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Not just needles: alternative approaches to skin rejuvenation

02 March 2019
Volume 8 · Issue 2


Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin A are among the most popular skin rejuvenation treatments worldwide, and it is therefore understandable that many aesthetic practitioners choose to focus their attention on providing these treatments. However, there are several other options when it comes to rejuvenating the skin that are sometimes overlooked. In this article, Olivia Kunde explores some of these alternative approaches to skin rejuvenation, and explains why these treatments are an asset to an aesthetic practitioner's armamentarium

Medical aesthetic practitioners have historically shied away from procedures other than injectables, preferring to focus on toxin and dermal filler procedures to give their patients the results they are looking for. There are several reasons for this: some practitioners feel that they wish to stand out by offering only medical procedures, which most agree injectables are (or should be—but let us not digress), others prefer the high profit margins that can be achieved with injectables, and some simply lack confidence in treatments that may not have fast, tangible results. But are practitioners doing themselves a disservice by limiting their treatment portfolio to injectables only?

In the increasingly competitive market that is aesthetics, it is important for practitioners to have their own unique selling point to stand out from the crowd and draw patients in. One way for a practitioner to do this is to diversify their treatment portfolio in order to offer their patients a holistic approach to their treatment. Non-injectable treatments, such as chemical peels, microneedling and skin care, offer a way for practitioners to do exactly this.

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