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What Are the Most Popular Cosmetic Non-Surgical Facial Procedures?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons latest statistics report, the total number of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures has gone up 174% since the year 2000. The most popular non-surgical facial procedures include Botox, soft tissue fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel.
Let’s break down each of these top non-surgical facial procedures:
Neurotoxins such as Botox make up 63% of all procedures (surgical and non-surgical) performed on women, according to the latest survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Due to the pandemic and more people using video conferencing like Zoom and Skype for meetings, people want to make sure their appearance is in tip-top shape. Although it was already a popular treatment, this lead to even more of a surge in Botox.
Botox is generally used to treat “crow’s feet,” wrinkles of the forehead and vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. This minimally invasive procedure takes only 5-10 minutes to perform. Patients can return to normal activity immediately after this procedure. And Botox injections usually only carry minor side effects such as bruising, swelling and redness which resolve quickly. More severe side effects, like double-vision and drooping of the eyelid, are very uncommon. Due to these risks, it is important to receive botox injections from a trained physician with extensive experience and knowledge of facial anatomy.
Soft tissue fillers, also know as just “fillers,” is the second-most popular non-surgical facial procedure next to Botox.
Soft tissue fillers are generally used to smooth out wrinkles and restore volume to the face. There are two main types of filler materials. Calcium hydroxyapatite is the first category, such as RADIESSE. The second category is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA fillers such as JUVÉDERM, Restylane and Perlane, and BELOTERO BALANCE.
When comparing these two types of fillers it’s important to keep in mind that HA fillers do not last as long as hydroxyapatite fillers. The exception to this rule is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, the only hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA-approved to treat volume loss of the mid-face. In fact, this filler can last up to two years.
Soft tissues fillers can be done conveniently in a facial plastic surgeon’s office in 30 minutes or less with minimal pain. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling, which may last several days to weeks. Although it varies by state, soft tissue fillers are most commonly performed by a physician only. In Ohio, both physicians and appropriately trained nurses can perform these treatments. However, due to the risks involved, it’s best to get this procedure performed by a trained facial plastic surgeon.
3. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing uses intense pulsed light to remove area of abnormal skin. It smooths skins, reduces facial wrinkles and removes scars, blotches and blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing is an extremely precise minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. It allows the surgeon to pinpoint exact problems on the skin and remove them with laser-like precision, hence the name.
After removing the skin cells with a laser, the skin will then produce new skin cells naturally, creating a younger look and a fresher appearance for the areas treated. This will help your skin feel more smooth and be free of blemishes and other cosmetic abnormalities. This procedure can dramatically improve your overall facial appearance.
With a highly-skilled and trained surgeon, laser skin resurfacing has minimal risks, including swelling, itching, redness and minimal pain. However, without the proper training or skills, this procedure can be more risky and may lead to skin damage and major pain. Dr. Harmych is a double-board certified and fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon, and an expert in laser skin resurfacing.
4. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a non-invasive cosmetic facial procedure designed as an intense exfoliation. Chemical peels remove the top layer of skin cells to improve skin tone and texture. Some medical-grade chemical peels even treat facial pigmentation and skin diseases such as severe acne or rosacea. Chemical peels are most often performed by a nurse or skin care specialist. A chemical peel takes around 30 minutes and there is no associated downtime with this procedure. Minor skin irritation and redness are the most common side effects, but typically last less than 24 hours.
Dr. Harmych is an expert in all of these procedures. He has a passion for providing facial plastic surgery and skin care for men to help them achieve their goals for their appearance. As a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Harmych understands the subtle nuances and anatomical differences between the facial bone structure, soft tissue composition and skin of males and females.
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Where Do I Go for Non-Surgical Treatments in Cleveland, Ohio?
Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery is offers non-surgical facial procedure in Cleveland, Ohio. Schedule a consultation at our Beachwood office and see if non-surgical treatments are right for you.
29225 Chagrin Blvd. #285
Beachwood, Ohio 44122