17 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Popular in 2020
It’s impressive what an impact non-surgical cosmetic treatments like lasers, fillers and peels can have. Whether it’s fat taken from one part of your body and injected into another, or fillers used to shape and sculpt your nose, non-surgical cosmetic treatments are more popular than ever. Here are 17 procedures, that don’t require going under the knife, that will be big in 2020.
As with any treatment, always do your research thoroughly and don’t fall for budget, discounted rates or cosmetic enhancement holiday destinations: You get what you pay for and certainly don’t want your health to end up paying for it.
1. Brow lamination
Brow lamination is all the rage these days as this temporary, non-invasive alternative to microblading offers a great solution to brow concerns. Brow lamination is well received in the United Kingdom and helps get the look of British celebs like Cara Delevingne, Emilia Clarke and other stars with thick, full eyebrows. The process is said to be like a perm for your brows — only instead of curls, there’s a setting lotion that helps the lil hairs stay up (when brushed forward) — and lasts for about six weeks. Because this process does require rather harsh chemicals, folkx with eczema or skin sensitivities may want to consult with a professional before trying this trending beauty treatment.
2. Lip blushing
Trending up, lip blushing is essentially a semi-permanent lip stain — a cosmetic tattoo that is said to colour correct while enhancing the shape and size of your lips (some say it even helps with asymmetry). The results leave lips with a more natural look after the healing process is done — while still offering the aesthetic of fuller, plumper lips. A more expensive treatment that starts around $500 in Canada, lip blushing involves tiny needles that deliver small deposits of pigment — layer by layer. Similar to other non-surgical semi-permanent treatments, how long it’ll last will vary from person to person.Of course, if you’re just looking to add some colour just for the day or an event, there are the best moisturizing lipsticks available too.
3. Non-surgical nose job
A traditional rhinoplasty is painful, invasive and requires a lot of recovery time. A non-surgical nose job is performed using injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid and Juvederm. Results are not permanent, though this popular nose job treatment is perfect for people who wish to smooth out bridge bumps or create nostril symmetry. Non-surgical nose jobs can’t reduce the size of the nose, so people who want smaller noses may not find this treatment worthwhile.
4. Brazilian butt lift
Thanks to all the famously full butts out there (we’re looking at you Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian!) Brazilian Butt Lifts have become more popular than ever. It helps that this surgery uses your own fat — extracted from other parts of your body — that is injected into your derrière to add shape and volume.
5. Lip injections
Some people want a full pout like Angelina Jolie’s, while others are bothered by their asymmetrical one. Either way, lip injections are ever popular for transforming, not just lips, but the way faces look in general. Injectables can contain commercial fillers like Juvederm, or fat that is removed from ones own body. After a topical numbing agent is applied to the area, the filler is injected in and around the lips and normal activities can be resumed immediately.
6. Clear and brilliant laser facial treatment
For minor skin imperfections like sun spots, dullness and large pores, this fractional laser treatment is very popular. The painless procedure is done quickly and there is hardly any downtime, other than some redness that could be mistaken for forgetting to wear your sunscreen. A laser wand is moved across your face to brighten skin tone and minimize pores. Jennifer Aniston is a fan, and let’s face it, she never seems to age!
7. Chemical peels
By removing old skin, new layers can grow in its place resulting in a brighter, clearer, more youthful looking complexion. Chemical peels vary in strength, some can be performed during your lunch hour, while other stronger concentrations require a fair amount of recovery time. The stronger the peel, the more likely your skin is to look badly sunburned, blistered, and ultimately scab and peel. Chemical peels are very popular with people who want to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, sun damage and acne scarring. Even Bella Thorne publicly chronicled her chemical peel experience on social media.
8. Oxygen facials
Celebrities, like Madonna, swear by these non-invasive treatments. These results-oriented facials are more clinical than your average facial and their immediate results make them a hit with stars who need to get red carpet ready. The high tech compression machine pushes oxygen and other small-moleculed skincare products (like hyaluronic acid, vitamin treatments and botanicals) into the skin via a pressurized stream of air. While these treatments are not as pampering as an ordinary facial, they are said to bring balance back to the skin, lessen the appearance of fine lines, make tone brighter and plump the skin.
9. Cryolipolysis or coolsculpting
Coolsculpting isn’t new, yet it’s gaining traction as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. Coolsculpting targets stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away, no matter how much exercise or dieting you employ — think love handles, belly paunch or double chin — versus the larger areas that liposuction treats. This non-surgical procedure uses handheld paddles to suction your skin while a cooling mechanism freezes it, destroying fat cells below the surface of the skin. The therapist then firmly massages the area to break up the fat which is eliminated by your body naturally. More than one session is often required and results can take up to three months to see.
Botox continues to take the lead in non-invasive cosmetic treatments. This injectable treatment relaxes facial muscles with a subtle yet effective result. Considering this quick, relatively painless procedure can be done during your lunch break, and make you look instantly refreshed and well-rested, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.
11. Body contouring
Cellulite is so common it would be almost impossible to find a woman who doesn’t have any. The body contouring Velashape III machine combines four technologies to combat cellulite and tighten the skin — infared, radiofrequency and two types of mechanical tissue manipulation (rollers and pulsed vacuum). What the heck does this actually mean? This machine heats up fat cells, connective tissue and collagen fibres, which with multiple treatments, can improve elasticity, minimize cellulite and improve skin texture.
12. Laser lipo
This refined liposuction treatment blasts fat with a low-wave laser to liquefy it before it is removed via a thin tube called a cannula. Because the fat is liquefied it is much easier to remove and therefore not as aggressive as traditional lipo. In areas like the face or neck, often the fat doesn’t even need to be removed — the body naturally eliminates it. This is lipo with less down time, but it’s still not cheap with the procedure starting around $2000.
13. Chin fullness reduction
Now there is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for reducing double-chins and contouring the jawline. Belkyra is a product that contains deoxycholic acid — a naturally occurring substance in the body that absorbs fat cells. These injectable fat busters can combat chin fullness more rapidly and with less discomfort than previous procedures like neck liposuction.
Mesotherapy is a broad term for a non-invasive cosmetic technique that involves multiple injections of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, homeopathics, hormones or enzymes to tighten the skin, treat hair loss, minimize cellulite, and lighten pigmented skin, among others. There is little research to back the use of mesotherapy and it is not FDA-approved. Despite this, many people take the chance and try mesotherapy making it very popular in the world of non-surgical cosmetic enhancements.
This popular non-surgical skin tightening treatment has little downtime with varying results. It strives to subtly take years off your face using radiofrequency energy that stimulates collagen production. While the procedure promises to be painless and with no recovery time, many people claim it can be quite painful and multiple sessions are typically required to see results, but with over one million treatments performed, and Gwyneth Paltrow touting its merits, it’s got to be good.
16. Liquid face lift
Now you don’t have to go under the knife to lift sagging skin and smooth wrinkles. The Liquid Facelift is a non-surgical procedure that uses injectable gel fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, to gently lift facial features, reduce wrinkles and folds, and create a brighter, more rested look. This face sculpting procedure can last for up to two years.
17. Cheek fillers
Tight skin and defined cheekbones are symbols of youth and beauty. Volume and definition can now be injected into the face to recreate youthful beauty with treatments such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane. For those who prefer not to undergo facial surgery, injectable fillers may be a more attractive option.