In a world obsessed with physical appearance, it’s very easy to get lost in the crazy jumble of Hollywood trends, insane beauty expectations, and the insecurity that plagues us ever since our teen years. Whether you want to go under the knife or do a beauty treatment at a skin clinic, the process could undeniably change not only the way you look but the way you feel about yourself. So, how do you know which procedures are worth your while and which of them will truly make you feel better in your own skin? Doctors have some thoughts on that, and if you’re looking for good advice on beauty treatments and procedures, here’s a list of some of the ones you should consider.
Dermal fillers and injectables
There is no easier and safer way to get rid of fine lines and give your face a plump, fresh look than dermal fillers. There are several kinds available, and if soft wrinkles are your issue, doctor Jody Levine recommends thin hyaluronic acid fillers like “Belotero” that should be injected directly into the fine line to get rid of it. Dermal fillers can also be used to make your lips look bigger, give your face a gentle lift and restore volume, or even make your eyes look less hollow and give them back that youthful, vibrant appearance. The best thing about them is that it’s pretty much an in-and-out kind of procedure that requires no downtime and no fuss.
From wrinkles to acne, topical retinol treatments are simple, and yet they are one of the most effective and generally most recommended ways to deal with skin issues. These vitamin A derivatives can speed up cell turnover, help maintain your collagen levels, and even our skin discoloration and unclog pores, making them a potent weapon both in anti-aging and acne battles. A lot of OTC creams contain retinol, but there’s also a prescription version that’s a lot more powerful – tretinoin. While effective, tretinoin can be harsh on the skin and will require a period of adjustment because it can cause redness and flakiness as it starts peeling away the dead layers from your face and leaving healthy skin underneath. One thing to bear in mind if you’re using any sort of retinoids is that you will need to combine it with religiously regular sunscreen use. Daily sun protection is generally a must, but it comes even more important when using these creams.
Whether it’s a crooked nose that makes your face look strange, cleft lip, uneven facial features – if you’ve got a flaw that makes you self-conscious, most doctors would agree that plastic surgery is absolutely the best choice. If you’re given the chance to go through a breast reduction surgery and finally stop having to adjust your bra cups just to make them look smaller, why not take it? If you’re completely fine with your flaws then more power to you, but if they make you insecure then correcting them is a good idea. It’s all a personal choice and as long as your expectations are realistic, patient-satisfaction rates do indicate that you’ll feel better in your own skin.
Intense Pulsed Light
IPL treatments are a common thing in every good dermatology clinic, and this light-based treatment has been around for long enough to gain quite a reputation. Effective and easy, IPL is used mostly to treat any sort of discoloration and scarring on the skin. Whether it’s sun sport or hyperpigmentation caused by acne, Dr. Pompa says that there’s very little downtime after it, and yet it does produce great results.
Something that the Kardashian sisters and other Hollywood celebrities popularized, coolsculpting is actually quite a great treatment if used right. Rather than helping you lose large amounts of weight, it’s there to sculpt your body to perfection and give you the shape you’ve always wanted. If exercise and dieting can’t help you get rid of annoying love handles or bulging thighs, this could be just the thing to help you slim down because it’s non-invasive, and the downtime is minimal.
The best tip would be this: do your research. If you want to have a procedure done read all you can about it and talk to your plastic surgeon or a dermatologist to see if it’s the right pick for you. Your beauty should be nourished and cared for, so choose treatments that will help you look just the way you like.