In the United States, there are plenty of cosmetic procedures one can choose if unsatisfied with personal appearance. In fact, a recent report from The Huffington Post and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery pointed to the ever increasing amount of these procedures in the U.S. Between 1997 and 2013, the total number of cosmetic procedures performed jumped from just under 1.7 million to over 11 million.
That might sound all well and good for those who are interested in more dramatic procedures or visiting a rhinoplasty specialist, for instance. Yet the vast majority of those cosmetic procedures — about 9.5 million of them in 2013 — were non-surgical. Non-surgical procedures have grown in popularity by a staggering amount since 1997, when only 740,000 such treatments were performed. Today, they provide an easy way for some women and men to change their appearance without “going under the knife.”
Two of these non-surgical procedures are especially popular for young and old alike: Botox and fillers. Botox treatments come in the form of an injection that paralyzes the muscles in order to smooth the skin, and they have medical benefits for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis and migraine headaches, too. Soft tissue fillers help to add a plump, youthful look to sagging or wrinkled skin.
These treatments are especially popular on two body parts: the face and the hands.
Botox and Fillers for the Face
These days just about everyone knows about Botox. While it is most popular with patients between the ages of 40 and 59, many patients prefer to take advantage of this short, 30-minute outpatient treatment to change facial appearance. Botox under eyes can minimize crow’s feet and sagging, and Botox can also mask the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Soft tissue fillers are also a popular treatment for the face. Between 2012 and 2013, at least two million of these procedures were administered in the United States alone. These treatments can be used to plump up sagging skin, especially in the cheeks. When combined with the skin smoothing properties of Botox, fillers can also minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Botox and Fillers for the Hands
From those showing signs of aging to brides planning their wedding photography, Botox and soft tissue fillers are increasing in popularity. Soft tissue fillers are useful for hiding the appearance of varicose veins in the hands. Botox firms the skin so it has a smoother appearance.
If you have questions about getting one or both of these treatments, it is best to visit one of the Botox clinics in your area for more information. A qualified doctor will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with any cosmetic treatment. You can also leave comments below if you have additional concerns.