A lot of people are admittedly self-conscious about their appearance, as no one is perfectly satisfied with every single one of their features. Everyone can probably pick out something about themselves that they wish was different, which is why people are willing to spend money on cosmetic products and procedures.
However, many of these cosmetic procedures can be very expensive. The good news is that not all cosmetic procedures are ridiculously expensive, and some are even beneficial to your health. Here are four of the most inexpensive cosmetic procedures that can help boost your confidence.
#1: Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injections that go into the lips or other parts of the face to make them/it appear plumper. The price can range anywhere from $650 to $880— which is the most expensive procedure on this list. However, many people may be wary of dermal fillers because a foreign substance is being injected into the face. Fortunately, most dermal fillers are either made from collagen or hyaluronic acid.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and collagen injections are either from human collagen (the most expensive) or pig collagen. Keep in mind that collagen supplements are usually bovine (cow) collagen or marine collagen, so using animal collagen is common practice.
#2: Laser Hair Removal
Sometimes shaving and waxing isn’t enough to remove unwanted hair on the upper lip, chin, chest, back, armpits, arms, legs, etc. Laser hair removal goes beneath the skin and actually damages the hair follicles to disrupt the growth system— so it must be performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
The average cost of laser hair removal is around $300, but you must understand that there are risks associated with this type of cosmetic procedure— as there are with any type of cosmetic procedure. Also understand that laser hair removal may not be recommended for everyone, as shaving or waxing may be a better (and more inexpensive) option for some people.
Microdermabrasion is a much milder form of a dermabrasion procedure. Dermabrasion involves the “sanding” of the skin with a high-speed, rotary abrasive instrument. The procedure can last from half an hour to a full hour to remove imperfections on the skin. It can also cause some minor bleeding, in which some patients may have to be bandaged afterward.
Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, isn’t as harsh as dermabrasion. This process gently “sands” the skin to remove acne scars, dark spots, and fine lines. Microdermabrasion is also much more affordable than full dermabrasion, costing around $140. Also, keep in mind that with any facial treatment it’s also very important to have a consistent skincare regimen.
#4: Veneers and Other Fake Teeth
In addition to skin, your smile and teeth may also be something that you’re self-conscious about. Braces and invisible aligners can’t fix all problems, including missing, chipped, and broken teeth, so this is where getting fake teeth could be an option. Some of the most common types of fake teeth people get are:
- Dentures (partial and complete)
Unfortunately, all of these options can be very expensive— especially the veneers, which can cost $1000 per tooth. Fortunately, there are many options for temporary teeth that are available. Going with temporary teeth covers (of any kind) is a much more affordable option than permanent options. Temporary teeth covers can also give you an idea of what permanent option you may want to choose in the future before committing to a decision that may not be able to be altered later.
Whatever cosmetic procedure you choose to get, it still doesn’t replace living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of yourself. For example, you still need to brush and floss at least twice a day if you get permanent fake teeth, and definitely if you get temporary fake teeth. The same goes for your skin— it’s important to have a healthy and consistent skincare regimen to help support healthy and glowing skin. On top of this, eating a healthy and balanced diet full of a variety of fruits is a good habit for both your teeth and your skin.
The final thing to know about cosmetic procedures— of any kind— is that you must always do your research and visit a professional. You’ll always want to visit a highly qualified dentist, dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or any other type of professional who is licensed to do the procedure(s) you’re wanting.