How Have Cosmetic Trends in 2018 Panned Out?

How Have Cosmetic Trends In 2018 Panned Out?

Are you always looking for the latest beauty trend? Maybe you have been keeping your eyes open for innovative new procedures that can melt away your fine lines and enhance your natural beauty? Every year new treatments are released, and some of them can change the way people combat issues like ageing, hooded eyes, sagging skin and many other common conditions. With celebrities embracing the power of nonsurgical treatments and social media educating more people about their potential, it can be hard to keep track of which treatments use the latest technology and which are the best for you.
We created this list of our five most popular 2018 treatments, read on to learn the benefits, results and recovery.

Thread Lift

Do you want a facelift without the invasive surgery? So do many other men and women and this year they’ve all been turning to the Platinum Thread Lift. It’s a dual-lift with a collagen regenerating effect that enhances the facial contours, lifts sagging skin and shapes the face and neck. The treatment uses specialised surgical threads made from a naturally occurring substance used in medicine for over 25 years. They are then used to physically lift the sagging skin, giving you a tighter and more youthful appearance.
The procedure is minimally invasive and involves the implantation of absorbable natural threads into the subcutaneous layers of the skin using fine needles. The threads will then gradually attach themselves to the tissue and stimulate collagen production. This tightens and shapes the face, creating a more natural de-ageing effect. The treatment can be personalised to suit your needs, targeting sagging cheeks, jowls, eyebrows as well as double chins.
Thread lifts have grown in popularity especially for men and women between the ages of 30 to 70+. No matter how excessive the sagging is, the results can be impressive. They are also very popular with our younger clients as they can remove the early signs of ageing and help to pause the ageing process. Also, the results are usually better and longer lasting than wrinkle relaxing treatment and fillers, typically they last between 18 months and 3 years. You can even extend the results by having additional threads inserted, which your clinician will advise you about when required.
A further reason why this treatment has been so significant in 2018 is the minimal side effects and healing time. Some clients experience mild swelling and bruising, but this usually settles very quickly. So, most people can return to their daily activities right after their treatment with no downtime at all which is extremely important to many.


Plasma Soft Surgery, also known as Plexr, is nicknamed the ‘miracle lunchtime eye-lift’ and has been taking the UK by storm this past year. Women old and young complain about hooded, baggy and sagging eyes, which can be a genetic trait as well as an ageing problem. Surgery used to be the only way to tackle this issue, but that involves going under a general anaesthetic and a doctor using a scalpel to cut away the fat and skin from around the eye. It is also a very expensive procedure and this combined with its invasive nature and the risks involved, a lot of people desperately looked for an alternative option. Plexr is a brand new treatment that can be used to achieve similar results, without the expensive price tag, recovery time and risks.
Plexr is the non-surgical solution that people have been waiting for. It can remove hooded eyes, eye bags and even dramatically improve upper and lower lip lines using the fourth state of matter: Plasma. A hand-held tool is used to ionise gases in the air to create a small electrical arc. This can be used to treat dermal and epidermal areas, without spreading unwanted heat to the surrounding areas. Treatments consist of multiple shots spaced closely together at the required area, which could be the eye area, lips or neck. The procedure can also be used for face lifting as well as blemish removal and scar correction.
Results are seen instantly, though the full effect of the treatment is seen 3 weeks after the procedure. Even better, the results are permanent, and although you will still age naturally, the results won’t reverse. Conventional blepharoplasty usually takes months to heal whereas Plexr only takes a few days.
The whole procedure lasts between 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area, and most people can resume normal activities immediately. Swelling starts typically on the second day before subsiding by the fifth day. Scabs also may begin to form, which is normal, so you are advised to avoid touching or peeling them. The aftercare is very simple and straightforward and considerably less than the surgical alternatives.


Another cosmetic trend that has taken over 2018 is the SkinPen procedure. Also known as Precision Lift, it is endorsed by the world’s leading plastic surgeons, dermatologists and medical professionals as an effective skin treatment. It used a medical grade micro-needling device to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. It encourages the skin’s self-repair process by creating thousands of precise micro-injuries in the dermis which automatically triggers new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue to form.
The procedure can be carried out on a variety of areas including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. This is due to the variable depth of the Precision Lift, and it’s cordless design. It is a versatile treatment that creates amazing results without being invasive through surgery and scalpels.
The whole procedure takes around 30 minutes depending on the size of the target area, as well as the severity of the skin damage. However, there is little to no downtime for the patient, making it a desirable alternative to surgery.
After the treatment, it takes approximately 48 to 72 hours for collagen production to start. This means it takes at least four weeks to see noticeable results; however, the results will last for several years. The popularity of this treatment is also attributed to the fact that it relies on the body’s natural healing processes to help improve the skin. All the procedure does is encourage your body to heal itself through micro-needling, rather than using surgery to change the body permanently.

HIFU Treatments

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, and it is a breakthrough technology that has seen a fast-growing following in 2018. As a non-invasive treatment like the other cosmetic treatments in our list, it is a popular choice for those wanting to avoid surgery. You can achieve younger and healthier looking skin and reduce the signs of ageing as the ultrasound renews the skin’s collagen and smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines.
The procedure works by delivering the high intensity focused ultrasound to the deepest layers of the skin, reaching the subdermal levels. This causes injury to the underlying tissue, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The body accelerates the skin’s collagen production, beginning the process of anti-ageing. This means the process works from the ‘inside out’, with results gradually building over 2 to 3 months. As the body is producing fresh collagen for up to six months, wrinkles are dramatically reduced, skin is tightened, and the overall texture is improved. Our clients leave the clinic with no downtime needed, and they only need the patience to wait to see their peak results.
During this procedure, most patients feel no pain, although there may be a slight discomfort. This is due to the warmth from the ultrasound; however, this is usually brief and tends to depend on the skin sensitivity of the client. This treatment is completely safe and ultrasound technology is used for a wide variety of medical purposes as well as cosmetic.
This procedure has been especially popular with those over the age of 30, as the aim is to tighten, lift and restore youth. Many men and women notice areas sagging and ageing and want to halt the process before it goes any further. This makes HIFU perfect for them, targeting mid-face lifting, brow, jowl and neck lifting as well as the decolletage. It is also a very effective treatment for the body, and on average our clients see a 1-inch waistline reduction from just one session!

Skin/Chemical Peels

Skin peels are a non-invasive alternative for softer and smoother skin. While this alone has made the procedure soar in popularity in 2018, it is also the Skin Peels ‘quick-fix’ nature that has many celebrities lining up for this treatment. Many people leave the clinic seeing amazing results after just one peel, although a course of 3-6 is recommended depending on skin type and condition to gain optimal results.
There are many different Skin Peels, but all work by removing dead skin cells and encouraging cellular renewal as well as collagen production. You might be wondering if standard face masks could have the same effect, but the products available to buy in stores often only reach the top layer of skin. This means your skin appears smoother and softer, but it doesn’t last. With a Skin Peel, you are permanently removing the top layer of the skin to reveal a smoother layer underneath.
It’s not as dangerous as it sounds and is entirely safe when applied by professionals. Although some people may experience redness, peeling skin and itchiness as common side effects, these subside as the skin heals revealing a softer and more youthful appearance.
The fears and risks associated with surgery shouldn’t stop you from seeking the cosmetic results you desire. With so many fantastic and flexible treatments available there is no wonder that they have been growing in popularity this year. With a wide range of treatments, it should be easy to find something that suits your needs. If you are interested in any of the above procedures or want to see what else we have to offer, contact Aesthetics of Liverpool today for a consultation with a member of our experienced team who can help you achieve your dream look.

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