Years ago, people who wanted to kiss their facial wrinkles goodbye did so by spending thousands of dollars and several weeks recovering from a surgical facelift. Today, however, people who want to change the way they look have additional options. Procedures can be done in a doctor's office with little or no anesthesia rather than in an operating room. Here is a rundown of some of the nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic procedures that are not due to a medical condition are generally not covered by insurance.
Note: In some cases, more than one treatment session is needed to achieve the desired result. Side effects are generally temporary and the risks and recovery times vary. Talk to your doctor about how long it might take you to recover.
Since having a chemical peel can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, always wear sunblock and avoid direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day.
Spider Vein Removal (Sclerotherapy)
You should avoid direct sunlight or wear sunscreen when outdoors during the first few weeks after the treatment.
Laser Hair Removal
Use sunscreen on treated areas that will be exposed to the sun. Hair that is blond or gray may be less responsive to treatment. Patients with darker skin may also see less results.
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Botulinum toxin type A. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 16, 2013. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Chemical peel. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/chemical-peel-light. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Injectables. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/injectables. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Is a chemical peel right for you? American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/chemical-peel/is-it-right-for-you. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Laser hair removal. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/laser-hair-removal. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Microdermabrasion. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/mircrodermabrasion. Accessed July 31, 2014.
Spider vein treatement. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/spider-vein-treatment. Accessed July 30, 2014.
Last reviewed July 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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