ooking for a refresh but fear invasive or expensive cosmetic procedures? The latest cosmetic procedures are taking a much more natural approach – and require little to no downtime.

Angela Brannen, medical spa owner and elite master cosmetic injector through Allergan, said today’s cosmetic procedures provide a rejuvenated look without looking fake or frozen. Here are some of the most popular facial and body cosmetic procedures from the past year:

Botox. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure can be done in as little as 10 minutes with no downtime. Full results are seen within two weeks. “Skin appears smooth and youthful,” Brannen said. “Botox can be used to help correct current aging lines or can be used to prevent lines from occurring.”

Dermal Fillers. Dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume. Immediate results are seen following the 15- to 30-minute procedure. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers provide volume, hydration, and youth to the area where they are placed. Minimal bruising is expected, and results are immediate.

“Microneedling is a wonderful procedure to help regenerate collagen and nutrients to your skin,”

Brannen said. “It’s a resurfacing tool to help with fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and uneven skin tone.” The skin will appear sunburned for one to two days. This can be used to correct current damage or as a regenerative tool to keep skin youthful.


EmSculpt. Didn’t start a workout routine over the pandemic? It doesn’t mean your ab goals can’t be met. EmSculpt is the equivalent of doing tens of thousands of crunches or squats – while torching fat – all on your lunch break. The treatment is administered through large electromagnetic paddles that force the muscles to contract rapidly in cycles. Using high intensity electromagnetic therapy, one can enlarge current muscles and grow new muscle fibers in as little as one session. EmSculpt is FDA-cleared to treat abdominals, buttocks, arms, calves and thighs. It provides a great non-surgical alternative to the popular “Brazilian butt lift” surgical procedure. There is no downtime and clients report a visible reduction in fat and increase in muscle.

Each of these cosmetic procedures can be done without downtime and with minimal restrictions or interruptions to your normal life. “These are a great way to refresh, feel confident and look your best without having to stop your life.” Brannen said.