Hi-tech skin care is going to get better and better. Here’s what experts are excited about.
Advancements in technology aren’t always about doing something new. Sometimes it’s about doing something old, but better, faster, and easier. From instant, reversible nose jobs to virtual dermatology, the science of skin care is bringing new innovations to skin treatments and technology.
When it comes to the new discoveries from scientific studies, often performed in lab conditions with mice, invertebrates, or Petri dishes full of cells, it’s not always clear what will apply to humans.
We reached out to dermatology, cosmetic, and plastic surgery experts to give us the scoop on the latest in skin tech: what’s new, what’s effective, and what’s promising for the future.
Cosmetic procedures for the commitment-shy are here
If you’re interested in giving your “selfie nose” a try but are leery of going under the knife for a permanent change, don’t despair. One of the most exciting plastic surgery developments in recent years has been the “nonsurgical rhinoplasty.” It uses temporary fillers to reshape the nose with transformative results.
While it’s not without its risks (if done inexpertly, it can result in blindness or damage) and not all people are ideal candidates, this minimally invasive method in the hands of qualified professionals provides instant results, almost no downtime, and is temporary.
With those benefits behind it, the “liquid nose job” continues to gain popularity.
Nonsurgical rhinoplasty isn’t the only low-commitment innovation gaining traction.
If you’ve avoided Botox for fear of a “frozen face,” there’s a new option with a shorter life span and faster results.
“The new form of Botox from Bonti is a different serotype of botulinum but still functions similarly to traditional Botox,” explains double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer of Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in New York City. “[It has an] onset of action within 24 hours, but with a shorter duration of action of two to four weeks.”
Shafer sees the benefits for first-time Botox users to try it. Those who don’t want to commit to three months or want a last-minute treatment before a big event could also look into this temporary treatment. Traditional Botox, according to Shafer, normally takes three to five days to start working, giving this fast-acting version all of the benefits without the long commitment.