With more cosmetic surgery options than ever, patients have numerous choices for altering their bodies. While you are thinking about invasive procedures like a facelift, moderately invasive procedures like body contouring or Smartlipo, or minimally invasive treatments like Botox, there are certain things you should discuss with your doctor regarding your health and safety.
- TIME: One thing to consider is recovery time. Surgical procedures are harder on your body, which results in a longer time to heal. Minimally invasive treatments like Botox or dermal fillers are better suited for patients that cannot spare sick time from work or bed rest.
- RESULTS: Another question is the longevity of the procedure’s results. Surgical options like liposuction or nose rhinoplasty have the benefit of lasting longer than a Botox injection. Those that take on an invasive treatment may only need to do so once every few years—if not a lifetime.
- COST: Even with the variety of cosmetic treatments, patients must mull over their financial options. Invasive procedures like a facelift will cost more money than noninvasive treatments like dermal injections. The flipside is that Botox or dermal fillers require several injections every few months to maintain results.
- TRANSFORMATION: The most important factor to ponder is how much of a change you want to make to your body. Surgical options will offer more dramatic and noticeable results, while nonsurgical treatments are likely to be more subtle. Consult your surgeon for your best options.