Twenty or thirty years ago, if someone told you that you could get rid of unwanted fat from your body by freezing it, you might have thought they were trying to play a trick on you. You’d probably feel the same way if they told you that you could fight wrinkles with botulinum toxin or that ultrasound energy could effectively tighten your skin. But, as they say, the truth is often stranger than fiction.
Many of today’s most popular minimally-invasive treatments seem too good to be true–but they have a track record of proven results! Here are a few of the most incredible (and totally real) minimally-invasive treatments that create great results for patients every day.
Ultherapy for Skin Tightening
Once upon a time, if you wanted to get smoother, tighter skin after your skin had started to sag, your best (and only) option was a surgical procedure such as a facelift. These days, that’s no longer the case. Ultherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment that helps to tighten skin using ultrasound energy. The treatment is recommended for people who are just beginning to notice the signs of aging and skin laxity in their lower face or forehead.
The typical Ultherapy treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. During the treatment, an applicator is placed over lax skin, sending ultrasonic energy into the dermal layer. The ultrasound stimulates collagen production, providing a better support system for the skin in the treatment area. The patient’s body does the work of lifting and tightening the skin in the weeks and months following treatment.
Some people will see visible results quickly, but it can take up to a few months after treatment before the final results appear. Usually, people need just a single treatment session to get the results they want. Since it is a minimally-invasive treatment, there’s no need for recovery or downtime after Ultherapy. Many people go back to their usual activities right after treatment. The treatment itself usually isn’t painful, but some people note that it creates a tingling sensation. To help improve your comfort during treatment, your provider might apply a numbing cream to the area first.
Coolsculpting for Fat Removal
Like skin tightening, the only way to get rid of unwanted, stubborn fat quickly used to be surgery. Thanks to advances in technology, however, surgery isn’t the only way to get rid of the “problem areas” that to hang around no matter how much you exercise or adjust your diet.
Coolsculpting is a treatment that uses cold temperatures to painlessly and non-invasively destroy fat cells. After a few months, the body metabolizes and flushes away the destroyed fat cells. The best part? The will never replace those cells. Treatment results vary, but some people see up to a 25 percent reduction in fat in the treated area.
Because it’s safe and gentle, Coolsculpting can treat fat pretty much all over the body. There are applicators designed specifically for use in the area under the chin, on the thighs, and in the abdominal area. Each area is treated individually and most treatment sessions last for an hour or less. After Coolsculpting, you will most likely be able to go back to your daily life right away. You might have some bruising in the treated area, but that should fade quickly.
Over the past two decades or so, Botox injections have become one of the most popular minimally-invasive treatments available. The injections can temporarily minimize frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and/or horizontal forehead lines. Some providers also administer Botox to smooth lines on the neck.
Beyond fighting wrinkles, Botox can also help treat excessive sweating, an overactive bladder, or migraines. As a wrinkle treatment, results usually last about three months. Patients can choose to continue treatments on an ongoing basis to keep the lines from returning.
How does Botox work? The active ingredient in the injections blocks certain signals from specific muscles. As long as the treatment lasts, the muscles responsible for the movements that create wrinkles don’t move. Since a person isn’t making the motions associated with the lines, the skin stays smooth.
Interested in Coolsculpting, Botox, Ultherapy or other minimally-invasive treatments? Contact Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas to learn more about your treatment options and to schedule a consultation. Call 281-810-9083 today!