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No Knife Cosmetic Fixes: Before and After Pictures

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Woman Getting Botox Injection

Mirror, Mirror, Say It Ain't So

At some point, the mirror betrays you. It shakes your sense of youth with vivid signs of aging -- little wrinkles around the eyes or lips, age spots, maybe some sagging skin. There used to be few options for turning back the clock without going under the knife. But today, you can soften the Read More

Doctor Injecting Botox into Woman's Forehead

Wrinkle Remedies

If forehead creases are bringing you down, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin injections can provide a temporary fix. They contain a purified version of the toxin from botulinum bacteria. In tiny doses, this toxin relaxes the clenched facial muscles that cause crow's feet, frown lines, and Read More

Before and After Botox Treatment

Before and After

These treatments usually take 3 to 7 days to reach their full effect. The result is smoother skin in the treated area. As the muscles slowly regain the ability to contract, lines and wrinkles reappear. To maintain the desired effect, injections must be repeated every 4 to 6 Read More

Woman Receiving Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical Peel Basics

Chemical peels use an acid solution to exfoliate the outer layers of skin. The solution often contains a combination of glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, phenol or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Application can take as little as 15 minutes and may cause some stinging and Read More

Chemical Peel: Before and After

Chemical Peel: Before and After

A series of treatments can reduce age spots, fine lines around the mouth and eyes, acne scars, and wrinkles caused by sun damage or aging. Mild peels, like the one shown here, have more subtle results. The application may be repeated every few weeks until the desired effect is reached. Read More

MIcrodermabrasion Treatment

Microdermabrasion Basics

You may have heard of dermabrasion, a procedure that sands away the top layer of skin. It's an effective way to treat severe sun damage, but it causes bleeding and requires a week of recovery time. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical alternative. Often called a "power peel," it blasts Read More

Woman Smiling after Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion: After

As the outer layer of skin is exfoliated, the powdery dead skin cells are suctioned from the face (shown on left). Immediately following microdermabrasion, the newly revealed skin looks pink and feels tight, like a sunburn (shown on right). The irritation usually subsides in about 24 Read More

Woman Receiving Laser Facial Treatment

Thermage Basics

For saggy, crepe-like skin, thermage can come to the rescue. This device uses radio frequency energy to heat the skin. The heat stimulates the body's production of collagen, tightening the skin. Thermage can be painful, but one treatment is usually enough for good Read More

Thermage: Before and After

Thermage: Before and After – Eyelids

Droopy eyelids respond particularly well to thermage. The results won't appear until four to six months after the procedure, but the difference can be dramatic.

Nonblative(Fraxel) Laser Treatment

Nonablative Laser (Fraxel) Basics

Nonablative lasers, such as Fraxel, penetrate beneath the surface of the skin without damaging the outer layer. This stimulates collagen production, reduces fine lines, and improves skin tone and firmness. The procedure can be painful, so a topical anesthetic is applied. Because Read More

Before and After Nonblative Laser Treatment

Nonablative Laser: Before and After

Nonablative laser therapy is a good option for people hoping to improve both skin tone and texture without taking time off from work. Each session may cause mild redness, which improves quickly. For the best results, plan on four to six treatments with several weeks in between.

 

Melasma Treated with Nonblative Laser

Nonablative Laser for Melasma

Nonablative lasers are especially effective in treating melasma, the splotchy brown patches that often develop during pregnancy. This image shows a striking difference in the cheek area after four treatments with a Fraxel laser.

Acne Treatment With A Diode Laser

Diode Laser Basics

People with severe acne are experiencing dramatic results from another laser procedure. Diode lasers can destroy the oil-producing glands that feed acne. Like Fraxel, diode lasers penetrate below the surface without damaging the skin's outer layer. The main side effect is Read More

Diode Laser Treatment: Before and After

Diode Laser: Before and After

Diode laser therapy may require several sessions to maximize results. In this image, acne has improved significantly six months after a series of five diode laser treatments.

Intense Pulse Light Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Like lasers, IPL goes below the surface to a deeper layer of skin called the dermis. Short pulses of light are administered to heat and destroy targeted cells and stimulate rejuvenation. Unlike a laser, IPL delivers a broad spectrum of light which can treat a variety of skin Read More

Patient Pre and Post IPL Treatment

IPL: Before and After

IPL can reduce the redness associated with Rosacea or lighten dark circles under the eyes caused by clusters of blood vessels showing through the skin. Several sessions of IPL vaporize the blood vessels, leaving the surface skin undamaged. IPL can also remove unwanted pigmentation Read More

Woman Receiving Collagen Injection

Cosmetic Filler Basics

Cosmetic fillers are substances that help smooth facial wrinkles and folds by bulking up the tissue underneath. The fillers are injected directly into problem areas in hopes of reducing wrinkle lines and facial creases. Collagen, a natural firming fiber, is the oldest and Read More

Patient Before and After Cosmetic Filling

Cosmetic Filler: Before and After

The results of hyaluronic acid injection, shown here, can last nine months or longer. The results of collagen injections vary but may need to be repeated every three to six months. The effects of injecting a wrinkle with fat cells are often permanent. Another filler that yields Read More

Before and After Human Tissue Treatment

Cosmetic Filler: Beyond Wrinkles

Today's cosmetic fillers have become sophisticated enough to treat problems beyond fine lines and wrinkles. Here, a middle-aged woman's "sunken cheek" (left) is plumped up with a filler made from human tissue (right).

Before and After Eye Bag Filler Treatment

Cosmetic Filler for Dark Circles: Before and After

Fillers can also mask tired-looking "bags" and dark circles under the eyes. By filling in the hollow area around the eye socket, this strategy reduces shadows, puffiness, and sunken eye appearance.

Before and After Cosmetic Lip Filler Treatment

Cosmetic Filler for Lips: Before and After

Many of the same cosmetic fillers used to treat wrinkles and dark circles can also plump up the lips. Collagen and hyaluronic acid injections have a temporary effect. Injecting the lips with fat cells sometimes achieves permanent results.

Woman Pulling Skin Back

Making the Decision

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are not without risks. There's the possibility of an allergic reaction to topical anesthetics or injectable fillers. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can result in scarring or uneven skin color. But these procedures are generally Read More

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 20, 2013

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