Non surgical plastic surgery

NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC PROCEDURES

We offer a wide variety of non surgical plastic surgery treatments including fillersbotox®, and lasers.

These treatments can only be offered after careful assessment by a consultant plastic surgeon, or by our aesthetic practitioner.

What are they?

The term ‘non-surgical cosmetic procedures’ is used to refer mainly to injectable treatments, mainly on the face.

The two treatments that fall into this category are:

  1. Botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox®, which is a tradename for a specific product)
  2. Dermal fillers

Botulinum toxin

The main action of these injections is to temporarily reduce the activity of certain muscles of the face, thereby reducing wrinkling.

Lines that appear upon movement or expression of the face respond best to this treatment. Such lines are referred to as ‘dynamic lines’. They appear on, or are increased by movement, and then disappear or reduce when the face is relaxed.

Common areas for its use are the forehead, frown area and crows feet around the eyes. It can also be used in other areas of the face and has non-cosmetic uses such as treatment of excessive sweating and migraines.

Dermal fillers

These substances can be injected into the face to restore volume, the loss of which can occur with ageing.

Their main use is in softening ‘static lines’, which are present in the face when the muscles are relaxed. Common areas for the appearance of such lines are the nasolabial folds, the marionette lines, and around the lips.

Fillers may also be used to great effect in the enhancement or minor reshaping of certain areas, such as the lips, cheeks, chin, jawline and nose.

Laser

Mr Will Anderson is currently the lead clinician for the Laser unit at St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

Mr Awf Quaba was one of the early pioneers of laser surgery for birth marks in the UK and was responsible for setting up the Laser unit in the department of Plastic Surgery in Edinburgh.