What would we do without the medical innovations of today? Before the ever-popular medical spa treatments, people did some pretty outrageous stuff to improve their appearance. Today, there is an array of nonsurgical options that don’t require you to participate in extremely painful or gross rituals.
In order to get an idea of just how far nonsurgical med spa treatments have come, let’s take a look at some of the wildest cosmetic beautification techniques.
Since the ancient Egyptian era, people have been trying to rid their bodies of unwanted hair. Body hair was considered a sign of being uncivilized or of a lower social class.
Methods of hair removal included:
- sharp flint rock or pumice stone to scrape and rub off body hair.
- Plucking with rudimentary tools.
- A depilatory paste with arsenic and quicklime to remove hair.
- Even lower social classes tried a mix of vinegar and cat poop to try and get rid of hair.
Fortunately, laser hair removal became available in the mid-1990s and has been a game-changer in hair removal ever since.
The first recorded injection for cosmetic purposes was in the 1890s, when a doctor attempted to transfer fat cells into a hollow area of a patient’s face. While the idea of this technique was promising, the not-yet-perfected the procedure was unsuccessful as most of the transferred fat was reabsorbed into the tissue.
Silicone injections came along in the 1940s and were somewhat effective but eventually resulted in unsightly granulomas.
It wasn’t until 1981, when the first injectable was FDA approved for use as a collagen filler. Today, there a variety of injectables like BOTOX®, KYBELLA® and JUVÉDERM® that can:
- Restore volume
- Fill and smooth lines and wrinkles
- Plump up lips and cheeks
- Enhance facial contours
Med spa treatments offer improvements to your skin, body and face with less risk and minimal downtime.
Laser skin treatments
In 1960, the invention of the laser kick-started the pursuit of using laser technology for cosmetic applications. Early lasers provided more precision to treat skin issues, but often resulted in damage to the surrounding tissue and sometimes causing even more wrinkles.
It wasn’t until the fractional CO2 laser was introduced in 2004, that people were able to achieve better results and less downtime. Today’s lasers are capable of removing tattoos and hair as well as skin resurfacing the skin to improve texture and tone.
Fortunately, we live in a time where achieving a more natural, youthful appearance doesn’t have to be so risky or disgusting.