Cosmetic procedures and beauty

From drastic approaches such as surgery to much gentler ones such as acupuncture facial rejuvenation, cosmetic procedures are more and more commonly used as people try to age more gracefully.

Here are some of the most common cosmetic procedures with their advantages and disadvantages and our top picks.

  1. Face Lift (rhytidectomy)

A facelift involves removal of a person’s facial skin and stretching excess skin over the face to give it a more tightened look. Various types of facelifts are available such as the deep-plane, composite, thread and mini.

Pros:

  • Dramatic results
  • It gives a youthful appearance to the skin by reducing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
  • Facial features like jowls, jawline and neck can be sculpted and defined by trimming and tucking.
  • Effects are long lasting, 5 – 10 years

Cons:

  • Not suitable for patients with preexisting medical conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, obesity and unstable blood pressure.
  • A facelift is an invasive procedure that requires a long recovery time. Downtime is 2 – 4 weeks. Changes can be observed up to 6 month later. Complete healing can take up to one year.
  • Possible side effects: Reaction to the anesthesia, redness and itchiness of skin around the incision, scarring, numbness, temporary hair loss, excessive and uncontrolled bleeding, lumps, bumps, blood or fluid retention under the skin, infection, extreme pain, facial nerve damage and disfigurement.
  1. Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin

Botulinum toxin A, which has been purified, is injected into muscles to block the nerves, which contract the muscles.

Pros:

  • Softens wrinkles that have not set into the skin (mostly preventative).

Cons:

  • Frozen look without much facial expression.
  • Causes lack of empathy (source) since emotions can’t be properly expressed.
  • Children are unable to read the mothers emotional cues and might not be able to learn important emotions. (source)
  • Studies show that the neurotoxin can migrate to the brain. (source)
  • Possible side effects: bruising, pain at the site of injection, headaches, drooping eyelids or eyebrows which can take a few months to return to their natural position.
  1. Dermal Fillers, injectable implants, soft tissue fillers, or wrinkle fillers

Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, Calcium hydroxylapatite, or Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) are injected into nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips.

Pros:

  • Creates a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face.

Cons:

  • It may cause swelling, redness, bruising, tenderness, itching.
  • Less common side effects include raised bumps, infection, a sore at the injection side, and an allergic reaction.
  • Among the more rare side effects reported to the FDA, severe allergic reaction, vision abnormalities, stroke, tissue necrosis. (source)
  1. Fat Transfer, fat grafting or fat injection

Fat from areas of excess fat such as butt or outer thighs are grafted and transferred into the face

Pros:

  • Fills sunken and creased areas of the face, which may be lacking in volume.
  • Reduced chance of allergic reactions since it is not a foreign substance.
  • Lasts longer than fillers.
  • Is not very invasive.

Cons:

  • More expensive than dermal fillers.
  • Patient may have a reaction to anesthesia, hematoma or seroma infection, changes in sensation on the face, possible scarring, damage to underlying structures.
  1. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments (laser skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, or laser resurfacing)

Spectral range of light is passed across the skin with a handheld flashgun.

Pros:

  • Can treat minor wrinkling, uneven skin tone, early pigmentation, spider veins, and acne.
  • Short downtime.

Cons:

  • Can cause streaking if a tan exists.
  • Temporary swelling, redness, blotchiness, increased visibility of small capillaries.
  • Could result in permanent patches of lighter skin.
  • Could stimulate dormant infection such as the herpes simplex virus.
  1. Laser resurfacing, lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization

It consists of short concentrated pulsing beams of light removes skin layer by layer.

CO2 laser resurfacing uses a very short pulsed light energy, or a continuous light beams which remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. Erbium laser resurfacing removes superficial and moderately deep wrinkles.  It causes minimal burning of the tissue and has fewer side effects and has a shorter recovery time (1 to 2 weeks.) Works better on darker skin.

Pros:

  • Can reduce fine lines or wrinkles, blemishes and shallow acne scars.

