As a natural part of the aging process, muscle definition and strength decrease, skin gradually loses its elasticity, and the body becomes less inclined to rid itself of stubborn fat cells. Fortunately, there are several non-invasive and often less costly alternatives to surgical options that can help you slow down — or even reverse — the effects of aging. Here are 6 of the best non-surgical treatments for your face, hips, and thighs.
As a one-time, non-invasive treatment for improving the smoothness and texture of the skin on the face, Thermage is a great option. It entails the use of radiofrequency therapy to resolve fine lines and wrinkles, as well as stimulate collagen production.
For over 10 years now, doctors across 80 different countries and in 2,500 cosmetic practices have helped over 1 million men and women of diverse ethnicities acquire more youthful-looking faces through this revolutionary approach.
Additional benefits of Thermage include:
- Clinically proven safety, treatment in 1 hour or less.
- Minimal recovery and/or downtime post-procedure.
- Little or no follow-up care.
- Results as quickly as one-day post-treatment.
As an FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure for skin tightening and line/wrinkle improvement from the neck upward, Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin. The result is a naturally firmer, toned, and youthful appearance.
Only one treatment is needed for lasting, visible results that develop over the course of 2 to 3 months as collagen is regenerated. Side effects are minimal to none, typically only slight redness and/or tenderness to the treated area, and generally resolve within a few hours.
Most patients who undergo this procedure are able to resume their normal activities immediately post-treatment.
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3. Silhouette InstaLift
Silhouette InstaLift is a minimally invasive procedure that makes use of sutures and bidirectional cones to stimulate collagen production, and thus lift and re-contour the deeper layers of mid-facial skin.
It’s a relatively short, in-office procedure that takes less than an hour from start to finish and costs a mere fraction of what a typical surgical facelift does ($3,925, on average). Additional benefits include a short, 48-hour recovery period and results that last 18 months or more.
To get rid of fatty tissue that is resistant to lifestyle changes through diet and exercise, such as on the hips and thighs, CoolSculpting is an effective and non-surgical, FDA-approved option that boasts a high patient satisfaction rate.
Through the use of a precise and controlled cooling method, this procedure targets fat cells located underneath the skin and freezes them. As an outcome of this freezing process, the body naturally dissolves and rids itself of the dead fat cells, which results in a slimmer and sleeker physique.
Depending on your needs and desired results, more than one CoolSculpting treatment may be needed. Individual treatments typically last roughly 35 to 60 minutes, and you are able to resume normal activities immediately afterward.
Side effects are usually minimal and temporary and may include redness, bruising, tenderness, tingling, skin sensitivity, and swelling.
As the world’s first FDA-approved treatment option for non-surgical fat cell removal in areas such as the hips and thighs, Sculpsure is a safe and permanent option for eliminating stubborn fatty tissue. It has also been recently approved for use under the chin.
Specifically, Sculpsure uses 1060nm wavelength technology to effectively target subcutaneous adipose tissue, thus damaging the internal structure of the fat cells. As a consequence of this, over a period of 2 to 3 months post-treatment, the body naturally rids itself of the destroyed fat cells, which results in a smoother and more sculpted appearance to the body.
Benefits of Sculpsure include, but are not limited to:
- Short, 25-minute treatments.
- High patient satisfaction rates.
- Mild and limited side effects.
- Up to a 25% reduction in fat cells to treated areas.
With the use of cold laser technology specifically designed to target and eliminate adipose tissue, Zerona is a proven safe and effective, non-surgical treatment option for body contouring.
It works by destroying fat cell membranes, which causes those cells to burst, but without any harm to surrounding blood vessels and tissues. As a consequence of this bursting, the body naturally releases the contents of those disrupted cells through its waste elimination processes. On average, patients who undergo this procedure lose 3.72 inches from their waist, hips, or thighs.
Aside from being FDA-approved, Zerona boasts other benefits as well, which include:
- Painless treatments.
- Results in as little as 2 weeks.
- Limited to no downtime post-procedure.
- No major side effects.
- An average treatment time of 40 minutes or less.
- Permanent fat loss.
Have you tried a non-surgical cosmetic treatment? What was it and how did you like it? Please leave a comment below.