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Many people may find themselves feeling hesitant to consider non-surgical treatments like chemical peels, dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injectables and CoolSculpting, often believing that these treatments cause more harm than good. We would like to bust some of the common myths about non-surgical treatments and give you the facts so that you can see non-surgical procedures for what they are – beauty treatment alternatives that are easy, affordable and non-invasive

Myth #1: People who choose to do non-surgical treatments are for the most part those who work in beauty and/or entertainment industries 

This is definitely one of the top myths about non-surgical treatments. Many believe this idea that only perfect-looking Instagram models and actors, dancers, entertainers are the ideal candidates for such procedures. But in reality, non-surgical treatments have developed well beyond the beauty world.

Fact: Non-surgical treatments are exceedingly popular worldwide. Did you know that over 15 million people have had anti-wrinkle injections at least at one point in their life? In fact, associating non-surgical treatments with models and 20-year old Instagram influencers is very far from reality. Different treatments are aimed at different age groups and people choose to have non-surgical treatments done for a myriad of reasons, all depending on their own aesthetic needs and beauty goals. For example, those in their 40s may want to get lip enhancement done to attain a more youthful, rejuvenated look, while the younger generation may seek to have fuller lips to feel more confident about themselves. 

Myth #2: Non-surgical treatments are permanent – a “done-deal”. Once I get it, it means that I’m making a choice to change my looks forever

Another common misconception is that non-surgical treatments are a one-off procedure which is permanent in nature and, as a result, it often puts people off from considering it. 

Fact: One of the biggest advantages of non-surgical treatments is the very fact that there’s a lot of flexibility around them. Many procedures have to be repeated for the patients to maintain the desired look. Lip enhancement treatment, for example, needs to be repeated after six months, while anti-wrinkle injectables need to be repeated after 3 – 4 months. The fact that such treatments are not permanent means that the patients always have control and can always choose whether they want to continue to maintain treatments, or they can change their mind and go back to their past looks if they wish by discontinuing the treatments.

Myth #3: Non-surgical procedures are painful and the process itself is full of discomfort

Fact: A  lot of non-surgical procedures are either pain-free, or there are ways to significantly minimise the pain. Before the procedure, cosmetic specialists use ice packs or local anaesthetic to numb the areas to ensure the treatment runs comfortably for the patient. A major reason why some patients may feel uneasy about non-surgical treatments is psychological. Feeling anxious or nervous causes you to tense your muscles which can result in more pain. It’s important to ensure you are mentally prepared for the procedure and that you trust your doctor.

Myth #4: There is a high risk for non-surgical treatments with something inevitably going wrong

A popular concern about non-surgical procedures is that patients will regret their decision as something will go wrong during the procedure and they will end up looking worse. 

Fact: The risk behind non-surgical treatments is very low as long as your doctor is a qualified specialist, has proper training and appropriate experience to perform such procedures. There are many doctors out there who do not have necessary qualifications to perform these procedures which is what gives the whole industry a bad reputation. However, if your cosmetic specialist is qualified, has the right experience and is a member of official medical bodies, such as ASAPS (Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), then you’re in good hands. They will always take time to assess your individual circumstances and ensure you get the beauty outcomes you want.

Myth #5: Non-surgical treatments sound like a great option in the short term, but it’s going to have an adverse impact on my health and my looks in the long run.

The idea of non-surgical treatments sounds like a big change not only in terms of lifestyle, but also in terms of the person’s health. Many patients show concern about long-term effects on their health and looks.

Fact: It’s important to remember about non-surgical treatments that they are non-invasive. What this means is that these procedures do not require incisions to be made into the body, nor do they involve tissue removal with surgical intervention. In fact, non-surgical treatments can also provide health benefits in the long-term. For example, jawline slimming will not only give you a slimmer jawline, but can also help treat bruxism (teeth grinding).  CoolSculpting, the non-surgical procedure which helps remove excess fat, can improve the physical and mental health of the patient by getting rid of unwanted fat and giving them more confidence.

If you have a question about non-surgical treatments, give our friendly team at Forme Institute a call and we’ll be glad to help. 

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FRACS (Plastic Surgery) – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Past President : ASAPS ( Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
PhD (Eyelid Surgery) – University of Louisville, USA