Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures: Alternatives to Plastic Surgery
September 17, 2020
Going under the knife isn’t most people’s first choice when it comes to cosmetic procedures. But we all have problem areas that we’d like to improve to help us feel our best. Thanks to technological developments in the cosmetic aesthetics industry, you can now target problem areas with completely non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Non-invasive procedures can help you look younger, eliminate your recovery time, and act as an effective alternative to plastic surgery.
What Is a Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedure?
Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are aesthetic treatments that don’t require any anesthesia or surgical penetration of the body. In recent years, invasive surgery has drastically decreased. Technological advancements have allowed us to make alterations to physical characteristics through minimally-invasive treatments like Botox, chemical peels, injectables, laser treatments, and light therapy.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, there were eight times as many non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States as invasive cosmetic surgeries. The rise in popularity of non-invasive cosmetic procedures can be attributed to the lower financial costs, a decrease is downtime, elimination of surgical scars, and a lower risk of complications.
Minimally-Invasive Alternatives to Cosmetic Surgery
Traditional cosmetic surgeries have been a go-to investment for millions of people who want to improve their physical appearance. However, non-invasive cosmetic surgeries can often produce the same, if not better, and more natural-looking results. These non-invasive cosmetic treatments are effective alternatives to popular plastic surgery procedures.
Lip Injections as an Alternative to Lip Implants
A full pout is all the rage right now. People have used various methods to enlarge their lips, including lip plumping serums, over-lining with lip liner, and even suctioning their lips as a part of the infamous Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge.
These methods ultimately only last for a few hours. Plastic surgeons use lip implants as a permanent solution for filling out thin or asymmetrical lips. However, they require invasive surgery accompanied by a lengthy recovery period, possible complications, and a difficult removal process if you no longer want them.
Lip injections use temporary dermal fillers that act as safe and effective alternatives to traditional lip implants. During the lip injection procedure, the doctor will inject hyaluronic acid-based fillers in and around the lips. To provide a painless experience, they’ll apply a topical number agent before the injection.
Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, there is a near-zero risk of an allergic reaction to lip injections. Additionally, hyaluronic acid-based fillers are entirely reversible. If you decide down the road that you no longer want a full-pout, your lip injections can safely be dissolved at any time.
Laser Treatments as an Alternative to a Neck Lift
The neck is one of the most common problem areas for people when they first visibly age. Loose and sagging skin often create the appearance of jowls and a double chin, which can be bothersome to many. A neck lift has long been the number one way to deal with these issues. Unfortunately, neck lifts can have serious drawbacks. Possible complications include a lengthy surgical procedure, a painful recovery period, and the possible amplification of other signs of facial aging if only the neck is treated.
Over the past few years, more and more people have been opting for a laser neck lift. Through various light wavelengths, laser treatment works to smooth and tighten the skin around the neck by stimulating collagen production. Laser treatments are completely non-invasive, have no recovery period, and provide fast and long-lasting results. Laser neck treatments are fantastic alternatives for those dealing with jowls, an undefined jawline, or premature aging on the neck.
Botox as an Alternative to Face Lifts
Smooth and tight skin are the markers of health and youth. While, wrinkles and sagging skin are a completely normal part of the aging process, they are a prominent problem area for many people. In fact, 59% of American women struggle with fine lines and wrinkles that severely impact their self-esteem, and self-confidence. Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors, including cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, and damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or squint, the muscles between your brows and around your eyes contract. This causes your skin to furrow and fold resulting in wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines.
Facelift surgery was developed in the early 1900’s by a German surgeon. It has since been a popular method to tighten the skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Facelifts can often result in visible scars, health complications, and extensive downtime. Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are the best facelift alternative for dealing with fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other imperfections. Botox has year after year been the most popular non-invasive procedure on the market. 7.7 million Botox procedures were performed in 2019 alone. Botox reduces fine lines and wrinkles by partially paralyzing the muscles responsible for these lines so they can’t be further deepened by underlying muscular contraction. With time, the wrinkles disappear, and you’re left with a more youthful appearance. Preventative Botox has been on the rise for those in their 20s and 30s to prevent wrinkles before they even from. Check out our guide to cosmetic treatments for every age to see if preventative Botox is a good option for you.
Coolsculpting as an Alternative to Liposuction
Stubborn weight and cellulite are common problem areas for millions of Americans. There is no exercise for the skin. So, no matter how many burpees you do, some sagging areas will never go away on their own. Liposuction was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2019, following closely behind breast augmentations. Liposuction is an invasive surgery that removes fat from the abdomen, buttocks, upper arms, thighs, calves, back, and other problem areas. If not done by a trusted surgeon, it can cause bumpy and uneven skin, infection, numbness, kidney and heart problems, and embolism, among other complications.
A much safer liposuction alternative for those looking to reduce the appearance of stubborn fat is CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, completely non-invasive way to get remove fat and contour your muscles. This treatment doesn’t require any needles, surgical procedures, or downtime.
The CoolSculpting machine is attached to the problem area(s) and uses controlled cooling technology to target, freeze, and crystallize fat cells without affecting the overlying skin. In the following weeks and months after the treatment, the body progressively absorbs the dead cells, and unwanted fat is ultimately filtered through the kidneys and eliminated in the urine. Most patients see a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area within one to three months.
Use Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedures to Enhance Your Appearance
Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are a safe and effective alternative to traditional cosmetic surgery. At SDBotox, we believe that getting cosmetic treatments should be a relaxing experience. Our team of skilled medical aesthetic providers can provide you with non-invasive cosmetic solutions to treat common aesthetic concerns. Just let us know your desired outcome, and we’ll create a treatment plan customized to you. Reduce your downtime, forget going under the knife and opt for a non-invasive cosmetic procedure at SDBotox by booking your appointment online.