This holiday season, more Americans are giving the gift of beauty. Giving gift certificates for cosmetic services is especially popular among romantic couples. Economists have postulated that the rise in cosmetic gifts is influenced by the advancing technology that has revolutionized the beauty industry. A decade ago, cosmetic procedures were performed in the operating room, with a surgeon and a scalpel. But with the invent of non-invasive procedures, like CoolSculpting, which freezes away fat, or Laser skin resurfacing, cosmetic procedures are more affordable and more desirable.
Are you thinking of giving your loved one the gift of beauty this holiday season? Well you’re not alone. Check out the 5 most popular cosmetic procedures that people buy for others.
# 5: Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser technology has become a staple of the non-invasive cosmetic industry. Lasers using intense pulsed light, comonly referred to as IPL lasers can be used to restore even skin tone, or diminish discolored skin pigment such as age spots or birthmarks.*
# 4 : Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure for individuals wanting younger, smoother looking skin. With microdermabrasion crystals are sprayed onto the skin, similar to a gentle sand blaster, which delicately removes the outer layer of skin that is dead and dull looking. More advance microdermabrasion systems use a crystal encrusted wand, instead of spraying crystals onto the skin. Removing the outer layer of skin stimulates skin cell renewal and increases the body’s natural production of collagen. Microdermabrasion is often used to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet, acne scars, or age spots.*
# 3: Body Contouring
Non-invasive body contouring procedures have made traditional cosmetic surgeries like liposuction seem archaic, and even barbaric. With non-invasive body contouring, state of the art technology is used to either freeze, or heat unwanted fat. These procedures are quick, usually performed in less than an hour, and painless, requiring no downtime. They are also very effective. Clinical studies have shown that patients undergoing Liposonix (heat based body contouring) or CoolSculpting (cold based body contouring) will lose an inch off of their waistline with a single, one hour treatment.*
# 2: Dermal Fillers
Dermal Fillers are a popular gift choice because they are relatively inexpensive, non invasive, and effective at restoring facial harmony, diminishing the signs of aging, or filling in depressions that indent the skin, such as wrinkles, or scars. Most Dermal Fillers are some sort of Hyaluronic Acid. Dermal Fillers with Hyaluronic Acid fill the small crevices or indentations that wrinkles create, unlike Botox which relaxes the muscle underneath the wrinkle. Dermal Fillers can also be used in the facial area as volumizers.*
# 1: Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal is a great gift for any individual who is slave to the razor or tweezer. It is the most effective method for achieving permanent hair reduction. During this procedure, a laser technician guides a laser emitting, handheld device over a treatment area. The melanin in the hair absorbs the laser, causing thermal destruction. Laser Hair Removal requires a series of sessions in order to target all the hair from a treatment area, but once the hair is gone, it usually stays gone.*