10 STL beauty procedures you need to know about
For years, getting cosmetic surgery meant going under the knife, but some of the newest and hottest beauty procedures are sneaking out of Hollywood and showing up in doctors’ offices and med spas around St. Louis. These minimally invasive procedures will not only have you looking younger and more rejuvenated, but they also require little to no recovery time—making it even easier for the new-and-improved you to get out and strut your stuff.
Eyes by Thermage uses radiofrequencies and doses of intense heat to tighten the skin around the eyes, decreasing wrinkles without any surgery or injections. The heat helps stimulate collagen production while tightening existing collagen (Padda Institute; 12401 Olive Blvd., Ste. 100, Creve Coeur, 314.275.7300). $1,000-5,000, Zero downtime.
VelaShape is a non-surgical medical device that helps get rid of those extra curves and reduce cellulite. Using elos technology, this procedure eliminates unwanted fatty tissue by heating the area. Skin is then smoothed and reshaped using a vacuum and tissue manipulation to reveal a tighter figure (The Lifestyle Center, 7642 Forsyth, Clayton, 314.863.5556). $100-500, Zero downtime.
Non-surgical liquid face-lifts use FDAapproved injections of fillers and Botox to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance
with no scars. The results of this outpatient procedure are dramatic and long-lasting, with minimal recovery times when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon (Dr. Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery, 14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Ste. 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300). $500-1,000, 1-2 days of downtime.
Using the power of light, Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation penetrates the tissue with a laser and is absorbed by the melanin within the skin, which triggers collagen production, reduces age and sun spots, as well as the redness caused by rosacea (Renew Cosmetic Spa, 7700 Clayton Rd., Ste. 301, Clayton, 314.645.3885). $100-500, Zero downtime.
The most popular method of lip augmentation implants hyaluronic acid (like Juvederm) into the skin. One injection is usually sufficient to produce those plump lips you’ve always wanted, and has the added benefit of helping eliminate lines and wrinkles around your mouth (BodyAesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center, 969 N. Mason Rd., Ste. 170, Creve Coeur, 314.628.8200). $500-1,000, Zero downtime.
DiamondTome Microdermabrasion uses a wand covered with diamond chips to resurface your skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished after removing the topmost layer of skin while stimulating the dermis to improve skin elasticity and overall appearance (Infinity Laser, 141 N. Meramec Ave., Ste. 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000). Under $100, Zero downtime.
Show Some Leg
You’ll never want to hide your legs again after Sclerotherapy. By sealing off abnormal veins from the rest of the vein network in your leg, this procedure eliminates pesky spider veins without any surgery or pain medication needed (Vein Clinics of America, 12400 Olive Blvd., Ste. 203, Creve Coeur, 314.878.2104). Under $100, Zero downtime.
Turn Up the Heat
Fractionated Laser Resurfacing can help rid you of pesky acne scars and wrinkles by providing targeted heat that penetrates the skin’s surface. The result is younger, tighter-looking skin (West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, 1040 N. Mason Rd., Ste. 124, Creve Coeur, 314.996.8800). $500-1,000, 3-5 days of downtime.
Using radio-frequency liposuction, BodyTite melts away unwanted fat, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. This painless procedure can help eliminate trouble areas like love handles, and quickly slim down the inner thighs (Hart Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute, 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.251.6250). $1,000-5,000, Zero downtime.
Get a Lift
The Ultherapy Lift uses medical ultrasound to firm, tighten and lift the skin around your jaw and neck. By stimulating collagen production with the use of heat, it naturally lifts and tightens skin (Synergi Med Spa, 17000 Baxter Rd., Ste. 100, Chesterfield, 636.530.6100). $1,000-5,000, Zero downtime.