Natural Alternatives to 2017’s Most Popular Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

by Solenne Kamba

Natural Alternatives to 2017’s Most Popular Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic surgery trends have bloomed in recent years alongside the growing influence of celebrities and online influencers… But how far along in these techniques are we to know their impact on our health? Without mentioning the costs, cosmetic surgeries may well have a few perks, but the dangers are equally considerable. Are they worth the risks? The answer is personal and debatable, but before you take the leap, we present to you the natural alternatives to the top 3 cosmetic surgeries.

Procedure: Botox
Natural Alternative: Face Cupping

Botox is used cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. This procedure creates the well-known ‘emotionless’ expression on one’s face, which is as close as you can get to stopping the effects of time. People also use Botox to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.

Cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine remedy that uses cups to increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulates collagen and elastin production, according to Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. The cup is in constant movement throughout the procedure, moving across the face with the aide of a facial serum or oil to avoid bruising, and results in a lifted and sculpted look.

As a result, your complexion is left more youthful, and almost instantly brighter. Of course, consistency is key – the transformation doesn’t happen overnight – but results are visible within the first session. Experienced individuals perform the cupping ritual on themselves, but always consult your dermatologist, and book a session at your local alternative medicine spa.

How does it work? Nutrients are guided to the surface of the skin by the heated cups as they move across your face. Like a good facial workout, your face is tighter and gains muscle memory. For anti-aging purposes, cupping uses strategic acupressure points that promote facelift effects.

Procedure: Lip Fillers
Natural Alternative: Bio-Commipheroine Pro-Lipid Complex

Fuller. Bigger. The Kylie Jenner Effect has taken plastic surgeons by storms. But if you’re not ready to dish out the cash ($500 to $2,000 to get your lips done, depending on the doctor and region you live in), we have an alternative.

The FDA recently approved lip filler procedures in the U.S., and now lip augmentation is the second-fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the country. While most common fillers today are products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid (a natural substance found in the body that helps increase volume in your lips), the procedure is not pain-free, or free for that matter. Hyaluronic acid fillers are used to improve the shape, structure and volume of one’s lip. But the results are not ‘natural looking’.

Plus, every woman is not the perfect lip candidate. Dr. Adam R. Kolker, M.D., an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai, says the ideal aesthetic candidates are those that have thin, ‘disappearing’ lips.

If you are starting out fuller, have a look at the alternative: Lip Bio Liquid Concentrate, 40 $.

Formulated with a Bio-Commipheroline Pro-Lipid Complex, this complex contains two specific markers—commipherol and commipheroline—acting under two synergistic reactions that result in the look of increased lip volume. The peptide complex supports the lip volume while helping to sustain hydration, the result of which is an increase of +50.6% even 20 hours after application.

Procedure: Laser Surgery
Natural Alternative: Dry-Brushing

Laser resurfacing can be tricky, because the more the skin is damaged, the more aggressive the procedure will need to be, and the more potential there is for side effects, like permanent lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation), darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), and scarring. Laser procedures are also trickier for brown skin, as researchers and doctors have spent less time researching on the effects on darker complexions (more on that another time), focusing on Caucasian skin as the market standard.

Dry brushing represents less risk, as it removes dead skin cells rather than peel the derma on a deeper level. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system by speeding up the transport of oxygen to the body’s cells and tissue, aiding the lymph vessels detox of the blood. Through stimulating the normal lymph flow, dry body brushing visibly eliminates the formation of cellulite, varicose veins and skin discoloration, and with growing results when done consistently and with a healthy diet.

However, be gentle in sensitive areas such as the face and décollétage, or you may cause irritation. Natural chemical peels are preferable for those areas.

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