8 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Most Popular in the Pandemic
1. Procedure: Tear Trough Dermal Fillers
Purpose: Corrects dark circle or under-eye bags
Lack of sleep, or perhaps the lack of a regular schedule due to Covid shelter-in-place orders, has given a lot of us dark undereye circles. Dermal fillers like Belotero or Restylane are the fillers of choice to easily fix this problem.
2. Procedure: Lip Augmentation with Dermal Fillers
Purpose: Naturally volumizes the lips and makes them more youthful
Lip volume decreases naturally with age. Dermal filler like Juvederm Volbella XC creates a natural and long-lasting result. In the past, the most difficult part of lip filler injection was post-injection swelling, which was difficult to hide. Nowadays, wearing a mask and working from home have made it easier.
3. Procedure: Smartlipo Body Contouring
Purpose: Removes unwanted fat and tightens skin
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that permanently removes unwanted fat while a laser is used to generate collagen and tighten the skin. The procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia or hospitalization and typically requires 2-3 days of downtime and light activity. Patients will need to wear a compression undergarment for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Smartlipo is booming in popularity as with patients already working from home, the recovery period is easier and more discreet than ever.
4. Procedure: Emsculpt
Purpose: Tones targeted muscles
The lack of a gym and exercise facility makes this treatment a popular one. Though some gyms are open, most are open under limited hours and with added inconveniences, as one has to wipe down all weights and machines before and after each workout. Emsculpt uses electro-magnetic energy to super contract muscles 20,000 times in one 30 minute session. This builds muscle bulk as well as muscular strength. Emsculpt is a great treatment if you don’t want to lose the bulk of your muscle while the gym remains unavailable.
5. Procedure: Kybella
Purpose: Submental tightening and fat reduction
Kybella and Coolmini by Coolsculpting can reduce the fat under the chin. Being on Zoom calls and in web conferences has made people super conscious of their jowls or double chin. Kybella dissolves the fat, while Coolmini freezes and reduces that fat by as much as 20%. These two treatments remove fat via different mechanisms and are great when combined to eliminate more of the stubborn fat under the chin.
6. Procedure: PRP Hair Treatment
Purpose: Promotes new healthy hair growth
It’s a stressful time for many of us and prolonged or increased stress is often associated with hair loss. Hence PRP hair treatment is currently popular, as this treatment promotes new hair growth with your own growth factors from your platelet-rich plasma.
7. Procedure: Facial Laser Treatment
Purpose: Resurfaces and rejuvenates your facial skin
Wearing facemasks is taking a toll on your skin. Your skin can be rough and dry or break out more easily. Laser resurfacing can rebalance your skin’s sensitivity and push the reset button for your skin. Lasers like Fraxel can reduce hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Fraxel usually needs more downtime than an easier laser such as Clear and Brilliant laser, however, Fraxel can go deeper and give you a bigger transformation. Now due to everyone’s working from home schedule, Fraxel has been more popular than other lasers.
8. Procedure: Nova Threads
Purpose: Lifts the facial skin and generates healthy collagen and elastin
Nova Thread uses biocompatible PDO threads to physically lift the skin and generate more collagen. It gives quick results with no downtime. This has been an increasingly popular treatment, as Zoom calls have made people aware of their sagging skin.