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Non-Invasive/Laser Procedure

Non-invasive procedures and laser procedures are cosmetic beauty treatments for individuals who want to improve the appearance of an aspect of their face and/or body, but do not wish to undergo the risk of complications, side effects and recovery time associated with more invasive plastic surgery procedures.

What is a non-invasive procedure?

Non-invasive procedures are used to treat problematic areas of the face and body including sagging skin, cellulite, localized deposits of fat, skin wrinkles, irregularities and blemishes, excess hair etc.

You may be a suitable candidate for a non-invasive procedure or laser procedure if you are unhappy with how the aging process is affecting your appearance. However, you must be in good health physically and emotionally, be clear about your motivations for seeking non invasive cosmetic surgery, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

Your plastic surgeon will explain the non surgical cosmetic procedure and laser plastic surgery options available to you, the steps of the procedure, the different types of non surgical cosmetic procedures available, the risks, side effects, complications and limitations, and the costs.

Each individual non invasive plastic surgery procedure varies in time and technique. Different techniques for different procedures and face or body areas include injections, lasers, radio frequency (RF) technology, solutions etc. Non surgical cosmetic procedure side effects and risks vary from patient to patient. Though generally mild, they can include redness, swelling, blisters, bumps and rare cases of surface irregularities. Ensure that you speak to your doctor and get as much information as possible about non-surgical cosmetic procedures before making a decision.

Different non surgical cosmetic procedures include:

Accent Laser Treatment

The Accent laser is used to treat the appearance of cellulite. The hand held laser device generates radiofrequency waves that penetrate the lower layers of the skin and generate heat. The heat generated with the radiofrequency waves then breaks up the fat particles which drain away naturally through the body’s lymphatic system. more...

Body Thermage (Radiothermaplasty)

The body thermage procedure (also known as radiothermaplasty, therma-lift or therma-cool) can help to tighten, firm and shape areas of the body including sagging skin on the abdomen, arms, thighs and the buttocks. Radiothermaplasty can also improve the appearance of skin aged by your environment, diet, smoking, or sun damage. more...


Botox® treatment involves injections directly into the muscles that cause moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles to smooth the appearance of facial skin. more...

Chemical Peels

An acid solution is "painted" onto the skin which removes the outer layer of cells, lightly exfoliating the skin to give a healthy glow. There are three types of chemical face peel available, superficial, medium-depth and deep peel. Chemical facial peels can"t alter the size of pores, improve sagging skin or remove deep scarring. more...

Collagen Injections

Collagen injections treat minor imperfections in facial skin, including laughter lines, wrinkles, creases, crow’s feet, and acne scars. Collagen injections are also used to create fuller lips (collagen lip injections)and cheeks, and can be used to treat areas of the chest, back, and neck. more...


During a dermabrasion treatment the dermabrasion surgeon freezes the patient"s skin, which may be scarred from acne, chicken pox or other causes. Using a mechanical device, the doctor “sands” the damaged skin. A new layer of remodeled skin emerges and replaces the damaged skin to achieve a smoother and refreshed appearance. more...

Fractional Resurfacing (Photothermolysis)

Fractional resurfacing (photothermolysis) uses a hand held laser to remove or reduce wrinkles, melasma (the "mask of pregnancy"), acne scarring, freckles, age spots and dark pigmentation. Fractional resurfacing stimulates collagen renewal and as the healing process begins, new cells generate leaving the skin smoother and softer. more...

Fraxel Laser Treatment

Fraxel laser treatment uses laser technology applied to the skin to improve skin tone, smooth out fine lines and even out skin discoloration by treating miniscule sections of the skin, leaving healthy surrounding skin undamaged and able to support the healing process. more...

Hyaluronic acid (Brand Names Hylaform, Hylaform plus, Restylane, Juvederm)

Hyaluronic acid facial fillers are injected into facial wrinkles to erase some of the signs of aging. All of these hyaluronic acid products last around six months though individual results may vary from one month to nine months or more. The products are synthetic so the risk of allergic reaction is minimal. more...

IPL Hair Removal

IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal provides a long term solution to unwanted facial and bodily hair. During IPL hair removal treatments the heat energy damages the cells at the root of the hair, thus preventing further growth. more...

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing removes the upper layers of the skin on your face using a laser which delivers intense energy to a specific area of skin. This destroys the surface layer of skin in a carefully controlled manner, exposing the lower layer (the dermis). The laser heats the dermis, which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers to reveal newer, more refined skin. more...

Laser Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive, non-surgical process that uses a hand-held infrared laser to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, which causes the skin to contract and also stimulates the production of new collagen. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a more youthful appearance. more...

Lipodissolve Injections

Lipodissolve involves a series of injections of a chemical formula which "melts away" unwanted localized areas of fat, and improves the appearance of cellulite and skin. When injected into the fat layers and connective tissues of the body, these ingredients combine to destroy and remove localized fat deposits. more...


Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment involving multiple injections of a formula of pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, amino acids and other ingredients into the subcutaneous fat. The formula causes the fat cells to dissolve and the fat to then be passed out of the body. more...


During a micro-dermabrasion treatment a stream of fine micro particles are blasted across the face by a "skin vacuum cleaner" which loosens and partially removes the outermost epidermal layer of the skin and helps improve the appearance of the skin by increasing the production of new skin cells. more...

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (Artefill)

ArteFill is a non-resorbable injectable implant used for the correction of nasolabial folds, or smile lines. ArteFill contains a combination of microspheres suspended in a carrier gel containing purified bovine collagen. When ArteFill is injected, the microspheres provide a permanent support structure beneath the skin to permanently prevent further wrinkling. more...

ReFirme (Skin Resurfacing Product)

Refirme treats jowl and neck laxity, under eye sagginess, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds. Unlike conventional laser skin tightening treatments, Refirme is claimed to be a virtually painless and fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin and combines infrared light and radio frequency technology to improve the skin’s tone and elasticity through stimulating the production of new collagen. more...

Scar Revision & Repair

Scar revision is the name given to a range of surgical techniques used to alter the appearance of scar tissue, blending it in with the surrounding skin area to improve the appearance of the scarred area. Although scar revision cannot completely remove evidence of a scar, it can be used to remove keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures and facial scars, whether the scars were caused by injury, wounds, or previous surgeries. more...


SmartLipo fat treatment involves the use of a laser and cannula to dissolve localized pockets of fat and tighten the surrounding skin almost anywhere in the body. The low level laser energy also stimulates the production of new collagen. The result of SmartLipo treatment is a slimmer, more defined appearance. more...

Soft tissue augmentation and fillers – (Radiesse)

Radiesse™ is a synthetic dermal filler used for soft tissue augmentation and to treat skin folds and wrinkles. When injected into the deep dermis and subcutis, Radiesse™ and other soft dermal fillers provide a matrix into which the body"s own tissue can grow and add volume. more...

Thermage Skin Tightening

Thermage is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure designed for tightening lax and sagging skin to restore a more youthful appearance and can be used to treat the face, neck and body. The thermage skin tightening procedure uses radiofrequency (RF) energy directed beneath the skin to smooth, tighten and contour the appearance of the skin. more...


VelaShape is a FDA approved non-invasive treatment for the reduction of cellulite and the smoothing of unwanted bumps and bulges. VelaShape treatment combines vacuum suction, mechanical rollers, and heating through infrared light and bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) energy to break up and remove fat deposits. more...


Velasmooth is a FDA approved non-invasive treatment for the reduction of cellulite and the smoothing of unwanted bumps and bulges. Velasmooth treatment combines vacuum suction, mechanical rollers, and heating through infrared light and bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) energy to break up and remove fat deposits. more...

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