When you think of plastic surgery, you envision breast implants, tummy tucks, and lots of other treatments that are life-changing and to be honest sound quite painful. Never imagining or desiring to have any plastic surgery treatments myself, I never knew that there were non-invasive treatments that actually can improve your appearance without requiring knives and retractors. I decided to explore and experience a few treatments myself at Shafer Plastic Surgery and was pleasantly surprised. I personally prefer the non-plastic look and wanted to try treatments that require little to no downtime, have no harmful side effects, and provide appearance changes that last a significant amount of time. After researching and experiencing a few treatments I can safely say the list below are the top 3 non-invasive treatments out on the market.
What is a filler? Why would you need a filler? Are there any side effects? These are the questions I had when I first heard about this treatment. After extensive research and discussions with Dr. Shafer, I learned that fillers are an easy way to soften facial creases/wrinkles, plump lips and improve the appearance of scars. There are a number of brands that make fillers and Juvederm Vollure XC was highly recommended by Dr. Shafer. This filler is made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in our bodies. Fillers literally take minutes to inject and have instantaneous results. Filler results can last up to nine months. The best part about fillers is that if you do not like the results, your doctor can remove them instantly without any adverse effects.
Pain Level: Low Benefits: Reduce Lines and Wrinkles within Minutes that last up to 9 Months Side Effects: Slight Pain and Redness for a Few Hours. Advice:Apply an Ice Pack to Reduce the Pain and use Oxygenetix Foundation to Cover the Redness Cost: $600*
Many of us have fat under our chin which can cause embarrassment or self-consciousness. It can also make us look older or heavier than we actually are. Many times a double-chin is hereditary and cannot be reduced with exercise. Kybella is a treatment that actually reduces the fat under your chin by using the active ingredient deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not necessary once you reach your desired goal. The treatment itself features up to 25 injections under the chin, however, Dr. Shafer offers a choice of using a longer needle with only one injection. The treatment can be done in just minutes. Once the injection(s) are completed you will notice pain and swelling. It takes a few weeks to heal and can take up to 3 treatments to reach your desired goal.
Pain Level: Medium-High Benefits: Permanently Reduce the Fat Under Chin Side Effects: Redness and Swelling for a Few Weeks. Advice: Sip Hot Water All Day and apply Arinicare Gel to Reduce Swelling. Can Contour to make the chin less noticeable and use Oxygenetix Foundation to cover the redness. Cost: $5000* (Dependent on the number of treatments)
Have you ever wondered just how much dirt and build-up gets inside your pores? HydraFacial answers that question with a unique treatment that ends with showing you just how many impurities were removed from your skin. The HydraFacial is a six-step process that uses an exfoliating tool to buff away debris and infuse healthy antioxidants. In the first step, the skin is manually cleansed which removes make-up grime, dead skin cells, and any other build-up. Next, lymphatic drainage is performed which detoxifies your skin, followed with a glycolic acid peel that gently loosens any tough impurities. A facial massage is then performed which paves the way for the extraction step, where a vortex sucks away all the residual dirt that collects in your pores. Lastly, your skin is infused with rich, healthy antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which nourishes, heals, and creates a more youthful complexion. The entire treatment takes just 45 minutes and is painless. Most people notice significantly brighter, more beautiful skin over time.
Pain Level: None Benefits: Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction, Skin Brightening Side Effects: Temporary Redness Advice: Stay out of the Sun after Treatment and try not to Wash your Face until the Next Day.Use Oxygenetix Foundation to cover the redness. Cost: $250*
Celebrity Makeup Artists now regularly use this fantastic foundation on the famous faces such as Paula Abdul, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Piven, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Nancy O’Dell, and Elizabeth Rohm. Billy Crystal looked great hosting the 2011 Oscar’s with his confidence high thanks to the full coverage with Oxygenetix.