When you think of the new year, what comes to your mind? For many people, the changing of the year signals the opportunity to create and present a new and improved version of themselves, and that process often starts with a New Year’s resolution that is set before the countdown to midnight begins and the champagne flows.
The top 10 New Year's resolutions most commonly feature changes to personal appearance. Many people hope to use January 1 as an opportunity to improve their looks and their self-esteem. While the most common plan is to lose weight or slim down, others choose to attempt anti-aging or muscle-building
If you have, you are not alone. Beauty resolutions for the new year are among the most popular resolutions. You can look your very best with some simple self-improvement changes, and there is no better time than the start of a new year to begin.
To complement your New Year's resolution for a better you, consider these top non-surgical cosmetic treatments offered by Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills. While your hard work will help you lose some weight and excess body fat, these beauty tips for 2016 add the finishing touches to your overall appearance through non-surgical skin tightening, body contouring, double chin elimination and more.
As anyone who has lost weight will tell you, the lower number on the scale will make you feel great about all your hard work. However, your skin and stubborn pockets of fat may tell a different story.
Loss of a significant amount of weight or quick weight loss can leave you with loose skin and fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot and will not resolve. While you feel lighter and you want people to notice your improvements, you may feel self-conscious about loose skin or excess fat on your arms, legs or midsection. This is where non-invasive skin tightening procedures, such as Thermage and Ultherapy, and fat reduction treatments, like CoolSculpting and Kybella, can help you complete your beauty resolutions for the new year.
Skin tightening has traditionally been achieved through plastic surgery in the form of a facelift, forehead lift, eye lift or even tummy tucks or body lifts. During the surgery, a board-certified plastic surgeon would use anesthesia to put the patient to sleep while they tighten the skin and even eliminate excess skin to achieve a tighter, more youthful appearance. Today, however, there are many non-surgical options that utilize state-of-the-art technology to tighten the skin while stimulating youthful collagen production. Two patient favorites in our Beverly Hills aesthetics practice that provide such non-surgical, non-invasive results include Thermage and Ultherapy.
Using radio frequency technology, Thermage sends heating energy deep into your layers of skin while simultaneously cooling your top of layer of skin. The dual-action of this procedure works to tighten the lower layers of skin while boosting natural collagen production in the upper layer. You will begin to notice your skin re-contouring to hug your new body’s curves rather than sagging around your hard-earned new body shape. Thermage can be used anywhere on the body, including the face and abdominal area, virtually eliminating the need for a facelift or tummy tuck in patients who are good candidates and don’t have needs that a non-surgical procedure cannot provide.
Another option is Ultherapy, a process that uses ultrasound technology rather than surgery to lift and tighten your skin. Perfect for loose neck, chin and eyebrow skin, Ultherapy is the answer to tighten these areas that are now loose from dramatic weight loss and have trouble bouncing back due to the aging process. You do not want to go through a rigorous weight loss process just to see drooping neck and facial skin stare back at you in the mirror. Ultherapy can make your face look naturally tighter and more youthful to match the rest of your body, allowing you to successfully complete your beauty resolutions for the new year.
In addition to loose skin after weight loss, you may also notice a few stubborn fatty areas that just will not tone no matter how much you diet or how hard you exercise. Many people have excess fat deposits in their midsection, thighs, back, arms and chin that simply will not disappear even with hard work and focused toning workouts (think crunches and leg lifts) that promise amazing results. If this sounds like you, it may be time to consider CoolSculpting for those stubborn areas and finally see the results you’ve been looking for since you first set your beauty resolutions for the new year.
By freezing the unwanted fat cells, the CoolSculpting process eliminates the fat non-surgically through a targeted freezing process called cryolipolysis; this allows a medically-licensed aesthetics professional to begin the fat reduction process through your skin while protecting your healthy tissue. This means that you can undergo the CoolSculpting procedure, lose your fat, and experience no downtime due to the cosmetic process. Why worry about your last few stubborn fatty areas when you can lose them quickly and painlessly with this procedure?
If the unwanted fat is on your face in the form of a double chin, you may face a difficult battle. Most double chins are caused by genetics rather than dietary or exercise routines, so no matter how hard you attempt to rid yourself of this unsightly feature, there is very little that you can do to be successful.
CoolSculpting can help with the double chin issue as well, with the newly FDA approved CoolMini applicator to freeze away the pesky double chin fat. Another option is Kybella, the injectable fat dissolver that was approved by the FDA this year. Without the need for surgical liposuction, Kybella can be injected in multiple targeted points in the double chin area to dissolve the unwanted fat over time. The result is a more contouring jawline and a single chin, making you look slimmer and more youthful.
As we age, our bodies don’t bounce back after weight loss like they used to. Sometimes, weight loss occurs very quickly or the change is exceptionally dramatic. In the great comedy of life, while unwanted fat remains on the body, youthful fat disappears from the face, leaving behind an older appearance and a new challenge -- looking older than we’d like.
This is where dermal fillers and even a nonsurgical facelift, or liquid facelift, can become your best tools. Dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers or injectable fillers, can provide you with immediate results and ways to improve your overall appearance. If your cheek area or eyebrows are loose or slightly hollowed out following your weight loss or your skin fold in on itself around the nose and mouth area, you can turn to dermal fillers to fill in the volume of your face and lift the skin around those areas.
Different dermal fillers have different applications, and your injection specialist can help you determine which fillers are best for your needs. For example, if you have sunken cheeks due to the loss of fat pads around your cheek area, your injection specialist will likely recommend Sculptra, Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Voluma. If your lips are thinning due to fat loss and lines around the mouth, Restylane Silk may be suggested. Other dermal fillers include Juvederm (from the makers of Botox), Restylane, Belotero Balance and Radiesse; all have different applications to help restore youthful fullness lost by the ravages of time and weight loss.
In addition to dermal fillers, Botox Cosmetic can also come in handy to smooth out lines in the forehead, between the brows and crow’s feet. Used in conjunction with dermal fillers, as is often done in most Beverly Hills medspas, the anti-aging possibilities are often endless and the results are dramatic while also looking natural.
Finally, dermal fillers can also be used on the hands to restore youthful fullness and reduce the appearance of veins and bones that make the hands appear frail and aged. This is often achieved using Radiesse, an FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler that has been used successfully in the United States for many years.
A medically licensed aesthetic provider, such as a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, will examine your appearance, utilize the right amount and placement of the correct dermal fillers, Botox and all their other tools of the trade to make you feel your best without the need for invasive plastic surgery. Our providers are able to locate the hollows left behind by your weight loss as well as the cause of your loose skin and will attack the areas that are the root of your appearance issues and meet your goals. With all of this information, the aesthetic providers are able to determine the perfect treatment for you, whether it’s a simple dermal filler treatment or a combination of treatments like Botox and fillers for a liquid facelift, or even a combination of Ultherapy, Botox and fillers for a full non-surgical facelift treatment.
Whether you have recently lost weight or not, these non-surgical procedures are perfect for you to look and feel your best in 2016. If your New Year’s resolution is to put your best foot (or face) forward and improve your appearance and self-esteem, a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures can help. Schedule a consultation with one of our medically licensed aesthetic providers at Lasky Aesthetics in Beverly Hills today to determine which procedure is right for you and your appearance goals. With a helping hand from our state-of-the-art Beverly Hills medical spa, you can finally complete your beauty resolutions for the new year. Happy New Year!