In just a single year, the use of hyaluronic acid fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®, has increased by 18%. And soft tissue fillers, such as RADIESSE®, have seen a 13% increase in popularity. Although facial surgical enhancement remains as popular as ever, more and more people are turning to the convenience of the minimally invasive options. But which one is better?
I offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments at my Palo Alto plastic surgery practice. When my patients have trouble deciding which option is best for them, I like to remind them that there simply is no ideal option for everybody. Instead, the ultimate decision lies with the patient. Does he or she prioritize cost and convenience, or is he or she looking for more advanced, comprehensive correction of cosmetic concerns?
For some people, the choice is easy. For example, younger patients often find that non-surgical treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, give them the subtle, targeted results they want. When downtime is also a factor, these treatments can offer patients a noticeable improvement without taking significant time out of their lives.
For others, surgery might be the obvious choice. Surgical procedures offer more complete and correct results that can last for many years. Other people may not even need to make the choice, as surgical and non-surgical options are often used together to complement each other. Facelift patients, for instance, sometimes choose to maintain their long-term results with occasional dermal filler treatments.
The best way to determine which option is best for you is by visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers both surgical and non-surgical options. He or she will closely evaluate your concerns and help you pick a treatment, or combination of treatments, that gives you effective results that match your lifestyle and your aesthetic goals.