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The day of painful surgery and surgery and long recovery periods are over. Medical technology is able to give reasonable results without undergoing surgery, so there is not need for people to hide at home afterwards. Here a guide to what are the current treatments available and what they can and cannot do.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a peeling agent to remove the upper layer of the skin. There are three types: the AHA peel works on mild scars and comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) while the Trichloracetic acide (TCA peel) and Phenol peels are for pronounced scars and skin growths.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy involves injecting the mesoderm or the layer of fat and corrective tissue under the skin with microscopic amounts of natural plant extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceutical agents and vitamins. Mesosculpture is a facial contouring mesolift tightens the skin, and mesoeyebag reduction corrects minor eye bags.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

This procedure involves passing high intensity pulses of light (not lasers) via the epidermis to the next layer of the skin. They are three types: PhotoDerm VL combats spider and varicose veins. PhotoDerm HR is used for hair removal. There is also Fluorescent Pulsed Light (FPL), which uses a flashlamp light source and has similar results as IPL.

Microdermabrasion

This procedure removes the top layer of the skin. It treats ageing and sun-damaged skin, acne and acne scarring, pigmentation, enlarged pores and fine lines around the lip. Conventional microdermabrasion uses a sandblaster to spray aluminium oxide or diamond crystals onto the skin. Dead skin cells are then removed by vacuum suction. The diamond dermabrasion method administers micro diamond crystals onto the skin via a mechanical tip or wand. Ultrasonic microdermabrasion, a new technique, uses high frequency oscillations to generate ultrasound energy to dislodge the topmost layer of the skin.

Thermage

This procedure is the use of patented radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat collagen and its underlying tissues. This treats wrinkles, renews facial contours, and has a tightening and "lifting' effect.

Botox

This treatment involves injecting small doses of botulinum toxin into the muscles. It treats moderate to severe frown lines. A new version called Meso Botox or Micro Botox treats excessive sweating and does facial contouring.

Lasers

Laser procedures use an intense beam of light or energy (visible or invisible) with a specific wavelength to fix a variety of skin problems. Carbon dioxide (C02) laser to used to remove moles, warts, skin tags and eyebags; the erbium laser treats severe acne scars; and pigment lasers like Nd:Yag and Alexandrite lasers treat pigmentary disorders. The long pulsed Nd:yag doesn't destroy the skin's tissue, and is used for skin tightening, hair removal, spider veins and minor acne scars.

Fillers

Injected into the sin, fillers beef up collagen and correct the nasio-labial folds (expression lines form the centre of the nose to the side of the lips), marionette lines (lines just below the lips), and create fuller lips.
 

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