From Knife to Needles and Machines

Why plastic surgeons are embracing non-surgical procedures

From Knife to Needles and Machines

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for men and women of different age groups to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures to improve or enhance their appearance. From breast augmentation and liposuction, to facelifts, nose reshaping and eyelid surgery, many have resorted to going under the knife to achieve their desired facial profile, body figure, nose shape, and the like.

However, there is also that group of individuals who want to achieve similar results but are averse to the idea of having a scalpel cut into their skin, and have problems that need not necessarily require surgery to correct. There are also those who are experiencing initial signs of aging on their face but cannot undergo surgical facelifts yet, as procedures like such are best delayed until patients are in their late 50’s or 60’s, when they have enough skin and muscles to tighten, lest they suffer from the effects of a premature surgical facelift.

To this latter group of individuals, plastic surgeons have recommended non-invasive or minimally-invasive non-surgical procedures ranging from injectables to laser and ultrasound shots, which are more viable to address problematic areas on the face and neck normally caused by initial signs of aging.

Loss of facial volume? Sagging skin? These can be answered by minimally-invasive treatments like Botox and Derma Filler injections with lesser to no downtime and pain, and a relatively shorter and less complex procedure.

With the rising demand for non-surgical treatments, it is not surprising that commercial facilities and medical facilities alike have begun battling to attract the most number of patients looking to undergo these types of procedures. But plastic surgeons, with their special training and long experience of handling a person’s anatomy, are still the ones best equipped to execute these types of treatments, which, while non-surgical, still require an abundance of medical knowledge because they involve sensitive tissues and blood vessels that can suffer from permanent damage when mistreated. Besides the risk of failing to achieve one’s desired result, as in the case of a bad nose job or an overstretched face, there may be bruising or permanent scarring resulting from wrongly administered injections or lasers. Thus, it is best to entrust these procedures with doctors who understand the problem not only on a surface level, but on the level of one’s face or body’s internal anatomy.

Besides the benefit of specialization in the field of cosmetic surgery, plastic surgeons have the advantage of understanding the full functions of one’s face and body, thus having more capacity to craft a treatment plan to specifically address one’s condition. This is important because moderation must be exercised when undergoing these procedures; thus, it is best to know whether a single procedure is enough to solve one’s problems before resorting to multiple other measures.

The last thing both the patient and doctor want is an over-treated face or body, which is not only aesthetically unpleasant but is also susceptible to health complications that may be difficult to reverse.

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