As the pandemic rages on for the third year running, with Zoom face and maskne still being a mainstay, it’s no surprise that within our beauty regimes, makeup has taken a clear backseat, with many of us choosing to focus on achieving clearer and brighter skin, using whatever means necessary.
While a regimented and effective skincare routine definitely helps, at some point, we have to accept that there is only so much they can do. As a result, many are turning to aesthetic doctors for little “tweakments” to enhance our looks.
Thinking of trying out one of the various treatments out there? If you’re planning to take your pursuit for beauty to the next level, here are the top aesthetic trends to look out for in 2022.
If you own a social media account, all you’ll have to do is scroll through your feed, and you’re bombarded with an endless amount of gym selfies and thong-clad bikini fit pics. All of that exposure makes it hard not to succumb to the pressure of having a good body.
But sometimes all the healthy diets and fitness workouts in the world can only do so much. There are many parts of our body that require a more targeted approach. While going for a full-on BBL (Brazillian Butt Lift) feel intimidating no matter how many influencers you see get one (we’re looking at you, the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan), there are ways that can help to tone and sculpt your body without going under the knife.
One way of melting unwanted fat is Laser Liposuction. Advancements in technology have now enabled medical professionals to craft treatments that are not invasive and require no downtime.
Instead of surgery, the low-level diode lasers safely penetrate the skin to help reduce fat and cellulite, and can even be used as a body-shaping treatment. During the treatment, fat cells are broken down after being absorbed by the laser light. This stimulation opens pores in the fat cell wall and breaks down the contents within the fat cell, hence allowing the fat to escape through the pores. The fat cell shrinks and collapses before it is safely removed by the body’s natural metabolic process.
While lasers were already big in 2021, as clear skin continues to be the main focus for 2022, we foresee them to continue being a treatment of choice for those looking for an effective way to achieve radiant complexions with smoother skin textures.
You can now treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots in a shorter period as opposed to waiting months using a topical skincare product. Q-switched Lasers have become a staple in almost all aesthetic clinics due to their ability to quickly remove hyperpigmentation with almost close to no downtime. Just remember that one person can have several types of pigmentation, and it’s important to consult your doctor to ensure you are receiving the right one. Lasers shouldn’t be used as a one size fits all approach when it comes to your skin issues.
Besides that, lasers are also a great way to kill P-acne, the bacteria that cause pimples and acne. It can also help to shrink the oil glands in the skin, helping you with oil control in the long run. Acne also tends to be less inflamed after the treatments and can help to reduce the number of marks after a breakout.
While injectables such as Botox helps to reduce the presence of wrinkles, they don't prevent skin sagging. With ageing comes the natural progression of skin sagging, and now there are all sorts of non-invasive skin tightening treatments that are now available in the market that can work as preventative measures to help correct the early signs of ageing.
One method is Ultherapy, a treatment that can help to tighten the skin on your face, neck, chin and even eyebrows. How this treatment works is that it uses micro-focused ultrasound beams to boost the production of collagen which is essential for younger-looking skin. The procedure uses a specialised applicator to transmit ultrasound energy to the same skin depths that cosmetic surgeons treat during surgical facelifts. The ultrasound energy then heats up the skin tissues through thermocoagulation to stimulate new collagen and elastin proteins. This allows the practitioner to zone in on depleted areas of collagen, allowing them to treat the skin precisely and safely in the areas that need it most.
A similar method is HIFU or high-intensity focused ultrasound. While both methods use ultrasound energy, HIFU focuses on all layers of the skin from the epidermis through to the SMAS layer. It achieves this by using 10Hz velocity ultrasound, which stimulates collagen and triggers dermal collagen fibre regeneration. Besides the improved tightening of the skin's structure, the procedure also reduces fat and is especially effective in making chubbier cheeks and fat pads under the eye look better.
Posted on April 23rd, 2022