Minimally invasive cosmetic treatments can completely change your face, restoring youthful looks and rejuvenating skin. However, many people do not have these done by reputable practitioners. Below the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement, education and practice of cosmetic medicine in the UK, give a rundown of the new cosmetic treatments available with expert opinion and advice.
Eye Rejuvenation with Smartxide DOT Fractionated Laser.
A superb and accessible method to resurface the delicate skin around the whole eye, it reduces crepiness of both the upper and lower lid with visible skin tightening. It is available as a single treatment or as a course of 2 -3 treatments, 4-12 weeks apart (the treating doctor will advise the schedule on an individual basis) depending on individual need and how much down time the patient can manage. This technology is extremely useful to resurface the facial skin for acne scarring or improve pores and texture and rejuvenate the skin surface. BACD Committee Member, Dr Bea Brookes says “Patients feedback is positive and they liken it to a “mini eye lift”.
• Prices from £500 for a one off treatment for both eyes.
Mid Face Volumising Treatments or the “Fluid Face Lift”
If you have lost volume in your face due to ageing, you can have it subtly replaced for a youthful new look. BACD Committee Member, Dr Bea Brookes says, “My personal favourite after mid face, are the marionette lines, often over looked by many women who focus on naso-labials. It can give the whole lower face a small lift and improve the corners of the mouth too. It’s extremely rare to come across a disappointed patient who doesn’t notice a great benefit. It does bruise though, so should be well in advance of a special occasion.” Juvederm and Emervel, a new filler with clinical results are both excellent treatments here.
• Prices from £300 per syringe.
For sun damage and overall skin rejuvenation iPixel CO2:
The iPixel CO2 rests on two wheels and as the wheels revolve a laser pulse is released after each millimetre moved – resulting in continuous and symmetrical fractional ablation and deep thermal heating of the skin to increase collagen production and skin rejuvenation. Regardless of treatment speed, the high-powered iPixel CO2 is programmed to release a laser pulse only upon distance moved; a feature that adds an element of safety and allows each doctor to work at the pace most comfortable to them and to the client.
• Prices from £500.
The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement, education and practice of cosmetic medicine in the UK. Members are GMC registered; undergo thorough background screening, training and certification. Information about specific procedures and doctors contact details can be found on www.cosmeticdoctors.co.uk or by contacting the advice line at 0800 328 3216.
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