For lots of people, confidence starts with the way they look. Cosmetic appearance is a pretty big umbrella term that refers to everything from acne to excessive sweating to scars, and anything else that affects a person’s physical appearance. Aesthetic medicine is focused on ameliorating unwanted cosmetic appearances of all kinds. If there is something in a person’s appearance that he or she does not like, chances are there is an aesthetic medical treatment that will help.
Beachgoers will tell you how much they like a suntanned body, but it’s common knowledge that long-term exposure to the sun’s rays can have a detrimental effect on skin, causing it to look prematurely aged. Sunless tanning is a preventative form of aesthetic medicine. Instead of subjecting oneself to UV radiation, a person can still get the healthy glow of a tan through the application of an FDA-approved chemical called DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to the body. When considering aesthetic medicine Cape Coral, consider, too, that sunless tanning can help to prevent wrinkles.
Wrinkles are signs of aging, but these days they can be erased or relaxed. There are different aesthetic procedures to deal with wrinkles, with Botox being the most well-known. Botox injections distribute a paralyzing agent to particular muscles beneath the skin that has the effect of preventing those muscles from contracting, thus resulting in a more ‘relaxed’ appearance. Dysport is another noninvasive injection, but it is only approved to treat the glabellar lines that occur between the eyebrows.
Losing the hair on top of your head is akin to growing hair on the other parts of the body where you don’t want it. Minoxidil is a chemical that is used topically to encourage hairs into the growth phase by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. Finasteride is a pill that prevents DHT (dihydrotestosterone) from interfering with the production of hair follicles. Both are FDA-approved.
Laser hair removal is an aesthetic technique designed to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body and keep it from growing back. The patient attends a small number of sessions, during which time the heat from the laser destroys hair follicles. Though these sessions last for only minutes, they can prevent hair growth for months or even years.
Weight loss is a notion that many people struggle with. An aesthetic approach to non-surgical fat reduction can take different forms. A person could work with a team that first evaluates and then sets forth a course of diet and exercise to naturally hasten weight loss. There are also aesthetic procedures, such as Cryolipolsis, also known as fat freezing, that are designed to remove stubborn fat pockets. In this process, cold temperatures are applied to the body, which destroys fat cells. Conversely, there are laser treatments, known as laser liposuction, that introduce heat to fatty areas and break down fat cells.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are well-known practitioners of aesthetic medicine. A good primary care physician, though, is going to try to steer patients away from invasive procedures and toward more holistic ones, and so it’s worth having a conversation with your PCP, and maybe a referral to the dermatologist.