In contrast with surgical cosmetic procedures, which are often referred to as invasive procedures, non-invasive cosmetic treatments are those that neither break the skin nor involve the use of local or general anesthetic. Laser hair removal, superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion fall into this category.
Some minimally invasive cosmetic treatments can involve breaking the skin, but usually do not require anesthesia. These include such things as collagen and anti-wrinkle injections and medium depth peels.
Both non-surgical and minimally invasive enhancement treatmentss are increasingly in demand. Here’s a list of the most popular among the participants of the CPSA survey listed in order of popularity:
Australia has not yet passed regulations to limit who can perform some of these non-surgical procedures. As a result, almost anyone can provide these services, quite legally, even though they may lack the proper training or the practical experience to ensure patient safety and a quality outcome.
With surgical procedures you may ascertain whether the surgeon is qualified by checking their membership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
Here’s a checklist you may find useful, if you are thinking of undergoing non-surgical or minimally invasive cosmetic enhancement procedures:
There may be others who provide services but possess international qualifications.
It is not imperative that a medical professional perform all cosmetic procedures. Experienced beauty therapists can safely and effectively perform some services such as microdermabrasion. If you decide to proceed with a beauty therapist, make sure they are qualified in their area and are highly experienced in delivering the service you seek.
In the excitement of deciding to have a cosmetic procedure, it is easy to forget to do your homework and thoroughly check out the practitioner you plan to use. But just because a treatment isn’t surgical doesn’t mean it can’t have unacceptable results. This is especially true of treatments legally performed by unlicensed practitioners. The bottom line is this is your face and body that you should protect by researching the people who will perform procedures for you.