 Cons:

  • Not recommended for dark skin and stretch marks.
  • Possible side effects: Swelling around the eyes for 24 to 48 hours (might have to take steroids to manage swelling), itching and stinging for 12 to 72 hours, dryness and peeling five to seven days.
  • Severe complications can include burns and injuries, scarring, puss filled cysts, changes in skin pigmentation (lighter or darker skin patches), reactivating herpes cold sores, bacterial infection, milia (white bumps)
  1. Microcurrent Lift

Non-surgical face lift which uses electric currents on the face.

Pros:

  • Strengthens facial muscles to give a slight lift and a toned appearance.
  • Can also be used to treat Bell’s Palsy, weakness of the facial muscles and paralysis.
  • No downtime. No major side effects.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t affect the superficial skin, wrinkles, or fat.
  • Side effects include nausea, fatigue, and drowsiness
  1. Laser Lift (Skin tightening)

This is a procedure that promotes skin rejuvenation by exposing it to infrared light to trigger collagen production, provide moisture and making the skin firmer, thereby reducing wrinkles and toning the face.

Pros:

  • No downtime.
  • Can tighten skin, reduce fine lines and increase moisture in the skin.

Cons:

  • Some patients report disappointing results with little or no improvement.
  • Possible side effects: Redness, swelling, bruising, blistering, and changing in pigmentation of the skin.
  • Blindness if protective goggles aren’t worn.
  • Excessive fat loss could lead to sagging skin and bags under the eyes.
  1. Thermage, Ultherapy, Exilis, and other types of RF treatment

A device which is supposed to deliver “controlled heat damage” with radiofrequency (RF) to the collagen in your skin.

Pros:

  • RF can increase collagen production and the firmness and texture of the skin, melt fat, contour and reduce sagging of the skin. One treatment can last up to 3 years.
  • No downtime.

Cons:

  • Procedure can be very painful.
  • Can lead to damage of the underlying fatty tissue and thereby cause facial wasting and necrosis. Facial contours could be changed forever. Large Pores, scarring, rough and red skin, white milia, raw, weepy skin, and orange peel texture of the skin can occur.
  • Blindness (wear the weird-looking goggles they give you!).
  1. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Patient’s blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to draw of a layer of Platelet Rich Plasma. The PRP is then applied to the skin and micro-needled into the skin.

Pros:

  • Releases Growth factors, which can help repair and rejuvenate damaged tissue. This can eliminate fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve the texture and evenness of the skin.
  • No major side effects.

Cons:

  • Swelling, bruising, redness and itching.
  • Downtime can range from 24 to 72 hours.
  1. Homeopathic face and neck bio lifting

Homeopathic substance is injected into wrinkles and acupuncture points. Reduces wrinkles and improves tissue.

Pros:

  • Keeps dermis well drained metabolically efficient and reestablishes the correct function of membrane receptors to keep the skin looking young and healthy.
  • Stimulates autologous collagen synthesis and synthesizing activity of fibroblasts.
  • Downtime only for a few hours until the homeopathic solution is fully absorbed by the skin.

Cons:

  • Bruising
  1. Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation or Cosmetic Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles are used in acupuncture points on the face, scalp and neck to bring blood to the area and increase circulation, which may promote collagen production to reduce wrinkles and eliminate fine lines. The needles are also used to stimulate motor points on the face to create a gentle lift around the eyes, cheekbones and chin.

Pros:

  • Safe and natural approach to eliminates fine lines and decreases wrinkles and improve the texture and color of the skin.
  • Reduced or eliminated sagging around the eyes and chin.
  • Strengthens weak muscles, release emotions and wrinkles held in facial expressions
  • Increases overall health, as the acupuncturist will use the needles to treat the entire body in nurturing sessions that are deeply relaxing

Cons:

  • Bruising
  • Minor discomfort

 

Our favorites

If we had to pick our favorites: we love acupuncture facial rejuvenation as we have seen amazing results for our clients. Our other best picks are:

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Homeopathic face and neck bio lifting

If you are interested to learn more about our acupuncture facial rejuvenation and/or homeopathic face and neck bio lifting results, please book a free consult HERE or call 303-440-1033.