Costhetics made a boo-boo, and we’re not too proud to admit it.

Based on our research into the latest news, tips and information about cosmetic enhancement, we predicted it would be some time before cosmetic clinics and practices began to fill up again. Judging by what’s happening on our website, we missed the mark by a mile.

Prospective patients are searching aesthetic procedures on Costhetics in unprecedented numbers. We’ve been fielding comments, calls, emails, Whatsapp messages, Facebook DM’s and interpretive dances all from people wanting their cosmetic nips and tucks…and wanting them NOW.

When it comes to aesthetic enhancement, especially cosmetic surgery NOW is never too soon to start your journey. With a game-changing vaccine in the works, lock-down will end (sooner, rather than later we hope). Costhetics is dreaming of Chrissy parties with lots of champy, followed by a nice long holiday somewhere beachy. That dream includes lots of selfies where our faces and bodies look great.

Speaking of holiday wishes: What tweaks do you have in mind to look fresh at your in-person Christmas (hopefully not on Zoom) festivities?

5 Pre-Christmas Cosmetic Procedures for a Post-Lockdown World

We took an impromptu straw poll among the staff to learn which makeover procedures were front of mind for you folks. Not surprisingly, the winners are traditional favourites when it comes to holiday tweakments:

• Anti-wrinkle injections – Have you been furrowing your brow in worry over all things coronavirus? Has frowning left you with folds between your brows? Do you have unsightly crows feet from squinting at all the coronavirus news stories? Costhetics staffers agree that anti-wrinkle injections can provide a welcome solution.

Chemicals in these injections work to paralyse the muscles responsible for crinkling and wrinkling in the skin. The treatment is considered extremely safe. One key comparative study found less than 1% of patients experience any problems following their session.

• Dermal Fillers – “I look like a marionette doll,” complained one member of our team, referring to deep lines around her mouth. “No, you look like a sultana,” another staffer offered (helpfully), pointing out her areas of deflated facial skin. The best solution, we agreed would be a “liquid lunch hour facelift,” with filler injections to provide similar rejuvenating effects to surgical procedures.

Dermal fillers are especially effective for plumping lips and subtly refining facial contours, adding youthful dimension and encouraging collagen growth.

• Broad Band Light (BBL) Treatments – Even in the best of times, winter is hard on your skin. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we’ve been cooped up incessantly, victims of indoor heat and the occasional foray into outdoor cold. For many of us on Team Costhetics, that’s meant skin that’s dry, patchy, dull and pale. For us, Broad Band Light treatments are the answer.

BBL is a type of photofacial designed to tighten and smooth skin, as well as even out skin tone. The article Clinical Effectiveness of BBL Therapy for Wrinkles and Skin Laxity of Face reports, “Phototherapy using this broad-band infrared light source was effective and well tolerated in the patients…(and) may be a new modality for the treatment of wrinkles and tightening of the face.”

BBL gets extra points for helping to stimulate the production of new collagen within the skin’s deeper layers. The result is skin that looks naturally plump and healthy.

• Thread Lift – Nothing takes the jolly out of selfies more than seeing ageing jowls and drooping cheeks on your face. “Until recently, the only way to address problems caused by facial skin laxity…was facelift surgery,” reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Introducing thread lifts, a less invasive approach to facial rejuvenation. Costhetics is enthusiastic about the track record of PDO (polydioxanone) sutures in thread lifts. They are the next generation in threads and provide more collagen stimulation for contouring in a head to head battle between PDO threads and anchoring threads.

Self-dissolving PDO threads come in a variety of textures and provide a temporary, visible lift to the skin. Cogged barb threads provide a better lift and increased collagen production.

• Liposuction – “How did I go from beach body to beached whale?” wondered a staffer who grabbed a handful of belly fat (tastefully) during a recent Zoom meeting. We all agreed he was likely suffering from COVID-3.8, referring to the nearly 4 kilos of extra weight the average person has gained since the start of the pandemic. The main factors are lack of exercise and overeating. The main solution people are asking about: liposuction. According to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “Liposuction can remove up to 5 litres of fat with relative safety during one session.” The surgeon makes an incision in the treatment area, inserts a tube known as a cannula, and suctions away fat deposits in the superficial layers close to the skin. It is generally performed as an out-patient procedure and patients are sent home for a seven- to fourteen-day recovery period.

Liposuction remains extremely popular despite competition from new, non-invasive alternatives such as coolsculpting. In fact, lipo is consistently found among the top five most requested cosmetic surgeries in Australia. It’s frequently the best choice for people for whom diet and exercise are not enough when it comes to their stubborn belly fat.

Costhetics Beauty Timetable

All of us at Costhetics are hoping to have these various bits and bobs done and dusted by the end of September. That will allow us plenty of time for a full recovery before the holiday, the warmer summer months, and the vacation in paradise we’re dreaming about. What are you thinking about?

See you on the beach! (Wear your sunscreen, please.)

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