what is aesthetics?
Aesthetics refers to the study of beauty and taste and the creation and appreciation of art. It is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of art, beauty, and taste and the creation and preference of beauty. In medicine, aesthetics is the branch that improves physical appearance through surgical and non-surgical methods. It includes Botox, fillers, laser therapy, and body contouring procedures. Aesthetic medicine has invasive and non-invasive procedures to enhance one’s appearance, boost self-confidence, and improve overall well-being.
Aesthetic treatments are typically ideal for individuals who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcomes of the treatments. Generally, candidates for aesthetic treatments include:
- Individuals with fine lines, wrinkles, and age-related skin imperfections
- People looking to enhance or rejuvenate their appearance
- People looking to correct asymmetries or imbalances in their facial features
- Individuals with sun damage or uneven skin tone
- People looking to contour and reshape their body
Not everyone is a good candidate for specific aesthetic treatments. For example, individuals with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or autoimmune disorders may not be suitable candidates for particular treatments. Pregnant or breastfeeding women may also be advised to avoid certain treatments.
Before any treatment, a qualified and experienced practitioner will conduct a consultation to determine the best treatment for you, considering your medical history, lifestyle and overall goals. It’s always essential, to be honest with the practitioner about your medical history and medications to ensure the treatment is safe and appropriate.
NON-SURGICAL AESTHETIC PROCEDURES
- Botox: A treatment that uses a neurotoxin to temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles, smoothing the skin’s appearance.
- Dermal fillers: A treatment that uses injectable substances, such as hyaluronic acid, to fill in wrinkles and add volume to the face.
- Chemical peels: A treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove the top layer of damaged skin, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin underneath.
- Laser therapy: A treatment that uses intense light beams to remove damaged skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
- Microdermabrasion: A treatment that uses a diamond tip wand to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
- Scalp micro pigmentation: A non-surgical treatment that uses pigments to create the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp, making the hair look denser.
- Microneedling: A treatment that uses fine needles to create microscopic injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin rejuvenation.
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP): A treatment that uses a patient’s blood plasma, which is rich in growth factors, to promote healing and rejuvenation of the skin.
- Non-invasive body contouring: procedures such as Cryolipolysis, Radio Frequency, Ultrasound, and laser lipolysis are used to reduce fat and contour the body without surgery.
Aesthetic or cosmetic treatments can benefit physical appearance and emotional well-being. Some of the potential benefits include:
- Improving self-confidence and self-esteem: Many people who undergo aesthetic treatments report feeling better about their appearance and more confident in social and professional situations.
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines: Treatments such as Botox and fillers can help to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.
- Enhancing facial features: Aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers and facelifts can help to improve and contour the face, giving a more defined and symmetrical appearance.
- Improving skin texture and tone: Treatments such as laser therapy and chemical peels can help improve the skin’s overall surface and tone, giving it a more youthful and radiant appearance.
- Body contouring: Treatments such as liposuction and tummy tucks can help to contour and shape the body, giving a more proportionate and attractive appearance.
- Non-surgical treatments: like Botox, fillers and laser therapy have minimal downtime and recovery time, making them suitable for people with busy lifestyles.
advantages of non surgical Aesthetics treatments
Non-surgical aesthetic treatments can offer many advantages over surgical treatments. Some of the benefits include:
- Lower risk: Non-surgical treatments typically have a lower risk of complications and side effects than surgical treatments.
- Minimal downtime: Most non-surgical treatments have minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to normal activities immediately or shortly after the treatment.
- Less invasive: Non-surgical treatments are typically less invasive than surgical treatments and are often performed using only topical anaesthetics or none.
- Cost-effective: Non-surgical treatments are often less expensive than surgical treatments.
- Customizable: Non-surgical treatments can be tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals, and the results can often be adjusted or improved over time.
- Non-surgical treatments: can also be used as an alternative for people who are not suitable for surgical procedures or as a way to prolong the effects of a surgical procedure.
- The permanency of aesthetic treatments can vary depending on the specific treatment and the individual’s skin type and condition.
- Some treatments, such as surgical procedures like facelifts and liposuction, can produce more permanent results that can last for many years. However, these procedures also come with more risks and downtime compared to non-surgical treatments.
- Other non-surgical treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, can produce results that are not permanent. Botox typically lasts for 3-6 months before it needs to be re-administered, and dermal fillers last anywhere from 6 to 24 months, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated.
- Some non-surgical treatments like laser therapy and chemical peels can produce long-lasting results, but they may require maintenance treatments to maintain the results over time.
- Individual results can vary, and some people may need to combine different treatments to achieve their desired outcome. It’s always important to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to determine which treatment or combination of treatments is most appropriate for you and your goals.
Yes, Botox is considered a non-surgical aesthetic treatment. Botox is a type of injectable treatment that uses a small amount of a purified protein called botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles. The procedure is performed using a very fine needle, and it’s typically done in a medical office setting. Botox is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. The treatment is relatively quick, taking around 15 to 20 minutes, and there is no downtime required after the procedure, so you can return to normal activities immediately.
Botox is a prescription medication and should only be administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner. It’s important to have realistic expectations for the treatment and to understand that Botox results are not permanent and need to be repeated every 3-6 months to maintain the results.
The duration of the results of non-surgical aesthetic treatments can vary depending on the specific treatment and the individual’s skin type and condition.
For example, Botox typically lasts for 3-6 months before it needs to be re-administered. Dermal fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated.
Non-surgical body contouring treatments like Cryolipolysis, Radio Frequency, Ultrasound, and laser lipolysis, results can take up to 3 months to show, and it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep the results.
Non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments like laser therapy, chemical peels, and microneedling can produce long-lasting results, but they may require maintenance treatments to maintain the results over time.