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Non surgical treatments are cosmetic procedures performed by an appropriately trained medical practitioner to enhance the aesthetic appearance of an individual. Some of the most commonly carried out non surgical treatments include injections of botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells, and non-surgical laser and intense light treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal. Non surgical treatments can also be used to correct problems such as excessive sweating, or to remove the appearance of spider veins on your body.

To learn more about non-invasive treatments in general, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. If you’d like more detailed information about specific procedures, read on

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In the search for younger looking skin, non-invasive cosmetic treatments are a popular alternative to surgical procedures. Most of these treatments are designed to restore a more youthful appearance to your face – and sometimes hands and neck – on an outpatient basis, often in the doctor's office. Commonly referred to as "lunch hour" face lifts, they include botulinum toxin treatments to improve the look of frown lines, dermal fillers to plump out wrinkles and laser skin resurfacing to smooth away bumps, age spots and scars.

Non-invasive treatments are relatively affordable and very accessible, with short healing times and almost immediate results. However, they are not without risks. There's the possibility of an allergic reaction to topical anesthetics or injectable fillers. Although unlikely, skin peels and microdermabrasion can result in scarring or uneven skin colour. While considered less risky than cosmetic surgery, it’s always best to assess your personal risks and benefits with your dermatologist.

If you're considering a procedure, find out what it involves, what the risks and side effects are, and who you should contact if you have any issues afterwards. You should also make sure that the person offering the treatment is adequately trained and experienced to enable them to deliver the treatment competently and safely. To learn more about non-invasive treatments, go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

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What are non-invasive cosmetic treatments?

Non-invasive cosmetic treatments are non-surgical procedures performed by an appropriately trained medical practitioner to enhance the aesthetic appearance of an individual. Some of the most commonly carried out non-surgical treatments include injections of botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells, and non-surgical laser and intense light treatments such as laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal.

Who is an appropriate candidate for non-invasive cosmetic treatments?

Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures – whether surgical or non-invasive. If you are pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant, talk to your obstetrician first about whether a cosmetic procedure is safe for you.

Where can I get a non-invasive treatment done safely?

Cosmetic non-surgical procedures should only be carried out by an appropriately trained doctor, plastic surgeon, dermatologist or registered nurse in a clinical environment. They shouldn't be carried out by beauty therapists who lack the necessary clinical background. No matter which physician you use, make sure he or she is board certified in their specialty.

What are the advantages of non-invasive cosmetic treatments over traditional procedures?

The advantages of non-invasive cosmetic treatments over cosmetic surgery include:

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Significantly less pain
  • Generally safer and does not involve the risks of surgery
  • Less expensive
  • Any undesirable results can be adjusted, meaning you are not committed to the look if you decide you don’t like it

What are the risks of non-surgical cosmetic procedures?

Non-surgical procedures generally carry less serious risks such as minor bruising and swelling compared to surgical procedures. It’s advisable to discuss potential risks and complications of any procedure you are considering with your physician, as well as finding out what can be done if these complications occur.

What if I feel unwell after a procedure?

If you've had a non-surgical procedure and start to feel unwell, seek medical help. See your doctor or go to your local emergency department if you have alarming symptoms, such as a rash, fever, inflammation or increasing pain. Less urgent problems should be dealt with by the practitioner who administered the treatment.

How long will the results of the treatment last?

The results of the treatment depend on the specific procedure you have undergone, but usually last from six months to three years.

Are non-invasive procedures covered by health insurance?

Because it is elective, non-invasive cosmetic procedures are usually not covered by health insurance.

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