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There's more to aesthetics than just a glow-up. Read our guide on what to expect.

More than 15.6 million people opted for an aesthetics procedure in 2020 alone. Whether its vampire facials, fillers or micro-needling, aesthetics is now a multi-million pound industry for both men and women, and its never been easier to find a treatment for your glow-up goals. Read our guide on what to expect and prepare for, ahead of a treatment.

Baby Botox, vampire facials, and lymphatic drainage are just some of the latest cosmetic procedures that have taken off over the last year. Cosmetic procedures have been on the rise for both men and women globally. More than 15.6 million people opted for a procedure in 2020, and with all the new options, finding the right treatment becomes easier each day. Whether your goal is to lift your brows or smooth your skin, there’s a procedure out there for everyone. If you’re interested in trying out a treatment for the first time or you’re a veteran visitor, we’re here to help you stay informed and proceed safely with your treatment.

There are many types of cosmetic procedures, but the ones we’ll cover in our guide are minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Minimally invasive procedures involve the injection of fillers or formulations.

Non-invasive procedures involve surface-level applications of treatments on the skin. These techniques tend to be safe and temporary, and result in reduced recovery time for patients.

We know navigating the world of cosmetic procedures can be confusing, but our experts have shared their top tips to help get you started.

Tip #1: Know what to expect

Cosmetic procedures can require lifestyle, financial, and scheduling considerations. Gathering all the necessary information before a procedure is vital to ensuring you are making an informed decision before you proceed.

Minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures are temporary. Cosmetic procedures like Botox can disappear in a matter of weeks, and need to be refreshed if you’d like to keep the look for longer. You may also need to make some personal and lifestyle adjustments, so that your body heals correctly. This might mean staying out of the sun or avoiding physical activity for a couple of days. If you’d like to have a procedure during the summer or before going on holiday, it would be wise to plan ahead and account for recovery time, especially if it’s your first time having a treatment!

Tip #2: Find an aesthetic practitioner you can trust

As cosmetic procedures increase in popularity, there are endless options for practitioners who offer these services. It is essential to find an accredited professional who has been vetted for safety and experience.

Cosmetic procedures involve the injection or application of fillers and concentrated formulations that can react with your skin and body. We recommend confirming that your chosen practitioner only uses the highest quality, medical grade formulations to limit potential risk.

Here at (med)24, we ensure that the brands used  for aesthetic procedures are safe for injection and application. Our team of aesthetic experts and licensed professionals can also help you understand how your body might react to certain injectables and fillers before you go ahead with a procedure. We’ll discuss allergies and help you care for yourself post-procedure to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.

Tip #3: Think about which aesthetic procedure is right for you!

Navigating the different aesthetic treatment options out there can be overwhelming. But our (med)24 GP and aesthetician, Dr Rizwan Khan explains, “there are numerous factors that help us decide which treatment is right for each individual”. We take time to understand your personal needs and discuss a plan to help you achieve your goals, whilst considering your age and skin type.

Bringing in pictures or coming in with a clear idea can help your practitioner recommend the right types of treatment for you. Our consultations provide the opportunity to become comfortable with the treatment before proceeding forward.

At (med)24, we offer the following minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments:


Botox is a popular treatment used to help combat wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. Botox is injected in small doses to help relax the muscles around wrinkle-prone areas.


Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and plump up the lips and cheeks. The types of ingredients used in fillers varies depending on the outcome you’d like to achieve. At (med)24, we use hyaluronic acid as a filler to restore elasticity to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient naturally found within our skin, and is known to help improve bounciness, moisture, and definition of the jaw line, chin, lips, or cheeks.


Micro-needling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses tiny needles to prick the skin. These tiny lesions on the skin can help the skin naturally generate more collagen, which helps improve the firmness and smoothness of the skin. Micro-needling can also help minimise the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, loose skin, and large pores.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels involve the application of a treatment on the surface of the skin. This treatment removes dead cells to reveal fresh, smooth, and undamaged skin underneath. Chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, roughness, and uneven tone.

In a world where there are so many options, our experts can guide you towards a safe, suitable procedure based on your goals and your skin’s unique needs. We understand that navigating the vast treatments can be confusing, and we welcome consultations to discuss your specific requirements.

Contact us today to book your aesthetics appointment.


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