Non-Surgical Realities

Many procedures today are touted as "non-surgical," but the reality is that anything involving an incision or that creates a wound, no matter how small, is defined as surgery.

Simple procedures such as removing skin tags, moles or lesions, and those that require only a small injection of local anesthetic can safely be performed in your doctor's office. Add sedation, or even tumescence (the infusion of saline and anesthetic) and now you have surgery that belongs in a properly appointed medical setting where your health and vital signs can be monitored. In addition, any procedure that involve probes or scopes, or that involves placing medical devices such as sutures for thread lifts into your skin, belongs in an appropriately appointed surgical setting.

If in doubt, just remember this: surgery involves cutting soft tissue, no matter how small the incision or resulting wound. Non-surgical means an injection, a laser or device or any treatment that is solely restricted outside your skin and body and does not result in any form of visible wound.