Minimally invasive plastic surgery is a form of plastic surgery that uses very tiny incisions instead of cutting a large section as performed in standard plastic surgery. Patients of minimally invasive plastic surgery usually recover faster than normal plastic surgery patients. The discomfort, pain and swelling caused by minimally invasive surgery is less compared to what conventional plastic surgery patients normally go through. It involves the use of a variety of techniques which don’t damage the body and tissues compared to open surgery. Patients experience fewer complications and take a much shorter time recovering. There have been advancements and innovations in minimally invasive plastic surgery, making it beneficial to those considering the different available options. The objective is to ensure a decrease in pain, swelling, and to accelerate time taken to heal. Almost all minimally invasive surgeries require a patient to be under anesthesia to make it comfortable and easy. All forms of minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures require specialized equipment and experience from a plastic surgeon. Just like other forms of plastic surgery, it is always recommended for patients to ensure that they are healthy physically before choosing to undergo plastic surgery. Benefits • The discomfort caused by minimally invasive surgery is less compared to conventional plastic surgery. • Patients have a shorter recovery period and do not stay for long at a hospital. • Minimally invasive plastic surgery is less painful and chances of getting an infection are low. Pain medication is also administered less. Some people cannot be fit for minimally invasive plastic surgery considering certain factors. It is not advisable to undergo any form of minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure if you have the following conditions: • Heart problem • Breathing problem • Diabetes • High levels of cholesterol • High blood pressure • Obesity During the consultation, you must ensure that your plastic surgeon knows if you have the above-listed conditions in order to help him or her to decide the best technique to use. You can also ask your plastic surgeon the following questions: • Am I a good candidate? • How am I going to benefit from this procedure? • Are your board-certified to practice? • Which minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures are you experienced in? • What happens immediately after surgery? • What anesthesia options are available for me? • What should be done if complications arise? What should I expect after the procedure? Minimally invasive plastic surgery for the body include: 1. Botox This procedure temporarily corrects any frown lines, creases on the forehead, crows feet in the eyes, and thick bands found in the neck area. It uses botulinum toxins to weaken muscles and prevent them from contracting. What results is the removal of wrinkles to give a youthful appearance to the face. Botulinum injections remain as one of the quickest and safest methods used in removing signs of aging such as wrinkles. To make your results better, a plastic surgeon may decide to combine the use of botulinum toxins with dermal fillers. This can help remove wrinkles and other aging signs from the face permanently. 2. Dermabrasion This procedure is mostly used to correct scars resulting from accidents, to remove aging signs such as wrinkles, and to remove scars caused by previous plastic surgeries. Pre-cancerous growths such as keratones can also be removed safely by dermabrasion. Dermabrasion can be done alone or can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures to give good results. It is a minimally invasive procedure which can be performed on a small area of the face or the entire face. Before you decide to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging using dermabrasion, you should inform your plastic surgeon about it. Your plastic surgeon will then share with you the available options to use in refining your skin. Both men and women can benefit from dermabrasion to help them boost their appearance and look younger. Your plastic surgeon will most probably not perform dermabrasion if you are experiencing acne. This is because it can lead infection and complications. 3. Dermal fillers This procedure helps correct lines and wrinkles found on the face. Faces are known to lose subcutaneous fats as the facial muscles work close to the skin. This causes crows feet and other signs of aging. This loss in facial volume can be corrected by dermal fillers. This procedure can be used to remove wrinkles, enhance lips, improve contours on the face, and correct scars. As a form of facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers are by far one of the most effective minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures that can be used to correct signs of aging. 4. Laser hair removal This surgical procedure uses a strong light that can penetrate hair follicles to inhibit the growth of hair. The high concentration of light makes sure that hair follicles are destroyed to stop hair from growing again. This non-invasive surgical procedure can be used to inhibit the growth of hair on any part of the body. It can however only destroy active hair but is not a permanent method that can be used to prevent further growth of hair. 5. Skin rejuvenation Skin rejuvenation is a procedure which can be achieved by using a variety of other minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures such as the use of laser and other non-ablative forms of surgery. Signs of aging characterized by wrinkles and other irregularities in the face, neck, and other parts of the body can be corrected using this procedure. Skin rejuvenation can correct freckles and other irregular conditions on the skin such as sunburns and spots. Other conditions that can be corrected include: • Scars • Wrinkles • Sunburns • Pigmentation • Visible blood vessels • Lack of proper skin tone Minimally invasive procedures are safe procedures as long as the patient is healthy. Stop smoking and alcohol before and after undergoing surgery to help accelerate the healing process. Your plastic surgeon is the best person to help you know whether you are good for a minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure. You will also be able to learn about any possible complications linked with the procedures. Conclusion Minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures enable patients to recover fast and prevent scarring or swelling. The techniques used make patients have lower risks of experiencing complications such as infection or swelling during recovery. All in all, minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures are safe as long as they are performed by a board-certified surgeon.