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By their very nature, surgical procedures can produce the greatest possible improvement in a person’s facial features since they physically remove excess skin, and get to the root of other common signs of aging including skin laxity, fine lines, folds, and wrinkles.

Because procedures such as a facelift, neck lift, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery can also be fine-tuned and finessed specifically with visual age-reduction in mind, these procedures can help patients look even more youthful.

But not everyone is ready for or interested in surgical procedures, while others don’t yet have the required recovery time carved out of their busy lives and schedules.

What then?

That’s where these five minimally invasive and maximally effective non-surgical procedures come in. Each of them can help you look more youthful, composed, professional, and attractive according to your own ideals.


Botox is a popular product that inhibits the release of neurotransmitters and causes temporary muscle paralysis. By inhibiting nerve impulses that trigger muscle activity, Botox reduces facial wrinkling and lines associated with expression.

The muscles relating to head movement, including forehead lines, crow’s feet, and vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, can all be treated with Botox.


Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause lines on your face. By temporarily paralyzing these muscles, Botox reduces the appearance of lines from your forehead to the corners of your eyes. Since it is also used to treat masseter (chewing muscle) hypertrophy and severe underarm sweating, Botox also prevents muscles from creating a “smile” or a “frown” by paralyzing the muscles that are responsible for producing these expressions.

Botox relaxes your facial muscles, resulting in smooth skin that doesn’t wrinkle or crease easily. Since this effect lasts for three to four months at a time (and six to nine months in some individuals), it keeps you looking younger longer.


Chemical peels are a great tool to help resurface the skin and improve its texture, tone, and clarity. There are different types of chemical peels with varying levels of acidity used to treat everything from acne scars to wrinkles. Chemical peeling is also a wonderful tool for treating conditions such as rosacea, melasma, and hyperpigmentation.

Chemical peels are not only helpful in getting rid of superficial lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation, but also for treating more deep-seated issues such as acne-induced scarring, skin laxity, and loss of elasticity—all great reasons to consider chemical peeling. Chemical peels remove the uppermost layers of the skin and can potentially leave your skin looking younger, fresher-looking, and more radiant.


Chemical peels remove a very thin layer of skin (50-100 microns) leaving behind only fresh new healthy skin cells.

Chemical peeling causes the skin to go through a controlled injury much like a scar, but instead of leaving behind a bad scar, the new skin that forms is smooth and even. The resurfaced skin looks more youthful and fresh, and it also helps with hyperpigmentation or uneven pigmentation (such as melasma or post-inflammatory pigmentation). Chemical peels can help to boost collagen production, stimulate new growth of skin cells and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also have the ability to lighten pigmentation in the deeper skin layers that are difficult to treat with other treatments such as laser resurfacing, facials, or microdermabrasion.


Microdermabrasion is an aesthetic skincare procedure used on the face or body. It’s a non-surgical way to improve your skin tone and texture by simply “peeling” the top layers of skin.

The procedure involves the use of a handheld device with a diamond tip that is rotated at high speed. The tip is glided up and down over the surface of your skin, blasting away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the upper layer of your epidermis (the outermost layer). The suction from the device then draws away discolored and dead cells. The procedure can be done on a patient in our office and usually takes between 20-30 minutes.

The results of microdermabrasion can be seen immediately after the procedure and last for a few months up to a year depending on your skin type and condition. Microdermabrasion is applied as part of an overall approach to enhance the appearance of your skin by treating the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) to improve texture and color. The best time for microdermabrasion is right after a series of chemical peels or light treatments such as IPL, laser, or intense pulsed light (IPL), in order to gain more improvement.


The healing process after microdermabrasion results in exfoliation of the upper layers of your skin that can give you brighter and more even-toned skin. This helps to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines when performed before or following a series of laser treatments. The suctioning action pulls away the discolored epidermis and stimulates blood flow. Together, this can address signs of aging caused by damaged blood vessels that appear as redness and blotchiness on the skin’s surface.

Microdermabrasion treatments are not designed to be a stand-alone anti-aging treatment but rather as an enhancement to improve your results from other procedures such as light therapies (IPL or laser) or chemical peels. The results depend on your skin type, but microdermabrasion can reduce large pores and fine lines. Microdermabrasion treatments stimulate new collagen formation that helps to tighten the skin and diminish wrinkles. This makes it easier to apply makeup without creasing in deep lines like those caused by crow’s feet. Because of this, it is easier to achieve a polished look and create an enhanced overall appearance makeup, with fewer imperfections for people who want to look younger naturally.


Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin procedure that involves the use of fine needles to puncture the top layers of skin. This treatment helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and uneven pigmentation by triggering your body’s natural healing process.

Multiple rows of fine needles puncture and penetrate the skin’s surface in different directions (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally), creating tiny wounds we call microchannels. The microchannels created by the needles allow for enhanced absorption of active ingredients and nutrients that can help your skin heal faster, with less scarring.

Your microneedling session will be tailored to your individual needs, depending on the condition you are trying to improve. Your microneedling treatment will last up to 30 minutes, and your aesthetician will make approximately 200 microchannels across the full face or other targeted areas.


Microneedling is a great procedure that can be used to address many skin concerns. The benefits of microneedling treatment have been extensively studied in the past few years and we now know that by stimulating, scratching, or wounding your skin, you kick-start your body’s natural healing process, which results in new collagen production (elastin and collagen). Collagen is the skin’s primary structural protein that gives your face its structure and support.

In addition to stimulating new collagen production, microneedling also helps improve your skin’s appearance because it:

  • Reduces facial redness
  • Increases blood flow to the outer layers of the skin
  • Helps remove the top layers of your dead skin cells
  • Improves pore size, texture, and appearance
  • Enhances the penetration of serums and active ingredients into the skin.


Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are used to improve the appearance of volume and structure of your face. Some examples include Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse.

These dermal filler injections can be used to correct facial volume loss in people with:

  • A receding hairline
  • Acne scarring
  • Very thin lips (and subsequently poor smile)
  • Deep facial wrinkles and folds
  • To combat the effects of aging, dermal fillers are also used to help promote a more youthful appearance to the face.

Dermal fillers are used to correct facial features, such as deep lines and wrinkles, by adding more volume back into certain parts of the face where you may have lost it due to the natural aging process or other causes. Dermal fillers are injected directly into your skin and this, in turn, results in a plumping effect, making you look younger due to the improvement of volume.


Dermal fillers are very similar to the substance that your body produces naturally (hyaluronic acid), responsible for keeping moisture within your skin cells. However, due to several factors such as age and sun exposure which can negatively impact the collagen and elastin in your skin, you may notice a loss of volume in certain areas of your skin. When this happens, the result is that you will start to see wrinkles and deep lines develop on your face.

The main focus of dermal filler treatments is to correct volume loss by adding more body to your face. However, since fillers do temporarily plump your skin (albeit temporarily), it does make you look younger and helps with the appearance of deep wrinkles and lines.

The main focus of dermal filler treatments is to correct volume loss by adding more body to your face. However, since fillers do temporarily plump your skin (albeit temporarily), it does make you look younger and helps with the appearance of deep wrinkles and lines.

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