Non-invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery

Most men and women with ageing faces would like to do something to turn the clock back a few years. Filling the gap between invasive cosmetic surgeries and over-the-counter beauty products is a range of non-invasive cosmetic surgeries that are easier on the pocket and far less painful.

Non-invasive cosmetic surgery is taking off fast in the UK thanks to the wide availability of well-known treatments such as Botox and cosmetic dermal fillers. But a word of caution: before you take the plunge, remember that non-invasive cosmetic treatments still need careful consideration and should always be carried out by trained professionals.

If you have considered the matter carefully, and preferably talked it over with your GP, here are a few non-invasive treatments that are targeted at the facial area:

Restylane (www.restylane.com) is an injectable gel that is administered by trained, medically qualified practitioners throughout the UK. It is designed to work by enhancing the skin’s stocks of hyaluronic acid, directly adding volume to either soften the signs of ageing or enhance features.

The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and the benefits can be seen immediately. Restylane is long lasting, but not permanent. The hyaluronic acid gel of Restylane closely resembles natural hyaluronic acid, helping to reduce the risk of an inflammatory reaction or other side effects.

The most popular treatment is Restylane Lipp, which is used to fill out wrinkles and folds or to sculpt lips. The product is naturally degradable and it is estimated that it lasts six to 12 months before a new treatment is necessary. It is formulated to work in harmony with the natural anatomy of the lip.

The Face and Body Clinic (www.thefaceandbodyclinic.co.uk) situated in London’s Harley Street offers non-invasive treatments for skincare, anti-ageing and hair removal. Skincare therapies on offer include non-chemical facial peels, mesotherapy without needles and skin tightening treatments.

Anti-wrinkle light refinement is the clinic’s latest treatment. It uses formulated ampoules, infra-red and blue light and bio-resonance waves to aid relaxation, stimulate skin and encourage cell regeneration. The treatment, which costs from £80 per session, claims to produce long-term improvements to wrinkles and fine lines without any of the side-effects associated with older-style lasers, such as scarring, reddening and sunlight sensitivity. 
Tear Trough Rejuvenation by Raman Malhotra (www.ramanmalhotra.com) uses hyaluronic acid products to help reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes.

In the lower eyelid and cheek area, loss of volume accentuates the bony orbital rim between the lower eyelid and the cheek. This leads to the pronounced appearance of natural fat pockets and accentuation of “tear trough” shadows. The treatment helps reduce dark circles by creating a smooth lower eyelid contour and reducing shadowing. It lasts between six and 12 months.

David Gault has recently launched a new anti-ageing facial treatment at the Portland Hospital in London. Portrait Plasma Skin Regeneration is a non-surgical procedure to improve skin laxity, texture, pore size, acne scars and surface pigmentation as well as reduce the depth of wrinkles by removing superficial tissue. The treatment takes 20–30 minutes.

Picture caption: Wrinkle reducer – the Face and Body Clinic uses infra-red and blue light and bio-resonance waves.