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4 budget-friendly cosmetic ‘tweakments’ to gift yourself this December

The month of December can be rough on your salary, especially with buying presents and travelling to see relatives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t budget for a little treat for yourself.

Taking care of your skin to retain a healthy and youthful look needn’t be expensive. Some cosmetic ‘tweakments’ have excellent, natural-looking results without breaking the bank, emphasises aesthetics and anti-ageing specialist, Dr Reza Mia.

He notes that even those on a budget can get professional aesthetic treatments, adding it’s a myth that these treatments are reserved exclusively for the wealthy. “A common misconception is that aesthetic treatments come with an exorbitant price tag. While some treatments can be more expensive, overall you can achieve natural results and an invigorated complexion without breaking the bank,” he explains.

So, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, eradicate the effects of a difficult year, and improve your look for the holidays and year ahead, there are treatment options available that you can easily work into your budget.

Dr Reza breaks down four aesthetic treatments that you can get at an affordable price:

  1.  Microneedling

This treatment focuses on creating firmer, smoother skin using radiofrequency. Small needles deliver heat-based energy to the hypodermis or bottom layer of the skin to stimulate the regeneration of skin tissue and collagen.

“Microneedling is used to target sagging skin, scarring, stretch marks and uneven skin texture, and can be used to address small or large areas of skin,” he says.

It induces mild trauma that prompts the tissue to recondition, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin. A wide variety of skin conditions can be addressed through this method, as it’s minimally invasive, requires little downtime and has lasting results.

The cost depends on the size of the areas, but remains lower than other treatments for deep-tissue skin rejuvenation.

  1. Dermal fillers

These injections plump fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth, eyes and nose. They offer targeted treatments, producing dramatic results almost immediately.

“With dermal fillers, we aim to create more symmetrical facial features while plumping the skin. The injections restore volume to areas that are becoming lax and improve elasticity,” explains Dr Reza.

Different dermal fillers are available, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid and polymethylmethacrylate. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles, your medical aesthetic specialist will advise which treatment would work best.

The cost of treatment varies based on how much filler is injected, the type of filler used, and the size of the targeted area.

  1. Chemical peels

Also known as dermapeeling or chemexfoliation, this procedure involves the application of a chemical solution that causes trauma or injury to the skin layers. The skin layers peel off, revealing more youthful skin that is smoother and has fewer lines and wrinkles.

Dr Reza explains that this treatment can also be used to treat certain skin conditions such as sunspots and age spots, mild scarring, uneven skin colour and melasma. In some instances, chemical peels can also improve the appearance of acne.

The depth of the peel depends on the sensitivity of the patient’s skin and how dramatic you want the results to be, which may also affect the price. A light or ‘lunchtime’ chemical peel will cost less than a deep chemical peel.

  1. Botulinum toxin injections

Botulinum toxin injections are the most common treatment patients opt for. They relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, and can also be used to treat conditions such as migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), overactive bladder and even certain eye problems. The neurotoxins can also help address pain throughout the body.

They help to address the signs of ageing and can be used on various areas of the face including the eyebrows, forehead, nose, around the eyes, lips and chin. They can also be used in the neck for saggy and ageing skin.

Dr Reza cautions that these injections may not be a suitable treatment for patients with neuromuscular disease, drooping eyelids or weak facial muscles.

“It’s important to have a proper consultation with a professional medical expert to discuss which treatments would work best for you. At Anti-Aging Art, for example, our clinic focuses on holistic treatments to ensure your overall health, which is why we don’t recommend procedures before we have considered your history and performed a thorough medical examination.”

He further notes that as an aesthetics specialist who performs professional medical treatments, he is regulated by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and may not advertise the prices of treatments. Contacting the clinic and arranging a consultation would be the best option to understand the medical and financial implications of aesthetic treatments.

“This said, as aesthetic treatments have evolved over time, they have become much more accessible and are no longer considered a luxury solution. These treatments not only enhance physical appearances but also boost patients’ self-confidence, quality of life and overall health.

“But we like to get a clear picture of the patient before we recommend any treatments. It’s a journey that we go on with you to ensure you get the right treatment that works best for your overall well-being,” Dr Reza concludes.

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