With the holidays approaching, a facial rejuvenation procedure can be the trick to making you feel that more beautiful just in time for all your social gatherings. There are several options available to help instill that extra glow, minimizing signs of aging and simply rejuvenate your look. So treat yourself this holiday season!
Facial Hair Removal
One of the most common facial rejuvenation procedures is hair removal. One effective hair removal treatment is the laser or pulsed light method. However, this is not always successful for blonde hair and is not considered safe for black skin. Laser and pulsed light hair removal is a less painful option than others because the hair isn’t pulled out, but rather it falls out.
Laser or pulsed light hair removal is typically a very quick procedure, depending on the amount of hair you wish to remove. Typically, the session lasts around ten minutes. This option tends to cost between $150 and $500 depending on the number of treatments required for the desired results. Other hair removal options include electrolysis, the prescription cream Vaniqa and waxing.
Acupuncture—A Non-Invasive Facelift
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method used to help release chi or energy throughout the body. Each acupuncture session includes approximately 30–40 needles. It is believed that this process can mimic the results of a facelift
by increasing the production of elastin and collagen, creating more stimulated and radiant skin. Some people schedule a series of 10–20 treatments over the course of several weeks for results such as reduced wrinkles, and an apparent lift of saggy or droopy skin.
In order to get these face-lifting results, needles are not only placed on the face but all over the body in order to have your entire body’s energy support the face and its appearance. Though many are pleased with the results of cosmetic acupuncture, the effectiveness can be determined by the age at which you begin your acupuncture procedures. Most acupuncturists recommend beginning your cosmetic acupuncture procedures between the ages of 30 and 40—the earlier, the better.
Preventing Wrinkles with Botox
Little do most know, Botox
is simply the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The word Botox is actually a brand name, and there are others facial injectables
that have the same effect Botox does. Contrary to some belief, this facial rejuvenation option doesn’t remove wrinkles but rather treats them and can help prevent them from happening. To perform this procedure, a tiny needle is used to inject the bacterium into a muscle to block signals from the nerves to keep the muscle from contracting. Because the procedure solely affects the facial muscles, wrinkles caused by sun damage cannot be treated by Clostridium botulinum.
This lack of muscle movement on the face can help soften forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. The procedure is very quick, taking only a few minutes to perform and a few short days to take full effect. After the injection, muscle action can be blocked for up to six months.