As much as we love to preach the idea that a woman’s choices—especially regarding physical appearance—are her own, plastic surgery is still considered taboo and routinely placed under heavy scrutiny. So it’s no wonder that noninvasive procedures, or ones that don’t require anesthesia and instruments within the body, are gaining the same traction as more traditional ones, like breast enhancement or rhinoplasty.
Although more than one millions Americans are still going under the knife every year, advanced technology has made it possible to get the same results with less pain, less time, and in some cases less money—a trifecta of benefits for men and women who are busier than ever. Procedures like CoolSculpting (the destruction of fat cells) have made headlines in recent years, but in 2018, there are a handful of other treatments slowly making their way up the totem pole.
Ahead, four well-known professionals share the most popular options at their practice and why patients are going crazy for them.
The goal of selfie sculpting is to create the illusion of a slimmer, more defined face with elevated cheeks and brows and more open eyes. “People are spending a lot of effort to play with light, filters, and programs to perfect their appearance posting on social media every day…Think of it as a real-life photoshopping of a person’s face.” The procedure itself takes 15–30 minutes and utilizes off-the-shelf fillers, the patient’s own fat, or even special amniotic-membrane-derived filler material. Although the timing is pretty short, it’ll still cost you.
“Tip flip,” is a five-minute nonsurgical rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job). Although every individual’s goals are tailored to them (removing bumps, straightening, etc.), the base of everyone’s nose tends to lose volume over time; a tip flip reverses this effect by “creating nasal projection and rotating the tip of the nose up.”
Injectable Facial Rejuvenation
Facial fillers powered by stem-cell technology, can optimize fat grafting with a procedure that changes the rate of tissue decay, which in turn addresses the root cause of aging instead of masking it with a quick fix.
In a simple outpatient, turbo-charged session, Plastic Surgeon harvests fat—two to three times more than any other doctor—through a needle incision. The fat is morcellized into three different densities using cutting-edge instruments and injected into the face to address individual areas of decaying tissue. It repairs and stimulates the soft tissue, creating new blood vessels and combating inflammation.
“With IFR, we actually are changing the rate of tissue decay by adding biological tissue volume and mass back to the face and regenerating blood supply. To our knowledge, this is the first time a concept of decay and replacement has been conceived and implemented to treat facial aging in a dynamic fashion.”
More men and women want to downsize or completely eliminate sweat and odor from the underarm area. This is done through a one-hour procedure called Miradry.
Levine Laser Lift
Levine also has a custom version InMode FaceTite, another contouring procedure eliminates fine lines, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. It’s similar to selfie-sculpting and facial rejuvenation since it makes the face look fuller and more youthful. Levine describes it as a liposuction and lower-face fat transfer (when applicable) to the lower third of the face. “This minimally invasive, virtually scarless procedure for the lower face and neck rejuvenation has minimal downtime and spectacular improvement.