When we need to plan for the future at AW Plastic Surgery, we turn to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for the wider view of what’s happening in the industry. Each year, ASPS releases consumer data that helps our practice make decisions and meet our patients’ demands. 

According to the ASPS, one of the more interesting trends happening now is the rapid growth of minimally-invasive facial cosmetic procedures. In 2017, for example, the number of non-surgical cosmetic procedures grew at a higher rate than plastic surgery procedures. One of the big reasons for this is cost, shorter recovery times, and the number of creative ways your body and face can be shaped, sculpted, and smoothed without surgery. 

In this post, we’ll break down the details of the top 5 most effective minimally invasive facial procedures according to ASPS.   

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®)

Botox® is a safe, effective injectable compound used to target common signs of aging in the face. Botox® can be used to smooth deep “dynamic” wrinkles and facial lines such as crow’s feet, lift corners of the mouth, and address areas around the brows and eyes. Botox® is by far the most popular brand of Botulinum Toxin Type A injectables, but we also offer another brand at our practice called Dysport® that works slightly differently than Botox®.

If you’re scheduling Botox® or Dysport® injections in anticipation for an event, keep in mind that you’ll start to see the effects on your skin within a few days, but it takes about 2-3 weeks to see the full results.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Soft-Tissue Fillers

Soft-tissue fillers, commonly referred to as dermal fillers, come in several different formulations. They’re often referenced by their primary active ingredient. These include polymethyl-methacrylate microsphere (PMMA) fillers, polylactic acid (PLLA) fillers, and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers, but by far the most popular are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers.

Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating substance found naturally in your body. It’s effective as a dermal filler ingredient because of its ability to draw and retain water, which helps restore volume in areas where you’ve lost significant collagen and elastin. Dermal fillers usually produce some minor swelling for a week or two following an appointment with results usually starting showing shortly after. Some HA fillers such as Sculptra® show improving results over 4-6 months.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels address issues with skin tone and texture by cleaning the skin and removing the outermost, damaged layer of skin. Although they can be used on other areas of the body, most chemical peels are done on the face and are used to treat acne, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin textures, scarring, and environmental damage.

Chemical peels can treat varying depths of skin issues. Deeper chemical peels will carry a longer recovery time, sometimes a week or longer, and all chemical peels will require you to avoid the sun for a brief period.

Laser Hair Removal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved using lasers for hair removal in 1995. During a laser hair removal session, the treatment area is usually numbed with a gel to maximize patient comfort. The laser is focused and moved across the treatment area, blasting concentrated light just below the surface of the skin. Hair follicles absorb this light and vaporize.

Darker hair tends to absorb laser energy easier, which makes it makes it less effective on blonde, gray, or white hair.  


Cryolipolysis, or using cold temperatures to break down excess fat cells, is the method behind CoolSculpting’s technology. It’s primarily used in body contouring, and in just a couple treatments, CoolSculpting can also be used to significantly sculpt the shape and contour of the chin and neck. During a session, a device is placed on the treatment area to lower the temperature of fat cells beneath the skin. The cold temperature causes the fat cells to weaken, break down, and eventually be removed through your body’s metabolic process, which helps treat things like submental fat, or a double chin, on your face.   

Want to Talk About Your Surgical and Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Options? 

The skilled aesthetic experts at AW Plastic Surgery can help you realize your ideal beauty. If you’d like to schedule a consultation for surgical or non-surgical facial procedures, please contact Dr. Wilson in Portsmouth, NH today.

Please call AW Plastic Surgery at (603) 294-4526 or contact us through this site.