Everyone wants to look as good as they feel. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments offer the opportunity to refresh your look and improve your appearance without drastic surgical interventions.
Many people have been scared off cosmetic treatments by seeing over-treated celebrities in the magazines, but if performed well by a skilled practitioner, these treatments can improve your skin health, restore a more youthful and fresher appearance and allow you to look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside.
More men are choosing non-surgical cosmetic treatments than ever before, so, I’ve recommended five cosmetic treatments that are suitable for both men and women.
The important difference is that men often prefer maximum discretion and subtlety, and crucially men should only be treated by a clinician confident with the male aesthetic.
1. Anti-wrinkle injections
Australian regulation doesn’t allow the discussion of drug brand names, but anti-wrinkle injections form the core of non-surgical treatments. They are some of the most well researched drugs in the world and provide temporary reduction in facial lines and wrinkles for about three months.
These medicines are formed from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and can be injected with tiny needles directly into the skin to reduce the muscle contraction strength, which in turn reduces the wrinkle formation in the skin.
The commonly treated areas are the forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and sometimes around the mouth and neck. It can even be used for reduce excessive underarm and palm sweating! It typically starts to work after a few days with no long-term complications observed.
The key is subtlety to create a natural and rejuvenated appearance and avoid the “frozen-look.” The cost is based on the number of units used, but is typically around $300-600.
2. Dermal fillers
We often think about facial ageing as only being about wrinkles and lines, but a major cause of an aged appearance is volume loss and fat depletion. Facial volume loss starts from our 30s and this gradually becomes noticeable as hollowing and bags under the eyes, flattened cheeks, temple volume depletion, jowls and thinning lips.
Thankfully, a popular solution is dermal filler, which is made from hyaluronic acid: a sugar-like material found naturally in the skin. It’s role is to add volume and hydration to the skin, so when used in cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers can immediately restore lost volume and improve sagging skin.
Most dermal fillers are temporary and their duration ranges from about 6-18 months depending on their viscosity. They naturally absorb over time so do require occasional maintenance treatments but this also ensures that you receive ongoing reassessment to avoid over treatment and continue to look natural.
There are other dermal fillers which are biostimulatory and induce your body to grow new collagen in response to their presence. These fillers are slow-growing making them an ideal chose for men and women wanting a very subtle treatment that gradually gets better over a number of months.
Dermal fillers are safe and popular and the cost is typically around $1000-2000.
In my line of work, the introduction of Ultherapy was a game changer! Ultherapy delivers highly focused ultrasound pulses to very specific depths in the skin resulting in tightening, lifting and overall skin improvement by initiating increased collagen production at multiple layers of the skin.
It specifically addresses the deeper layers of the skin that are normally targeted by cosmetic surgeries such as face-lifts. It now means we have a non-surgical option for people not ready or not wanting to have surgical lifting procedures, and is also an ideal treatment for those not wanting to have injectables.
Ultrasound has been used in medicine for more than 50 years with proven safety. It usually involves a single procedure and the full results are evident after 3-6months. Usually a maintenance treatment would be required every 12-18 months.
The full face and neck can be treated, along with the décolletage for women. Its role has even been extended for use on the body to lift and tighten body parts such as loose upper arm skin and even post-pregnancy tummies.
There is no down time and people are able to resume daily activities and work immediately. It typically costs from $2500.
4. Platelet-rich plasma
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and separating the red blood cells and the platelet-rich plasma component in a centrifuge.
When PRP is injected back into the skin it helps stimulate skin repair by releasing various growth factors and inflammatory messengers and this results in new collagen and elastin growth but also better blood supply to the skin with improved skin texture, reduced fine lines and a reduction in pigmentation.
This is a great option for people who want a more natural approach to anti-ageing, or who aren’t keen on injectable dermal filler.
We also frequently use platelet-rich plasma in combination with micro needling. Micro needling which involves creating several tiny needle points on the skin to stimulate new collagen growth and skin repair.
This is a minimally invasive procedure and suitable for people who want to really improve their skin but don’t feel ready for anti-wrinkle or dermal filler injections.
Prices start from around $500, but several treatments over a few months are needed for the best effects. PRP usually needs to be planned for as a few bruises and some short-term swelling is typical.
5. Cosmeceutical home skin care
If this all sounds too much or too invasive, then a really good home skin care program might suit you more. Proper, medical-grade skin products with the right combination of cosmeceutical ingredients will help address common signs of skin ageing such has fine lines, redness, pigmentation, rough texture and sallowing of the skin.
Essential ingredients such as retinaldehyde (a variant of vitamin A,) palmitoyl tripeptide-5 and nicatinamide (vitamin B3) can help improve skin functioning and protect against further damage.
By far, the most important skin product you can ever use is a quality high-SPF sunscreen and ensure that it is applied regularly and generously. The Australian sun is extremely harsh and even the most adjusted skins need protection from the damaging and ageing effects of UV light.
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments offer a great way to improve the appearance and functioning of your skin, and help to restore a more youthful and natural rejuvenated look.
There is no exact formula that applies to everyone, so a thorough consultation with an experienced cosmetic doctor is essential to make sure your treatment plan is appropriate and suited to your needs. You might be 50-plus, but if you don’t feel it, you shouldn’t have to look it either!
About the author:
Bringing over 15 years of medical experience, Dr Stephen Lowe of Total Face Group Chatswood in Sydney excels in creating flawless results by both enhancing his patients most desirable features whilst also reducing the effects of ageing with the use of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, biostimulates and platelet regenerative therapies. He believes listening to his patients is paramount in facilitating the best possible results. Dr Lowe’s key strength is in facial artistry: making a detailed assessment on every individual and suggesting subtle enhancements to make you look even better.