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A guide to Invasive and Non-Invasive treatments, from sk:n

2nd March 2015

What are medical aesthetics?

Medical aesthetics are essentially where science and aesthetics meet. They are medical procedures designed to improve a person’s outside appearance.

They primarily cover treatments involved with the skin, though other parts of the body may be involved. In instances involving medical problems such as trauma, plastic surgery, cancer treatment and burn recovery, medical aesthetic procedures can be used for preventative or palliative reasons. In other cases, medical aesthetic procedures may be involved for cosmetic enhancement purposes.

There are three different categories that measure the invasiveness of any given medical aesthetics procedure:

  1. invasive,
  2. minimally invasive and
  3. non-invasive.

Each one is different in terms of recovery and procedural time, as well as potential risks.

Invasive: treatments wherein the skin is penetrated, or broken (e.g. liposuction, nose reshaping, and breast augmentation). Compared to minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, the recovery time for these procedures is considerably longer. Also, the risks may be higher. The current UK market for these procedures is around £400m. However, it is worth noting that in the absence of robust regulations and reporting, these numbers are only good estimates.*

Minimally invasive: treatments that can be performed through entering the body via the skin, a body cavity, or small bodily opening (e.g. Botox® and dermal fillers). They are the most common type of cosmetic procedure and their recovery time is relatively short when compared to invasive surgery. The risks associated with minimally invasive surgery are generally minor when carried out properly. This category is growing steeply at £200m but is forecast to take share from the invasive market and grow by further £100m over the next 3 years.

Non-invasive: these treatments do not require the penetration of the skin (e.g. chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion). Recovery time from non-invasive procedures is the shortest of the three categories. Also, the risks are quite minimal for non-invasive procedures. This represents the smallest category, at c£80m a year

sk:n, The Nation's Skin Clinic, specialise in minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments. We firmly believe that with the advances in modern medicine and science, near surgery-looking results are more than possible with minimal trauma to the skin, and so much less down-time. Increasingly we are seeing clients opting for the less invasive treatments and with our record of being the most highly regulated of all skin clinics, there is no safer place to discover better skin.

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