Nobody likes to hear this, but a fraction of a second is what it takes to make a first impression. But, what is the best way to look good? Hairstyles, clothing, makeup and not to mention a friendly smile can make the real big difference. However, for many people who want an extra edge, minimally invasive beauty procedures might seem like a solution.

Now, The big question is which procedures really work? How safe are they and are they really worth the money? From botox to fillers and lasers there are so many choices out there that it can be challenging to tell what’s hype and what’s helpful. In this article learn about the top non-surgical beauty procedures and know if they are right for you.

1. Vampire Facial

You have probably viewed photos of it in Instagram – A celebrity’s face covered with blood spatter. No, it’s not Halloween makeover, it’s actually one of the latest treatments in skin care known as vampire facial. It is a facial that uses your own blood by the application of Platelet Rich Plasma on your skin.

Sound’s good? As with any cosmetic procedure, there are several risks associated with this treatment. Firstly if you are suffering with a history of blood diseases you should not seek this treatment. Other risks include bruising at the time of venipuncture when they draw blood and bruising due to injection or microneedling. Also, at time multiple sittings may be required for optimal results.

2. Botox

Most favourite treatment of celebrities, the Botulinum Toxin injections can help relax facial muscles and reduce wrinkle or lines in the face. You can temporarily have a facial appearance boost without the need for surgery.

As implied by its name you are actually injecting toxins into your face, so you can imagine the damage or risk it can cause. Risks of this treatment include flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours after treatment, bruising at the injection site, temporary weakness and droopiness of facial features.

Moreover, this treatment involves multiple sittings and your body can develop resistance due to its frequency. In addition to this, the risks depend on the area where botox is injected. For example if it’s injected too close to the eyes, at rare times it can lead to a blurry vision.

This is just the short-term risks of botox, the long-term effects are far-reaching. The muscles in your face tend to get weaker and it can infiltrate into your nervous system since it is a neurotoxin.

3. Laser Hair Removal

If you are a victim of excessive hair growth, especially for women, laser hair removal team can be beneficial. It employs intense pulsed light to heat and destroy hair follicles in the skin. Multiple sittings might be required and it also comes with minor risks.

There are some limitations to this treatment as it may not be permanent and there is no guarantee that it will clear all the hair. Also, it tends to be more effective on pale skin with dark hair as opposed to darker skin tones. So, it’s important to discuss with a qualified practitioner to know about its effectiveness and potential risks.

4. Chemical Peels

Want to even out your skin tone and reduce dark spots or blemishes in your face? Chemical Peels are liquids that are brushed onto the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.

As chemicals are rubbed in your face, the risks are also greater. Why not try a natural scrub to remove dead cells? The effects may not be instantaneous as chemical peels but there will be no side-effects. With chemical peels, there are risks that include permanent skin lightening or darkening, cold sores and scarring or infection.

5. Dermal Fillers

An alternative to botox, dermal fillers are touted to be relatively safer to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin. The fillers used in this treatment are chemicals like collagen, hyaluronic acid and more, depending on the effect you desire.

The risk of using such fillers depend on the type of chemical that is being used. However general risks constitute of rashes, swelling, itching or bruising, infection, the filler being moved away from the intended area of treatment.

Weight the Pros and Cons of Procedures

Even though modern medicine vouches on non-invasive cosmetic procedures to give you an instant face lift, there is always an element of risk involved.  The reason for this is pretty obvious, it’s because of the usage of artificial chemical compounds or energy. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to talk to the physician and discuss its side-effects thoroughly so that you will be aware of what to expect.

Go For Risk-Free Natural Cosmetic Alternatives

If you want a risk-free alternative that has no side effects stick with natural treatments. Ayurveda offers several massages, herbal formulations and skincare products according to your body constitution.

It is important to nurture your beauty inwardly than outwardly. Natural ways also stress on providing the right nourishment to the skin by eating variety of nutrients, quality sleep routine and reduced stress.

Beauty does not come in a potion, magic pill or some injections. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and all you need is a natural and holistic skincare regimen.  

For more on Ayurvedic treatments read at  Treating lesions and skin tags, dark circles, wrinkles