For many people considering plastic surgery, going under the knife isn’t the first choice for addressing aesthetic concerns. It is crucial that you conduct thorough research and ask important questions to figure out what options make the most sense for you. In this blog post, we look at the top non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedures that may help you alleviate your cosmetic issues.
Why non-invasive cosmetic procedures
Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are treatments that really don’t require anesthesia or surgery. Plastic surgeons typically use techniques such as dermal fillers, laser treatments, injectables, and chemical peels to address aesthetic issues. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were nearly 6 times as many non-invasive procedures completed in 2020 as invasive procedures. One of the best things about minimally invasive plastic surgery treatments is that they are less expensive and result in faster recovery.
People use a whole lot of techniques to achieve lip augmentation/enlargement. These range from plumping serums to lip liners and even suction methods. While these techniques last only a few hours, plastic surgeons can use non-invasive techniques to achieve more permanent results. This treatment is often used as an alternative to lip implants and may help alleviate issues such as thin or asymmetrical lips. Lip injections are completed using dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid-based fillers that are safe and approved by the FDA. A topical numbing agent is typically applied around the lips to provide a painless experience before the injection.
Loose and sagging skin in the neck region is often a common sign of aging. This may ultimately create the appearance of jowls or a double chin. A neck lift is a traditional procedure that is normally used to address this concern. Unfortunately, it is an invasive procedure with a long recovery period and the risk of complications such as infection, and bleeding. In the recent past, plastic surgeons have been using laser neck lift to achieve similar benefits but without the benefits of surgery. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure uses light at different wavelengths to smoothen and tighten the skin around the neck area (by stimulating collagen production). Laser treatments tend to be totally non-invasive, require no recovery period, and result in long-lasting outcomes. They are an excellent alternative to addressing imperfections such as jowls, premature aging, and other imperfections.
BOTOX is a unique drug that works by weakening or paralyzing facial muscles. It is injected under the skin in small doses to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and alleviate some medical conditions. BOTOX has been approved for use in plastic surgery for over 15 years. Common facial areas that are targeted for treatment with BOTOX include furrows on the brow, crow’s feet, and the top of the nose. Keep in mind that a single BOTOX treatment will provide relief for up to 6 months. After that, subsequent treatments are needed to maintain the result.
Stubborn weight and cellulite are a common problem for many. Because there are hardly any workouts that can be used to enhance the skin, many people turn to plastic surgery to address these issues. Liposuction is a common invasive procedure that is designed to remove excess fat from virtually any part of the body. Despite the benefits of this procedure, liposuction is an involving procedure that requires a long recovery period while also exposing patients to surgical risks. CoolSculpting is a much safer alternative to liposuction that is designed for people who are looking to remove stubborn pockets of fat. This treatment is approved by the FDA for use in different parts of the body. This method uses controlled cooling to target, freeze, and crystallize fat cells without impacting the overlying skin. These fat cells are then slowly absorbed by the body and eliminated through the kidneys and urine. Ultimate, over the weeks and months following CoolSculpting treatment, patients can lose between 20 and 25% of fat within the treated areas.
Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are an effective (and safe) alternative to traditional cosmetic surgery. At Ruston Sanchez plastic surgery, we offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments that are suited to the needs of different patients. Our skilled team goes out of their way to help you select the right procedure and ensure a successful procedure outcome.