Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

What is a minimally invasive procedure?

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are cosmetic procedures that alter the appearance and give results without surgery. These can include smaller incisions, or procedures such as micro-needling or fillers that break the skin, but do not make incisions.

What are non-surgical cosmetic procedures?

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are cosmetic procedures that are able to alter the appearance without major surgery. This can include things such as chemical peels, radio frequency skin tightening, laser treatment, and various fillers. Botox and similar procedures are also considered non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Dermabrasion

 Dermabrasion is the sanding of the skin. It allows a new layer of skin to be seen, making the skin smoother. This procedure is often used for deep acne scars or stretch marks. This is more suitable for fair skin, as darker skin can scar more easily, and dermabrasion can be somewhat harsh on the skin. Microdermabrasion is a procedure more suitable for dark skin.

 Microdermabrasion is a procedure where small crystals are sprayed on the skin. This procedure is gentler than dermabrasion, which results in a faster recovery time. This procedure is often used to reduce the appearance of acne scars or smaller brown spots. The skin normally recovers in about twenty-four hours. Microdermabrasion is more suitable for dark skin than dermabrasion, as it is a gentler procedure, and less likely to result in scarring. Microdermabrasion is not as aggressive as dermabrasion.

Profound Candela

 Profound is a radiofrequency micro-needling treatment used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. This can help lift sagging jowls and decrease the appearance of fine line around the mouth. It increases the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin in the face, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance of the skin on the face. Usually only one treatment is needed, and results can be seen within the next few weeks but the final results can take up to six months. The results from profound are long lasting.

Botox

 Botox is used to temporarily remove the appearance of wrinkles. This procedure prevents the muscles on the face from moving, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. The procedure is not permanent, and should be touched up regularly every three months for the best results.

Botox can also be used medically to treat conditions such as migraines and muscular disorders. It can also be used to treat excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, caused by various diagnoses. The injection paralyzes the sweat glands, thus reducing sweating in targeted areas.

Laser Hair Removal

 Laser hair removal is a procedure for hair removal on various parts of the body, commonly used on the legs, arms, face, and bikini area. This procedure targets the hair follicles, making the hair unable to grow back. The results are permanent, and can be a good option for those who are tired of waxing or shaving unwanted hair on the body. The laser is adjusted depending on the skin and hair color of the patient. All lasers are not suitable for all skin types. This should be determined prior to treatment. There are specific lasers for hair removal that can treat darker skin and tan skin. For most patients, laser hair removal results are permanent after a few treatment sessions. This depends on the darkness and density of the hair of the patient. It is recommended to repeat treatments every four to six weeks until the hair stops growing. Often, five to six treatments are needed. If hair does grow back years later, it will not be as dense as it was prior to treatment.

 After the procedure, the skin may feel as though it has been sunburned. Other side effects can include redness, scarring, and swelling. The skin may also be red after the procedure. Permanent scarring is extremely rare.

Spider Vein Treatment

 Spider veins are small clusters or purple, blue, or red veins that can be seen on the legs. These can be hereditary, or results of large changes to the body such as pregnancy or fluctuation in weight. Or, can be a result of spending large amounts of time sitting or standing without moving. Spider veins are treated by lasers or injections with a sclerosing agent.

Compression stockings and normal elevation of the feet can be used for prevention, and to stabilize veins that are already present, but spider veins usually do not go away on their own. Most of the time, cosmetic intervention is needed for them to disappear fully. 

The cost of treatment varies from patient to patient, depending on the number of treatments needed and the treatment methods.

Glycolic Peel

 A glycolic peel is a chemical peel treatment that smooths the skin by removing the outer layers of the skin, which can be rough and hold on to damage. Glycolic peels are made from fruit acids and are gentle enough to be used on all skin types. This treatment can help with wrinkles, acne, scarring, and skin discoloration. 

A thin layer of the glycolic peel is applied to the face and left for a period of time. This varies by skin type and the needs of each patient. The strength of the treatment varies by the needs of each patient.

 Some side effects of the procedure include redness and burning, which usually go away fairly quickly. If you have sensitive skin or fair skin, these side effects are more common. Sensitivity to the sun after the procedure is another side effect. Wearing a good sun block regularly after receiving a glycolic peel is advised.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the most common minimally invasive procedures?

Botox is the most common minimally invasive procedure. Fillers are another common procedure.

What is the best non-surgical treatment for wrinkles?

Various treatments can be used depending on the location of the wrinkles.  Forehead wrinkles, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows, smile lines around the eyes or crows feet are best treated with Botox or similar products.
Fillers are commonly used to fill laugh lines around the mouth.  Hyaluronic acids such as Juvederm and Restylane are the most popular fillers.  Radiesse, Bellafill, and Sculptra are other popular fillers.
Nonsurgical treatment of facial wrinkles can be treated with lasers, glycolic peels, microneedling and skin care products.  Treatment depends on the severity of the wrinkles.

What is the best non-surgical treatment for skin tightening?

There are many good treatments for non-surgical skin tightening.  Profound is one of the best treatments for skin tightening.  Profound involves radiofrequency with microneedling, and is a one-time treatment with minimal downtime.

What is the best non-surgical treatment for anti-aging?

A good skin care regimen is the best nonsurgical treatment for anti-aging.  This should include a facial wash, toner, sunblock and moisturizer.  Depending on the age of the patient, a vitamin C product and Retin-A can be used.  

What can I do to improve my facial aging?

 Taking care of the skin is the best prevention in regards to facial aging.  Practicing good skincare habits can help prevent premature facial aging. It is important to wear sunscreen, as the sun plays a large part in skin damage. Sun blocks are very important in helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. A good skin care line is important. 

Dr. Hardaway offers an anti-aging skincare line, with products that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the overall tone and smoothness of the skin. Our skin care products are customized depending on the needs and age of the patients.

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