Plastic Surgery (Cosmetic Surgery) (cont.)
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Cosmetic Procedures: Non-Surgical
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Botox Injection: Botox is injected into a facial muscle to paralyze it, so lines don't form when a person frowns or squints.
Collagen/fat Injection: Collagen from a cow or fat from your thigh or abdomen is injected into facial wrinkles, pits, or scars.
Dermabrasion: A small, spinning wheel or brush with a roughened surface removes the upper layers of facial skin. A new layer of skin appears during healing, giving the face a smoother appearance. Used to treat facial scars, heavy wrinkles, and problems like rosacea.
Hyaluronic acid injection: This gel is injected into your face to smooth lines, wrinkles, and scars on the skin.
Laser hair removal: Laser light is passed over the skin to remove hair.
Laser skin resurfacing: Laser light is used to remove wrinkles, lines, age spots, scars, moles, tattoos, and warts from the surface of the skin.
Sclerotherapy: A solution is injected into spider and varicose leg veins (small purple and red blood vessels) to remove the veins.
Chemical Peel: A solution is put onto the face (or parts of the face) that causes the skin to blister and peel off. It is replaced with new skin.
Tooth Whiteners (peroxide agents):Depending on the product, either you or the dentist applies peroxide using strips; a mouth guard with gel; or a tray inside your mouth around your teeth
Medically reviewed by Michael J. Wheatley, MD; American Board of Plastic Surgery
Last Editorial Review: 5/19/2005
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