All you need to know about non-surgical cosmetic procedures
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are on the rise due to their natural looking results for a fraction of the cost of invasive surgery. However, just because the procedure is non-invasive, it doesn’t mean that they come without risk. While being subject to medical negligence during the procedures is unlikely due to tighter restrictions in the UK in recent years, there are still a few things to consider before committing to any kind of treatment.
What are non-surgical procedures?
Non-surgical or non-invasive cosmetic procedures don’t involve the skin being cut or instruments being inserted into the body, unlike their surgical counterparts. These none-invasive procedures don’t leave permanent changes to the body which can be great for those who want to test out a new look or reverse them if desired. They also require a lot less recovery time. For example, a non-surgical nose job has minimal recovery time, needing no time of work, whereas a surgical nose job can result in pain, swelling and bruising for up to a month.
Types of non-surgical procedures
Nowadays, there are a huge range of aesthetic non-surgical procedures. The most popular in the UK is Botox (botulinum toxin injection) which is most often used to relax wrinkles giving a more youthful look by injecting the toxin into the muscle. Botox injections usually last around 3 or 4 months but longevity varies between patients.
Second on the list is dermal fillers which can be used for a range of treatments including lip and cheek plumping, non-surgical nose jobs and erasing lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers last between 6 and 18 months so are not a long term fix but this can be a great option for those who don’t want to commit to a change.
Next up is laser hair removal which has seen a large increase in male patients over recent years. This cosmetic procedure uses lasers to remove unwanted hair at the roots. While it can be expensive due to the need for multiple sessions, it can help to thin out unwanted body hair on any area of the body.
Before the procedure
Before you commit to having a cosmetic procedure for aesthetic reasons, you should consider why you want to change the way that you look. You can then speak to a professional about the procedure including a GP or mental health professional and a consultation with the potential practitioner.
As of 2022, the UK government have taken precautions to reduce the amount of botched non-surgical procedures that have been happening in recent years. This includes banning any forms of advertising to under 18s, making it illegal for under 18s to get procedures and the introduction of licenses for non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers. Regardless of this, you should always research your practitioner beforehand to ensure that you are choosing a safe, reputable and qualified practitioner.
Although the recovery time is reasonably short for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, there is still some aftercare that you should be aware of. You practitioner will advise you on the best steps to take after your specific procedure, but generally you will want to avoid touching the treatment areas for at least 6 hours and apply a cold compress if you struggle with swelling. You should avoid alcohol and exercise for at least 24 hours and in most cases the procedure will be almost completely healed within two weeks.