Technology is currently changing the face of beauty in major ways. While some of the bigger worldwide brands like L’Oréal are fully embracing technology to help them make waves on the digital market, other sectors like cosmetic surgery are getting a complete overhaul. By definition, cosmetic surgery is a subspecialty of plastic surgery and while they are related, they are very different indeed.
Long gone are the days when cosmetic surgery was only synonymous with breast enhancement, rhinoplasty or liposuction. Today, cosmetic surgery encompasses a much larger range of procedures, with the rise of minimally invasive treatments that help ditch its former controversial reputation to a much wider and younger audience. Here are some of the newest technologies that are set to revolutionize how we indulge in beauty treatments in the future.
Laser body contouring
Offered by a growing number of clinics in the UK such as Cynosure Ireland, laser body contouring uses pioneering technology to break fat cells directly in the targeted areas of the body. Around 35mn long per session, laser body contouring has many advantages including no downtime and no need for needles of any kind. There are three different types of procedures used to remove excess fat: low level laser treatments produces cold laser energy that enters fat cell to break them. Fat cells are then processed by the body. Ultrasound lasers emits higher intensity sound waves that causes fat cells to break down progressively. Finally, radiofrequency lasers send deep heat waves to the targeted areas to similarly destroy excess fat cells. All methods have been approved by specialists but they tend to deliver variable results depending on body types and physiology.
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is revolutionary in many ways as this technology can solve a wide range of skin problems such as wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars and even cellulite. Deeper laser skin resurfacing can involve some level of skin ablation to achieve the wanted results, such as CO2 and Erbium lasers. Most common procedures are pretty much painless, like the Alexandrite laser treatment: they do sometime require though the application of a numbing cream on the affected areas post-treatment to eliminate any discomfort.
Picosecond laser technology
One of the latest newcomers onto the lasers market is PicoWay: a seriously advanced laser technology that has recently been making headlines all around the world as its use was just officially approved in the US with a clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With an ultrashort wavelength of 785nm, it’s the first of its kind and it guarantees very efficient results while requiring a considerably reduced number of sessions per treatment. It showed especially promising results for tattoo removals, with very little discomfort and no post-treatment complications.