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What exactly does Appearance Medicine mean?

You’ve probably heard the phrase appearance medicine used in relation to doctors or medical practices, but what exactly is appearance medicine, and why is it different from “regular” medicine?

What is appearance medicine?

Also known as cosmetic medicine or aesthetic medicine, appearance medicine is simply medical procedures which effect your looks only and do not treat specific illness.

It is an umbrella term for the different treatments which aim to improve cosmetic appearance, including conditions such as scars, wrinkles, excess fat, unwanted hair, and noticeable veins.

Appearance medicine can include surgical procedures such as liposuction, and non-surgical procedures like laser treatment, but most appearance clinics will practice a combination of both for best results.

Appearance medicine procedures

There are a range of treatments available under the umbrella of appearance medicine, some of which require surgery, while others can be carried out over a lunch-break. They include (but are not limited to) the following:

Vein Treatments

Vein treatments are very common in appearance medicine, with all types of veins across the body being targeted. Varicose veins in legs can now be treated without surgery, using laser treatment or chemicals. Reticular veins and spiders veins in arms, hands, neck and face can be treated with a non-invasive IPL procedure, and often done within an hour from start to finish.

Botox and Dysport

Botox and Dysport injections are safe, simple, non-surgical treatments which fight wrinkles and smooth out your skin. They are injected into facial muscles, relaxing them so they do not contract, and without contracting, they can’t form wrinkles. The effects of Botox and Dysport injections work quickly, usually in a couple of days, and the effects can last for months. 

Hair Removal

Modern hair removal treatment offers a gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting reduction of unwanted hair on face, back, legs, bikini line or any other body area. Using a process of selective photothermolysis, a concentrated beam of light is aimed at the root of the hair, which damages the follicle enough to slow or even stop future growth.

Acne

Acne treatments have come a long way in recent years, but millions of people suffer every day from this confidence-destroying condition. Appearance medicine treatments for acne include laser treatment such as Clear Blue Light and Fraxel, or traditional treatments such as antibiotics, topical creams and cleansers. 

Tattoo Removal

Times change, as do people, and that tattoo you got when you were 18 might seems ridiculous now. Luckily, tattoo removal is a branch of appearance medicine which has come a long way in recent years, and the results are incredible. With a series of treatments, it can look like you never even had a tattoo in the first place!

Skin Rejuvenation

No one likes getting older, and unfortunately, the aging process is most noticeable in our face. Appearance medicine offers anti-aging procedures such as dermal fillers, chemical peels, and IPL treatments to renew your skin and bring with it a boost in confidence.