Innovative, minimally invasive treatments are taking over Hollywood with a “less is more” approach to beauty where more natural-looking results currently reign over the overdone look.

“People aren’t looking for the quick-fix look; they are looking for slow, progressive maintenance,” says Dr. Harold Lancer of Beverly Hills’ Lancer Dermatology (whose clientele for his overall practice has included Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian West). “It’s like slowly baking the souffle as opposed to just putting it in the microwave. A couple of years ago, the over-toxed, over-plumped, Madonna cheek look was in. None of that is popular now. What is popular are subtle, under-the-radar almost imperceptible, mini-mini-mini procedures.”

So what are the most popular minimally and non-invasive treatments celebrities are flocking to right now to look their best? We rounded up the top three most sought-after procedures by the stars because we know they aren’t the only ones who want to look and feel their best.

PlasmaSculpt® Facial Rejuvenation

The latest treatment for volumizing is PlasmaSculpt® Facial Rejuvenation where mixtures of volumizing agents are mixed with the clients’ blood plasma and then injected into the face, neck, arms, butt, and thighs to improve skin texture, and pore size to reduce fine lines. PlasmaSculpt® was developed by pioneering, minimally invasive physician Dr. Anil Rajani MD to answer the unmet needs of patients who want to look younger and more rested while avoiding an “augmented look”. The primary principle behind this new procedure is that it harnesses the power of your own collagen supply and natural healing capabilities to create a new, improved, and naturally youthful-looking skin.

Thread Lifts

While threads have been available since the 90s, they have made a big comeback with a fourth-generation iteration that offers more efficient, soluble, barbed sutures that are sewn in under the skin in order to raise fat pads and restore a youthful, voluminous look. Made of polydioxanone (PDO), the threads are absorbed by the body over a few months and results can last for up to two years. Eva Mendes shared a photo on Instagram in late 2020 with pink needles in her neck while getting a thread lift at Beauty Villa Vergara, the Beverly Hills clinic-spa-salon opened by Dr. Mariana Vergara, cousin of Sofia Vergara. “The beauty of PDO threads is you can start doing them at an early age to stimulate collagen production,” says Vergara.

Miami-based Dr. Mariano Busso, who has specialized in thread lifts on the face and body for nearly 20 years helped to develop PDO threads. To deliver a more pronounced lift, Busso’s body threads have 70 hooks, while others average about 50 per thread. The Bussolyft technique uses threads to lift cheeks, jowls, necks, even abs, knees, and underarms. He notes that men tend to age more in the neck, but, since it’s hard to hide scars, the technique has become a welcome option to surgery. “We try to stay away from fillers, what we call the F word, as we don’t want to change people too much into what they are not,” Busso says of the process. “Threads reposition fat pads on the face to their original location. It’s a concept that’s enticing to most people because we are also using your own fat to create volume.”

Radio Frequency Devices

Radiofrequency energy devices continue to be very popular amongst celebrities—especially as the technology keeps evolving. Devices like Morpheus 8 and Forma machines tighten skin, while Emsculpt Neo and Evolve by InMode stimulate muscle contractions to tone bodies.

Britney Spears posted a video on Instagram where she showed herself receiving Forma on her arms and Emsculpt on her abs by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery‘s Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Chiu refers to the “Forma facelift,” citing its “powerful ability to tighten and lift skin” and also uses it to target the neck, “under-butt,” knees, backs of hands, stomach, and décolletage. Chiu points to the new body attachment by Morpheus8 that allows for deeper penetration in the skin that helps to reduce cellulite, decrease fat, and treat stretch marks and scars, while also tightening and rejuvenating the skin. Chiu also combines platelet-rich plasma from his patients’ own blood to further rejuvenate the skin. “Some have likened the improvements to a mini-facelift, but it will actually treat and improve certain types of laxity and signs of aging that a facelift cannot, especially around the mouth and nasolabial folds,” explains Chiu.

Emsculpt Neo has rapidly become one of the most in-demand treatments for A-list clients who want to take their physiques to the next level without exercise. Emsculpt couples radio frequency and HIFEM+ (high-intensity electromagnetic field energy) technology to eliminate fat while simultaneously building muscle. This revolutionary device can be utilized to sculpt the abdomen, buttocks, and arms. While the treatment requires no downtime it can take up to four treatments to see results including tightened skin, reductions in subcutaneous fat, and a more toned physique. On average people see approximately 30 percent fat in reduction and a 25 percent increase in muscle.

The Takeaway

Everyone wants to look good, celebrities included. But expensive, invasive surgeries are no longer the only path to getting visible results. With a variety of minimally invasive technologies in the marketplace (and many more coming down the pike) that rejuvenate the skin and body, all you have to do is find a local skilled skincare expert who performs the services you need so that you can look and feel your best.