When it comes to the latest and greatest beauty treatments, nobody knows them better than the A-list. Preened to perfection at all times and airbrushed to within an inch of their lives, the elite certainly have the insider scoop on how to look impeccable, whatever your age. But with so many new cosmetic treatments being launched each year, it can be difficult to know where to start, and whether you’re looking to glow up, roll back the years or hone your existing features, the choices can feel overwhelming.
As with most things in life, the key here is less is more. However tempting, resist the urge to behave like a child in a sweet shop on your next visit to your aesthetician, and instead, take the time to consider what would enhance your natural beauty. The goal is not to chance your appearance, but to make the most of what you’ve already got. And for the most part, that doesn’t mean ten procedures in one go.
The good news is that these days, there are just as many non-surgical treatments out there as surgical ones, making it easier than ever to achieve the desired results without going under the knife. We’ve picked out four of the most popular amongst the rich and famous to give yourself a subtle yet speedy makeover.
Laser hair removal
If constant shaving and epilating have become the bane of your life and regular waxing is a hassle you just don’t need, then IPL hair removal could be just what you need. Particularly handy for treating embarrassing areas of unwanted hair, such as the chin or upper lip, a course of around 5-6 sessions are required for optimal results. A small area will take around 15 minutes to treat, while larger ones, such as the legs or bikini line, can take up to an hour.
Results are long term and all-but permanent, with the occasional top-up session required in some cases. The ideal patient is fair-skinned with coarse, dark hair, as the contrasting shades make it easier for the laser to detect the hairs and target more effectively. The average patient can expect around 80 per cent or more permanent hair loss.
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular over the years, and thanks to the range of innovative new treatments available today, getting that perfect smile is now easier than ever. Gone are the days of metal train-tracks, with invisible braces that sit behind the teeth or clear aligner trays taking their place.
But if you haven’t got time to wait around, or you need a little extra help with those not-so pearly whites, then make like the A-list and opt for a full set of porcelain veneers instead. On average, from consultation to final placement, you’re looking at a time-span of three weeks to get that perfect set of custom-made teeth. The quickest makeover available, and worth every penny.
Semi-permanent makeup tattoos
Before you balk at the word ‘tattoo’, hear us out on this one. If you’re someone who spends hours each day filling in your brows or applying eyeliner, then the latest innovations in permanent makeup could be the best investment you’ll make all year. The best treatments involve the use of micro-pigmentation and a hair-stroke technique to fill in sparse brows or create a natural-looking lash line.
Treatments can last between one and three years, but be sure you know what you’re getting into before you commit. You’ll need to shield treated areas from the sun for the first six weeks after treatment, and be sure to wear sunscreen thereafter to avoid unwelcome colour changes.
Mention the word ‘botox’ in many circles, and it might evoke a reaction of fear – largely thanks to the plethora of ‘botch jobs’ that flood the media each day, with Z list celebrities and reality TV stars often seen sporting the look.
But botox doesn’t have to spell disaster, and by heading to one of the top aestheticians money can buy and doing thorough research beforehand, you’ll be in safe hands. Results will be subtle yet effective, enhancing your natural beauty and restoring a more youthful appearance in under an hour.
Botox is most commonly used to erase frown lines, but these days, it is increasingly becoming the weapon of choice for those looking for temporary, long-lasting nose jobs, cheek lifts and jawline augmentations – without going under the knife.
Results generally last between six months and one year.
For best results for all of these treatments, be sure to do your research first and book in with the very best therapists and aestheticians money can buy. When it comes to your appearance, it’s not worth taking any chances.