Non - invasive treatments
Written by Ayesha Khan
From ‘coolsculpting’ to thermage, here are five fast fixes that avoid surgery.
Developed by researchers at Harvard, this painless technique is ideal for combatting stubborn fat that doesn’t budge with diet and exercise. Fat cells under the skin are crystallised or frozen and naturally pass through the system, revealing a more sculpted physique in the months following treatment. Because these fat cells are permanently eliminated, this is a permanent fix for your trouble spots.
Also targeting the skin’s innermost layers, this treatment is ideal for those suffering from acne. The powerful laser aims to destroy the oil-producing glands that feed acne. The only downside is redness and inflammation, but after a course (about five treatments) the results are so dramatic you can even go out without a scrap of make-up!
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL targets the deep dermis layer of the skin, delivering pulses of light to targeted cells and taking care of a host of skin imperfections such as redness, dark circles, and unwanted pigmentation. Since the top layers of skin are not affected, there is virtually no recovery time and, best of all, you hardly even feel it!
RF Body Conditioning
The ideal fix for stubborn cellulite, this treatment offers radio frequency to the subcutaneous skin layers to increase the metabolic breakdown of fat cells and diffuse oxygen in the cells. The cells are then passed through the body’s lymphatic drainage system with the help of vacuum therapy. The result is smoother, tighter skin in trouble spots such as buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and under the arms.
This is the ideal treatment for saggy skin, especially droopy eyelids. It delivers radio frequency energy to heat the skin, promoting collagen production and tightening the skin. It can be painful, but the upside is that one session is usually enough. It takes a while for results to show, but when they do, they can be quite dramatic!
While these five fixes may not carry nearly as many risks (or as long a recovery time) as going under the knife, they can still lead to allergic reactions or unwanted scarring, so be sure to weigh up the risks and benefits with your doctor.