December 16, 2020

How Beauty Procedures Have Changed with Technology

Technology and beauty have always had a relationship. From the time of the ancient Egyptians, stretching to the present day, humans have used advances in technological prowess to influence the way we look.

These days, the beauty industry is a modern integrated industry using unique technologies. Advanced chemical engineering practices create anti-aging serums fit for a Shakespearian witch. Cosmetic surgeons use lasers and micro-surgery techniques to alter the way we look. Snapchat and Instagram filters change the way we look without actually changing our bodies.

Looking into the future, beauty in a post-COVID-19 world may incorporate augmented reality to allow customers to try on makeup without touching examples. 
Here are some of the ways that technology is continuing to change the way that we view and appreciate aesthetical beauty.

Camera Filters
Today pictures and videos are is quite often being taken and viewed through the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Camera filters, like those found on Snapchat and Instagram, are a form of augmented reality that is having a huge influence on the beauty industry, and the way we perceive ourselves. 

Beauty has often been about how we alter our perception of self. Camera filters allow for an instant increase of control over this. Younger people, in particular, use their cameras to play around with beauty standards. While this is a revolution in standards of beauty today, the manipulation of photographs to show the ‘ideal’ view of beauty has been around for decades.

FUE Hair Transplants
Hair transplants used to be rather ugly. Originally conceived in Japan to help burn victims, they often left patients with scar tissue and tufts of hairlike plugs. 

More recently, FUE hair transplants have completely changed the game. FUE procedures involve using tiny tools – less than 1mm wide- to individually remove and transplant hairs from one section of the head to another. Many surgical companies have started to offer these procedures, including

Recently, there has been a rising trade in people going to cheap hair transplants abroad. This should be avoided. There have been some pretty botched hairlines returning to the country after such procedures.

Non-caking greasepaint changed the make up industry forever. The advent of cinema brought on this innovative chemical development. Early movie stars needed to look good under the lights, but theatrical make up did not suit the way early film footage looked. Max Factor, a company that provided wigs to actors in its early days, released the first non-caking greasepaint, which eventually led to the development of modern foundations. 

Rhinoplasty – more commonly known as a ‘nose job’ – has a long and storied history. The first Rhinoplasty surgery was conducted in the 6th Century. It was rather crude, however. You can thank syphilis for the improvement of rhinoplasty. During the 16th Century, a huge outbreak of syphilis swept Europe. Syphilis eats away at the nose, and surgeons developed the first truly efficient nose jobs to fix up victims of the disease. 

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