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When weighing your plastic surgery options, you must decide whether you want to pursue surgical procedures, like a facelift, liposuction or tummy tuck, or non-surgical alternatives, like Botox or dermal filler injections. Here are five questions to ask yourself when making this choice with your board-certified plastic surgeon:

1. How long do I have to recover?

Surgical options are more intensive, which means you'll need a longer period of time to recover. If you aren't able to take time off of work, or you don't want to spend too much time at home recovering, then a non-surgical procedure with minimal recovery time, like Botox, may be a better choice.

2. How long do I want results to last?

One of the biggest benefits of surgical procedures like liposuction or neck lifts is that they typically carry long-term results. Patients who receive a breast augmentation or facelift may never go under the knife again, or may only do so many years down the line when further age-related changes necessitate another procedure.

3. How much do I want to spend?

While plastic surgery has become much more affordable over the years, an intensive procedure like a tummy tuck is going to be more expensive than some of the less invasive options. However, bear in mind that if you opt for Botoxover a facelift, you'll need to get multiple injections over time, as results only last three to six months. This could end up costing more in the long run, so ask your aesthetic surgeon for advice.

4. Do I want a dramatic change?

Many surgical procedures, like breast implants, offer dramatic results, which will likely be noticed by friends and family. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then you may want to ask your doctor for a subtler, non-surgical cosmetic procedure.

Date: 2015-04-20; view: 530

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