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The Plastic Surgeon’s Guide to Non-Surgical Skin Treatments

Posted April 29, 2024 in Non-Surgical Skin Treatments

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In today’s world, achieving flawless skin doesn’t always require surgery. Thanks to advancements in non-surgical cosmetic treatments, men and women can rejuvenate their skin without the need for invasive procedures. From minimizing wrinkles and fine lines to reducing acne scars and pigmentation irregularities, these non-surgical treatments offer a multitude of benefits for those seeking to enhance their skin’s appearance. In this guide, we’ll delve into the world of non-surgical skin treatments, exploring the benefits, procedures, and expected results of some of the most popular options available today.

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A plastic surgeon’s expertise isn’t applicable only to cosmetic surgery procedures. They are also experts at understanding which non-invasive treatments most closely mimic the effects people often seek from surgical options. 


Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin with precision. 

These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, prompting the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. Combining microneedling with customized skin serums is also an option.

Microneedling can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Chemical Peels

As a tried and true skin treatment, chemical peels have stood the test of time. This procedure involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate and lift the outermost layer, removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and stimulating the growth of new, healthier cells as fresh new skin is revealed. 

Chemical peels can be tailored to target specific concerns, such as acne, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging. Depending on the depth of the peel, individuals may experience mild to moderate peeling and redness, with results such as improved skin texture and a more youthful complexion.


Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion is an exfoliation treatment that uses a specialized device to gently remove the upper layer of skin. This process also helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin. 

Microdermabrasion is particularly effective for treating acne scars, uneven skin tone, and dullness. 

Little to no downtime is required for microdermabrasion, making it an ideal option for individuals with busy lifestyles. In contrast, chemical peels involve anywhere from a few days to a week of recovery, mostly due to peeling, depending on the depth of treatment. People can resume normal activity after a chemical peel, but they should know they will likely have a mild to moderate amount of peeling and redness while the skin recovers from the treatment. 


This milder exfoliation treatment involves using a surgical scalpel to gently remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the skin’s surface. 

Dermaplaning helps to reveal smoother, brighter skin and allows for better penetration of skincare products. Dermaplaning can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, and it is suitable for all skin types.

This treatment is often combined with other skin care procedures to enhance their effectiveness and overall results.

Pixel®️ Laser Skin Resurfacing

This non-ablative laser treatment targets specific areas of the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote tissue regeneration. Pixel® ️ laser skin resurfacing can improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate fine lines, minimize the appearance of acne scars, and correct pigmentation irregularities. Pixel®️ laser skin resurfacing is highly customizable, allowing for precise treatment of individual concerns with minimal downtime and discomfort.


Also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, the photofacial is a non-invasive treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to target pigment issues, redness, and sun damage. 

This technology delivers adjustable wavelengths of light to the skin, which are absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin to effectively reduce discoloration and promote collagen production. 

Photofacial treatments can improve the appearance of sunspots, age spots, rosacea, and vascular lesions, resulting in a more even complexion and youthful glow.


This minimally invasive treatment for spider and varicose veins involves injecting a specially designed and effective solution directly into the affected blood vessels. The liquid used during sclerotherapy irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually fade from view. 

Sclerotherapy is highly effective for treating small-to-medium-sized veins and can improve the appearance and discomfort associated with varicose and spider veins.

A Final Note From the Surgeon

Non-surgical cosmetic treatments offer a wide range of options for virtually anyone seeking to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing invasive surgery. From microneedling and chemical peels to microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing, these treatments provide effective options to address common concerns such as wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation irregularities, and vascular lesions. You can also do your part to maintain the results from these treatments since they work best and last longest when combined with medical-grade skin care products.

By choosing a reputable medspa, you too can receive a customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and achieves your desired aesthetic goals, resulting in smoother, healthier-looking skin and enhanced confidence without surgery.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments in Houston, TX

Dr. Mennen T. Gallas is a highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in advanced body, breast, and facial surgery. He has hand-picked our Houston area medspa’s non-surgical skin treatments based on their confirmed effectiveness and safety. 

If you have any questions or want to schedule your consultation, please contact our Katy, Texas, skin care professionals by calling (281) 646-1114.

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