There are so many procedures available nowadays, it’s hard to know what ailment will require a simple cream or a more drastic procedure. All of these options are the middle ground between the two: not a cream, but not surgery. Take a look at our guide to non-surgical cosmetic procedures to see if one of them can help you out with whatever is bothering you. 

Botox

The one that everyone’s heard of. In fact, it was once a catch-all term for someone having got work done on their face. And for good reason. Not just a one-trick-pony, Botox has a variety of cosmetic uses. Shedding its brand name, botulinum toxin paralyses the targeted muscle for a matter of months. If you’re worried about the passage of time giving you fine lines, this may be the solution you’re looking for. 

Primarily used to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Botox can also aid in excessive sweating and lazy eyes by fixing the imbalance of muscles responsible for positioning the eye. 

If you get self-conscious in the club or at the beach due to too much sweating, Botox can also help out there. FDA-approved Botox injections in the underarm will block a chemical that activates the sweat glands. 

Chemical peel

Skincare, once the forgotten middle child of the beauty community, is now a loud voice in modern fashion. Since lockdown, when makeup was abandoned and “maskneâ€ン was the second most feared plague, people started looking at their skin in a new light. Suddenly people were rethinking their skincare routine, if they even had one, and the goal in buying products, consulting dermatologists, and even dumping hormonal contraceptive was to gain a clear face that could go out into the world with nothing but the sun on it. 

Since things started opening up again, people have been looking to procedures designed to keep our skin looking its best. The most popular procedure is the chemical peel, which doesn’t much conjure up wistful dreams of laying in the spa. 

Superficial and medium peels are the safest, with deep peels costing more for a riskier but longer-lasting procedure. They aim to even out skin tone and reduce age spots by removing dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of new cells. However, chemical peels can cause darkening or lightening of the skin, cold sores returning or scarring or infection, so make sure to research your practitioner. 

Permanent makeup

Permanent makeup is exactly what it says on the tin: makeup that never moves. Better than that 24 hours-stay matte lip gloss, the makeup is effectively tattooed to your face with a variety of techniques to soften the effect for a more natural look. 

If you want bold brows that will put Cara Delevingne to shame, or you are simply dying to throw away that filler pencil, you can look into microblading, otherwise known as brow feathering or microshading. The idea is to tattoo on natural looking hair strokes for a full brow. But, like any tattoo, it will need touching up after fading. Expect to return to the chair in 12-18 months.  

Lip blushing will suit anyone looking for that blurred-lip color. A subtle, just-bitten, blush across the entire lip for kissable chops any hour of the day. But be warned: You need a high pain tolerance to get this particular procedure as the lips are a lot more sensitive than any other part of the face, never mind the body. Remember the last time you chomped on your mouth rather than that chip? 

You’d have to be very brave to consider this last one: eyeliner tattoos. It’s exactly what you think it is: a tattoo needle just above your waterline designed to give the appearance of fuller lashes and brighter eyes. It is, however, a bold look and not recommended to those who like a subtle eye look. It will also last about 12-18 months. 

If you have a scar that you’re not a fan of, there is scar camouflage. Colored pigment suited to your skin tone will fill in whatever acne scars, stretch marks or mastectomy scars. It is implanted into your skin in fine layers until the scar is covered. The cherry on top is that it will last years, especially without exposure to the sun and with gentle skin care.

There is also the option of freckles, with freckles becoming very fashionable over the past few years. The unpredictability of tattooing freckles, in terms of fading or maintenance, matches real freckles that come in different sizes and pigments. The stick and poke technique of tattooing is used for this facial dot work, and it can last a couple of years. 

Invisible braces

If you never got braces as a child and you’re now regretting that, you can look into adult invisible braces. Dentistry has evolved since the days of metal brackets and wires, although that is still the go-to. 

If you want to keep your mouth free of metal you can ask your dentist for clear aligners, which gradually straighten your teeth over time with transparent molds of plastic around your teeth. You can remove them to eat, drink and sleep and straighten your smile without anyone ever knowing. 

ALIGNERCO offer invisible braces straight to your door, after a team of dentistry experts use the mold you send them to create your braces. There are even nighttime options so that you can straighten your teeth while you sleep and don’t have to disrupt your day.

CoolSculpting

The hottest new trend in beauty procedures, CoolSculpting is a medical procedure designed to get rid of excess fat cells underneath your skin. Primarily CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is used to get rid of that stubborn double chin but it can also be used on the thighs, lower back, belly, and sides and is known to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is considered a non-surgical, non-invasive, no recovery time required alternative to liposuction. 

Your practitioner will use a special tool to cool down the targeted parts of your body to freezing temperature, which kills the fat cells in the body part. These fat cells will be naturally broken down and flushed out of your body through your living within a few weeks. Thanks to this, CoolSculpting is one of the few procedures that can say it doesn’t have an expiry date. Once the cells are killed off, they’re gone, unless of course, you gain the fat back.

Acne Light Therapy

Like the name suggest, this procedure is used to treat mild to moderate acne outbreaks and is particularly effective on acne caused by inflammation or bacteria. Using light to kill bacteria on the skin, light therapy has been used for over 20 years to treat acne. Blue Light Therapy uses a blue light, funnily enough, due to its wavelength having an antimicrobial effect, which makes it a beast against different type of bacteria that will collect in pores and oil glands, causing breakouts.

On the other hand, Red Light Therapy helps promote healing and may work to decrease the visibility of acne scarring with its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It works deep below the surface of your skin to soothe and repair tissue, which makes it particularly effective if you’re acne is caused by a chronic skin condition.

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