The 'Tweakments' To Know In 2020

Surveys show more than half of us are keen to make subtle enhancements – be it on our face or our bodies. Dubbed ‘tweakments’, and far less invasive than surgical alternatives, they offer speedy results with little to no downtime. From soprano lasers to hot-cryo facials, here’s what you need to know…
1.

Hot-Cryo Facial 

Best For: A Non-Invasive Face Lift

So much more than a traditional facial, this combines microneedling with cryotherapy (freeze therapy), to improve collagen production and skin texture. Non-invasive and pain-free, the skin is rapidly cooled to -145°C using a beam of vaporised liquid nitrogen. The coldness reduces any inflammation in the skin, hence why it halves downtime by 50%. Expect a smoother, more radiant complexion almost immediately. Other benefits include reduction of pigmentation, improved circulation and boosted elasticity. Treatments start from £495, with three sessions usually recommended.

Available At Ice Health Cryotherapy Spa

2.

Keyhole For Bunions 

Best For: Ridding Painful Bumps 

Historically, bunions have been notoriously tricky to treat. That is, until major advancements in the field allowed for a less invasive option. Requiring just a local anaesthetic, keyhole surgery can remove the bunion without the need for screws or plates. Another benefit? Unlike other bunion surgeries, you can get back on your feet immediately without the need for crutches. 

Available At The Private Clinic

3.

‘Non-Surgical’ Jobs

Best For: Minimal Reshaping 

Non-permanent and reversible, these new treatments rely just on hyaluronic acid. Injected in small amounts into key points of the face, it can recreate the same surgical outcomes from more invasive treatments. Whether it’s straightening bumps, lifting the tip of the nose or making certain areas of the face appear smaller, each treatment is personalised and tailored to you. With no need for a scalpel, general anaesthetic and the ability to change things if you’re unhappy, we can see why it's so appealing. Dubbed a ‘lunchtime’ procedure, it’s also relatively pain-free thanks to the use of tiny needles. What’s more, the hyaluronic acid is laced with anesthetic, so after any initial injections, the treatment area quickly becomes numb.

Available with Dr Richard Sibthorpe

4.

PRP Therapy 

Best For: Brighter, Smoother Eyes

Not for the faint hearted, this relatively new treatment reinjects your own blood to create brighter, smoother skin tissue. Essentially, it tricks your skin into thinking there’s been an injury, so your own platelets are forced to create tougher cells. Sound like too much? Results usually last for at least 12 months, so you don’t have to go through it time and again. 

Available at The Cadogan Clinic

5.

CoolSculpting 

Best For: Safe Fat Removal

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CoolSculpting is now considered the safest non-surgical treatment for fat removal. Non-invasive, it safely targets fat cells beneath the surface of the skin, gradually breaking down stubborn pockets of fat – ones that are usually the most resistant to dieting and exercising. Done with a gel pad and vacuum applicator, the treatment starts by ‘hugging’ the area to the cooling plate, which then safely delivers precisely-controlled cooling to gently and effectively target cells. Once the cycle is complete and the applicator removed, the practitioner will massage the skin to break up the fat-treated cells. It works on everything from the stomach to love handles, thighs and double chins, too. 

Available At Dr Rita Rakus

6.

Morpheous8 

Best For: Non-Surgical Facelift 

Ever considered a facelift, but been too worried about the pain and unpredictable results? This brand-new treatment merges the benefits of microneedling and radiofrequency heat energy to stimulate the production of new collagen for a smoother, firmer, tighter complexion. Using up to 24 small needles, all of which enter the skin to varying depths, it sounds scary, but pain is minimal – at most, you’ll feel a mild to moderate heat and slight stinging. Expect to see an improvement within a month, with results lasting for up to two years.

Available At Dr Tatiana Clinics

7.

Soprano Ice Lasers 

Best For: Pain-Free Hair Removal

Laser hair removal continues to evolve with newer techniques and better results. The latest is the ‘Soprano Ice’ where pain levels are practically non-existent. At most, you’ll feel a pleasant warmth. Secondly, you only need six sessions to see results, and after that, you’ll notice visibly slow regrowth with zero ingrown hairs. It can also be used on most skin and hair types, as well as finer, lighter hairs. A much subtler ‘tweakment’ than the rest on this list, but one that will provide serious satisfaction in the long-run. 

Available At Courthouse Clinics

Key Things To Know Before Considering ‘Tweakments’…

 

  1. Always check your treatment is being done by a professional, or a physician who specialises in the area or field.
  2. Never skip your research – that goes for both your practitioner, and the treatment itself. Take time to ensure it’s right for you and don’t be afraid to have multiple consultations with different experts for peace of mind. 
  3. If something seems too affordable, it probably is. Steer clear of any special ‘two for one’ deals, as these can be a sign something isn’t as specialised as it should be. 
  4. For more information and a list of GMC registered doctors and dermatologists, visit GMC-UK.org to help further your search

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