin care treatment. Our dermatologists, including Dr. Jacob Rispler, provide the best way to get rid of brown and red spots, vascular lesions, acne scars, and fine lines and deep wrinkles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and free consultation at LDI of Los Angeles, LDI of Covina, or LDI of Newport Beach.