It is becoming increasingly commonplace for people to undertake a range of cosmetic treatments. Some popular and relatively minor procedures include cosmetic acupuncture, Botox and the use of dermal fillers.
Why do people have cosmetic procedures?
It's understandable that someone might want to retain a youthful appearance for as long as possible. For many previous generations, the most a person could do to keep the signs of ageing at bay would be to maintain a healthy weight and dye any grey hairs. When cosmetic procedures were first introduced, they were often a last resort and could be very invasive. These days, however, there are many less drastic interventions readily available.
Practitioners of cosmetic acupuncture maintain that it can improve the appearance of the skin by allowing more efficient removal of dead cells. It is carried out by the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points in the face, releasing energy and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
This popular treatment involves injections of a muscle relaxant into areas, such as between the brows, which have become wrinkled due to frowning, stress or simply due to natural loss of elasticity because of ageing. The injections keep the muscles relaxed for months at a time, encouraging a smoothing of the wrinkled area. The effect may take a couple of weeks to become noticeable.
Another effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles is to have collagen - or a man-made substitute - injected along the wrinkles, such as from nose to lip or alongside the eyes. This plumps out the areas that have lost their natural collagen.
To maintain the benefits of these or similar procedures, the treatments would need to be repeated on a regular basis.