Non-invasive treatments like laser account for over 50% of the current $64.6 billion value of the aesthetic medicine industry, and slightly invasive procedures such as fillers and mesotherapy are also doing a roaring trade. Skincare is increasingly valued by beauty-conscious buyers who want youthful, glowing skin, without the need to go under the knife. If you are into skin beautifying treatments and products, check out what’s on-trend, so you can ensure you can benefit from the very latest technologies and skincare lines available.
Plasma-Rich Platelet (PRP) Therapy and Skin Boosters
Plasma-rich platelet therapy (PRP), sometimes called a “vampire facial,” is actually far less dramatic than it sounds. It involves obtaining a small amount of blood, putting it through a centrifugal machine, and obtaining plasma-rich platelets. The latter are then reinjected into the skin, which encourages the formation of collagen and elastin (the basic building blocks of skin).
These days, the beneficial effects of PRP are being enhanced with skin rejuvenators like vitamins, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and minerals. These promote significant increases in hydration, elasticity, smoothness, and luminosity.
Less is More
Many celebrities and influencers encouraged beauty lovers to embark on long, costly skincare routines, sometimes containing eleven or more steps. Today, it’s all about taking a more minimalist approach to skin, to avoid irritation, dryness, and potentially harmful interactions between active ingredients. While cleansing and moisturizing should be part of every routine, try to take it down a notch. Concentrate on problem areas (for instance, pigmentation, wrinkles, or loss of firmness) one at a time and, preferably, as recommended by a certified dermatologist.
This treatment is firmly focused on neocollagenesis—the introduction of new collagen fibers (which stop skin from sagging and give it a young, plumped-up look). One of the most effective means of promoting collagen production is Microfocused Ultrasound or Ulthera—a treatment that delivers thermal heat into different depths of your skin to stimulate both collagen and elastin production. It takes just one session and has minimum to no downtime, as you can return to work on the same day you receive the treatment. Its effects last for an impressive one-to-five years.
The Lip Flip
Lip fillers have been around a long time, but there is another, filler-free procedure that is growing in popularity, especially among those who are interested in a more natural approach. The Lip Flip involves injecting a muscle relaxant (for instance, Botox) into the muscles above the upper lip. This causes specific muscles to relax and the lip naturally flips outwards to create greater volume. The difference between this procedure and fillers is that while the others add artificial volume, the Lip Flip simply uses the volume you already have, pushing it forward to create a more voluminous effect.
Skincare these days is leaning heavily towards non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. From minimalizing skincare to relying on laser to encourage skin to look younger from within, these procedures often involve little to no downtime yet boast impressive effects. PRP and skin boosters, meanwhile, are also relying on heat and nutrients to give your skin a natural, youthful glow and greater firmness and elasticity.