4 Beauty Treatments We're Excited about in 2012

MakenzieR on 7 Jan 2012 at 10:00am

It’s one week into the new year, and we’ve seen a lot of press about the exciting beauty procedures/products to come in 2012.

Here are the 4 things we’re most excited about  --

1. Botox cream

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), “Studies are underway to determine whether or not the drug is effective for cosmetic use when applied topically.”  We heard of FDA testing back in 2010, too, so we’re hopeful this is the year something finally hits the market.
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2. LaViv

Laviv before and after photos

Approved by the FDA in 2011, word on the street is LaViv will make a huge splash in the world of injectibles.  It’s a wrinkle filler made from a patient’s own skin cells. Rumor has it there will be a new procedure page on RealSelf soon... looking forward to the first reviews!

3. At-home fat zappers

In-office CoolSculpting was a hot topic in 2011, but what if you could zap fat at home?
According to plastic surgeon Dr. Phil Haeck, “Speculation is high that this will be the year the FDA releases the first ‘Patient Applied’ external ultrasound for do it yourself at home fat reduction.”

He notes that it will only be sold by physicians (so you can’t get it at Walgreens), and, while effective, will only eliminate small amounts of fat. But IMO, assuming you can safely use it on yourself again and again, it’d be worth the investment.

Ideal Implant Hybrid4. Ideal Implant 

Dr. Aysel Sanderson recently told me about a new type of breast implant called the Ideal Implant.  It’s filled with saline, but has multiple chambers to mimic the feel and movement of silicone and prevent rippling. 

Truthfully, if approved, this implant won’t be available til 2013 at best. It’s currently in FDA trials, and those folks (thankfully) thoroughly scrutinize implants (hence why the US has been exempt from the PIP scandal).  But it sounds like an ideal (sorry!) option in the future, so I’ll be keeping close tabs on this one.

Honorable mention: Natural breast augmentation.

With the increasing demand for natural breast enhancement, Dr. Haeck says “more and more plastic surgeons will adapt the techniques needed to make [fat transfer] a permanent transplant.  Some may be successful in getting more than a 1 cup size increase.”

Any other cosmetic beauty things you’re excited for in 2012? 

Photo credits: earl53 on Morguefile; MyLaviv.com; Idealimplant.com

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@makenzie yeah, now that you mention, I think you are quite right! Im just hoping for an effortless fat reduction treatment like lumislim to really work, im so tired of diet and diet which not working at all!

I've done a lot of diets in my days and found that the best for me has always been Weight Watchers. Even when I'm off the program for years I still use my learnings to make smart decisions. Recently I also used a calorie counting app on my iPhone, and I lost 12 lbs in 2.5 months! With exercise too. It was amazing to me to see how many calories I was actually eating in a day, compared to what I should have been eating to lose weight.

Atkins was waaaay too hard for me to follow. 

is this any similar with cool lipo sculpting device like lumislim? lumislim.com.au what do you think @Makenzie?

I had not heard of LumiSlim until now. But I must say I'm skeptical of any product whose main marketing message is to providers who want to make more money, and not patients looking for an effective beauty solution.

From the front page of their website:

"If you are looking to add a new revenue stream to your health, fitness or beauty enterprise LumiSlim offers the most comprehensive and cost efficient solution."

Silk'n FaceFX is for skin rejuvenation yes. Silk'n Flash & Go is brand new and is a permanent hair removal device. Two products. Same company. Have you tried Silk'n FaceFX?
Yes, I have and I have to say I believe it is working. I have used it on my legs, bikini line and underarms and it doesn't hurt. I also read some good reviews on about.com. I think it is going to take some time to see significant permanent results, but it just seems like such a money saver in the end.

Wait, isn't the Silk'n Face for anti-aging and not hair removal? 

How about Silk'n FaceFX - an at home beauty device available at ShopNBC. http://www.shopnbc.com/Silk_N_FaceFX_Anti_Aging_Heat_Light_Therapy_Tool/V402367.aspx

I've never heard of that! Have you tried it?

Any new info about the home coolsculpting device? what is the name of the company doing this?

I totally want to try LaViv! Would love to post one of the first reviews! Please let us know when it's on the market.


You can start now Angie! Here's their list of board-certified doctors who offer it. 

If you start now, then by the time you finish the first treatment maybe we'll have a new section... :)

If you're excited about the Botox topical cream, how about the skin cream Fibrocell (maker of laviv) is coming out with early this year? The skin cream will be made using your own skin cells just like the laviv injectable!