If you’re investing in a custom medical aesthetics treatment plan, you want to make sure those results last—and you’re not alone. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery’s 2018 survey, cost is the very top factor behind why consumers wait to have a cosmetic procedure, while not getting the results they’re looking for was the third top reason for waiting. Taking the proper measures to maintain your results post-treatment will not only help you save money, but it can also extend the period between your last treatment session and your first maintenance session, and may even improve your results.
Body contouring treatments can certainly help to break down fat cells in a targeted area, but your results won’t last if you don’t work to keep it off. First, note that not all fat is your enemy. It’s necessary to have some fat on the body to keep your energy levels up and skin appearing plump and smooth. To treat the not-so-good fats, custom non-surgical body shaping treatment plans deliver energy deep below the skin’s surface. There it is transferred to heat to shrink fat cells while kickstarting collagen and elastin production under the surface for a firmer, smoother appearance. Targeting stubborn subcutaneous fat, which typically accumulates in the thighs or hips for females and the abdomen for males, the overall result of these targeted body contouring treatments is a slimmer-lookimg figure and a more defined shape.
To maintain those results, though, it’s essential to consider fat intake and caloric output. A poor diet and lack of exercise following treatments makes it difficult for the body to keep up. Fat intake needs to be in line with your body’s fat-burning levels to ensure lasting results from your body contouring treatments. Focus on eating more foods that contain energizing fats like fish, avocados, and nuts, while incorporating regular workout routines into your weekly schedule to increase the amount of fat you’re burning and help build muscle. For more troublesome areas, adopt targeted workout routines that will help to maintain your smoother, firmer shape post-treatment. See our fitness articles for ideas to get you moving!
Adopting a high-quality skin care regimen following an anti-aging medical aesthetics treatment is essential to maintain results while preventing the development of new signs of premature aging.
Asking your treatment provider for their recommendations on the top skin care products for you to use post-treatment is a good way to get a gauge on what your skin really needs. As well, most treatment providers will offer a brochure of directions on post-treatment skin care. Following these recommendations to the letter offers your best chance at maintaining those stunning results for longer.
Of course, anti-aging treatments won’t put off the effects of aging forever. It’s realistic to consider that maintenance treatments may be required to support skin health as it ages. Your provider will be able to recommend a general schedule for follow-up appointments following your final treatment session.
While it may seem like a heavier investment to purchase premium skin care products and commit to maintenance sessions after the fact, these measures will ensure that the results of your initial treatments are supported, reducing the need for another complete treatment plan in the near future. In other words, investing now will save you money in the long run while ensuring you keep looking your very best.
Don’t let custom photofacial treatments be all for naught. Utilizing Intense Pulsed light (IPL) energy, these treatments effectively break up pigment beneath the skin’s surface and boost collagen production. The outcome is a reduction in the appearance of discoloration and a more even-toned complexion. However, without a change in your sun care habits, skin has little chance of fending off new dark spots, vascular marks, or other signs of skin damage caused by UV rays. To extend the results of your photofacial treatments, make sun protection a regular part of your skin care routine.
Regardless of the weather forecast or how long you might be outdoors for the day, always apply sunscreen to any exposed areas, including the face, jawline, neck, and hands. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection with a minimum SPF of 30. Take your time to apply it evenly and adequately, and reapply every two hours or sooner if you’re swimming or sweating. Wearing larger sunglasses that offer broad spectrum protection can also help reduce the sun’s wrinkling effects on the thinner, more sensitive skin around the eyes.
Finally, it cannot be said enough—don’t skip sunscreen just because you don’t see the sun. For those enjoying winter sports, note that the sun’s rays can be even more intense at higher elevations and if they can penetrate skin, they can certainly make their way through clouds. For those indoors, some fluorescent lighting can also emit harmful UV rays, making applying sunscreen a good measure still. Long story short: always wear sunscreen to maintain the results of your photofacial treatments.
Skin is our body’s main line of defense against external factors such as pollutants and UV rays. It has a tough job to do and that often shows in skin health as we age. Medical aesthetics treatments can help to improve texture, reduce discoloration, and boost elasticity, but your results don’t stand a chance of lasting without maintaining skin hydration. Toxins and other harmful elements can leave skin appearing parched, dull, and wrinkled post-treatment. While cleansing can help to remove pollutants and surface debris, and premium skin care may help skin recover from daily stressors, we sometimes need a little extra boost to restore skin hydration to keep looking our very best.
To improve skin hydration and get a deeper clean while maintaining the results of your medical aesthetics treatment plan, consider facial rejuvenation treatments. Utilizing gentle suction, a rotating tip, and ultra-fine jet streams of saline, facial rejuvenation treatments flush out dirt and debris from deep within the pores while micro-massaging skin to spread nutrients released from the bloodstream. The result is an immediately healthier, brighter, and more revitalized complexion to really show off the results of your custom treatment plan.
While creating new habits may not be your strong suit, for many medical aesthetics patients, the outcome of their treatment plans can help to boost mood, energy levels, and confidence. For these reasons, you may find yourself much more motivated to keep hitting the gym, choosing homemade over takeout, and creating a regular skin care ritual to keep those good feelings going. In all, the results of your medical aesthetics treatments could be life-changing in more ways than one.
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