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The 5 Most Effective Beauty Treatments That Don’t Require Surgery

The 5 Most Effective Beauty Treatments That Don’t Require Surgery

If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance, you’re not alone. Since 2000, plastic surgery procedures in the United States have increased by 110 percent. In 2015, 15.9 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed,

But a change to your body doesn’t have to involve significant surgical risk. There are an increasing variety of minimally invasive or surgery-free procedures and beauty treatments available for patients interested in improving their appearance without going under the knife.

Procedures ranging from skin treatments to laser resurfacing to injections. Although the effects of minimally invasive procedures typically take longer or are less dramatic, they’re often better suited to a more natural appearance for patients who don’t want their procedures to be visibly obvious.

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1. Botox injections

The most well-known minimally invasive procedure is undoubtedly Botox. This popular toxin injection reduces wrinkles and fine lines, smoothing out facial features marred by age. The procedure works by blocking muscular nerve signals, preventing them from contracting and keeping your skin smooth.

Although Botox is popular for its effectiveness and simplicity, often requiring little more than a needle injection, some patients—approximately 1 in 200—develop a resistance to the toxin and its effectiveness over several years of long-term use. However, for the other 199 patients, the procedure remains effective and a lower-cost way of treating wrinkles and signs of aging.

2. Laser skin resurfacing

Lasers are a popular tool in non-invasive beauty procedures. Laser skin resurfacing helps users reduce wrinkles, liver spots, uneven skin tones, signs of sun damage and scars, as though giving you a new layer of skin.

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There are two kinds of laser skin resurfacing procedures. One is less invasive than the other, but both involve surface-level treatment. A wounding laser removes thin layers of skin to rejuvenate it. A non-wounding laser stimulates collagen growth and tightens the skin underneath. Although it’s less effective, it also has a shorter healing time.

3. Laser liposuction

Laser liposuction is an alternative to traditional liposuction that avoids invasive surgery to remove fat. Studies have found that the procedures effectively “liquefies fatty tissue, coagulates small blood vessels, induces collagenesis with remodeling, and promotes tissue tightening,” making it a useful procedure for those looking for minimally invasive body sculpting.

Laser liposuction is not the only non-surgical liposuction procedure, although it is one of the most effective. Patients can also turn to ultrasound liposuction, radiofrequency liposuction and cryolipolysis, or the use of cryogenic freezing to remove fat cells.

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4. Laser hair removal

One exceptionally popular procedure for both men and women is laser hair removal. This carefully aimed treatment seeks to remove unwanted body hair permanently by damaging the hair follicles’ ability to produce new growth.The process burns the follicle at the root, and works best on those with light skin and dark hair.

Studies have found laser hair removal safe as long as it’s performed by a medically trained professional, which it isn’t always performed by. Be sure to check that the person performing your procedure has a medical license and is trained to perform the procedure.

5. Soft-tissue fillers

Dermal fillers are an alternative to Botox that help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in your face. They work by replacing the fat naturally present in our faces that thins with age. Without this fat, your faces loses some of its natural shape and contour. Dermal fillers, which can be viewed as a no pain facelift, can also be used for lip injections, increasing cheekbone prominence and reducing the appearance of scars.

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For all of these procedures, a doctor is likely to emphasize that only certain patients who meet certain characteristics are suited for these procedures, and not everyone will get the results they want. They will also caution patients to be realistic about their goals, as non-invasive procedures can only do so much above the muscle to improve one’s physical shape.

However, with a good doctor and a positive outlook, you can find an appropriate minimally invasive procedure to improve the parts of your body you wish looked just a bit better.

Featured photo credit: Adobe Stock via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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