Friday, April 5, 2013

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures



People will go to great lengths to preserve youth and beauty, especially when it comes to their faces. Taking care of our bodies goes a long way in keeping us looking youthful for many years past what some others might experience. For example, those who get a dark tan and have lots of exposure to UV rays will often develop more wrinkles and “leathery” looking skin as they age, whereas those who are careful to protect their skin will develop fewer wrinkles later in life.

Microcurrent facial sculpting is a popular procedure among celebrities and A-Listers, and uses tiny microcurrents to lift and firm sagging muscles. It also helps tight muscles relax.
Microcurrent Facial Sculpting uses electrical currents to lift and firm.
Image from hdbeautynow.com
But beyond simple tricks to keep wrinkles at bay, which I wrote a post on back in February, many people resort to surgical and non-surgical procedures to help them stay young looking. As far as cosmetic medicine goes, the most I’ve ever participated in was a facial—but I’ve always been intrigued by some of the methods that have been developed to keep the wrinkles at bay.

Here are some of the non-surgical procedures I’ve heard of people using and what I could find out about them:

Microcurrent Facial Sculpting lifts and firms muscles using tiny electrical currents so slight that they can’t be felt. They help relax tightened muscles and help sagging muscles regain strength and firm up. Microcurrent treatments essentially restore the facial muscles to their original shape and position, and the effects can be seen immediately.

Invisilift tightens and tones the face and neck using sound waves (like an ultrasound). These sound waves do several things, including increasing blood and oxygen flow in the skin, stimulating lymphatic drainage, and increasing collagen and elastin production in the dermis (which helps us produce healthier skin). It can help with acne, rosacea, complexion color and texture, puffiness, sagging skin, and pore size.

Dr. Kelly O'Malley Mattone has a wall of fame that includes celebrities like Suzanne Somers, Russell Crowe, and the Cuomos. Mattone is the owner of Aesthetic Medical Studio and wife to Carl Mattone.
Suzanne Somers is on Mattone's "Wall of Fame"
Image from suzannesomers.com
Endermologie reduces cellulite appearance and circumference using a sucking and rolling technique that smooths cellulite while redistributing dimpled skin. Essentially, it helps with the “cottage cheese” appearance that our top layer of fat can have. Its effects are temporary and most noticeable on those who are in fairly good shape.

Celebrities and A-listers have used many of these procedures in the past, and doctors like Kelly O’Malley Mattone have walls of fame that feature people like the Cuomos, Suzanne Somers and Russell Crowe. Mattone grew up with a love for both medicine and aesthetics, which is why she eventually made her way into cosmetic medicine after working in sports medicine for many years. She now has her own cosmetics line and cosmetic medicine studio. Her husband, real estate mogul Carl Mattone, is equally as successful in his career as well. Talk about a power couple!

What do you all think of procedures like these? Like I said, I’ve never tried any of them before, but I am intrigued by them. They seem harmless enough, and I suppose if you’ve got the money and it matters that much to you it could be worth it. For now, I’ll stick to using sunscreen, eating salmon, and drinking tea J
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