Got a beauty gripe? These days, there's a treatment for just about every issue. Below, we've rounded up the top four new-age fixes.
1/ Hooded eyes
The tech: Thermage
What it does: Using radiofrequency energy, this non-invasive treatment tightens skin on the neck, jawline and body. It's particularly good at solving hooded eyes (sans surgery). "Thermage is clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour," says Katherine Millar-Shannon, cosmetic nurse practitioner at Duquessa Clinic.
The results: You might wait one to six months for results to kick in, but pain is minimal and our 'awake' eyes in the morning are impressive.
The cost: $1500-$2000.
Find it: thermage.net.au
The tech: Clear + Brilliant
What it does: Loved by celebs, this 'baby' laser is ideal for boosting skin tone and texture with no downtime. "It refreshes skin from the inside out," says Sylvia Down, practice manager at Skin Renu clinic. "Laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in the skin, replacing damaged tissue with healthy tissue."
The results: This lunchtime laser leaves skin smoother, brighter and less pigmented. Book in for three sessions for clearer skin long term.
The cost: $200-300
Find it: clearandbrilliant.com.au
3/ Double chin
The tech: Chin sculpting
What it does: This non-surgical treatment slims the jawline with a series of TGA-approved fat-dissolving injections. With the help of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring bodily acid, fat cells are broken down and eliminated by the body. "The treatment continues to work over the coming months," explains Laser Clinics Australia's cosmetic doctor, Jonathan Hopkirk.
The results: A few treatments are needed, four to six weeks apart, but the effect lasts years.
The cost: $1190 per session.
Find it: laserclinics.com.au
4/ Pigmentation and age spots
The tech: Fraxel laser
What it does: A deeper, more targeted laser, Fraxel is great for addressing more entrenched skin issues, such as wrinkles, sagging, sun damage, pigmentation, scarring and age spots, by stimulating collagen production and rejuvenating skin cells.
The results: Be prepared for discomfort and a week's downtime, but as your skin's natural rejuvenation process kicks in, the results are impressive. The treatment is highly targeted so you can focus on specific concerns.
The cost: $1200-$1500
Find it: fraxel.com.au