A new year is upon us, and the beauty and wellness industry is booming. According to a skin report, Google searches for ‘aesthetic treatments’ have soared by 50 per cent in the past year as more and more people choose to invest in their skin’s health to look the best version of themselves.
This article is here to serve you as a guide to the treatments that I believe will be BIG this year. Think of it as your very own sneak peek into the next 12 months, so you can get ahead of the game and start planning.
Spoiler: 2022 will be a year of finesse and minimally invasive treatments, including non-surgical treatments with significant results and little downtime.
Skin quality first
Although Profhilo reigns queen of the injectable glow, there’s a new kid on the block – Nucelofill. It’s similar to Profhilo in that it helps to improve skin quality, but instead of inserting hyaluronic acid into the skin, Nucelofill is made up of a combination of proteins that, when injected, smooth fine lines, improve tissue quality and encourage your own cells to produce collagen and elastin – the key components of healthy, radiant skin. I love it as it’s versatile and can be used all over the face and neck, including rejuvenating the eye area.
Tweakments for collagen banking
Awareness of collagen regenerating treatments such as the Profhilo, Profound RF and Sofwave (my newest addition) is increasing, mainly amongst patients aged 30-50. This skin savvy audience has started to recognise the benefits of investing in their ‘collagen bank’ for better skin in the long term and are using these treatments as a preventative tool.
Non-surgical ‘tweakments’ to lead to way
Devices are continually evolving, and I believe that this year will be a big one for subtle non-surgical procedures that yield powerful results. Since the rise of ‘zoom face’, people are seeking subtle tweakments to lift and contour the lower face more than ever before. And as technology improves, so does consumer knowledge. In 2022, I believe that we will see a rise in people seeking the benefits tweakments for very natural, subtle results – from lifting the corners of the mouth with a drop of Botox to effectively tightening the jawline with RF microneedling or ultrasound technology.
A combination of treatments to amplify results
Why have one treatment when you can have two or three for optimum, long-lasting results? Combining injectables with radiofrequency, microneedling or medical-grade facials surpasses expectations and delivers more advanced results.
Whilst dermal fillers add structure and volume to the face, radiofrequency will help lift and contour areas such as the jowls, jawline and neck. Taking a mix-and-match approach, according to a patient’s particular concerns, means that practitioners don’t have to take the most invasive route. In 2022, I expect more men and women to opt for a combination of treatments to see faster, more effective results at a fraction of the downtime.
Dark circles are a common concern that many men and women will experience at some point in their lives, particularly with age. As we get older, the fat pads under the eyes shrink and move down the face, which creates a hollow and a shadow under the eye. If this is the cause of your dark circles, there previously haven’t been many other options except to have the area tweaked with a little bit of dermal filler to lift the skin and diminish the hollow whilst concealing any purple skin tone due to leaky blood vessels. That is, until now.
lightEyes Ultra gives us a new way to effectively combat for truly remarkable results. Proving popular at clinics around the UK, lightEyes Ultra is an innovative Mesotherapy cocktail containing hyaluronic acid, ruscus, amino acids, vitamin C and antioxidants, and it can combat everything from eye bags and dark circles to crepey skin, wrinkles and dehydration. In short: whatever your concern, it will help.
Definition over volume
Both men and women are becoming increasingly aware of the number of benefits dermal fillers can provide – the aim isn’t always to add volume. Lip fillers, in particular, are increasingly sought after for their defining benefits. Using a small amount of filler, we can accentuate the two peaks of your upper lip, or ‘Cupid’s Bow,’ and balance the top and bottom lips. This technique draws attention to the midsection of your lips and can give a more youthful, poutier appearance to your upper lip without making them bigger.
The rise of supplements
We should be focusing on as much on what we put into our bodies as looking at what we put onto the skin directly. I have always been a big believer in taking a holistic approach to skin health. People are much more aware of the links between gut health, hormone balance and wellbeing and the impact these have on skin health. As such, we’re seeing a growing trend for efficacy-backed beauty edibles and tandem products that work both internally and topically. Type 1 marine collagen supplements are also becoming a skin health essential. I recommend ZENii Skin Fusion to my patients, which supports your skin by providing the building blocks it needs to repair and restore connective tissue.