The Black Woman's Guide To Non-Invasive Aesthetic Treatments
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The Black Woman's Guide To Non-Invasive Aesthetic Treatments

There was a time not too long ago when the talk around plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancements were seen as taboo and only for a select group of people. But if you look around at the selfie-forward, #nofilter culture we’ve entered in, those days are long gone.

Sometimes we want a little snatch here and a slight lift there without going under the knife and spending weeks in recovery. From fillers to peels, many aesthetic-seekers are finding that there is a way to achieve the same results of fully immersive surgeries without ever having to get on the operating table with non-intrusive procedures.


Non-intrusive skin procedures, also known as non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, are cosmetic or dermatological treatments that do not require surgical incisions or penetration of the skin. These procedures are generally considered safer, have minimal downtime, and carry fewer risks compared to surgical interventions. Designed to improve the appearance and condition of the skin, these treatments have gained popularity for their efficient recovery periods and fewer side effects than traditional surgical cosmetic treatments.

A study released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported a 6% decrease in invasive plastic surgical procedures between 2000 and 2016. Cut to the present day, the rise in non-intrusive procedures has only gotten higher. According to a recent report by Grand View Research, the market for non-invasive aesthetic treatments was valued at 53.8 billion in 2021, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 15.2 percent from 2022 to 2030.

With key factors like increasing beauty consciousness, advancements in technology, and a growing aging population driving the market's growth, we can see that the interest and implementation of these treatments aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.


The bases of non-invasive aesthetic treatments involve procedures like Botox injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing, among others, and are issued by a board-certified dermatology or esthetician. These treatments often target crow’s feet, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and other blemishes in order to improve the overall appearance of the patient's skin and complexion.

But how do you know which procedure is right for you? To help pique your interest in discovering all the Black-woman-friendly procedures, we’ve put together the best non-intrusive treatments to get your skin glowing, lifted, and snatched.

Botox Injections:

Easily the most known type of non-intrusive procedure is Botox® which is a well-known brand of botulinum toxin injections that use neurotoxins to temporarily relax the muscles in the face. During this procedure, small amounts of Botox are administered to specific muscles to smooth wrinkles and even alleviate migraine headaches.

Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, preventing them from contracting or tensing up. These effects are temporary but can last for several months, which makes it a popular, go-to “tweakment” for new and seasoned patients.

Good for people who: are looking to reduce signs of aging in the forehead, laugh lines, lips, neck, or eyes (crow’s feet).


AviClear is the first FDA-approved laser to treat all levels of acne and diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation. This non-invasive procedure utilizes a 1726 nm wavelength of focused laser energy to target and address the underlying causes of acne, such as excess oil production, bacteria, and inflammation.

The laser works by penetrating the skin's surface and heating the sebaceous glands, where oil is produced, to reduce oil production. It also helps to zap away acne-causing bacteria and promote collagen production, which can improve skin texture and appearance.

Good for people who: are looking for a long-term solution to clear acne and prevent future breakouts.

RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a device that combines radiofrequency with tiny needles to induce controlled damage in the skin. This process stimulates the skin's natural repair response and boosts collagen production, resulting in a smoother and tighter appearance.

Unlike other energy-based devices that rely on heat, light, or specific wavelengths that target melanin in the skin, RF microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones.

Good for people who: are looking to get rid of acne scars, smooth the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin texture.

RHA (Resilient Hyaluronic Acid) Fillers

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are a type of injectable dermal filler. These fillers are designed to mimic the natural hyaluronic acid found in the skin, providing a more natural and flexible result. RHA fillers come in different formulations (RHA 1, RHA 2, RHA 3, RHA 4) with varying thickness and malleability.

They are intended to be used by dermatologists like an artist's palette, creating a customized combination to achieve the best results for each client's needs. RHA fillers have a stretchy quality that allows them to move with facial expressions, ensuring a natural look, especially in your most expressive moments.

Good for people who: are looking to minimize wrinkles, add natural volume, and smooth fine lines.

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