Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Top the List of America’s Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures
Earlier this year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons released a report citing the most popular plastic surgeries of 2011. Among the most popular of these procedures were minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and other injectables. Over the past year, nearly 90% of all plastic surgeries performed in the United States fell into this category. Depending on a patient’s plastic surgery goals, minimally invasive procedures can be a cost-effective way to turn back the clock.
Price difference may be a prime factor in the increasing number of minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures. While the average surgery generally costs several thousand dollars, the average minimally invasive procedure usually falls at several hundred. For many patients, this can make the difference between undergoing a full procedure, like a facelift, and simply choosing to get Botox injections for a fraction of the price. However, it is important for prospective patients to realize that minimally invasive treatments, while highly effective in many cases, are also temporary. Over time, they may need to be repeated in order to maintain a desired effect. This process can sometimes equal the cost of doing surgery. In addition, the popularity of cosmetic injectables has led to a large number of non-medical providers offering these services – some of which may not be experienced or highly trained.
Any highly trained and board certified plastic surgeon will tell you that it is critical for patients to prioritize quality over price when it comes to any kind of cosmetic surgery. Minimally invasive procedures can work wonders when it comes to lifting and firming the skin, and are a good choice for many patients. But in some cases, a patient may reap greater overall benefit, both aesthetically and financially, from a more permanent procedure, or even the combination of injectables and conventional plastic surgery; and in every case, a board certified plastic surgeon is the best and safest provider for these treatments. Each and every patient is different — but everyone deserves the chance to discuss their goals with a skilled surgeon before choosing a procedure, and to know that his or her health is in capable, experienced hands.