It wasn’t that long ago when, if you wanted to make changes to your appearance, plastic surgery was the only option available to you. For example, if you had stubborn fat, you could choose to have liposuction. If you were unhappy about your nose’s size or shape, you could choose rhinoplasty.
In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments haven’t become both available and wildly popular. In many cases, they’ve become more popular than their surgical alternatives. While for many people, non-surgical options will provide their desired results, surgery still remains a good pick for others. Here’s how to tell whether surgery or a non-surgical option is the best choice for you.
How Much Time Do You Have?
The amount of time you have to dedicate to the procedure itself and to recovery afterward can be a pretty significant determining factor when you’re deciding between a surgical or non-surgical treatment.
Generally speaking, surgery is going to require more time on your part. Surgical procedures take longer to perform, in some cases, several hours. In contrast, many non-surgical options, such as injectable fillers, take less than 30 minutes to administer.
There’s also prep time before the procedure and recovery time afterward to keep in mind. Depending on the type of surgery you’re going to have, you might need to spend a few days or weeks getting ready for it. Preparation for surgery might include stopping or adjusting certain medications, quitting smoking or improving your diet.
Usually, there’s very little or even no preparation required before a non-surgical procedure. The same is often true afterward. Many people can go back to their regular activities and lives immediately after Botox or another injection, for example.
Surgery often requires a significant recovery period. How long depends on the procedure and how quickly you “bounce back,” but for the most part, you can expect to take at least a week off from work after a plastic surgery procedure.
How Dramatic Do You Want Your Results to Be?
Another thing to consider when deciding between surgery or a minimally invasive treatment is the type of results you’re looking for. Surgical liposuction is often able to remove more fat from the body than non-surgical fat reduction treatments, for example. A surgical rhinoplasty is able to make more changes to the nose than a non-surgical nose job. A facelift can minimize severe cases of sagging while non-surgical skin tightening procedures usually can only help people with a small amount of skin laxity and sagging.
How Long Do You Want Your Results to Last?
Results from a minimally invasive procedure usually don’t last for as long as the results from surgery. For example, injectable fillers can help to add volume to the cheeks for up to a couple of years. Cheek implants, on the other hand, are meant to be permanent. The results from a facelift can last for about a decade, if not longer, and the results from a surgical rhinoplasty can be permanent.
Do You Want Repeat Treatments?
Although minimally invasive procedures usually don’t provide very long-lasting results, they are often repeatable. That means you can schedule an appointment for another round of fillers or Botox as the results start to fade.
For some patients, having to see their plastic surgeon on a regular basis, such as every few months, is worth the hassle, if they don’t have to devote a lengthy amount of time to recovery. It all comes down to personal preference. Surgery can be a “one and done” option while non-surgical options can require frequent touch-ups or follow-ups.
Learn More About Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Today
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures. They can help you decide on the treatment option that will best meet your goals, and that will work with your schedule. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today