3 The New Noninvasive Non-Surgical Cosmetic Therapies
- The very latest developments involve non-surgical, noninvasive therapies, including laser treatments, light treatments, radiofrequency treatments and mesotherapy (superficial injection therapy).
- These treatments can help you maintain what you get after surgery. But better yet, for the right patient, they can completely replace surgery and get you looking great.
- There's little or no recovery time, little discomfort and the risks are very low.
- While perhaps five percent of the people who are interested in cosmetic improvement might be willing to have surgery of some kind, the rest are afraid of the surgery, concerned about the complications, or misinformed about the subject. However, in many cases they are interested in noninvasive therapies.
Lasers, Radiofrequency, and Light Machines
Noninvasive laser treatments, light spectrum treatments and radiofrequency treatments have come a long way in the last five to ten years. Currently, FotoFacial® light spectrum treatment is a standard for improving color. There are now radiofrequency devices that stimulate shrinkage of the skin — the Syneron Aurora-RF™ and the Syneron Polaris-RF.™ Both of these treatments are rapid outpatient procedures generally requiring no sedation: a cooling machine and/or numbing creams will minimize any discomfort. Three to eight treatments are often needed to properly improve the patient's appearance. A new "photosensitizer" cream medication optimizes the FotoFacial® (Syneron Aurora-RF®) performance, often reducing the number of treatments to just two or three.
Additionally, hair removal may be accomplished with other laser and light treatment machines. We use the Syneron™. However, complete hair removal is exceedingly difficult: moderately thinned hair and stunted growth is the usual result, as Epilators (the old-style hair remov andal professionals) have discovered. Epilation involves inserting a needle into the hair root and applying an electric charge; it is partially successful after many treatments but quite painful. The new lasers light machines are equally effective but less painful.
All of these treatments are at three-week intervals. Often a very light (again, no down-time) glycolic peel is performed in the early stages of
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