There are dozens of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, and even more products available, to improve your skin or help with concerns like wrinkles and fine lines. So it can be a challenge to sort through it all to find what works for you.
To help, we asked doctors on RealSelf what minimally invasive treatments and products they most recommend. These options won’t completely reshape your body the way a mommy makeover might, but they all require very little or zero downtime and commitment.
“It’s a no-brainer,” said Dr. Eric Joseph, a facial plastic surgeon in West Orange, New Jersey. “There is very little downside to it at all, and it rejuvenates the upper third of the face.”
Botox was originally FDA approved to treat frown lines in 2002, and has since been approved to treat crow’s feet and forehead lines. Some also use it to cure migraines, excessive sweating, or a wide range of off-label uses.
Dr. Adam Tattelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C., said Botox and fillers are great treatments for patients who either don’t need or are not ready for surgery. He also mentioned CoolSculpting and Ultherapy as “options for patients for a bit of fat removal or a bit of skin tightening.”
Skin-tightening treatments are rising in popularity, and those interested should look into Venus Viva, according to Dr. Jennifer Armstrong. The Newport Beach physician said the radiofrequency treatment works by vaporizing small columns of tissue.
“Those columns are replaced with new skin and through the healing process recruits and stimulates collagen and elastin,” Dr. Armstrong said. “Patients report looking more refreshed, tighter, smoother, glowing skin, with minimal downtime.”
When it comes to products, it’s all about skincare. Buying a product from a doctor could mean you’re getting a higher-strength formula. It can also help assure quality as the ingredients in the products are vetted by doctors.
Dr. Armstrong recommends focusing on products that offer hydration, whether it’s a moisturizer or a moisturizing sunblock.
Dr. Tattelbaum said it can be best to keep things simple. Many products use similar ingredients. He suggests focusing on “a hypoallergenic skin cleanser, a good skin moisturizer, and a strong sunblock.”
If you’re looking beyond skincare, Dr. Joseph said many people get results using Latisse, an FDA approved treatment that promotes eyelash growth. He said the results can include longer, thicker, darker, and courser eyelashes.
“For people who like long eyelashes, it’s a healthier alternative than eyelash extensions,” Dr. Joseph said.
More advanced products and treatments are likely to produce more significant results, but there are still plenty of smart choices in the skincare aisle.
Doctors universally recommend a good quality sunblock. Protecting your skin from the sun can go a long way to preventing some issues that may require more serious treatments. “Solar radiation can dramatically alter the skin for the worse,” Dr. Tattelbaum said.
Dr. Armstrong suggests using sunblock that is at least SPF 50 and “feels light but is hydrating, corrective, and protecting.”