Wherever you look these days, more and more people are getting cosmetic beauty treatments. But that no longer means necessarily going under the knife. There’s a trend towards ‘non-surgical’ treatments that’s emerging rather rapidly. From non-surgical nose jobs to lunchtime facelifts, there’s a whole range of cosmetic beauty innovations that no longer require plastic surgery.
Given the internet can be a wormhole of conflicting information and questionable sources, we had a chat to Dr. Rahma Targett, one of South Australia’s leading cosmetic doctors, about these non-surgical treatments.
“For the most part, non-surgical cosmetic beauty treatments have become increasingly popular as they offer patients a more affordable, less permanent alternative to surgical procedures with fewer risks and little to no downtime associated,” she says.
Dr. Targett explains a few treatments that have typically required surgery that you can now get as non-surgical treatments at cosmetic clinics:
Non-Surgical Eye Lift
If you are concerned with baggy lower eyelids or droopy upper eyelids and you don’t want to undergo blepharoplasty (a surgical eye lift), this may be just the treatment for you. Using patented technology, it’s now possible to safely and effectively remove and tighten excess skin without a scalpel or laser. Results are comparable to surgery with most patients seeing results after just one treatment.
In saying this, results are not instant as it takes a little time for the skin’s renewal and healing processes to work. Non-surgical patients can expect to see results six weeks after the treatment.
With traditional, surgical blepharoplasty one would expect to start seeing results in two months with roughly three-months recovery time recommended (sometimes up to a year).
Used to lift the nasal tip, correct minor bumps or curves on the nose, and create a more symmetrical look, the non-surgical nose job offers patients immediate results for a fraction of the cost of traditional rhinoplasty (nose job).
Typically, rhinoplasty can cost between $8,000 – $20,000 with best results sometimes even taking up to a year to fully settle.
Likened to a ‘try before you buy’ type procedure, this treatment is appealing to many as the product used will naturally dissolve over time or can be dissolved by a cosmetic injector if the patient wishes to reverse the procedure.
This is a generally pain-free treatment that’s performed in 30-45 minutes. Patients are able to return to day-to-day activities almost immediately.
Dubbed the ‘lunchtime lift’, thread lifting is a revolutionary non-surgical alternative to a facelift. It’s ideal for treating upper and lower cheeks, the forehead, jawline and neck, naso-labial folds (nose to mouth lines) and marionette lines (corners of the mouth).
This minimally invasive, two-stage treatment provides an immediate repositioning effect of sagging skin whilst stimulating your body’s natural collagen production for gradual, more natural looking results.
Your physician will implant a thin (think fishing line size), absorbable polydioxanone threads (similar to those used in medical suturing) under the skin using tiny needles. These threads then stay implanted in the skin resulting in micro-injuries that stimulate collagen production and tissue contraction. After about six months, the threads will be fully absorbed into the body leaving new collagen in their place.
Results are visible immediately and although uncommon, recovery time after treatment can be up to one week for some patients. Others may find they can return to daily activities immediately after treatment!
All of these treatments are available at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine. To find out more book a consult with Dr. Targett on 0403 690 031 or visit advancedcosmeticmedicine.com.au.
DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from patient to patient. Please consult your healthcare professional to determine if a treatment is right for you, particularly advice related to any medical conditions, risks and potential benefits of undergoing treatment. Although uncommon, it is advised there are minor and major risks involved with all cosmetic procedures including non-surgical treatments. This article is to be used as a guide-only and not as specific medical advice.