Is a Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedure Right for You?

April 10, 2018

As we age, our skin naturally loses its elasticity, causing a wide variety of conditions that can make us look older than we feel. Many people turn to pricey cosmetics and beauty products to restore their image while others may consider plastic surgery procedures to counteract the effects of gravity. The world of non-surgical cosmetics provides an alternative to these two solutions, and at Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery, we offer many procedures that can help improve your complexion. To discover how we can help you achieve the smooth skin and youthful appearance you desire, schedule your consultation with us today.

Before committing to any type of skin procedure, it is important to educate yourself on the treatments. In today’s post, we’ll review which conditions respond well to treatment, different types of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and the benefits of treatment.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Once smooth and supple in youth, your skin may have progressively changed over the course of time. This is because the production of elastin and collagen, two essential components of our skin, slows over time. Non-surgical cosmetics can treat a wide variety of age-related conditions and imperfections, including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Superficial scarring
  • Loose and sagging skin

When you meet with Dr. Swail for your consultation, he will perform an examination of your skin to determine what type of procedure you will benefit from the most.

Types of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

There are many different kinds of non-surgical procedures that are designed to tighten, restore, and rejuvenate dull, aged complexions. Three of the most common are Botox®, soft tissue fillers, and skin resurfacing.

Soft Tissue Fillers

Also known as dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers are FDA-approved medical device implants designed to smooth uneven facial contours and restore fullness to the face. Treatments may target lips, nasal folds, and cheeks, often offering many of the same benefits as facelift procedures without the expense or downtime. Patients who receive soft tissue filler treatments can enjoy an enhanced appearance for up to a year.


With more than 40 muscles that repeatedly contract and relax, facial skin is very susceptible to developing wrinkles and fine lines as we age. Botox® is approved by the FDA to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, and it is formulation is very effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Injections only take a few minutes to complete, and they result in a fresh, youthful appearance that can last for months.

Skin Resurfacing

While soft tissue fillers and Botox® injections restore fullness and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, they cannot resolve imperfections such as sun damage, acne scarring, and uneven pigmentation. Laser skin resurfacing is provides an effective treatment for reducing the visibility of these conditions. This procedure gently removes the outer layer of skin, boosting the natural production of collagen to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

If you are uncertain whether you would benefit more from surgical or non-surgical procedures, it can be helpful to consider the benefits of each. In a prior post, we reviewed the benefits of body, breast, and facial surgical procedures. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures provide many of the same emotional and physical health benefits, as well as offer the following advantages:

  • Affordability. Some patients cannot afford the expense of plastic surgery in the absence of insurance coverage, and non-surgical procedures can provide a more cost-effective alternative to some treatments.
  • Minimal discomfort. Because they are less invasive than traditional surgical procedures, non-surgical methods often involve little to no pain during and after treatment.
  • Less downtime and fast recovery. Many nonsurgical procedures can be done very quickly, allowing patients the convenience of schedule procedures without rearranging their schedule. They also involve less recovery time than plastic surgery.
  • Temporary results. Permanent alteration of facial contours is not for everyone, and those who prefer less drastic changes can achieve great temporary results with non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Boulder Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedure Specialist

Now that you know more about non-surgical cosmetic procedures, you may find that you are ready to speak with an experienced surgeon to develop a customized treatment plan suited to your specific skin type and conditions. Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery is your go-to provider for Botox® treatments, non-surgical facelifts, and laser peels. Contact us now to schedule your initial consultation.

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