Needle or Knife?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, injectable Botox® Cosmetic was the number one nonsurgical procedure performed in the United States in 2013. Over six million men and women have chosen the needle over the knife when it comes to rejuvenating the appearance of the face. Why has there been such an increase in the popularity of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options for looking younger compared to surgery?
Whether holding down a job, or holding down the fort at home (or both!), very few men and women and are able to set aside the couple of weeks that would be necessary for surgery and recovery time after a facelift. And really, who wants to use up precious vacation time recouping from elective surgery?
Nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures can be completed over a lunch break. Botox injections and dermal fillers take just a few minutes to administer, and the results appear in a few days.
Furthermore, other skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion, facials and chemical peels, can be relaxing procedures that are a welcome break from a stressful week, while improving your appearance at the same time.
There are over a half-dozen different kinds of dermal fillers available to minimize deeper wrinkles, fill in facial scars or enhance the lips. And if there’s one thing today that people love, it’s having plenty of choices. Such a variety of options helps men and women and their surgeon customize an injection regimen that will work best for their appearance goals.
Nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures are temporary, lasting several months or years, depending on the treatment. Such procedures are perfect for those who are hesitant about committing to the permanence of surgery, may be waiting until they’re older, or saving money for their facelift.
Many times, patients choose injectables and fillers as part of a regular anti-aging regimen for a few years, and then move forward with surgery once they feel comfortable with their rejuvenated appearance and want to proceed with surgery.
The low risk factor and very low complication rates associated with noninvasive rejuvenation techniques are far less involved when compared to recovery from plastic surgery. Furthermore, most dermal fillers are based on substances the body produces naturally, making any risk of an adverse reaction quite minimal. And of course, without surgery, there aren’t any incisions, scars or recovery time to worry about. For all of these reasons, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation is here to stay.