Let’s be honest — as much as we want to embrace our natural beauty, we still can’t help but wish that our flaws would diminish, and our assets would be enhanced. But getting aesthetic procedures, whether nonsurgical or surgical, can be intimidating. Society tends to stigmatize people who had jobs done on their faces and bodies, after all. Despite the campaign for the end of the shaming culture, some people just don’t seem to learn their lesson.
But if it’s your own body we’re talking about, shouldn’t you be the one making decisions about it? The stigma around aesthetic procedures may not go away soon, but that shouldn’t stop you from feeling the most beautiful. Plus, enhancing your beauty in any way isn’t meant to please anybody but yourself.
However, don’t impulsively decide on a procedure you want to be done. Do your research first, and confirm with a licensed aesthetician or cosmetic surgeon if you’re a good candidate for a certain procedure. And while you’re at it, consider these procedures that are worth the splurge:
1. Dermal fillers
If fine lines are your main problem, dermal fillers may solve that for you. Fine lines and other signs of aging skin are due to volume loss. As you age, your facial tissues thin out, especially around your nose, mouth, and cheeks. That’s how you get the hollow look or sunken cheeks.
Dermal fillers will replenish the lost volume in your face. Hyaluronic acid is the most common filler used since it’s a naturally-occurring substance in your skin. The fillers’ effect is temporary, though; it’ll last for six to twelve months, and your body will absorb the particles.
2. Lip Injections
Lip injections are probably the most “obvious” and common cosmetic procedure you see done. Thanks to Kylie Jenner and social media influencers, the perfect pout became highly coveted. But if you don’t want a very pronounced pout, lip injections will still serve you well. It’ll just give you a subtle, more natural-looking plump instead.
The fillers used for lip injections are also hyaluronic acid, or other substances similar to it. The effects last for six to twelve months as well.
3. Laser Hair Removal
To make yourself always bikini-ready, ditch the razor or the wax, and go for a full-body laser hair removal instead. The laser removes your unwanted body hair permanently without leaving chicken skin.
You might’ve also heard some supposed benefits of hair removal, such as having healthier skin. But in reality, the perks of hair removal are purely aesthetic and psychological, which aren’t bad things. Having smoother and cleaner skin boosts your confidence. It also makes more clothes look flattering on you. Not to mention touching your skin will be more fun, because it’s as silky as a baby’s.
If lip injections aren’t enough to fix your smile, maybe you also need veneers. Veneers are dental implants that cover the front surface of your teeth to make them look whiter and healthier. They also fix misaligned, uneven, or crooked teeth, and fill in awkward gaps.
Veneers will also shave 10 to 15 years off your face, so consider them if aging has discolored your pearls. If the procedure is way beyond your budget, professional teeth whitening is a good alternative.
5. Nonsurgical Nose Job
If you only want subtle changes in your nose, a nonsurgical nose job will serve you well. It’s also a type of dermal filler that adds volume to the tip or the bridge of your nose. It also smooths out sharp angles, making you look younger, and your nose more symmetrical. Plus, it has no downtime at all, so you can have them injected in the daytime, and attend a party at night.
1. Breast Reduction
Though large breasts are typically favored, they’re actually uncomfortable for many women. It strains their backs, not to mention draw too much unwanted attention. If you have the same problem, a breast reduction surgery will fix that, and even decrease your risk for breast cancer. Males can also have this procedure done.
2. Breast Reconstruction
This procedure can also shrink your breasts, plus lift them so that they’ll appear more pronounced beneath your clothes.
3. Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck tightens the skin on your abdomen, which may have sagged due to childbirth or losing a great deal of weight. The fat is also removed, so getting it done will allow you to pull off crop tops and bodycon dresses confidently.
Most consumers who had these procedures done were satisfied with the results and would recommend them. So while you should love your natural beauty, you should also feel free to enhance or change some features that don’t give you joy. With a body that makes you feel at your best, you’d also give your best in everything, be it work, friendships, and a romantic relationship.