Summary: Medical spa procedures can be excellent options for men and women looking to improve their appearance without surgery. The range of options for medical spa treatments means that there is something for just about everybody, whether your concerns are age-related, environmental, hormonal, or just for the sake of skin care maintenance. What were the most popular medical spa treatments of 2014 and why do so many men and women benefit from them?

1. BOTOX® Cosmetic

The number one most popular med spa procedure from 2014, BOTOX® Cosmetic, is used to treat dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movements. We use the muscles in our face constantly throughout the day, both voluntarily and involuntarily, and as we age, the repeated movements tend to cause forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. These dynamic wrinkles can give the appearance of being constantly tired, distressed or even angry. By relaxing the muscles that create these wrinkles, BOTOX® can smooth out facial features for a younger, more rested look.

2. Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers come in a variety of injectables designed to add volume to the face. Med spa patients can use dermal fillers to address a wide range of skin concerns. For instance, dermal fillers can be used to restore age-related lost volume which can cause skin sagging and deep wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used to minimize the appearance of deep scars. Other uses for dermal fillers include adding plumpness to the lips and balancing out thin facial features. Dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with BOTOX®, as the two can have complementary effects.

3. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths, and can be used to rejuvenate the face by gently peeling off the most outer layer, revealing the fresh, unblemished skin underneath. Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of surface wrinkles and fine lines, minimize acne scars, and help with hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels can also improve discoloration or spots resulting from sun exposure or age.

4. Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal offers a long-term solution to pesky body or facial hair. Many men and women consistently spend time and money on removing body hair through temporary solutions like shaving, waxing, or tweezing. Laser hair removal, however, can permanently reduce or eliminate hair growth in virtually any area of the face or body.

Many women use laser hair removal on their legs, underarms, bikini line, and face, but LHR isn’t used just for women. Men benefit from laser hair removal on areas like the back, neck, chest, hands and feet. For the best results, patients are recommended to undergo a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart.

5. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an intensive exfoliating procedure that sloughs away dead skin cells. By polishing the surface layer of the skin, microdermabrasion contributes to cleaner pores, smoother skin texture and a healthier, younger looking complexion. Microdermabrasion is known as a “lunchtime” procedure, meaning you can simply walk in and walk out, resuming your normal routine with no downtime.

Although many patients notice an immediate healthy glow to their skin after only one treatment, for the best results, patients may need a series of microdermabrasion treatments spaced two to four weeks apart. Men and women may enjoy the benefits of microdermabrasion on its own, or in conjunction with facials or chemical peels.

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