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Surgical or Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedure: Which Is Best for You?

Posted by Cleveland Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery on 3/15/13 4:01 PM

question surgeryCosmetic surgery offers both surgical and non-surgical, or non-invasive, options for improving your appearance. Surgical procedures include liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation and most Mommy Makeovers; while Botox and dermal fillers are examples of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Your appearance goals may indicate whether a surgical or non-invasive procedure is most likely to achieve the results you desire; however, quite often your board-certified Cleveland cosmetic surgeon will be able to offer you several cosmetic surgery options to choose from. 

How to choose? 

Before making cosmetic surgery decisions, carefully discuss the pros and cons of each recommenced option with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Some of the issues you will want to consider and discuss with your surgeon include: 

  • Recovery time. The amount of time you can devote to recovery may inform your decision. Because they are more invasive, surgical procedures understandably require longer recovery times than non-invasive procedures. If you want to take limited time off from work, you might want to choose Botox over a face lift. However, new techniques can cut recovery time dramatically. For example, Smartlipo TriPlex, a state-of-the-art laser-assisted liposuction technique, minimizes discomfort, bruising and recovery time. Many patients can have their procedure on a Friday and be back in the office the following Monday.
  • Longevity of results. How long you want you cosmetic surgery results to last is an important consideration when making cosmetic surgery decisions. Cosmetic surgery typically offers longer lasting results than non-invasive techniques. Surgery can address the root cause of a problem and make permanent changes to underlying muscle and tissue structures. Non-invasive procedures affect only upper tissue layers and may need to be renewed periodically. For example, a face lift may last a lifetime while Botox typically last 3 to 4 months. 

To be continued

Topics: mommy makeover, cosmetic surgery, cleveland cosmetic surgeon