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Beauty Guide

The five most sought-after treatments

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc

The aesthetic industry has taken the medical community by storm with new treatments popping up every year! According to the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, there are five treatments that they consider the most sought after due to convenience (no surgery or downtime), affordability, and the amazing results they deliver. The countdown is on for the top treatments!

No. 5 - Chemical Peels

This in-office treatment is quick, easy, painless, and helps to reveal fresh beautiful skin with a glow. Using a combination of skin-friendly acids (retinoic acid, salicylic acid and kojic acid) and powerful antioxidants (glutathione and vitamin C), a chemical peel works by safely removing top layers of skin to reveal new skin, taking with it age spots, fine lines and acne. Chemical peels range in price from $99 to $400, and treatment takes less than 30 minutes. The level of peeling someone experiences can vary from light sloughing to extreme peeling lasting up to a week. Plan your treatment a minimum of two weeks before any big events or travel to ensure you are completely healed and glowing.

No. 4 - HydraFacial™

The HydraFacial™ resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration, all while Vortex-Fusing™ antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is soothing, moisturizing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

Pricing ranges from $149 to $299, and you will likely see results immediately after treatment. Your skin will feel smooth and hydrated for one to four weeks. For improved, longer-lasting results, consider using medical-grade skin care at home and monthly HydraFacial™ treatments.

No. 3 - Laser Hair Removal

If you are ready to ditch your razor and never dread another wax appointment again, then laser hair removal is for you! During the laser treatment, a diode laser beam passes through the skin toward the hair follicles. The penetrating energy then heats up the root of the hair, which in turn prevents future hair growth. Laser hair removal is safe on most areas of the body that have unwanted hair. Most commonly treated areas include bikini, underarms, legs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, stomach, neck, chin and sideburns. A series of six to eight treatments is required to reach optimal results, and the number of treatments varies depending on the type of laser used. Price varies depending on the area of the body being treated, and treatment is generally $900 to $1,500 for a complete series of treatments. The best part? Results are permanent! Big hormonal changes such as pregnancy or a change in medication can sometimes cause hair regrowth, but most people can say goodbye to stubble forever.

No. 2 - Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are a gel-like product made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in our bodies that can hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water. As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. Loss of hyaluronic acid in aging skin is partially responsible for the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers can replace the skin’s hyaluronic acid and fill in and lift areas of the face that may be less full—without the cost, recovery or downtime of plastic surgery.

Common areas to treat for lost volume are the cheeks, under eyes, nasolabial folds (lines between the corner of the nose and corner of the mouth), marionette lines (downward turn of the mouth/creases at the corner of the mouth), perioral lines (lip lines, lines around the mouth) and more. Dermal fillers can also be used to augment and enhance lips.

The cost for fillers is generally $500 to $800 per syringe, and multiple syringes may be required depending on the level of volume loss that needs corrected. Results last six to 18 months on average.

No. 1 - Botox

The number one aesthetic treatment for nearly a decade goes to Botox! Botox is a safe, purified, FDA-approved protein that relaxes and softens the muscles responsible for causing frown lines (creases between the brows), around the eyes, and worry lines in the forehead. Years of muscle use in our faces—from smiling, squinting, stressing—create what begin as fine lines, and deepen over time. Botox can heal that dermal cracking or can be used preventatively to help deter their deepening.

Botox treatment takes just a few minutes and results last three to four months. Cost varies depending on how many areas you are treating and the level of movement your muscle has. On average, a treatment starts at approximately $200 and can be upward of $800 to $900. Most offices offer complimentary consultations, so discuss dosing with your provider for a cost estimate.

Deciding which treatments will help you reach your aesthetic goals can be overwhelming and is best left to the experts. The above list is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aging gracefully and turning back the hands of time. Discuss with your provider which services will help you to look and feel your best and most confident.

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