Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. This means that they are performed in the doctor's office with either no anesthesia or local anesthesia. The individual returns to regular activities immediately or after a very short recovery period.
Some of the effects of non-surgical cosmetic procedures are temporary, and a person may choose to repeat a treatment.
Other non-surgical cosmetic procedures may require the individual to make certain changes to their lifestyle. For example, to lengthen the benefit of tooth-whitening procedures and to prevent re-staining the teeth, an individual should avoid:
- drinks such as coffee, tea, or cola
- foods such as blueberries and tofu
- habits such as smoking
Surgical cosmetic procedures require a longer recovery time than non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The amount of time will depend on the procedure that is performed. After a surgical cosmetic procedure, an individual may experience some of the following signs:
- changes in skin colour
The healing process is gradual and depends on the individual and the type of surgery performed.
After a cosmetic procedure, your body continues to age and change. Even after a face lift or other wrinkle-removal procedure, signs of aging will over time reappear in the face or on the body. In cases such as liposuction, for the results to remain long lasting, a sensible diet and a regular exercise program must be followed.
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