What Are Non-Invasive and Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures?

what are non invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures

Interested in getting some work done and reap the benefits of self-care with a boost of confidence? Not sure about what non-invasive and minimally invasive even mean? I’ve been there before and I’m here to tell you that, luckily, it’s not that complicated!

  • Non-invasive: This essentially means that there are no medical “tools” (scalpels, IVs, etc.) entering a patient’s body. This allows patients to have no downtime while reaping the benefits of cosmetic procedures.
  • Minimally Invasive: This essentially means that there will only be very small incisions made on a patient. There are cases where even if nothing is inserted and no incisions are made on a patient, it can be considered minimally invasive because of the stress put on the body such as with laser treatments. Generally, patients have very little downtime (one to three days) so they can get back to their usual routines faster.


So, what are some of the non-invasive procedures that are available these days? Depending on what it is exactly that you’d like to address, certain clinics will offer different treatments. The most common non-invasive procedures widely offered currently are:

Anti-Wrinkle Injections: Often in the form of Botox, used to relax muscles to drop the appearance of wrinkles.

Dermal fillers: address the loss of volume in tissue wherever the filler is injected. Fillers usually last anywhere from 6-18 months depending on the material used. Essentially, dermal fillers put back what time has taken away in the tissues.

Microblading: A semi-permanent form of tattooing designed to look like eyebrow hair to shape and fill a patient’s desired eyebrow design. The semi-permanent ink can last anywhere from 12-30 months depending on the ink used and how well a patient’s skin holds onto the ink.

Facials/ Chemical Peels: Often used as a preventative or maintenance treatment and treat various concerns. Chemical peels are not suggested for those who have more sensitive skin. Facials are more gentle and can be combined with chemical peels. Along with fine lines and wrinkles, these treatments also address pigmentation and dryness for patients of almost any age.

Minimally Invasive

Minimally invasive procedures are often more effective than non-invasive procedures Minimally invasive procedures are much more common and accessible to patients in a larger variety of medical facilities/clinics/centers. The most common minimally invasive procedures widely offered currently are:

Some forms of Liposuction: Liposuction techniques such as smart lipo and laser-assisted lipo can be minimally invasive if smaller. More specific areas are targeted and less fat needs to be removed.

J-Plasma: Corrects mild to moderate sagging or hanging skin with the use of helium gas and radiofrequency that turn into plasma and tightens the skin. This type of treatment is not effective for those who have more severe skin sagging but it is often used by those who have started to notice some loose skin and want to address it quickly.

Spider Vein Treatments (Sclerotherapy): Patients are injected with a solution that scar the visible “spider” veins so that blood is rerouted through healthier (nonvisible) veins. This allows for an immediate disappearance of those spider veins but, the patient might have bruising in the treated area for a couple of days after the injection. If a patient has many areas they want to be treated, they’d have to space their treatments into multiple sessions.

Skin Rejuvenation: nonsurgical treatments that aim to restore a patient’s skin from damage and visible signs of aging. Skin rejuvenation treatments consist of anything from lasers, lights, radiofrequency, injectables, and other methods depending on what a patient’s needs and goals are.

Laser Treatments: Ranging from tattoo removal, laser hair removal to rejuvenation treatments, lasers are used widely for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. While there are usually no incisions made, the lasers can be a bit tougher on the body (think laser hair removal and how it can be a bit more painful because it zaps your hair follicle) which is why they’re considered minimally invasive rather than non-invasive. In any case, patients heal relatively quickly and are usually left with no discomfort after the treatment is completed.

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