SURGICAL VS. NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC PROCEDURES

Determining the Best Cosmetic Treatment


If you're considering a cosmetic procedure or treatment, the number of choices available to you may overwhelm you. While plastic surgery used to mean a full facelift or nose reshaping, today there are many procedures and treatments that can help you achieve the aesthetic results you want — from subtle to more significant changes. To understand which option is the best choice for your situation, here's a quick summary of the differences between surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery techniques.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical procedures are ideal for men and women who want a more substantial and dramatic change in their appearance or who have more significant signs of aging over an extensive area. For instance, an individual with deep wrinkling over the face and neck might find greater satisfaction with a full facelift, neck lift and browlift or forehead lift than with a non-surgical laser procedure or superficial chemical peel.

Surgical procedures are also used when implants are desired — for instance, breast implants, calf implants or facial implants for the cheeks or chin. Surgical procedures are also used for reduction procedures such as breast reduction and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) procedures. And of course, liposuction is a very popular type of surgical procedure that uses smaller incisions to allow specially designed surgical instruments to reach the treatment area.

Fat grafting, which is an effective and natural method to temporarily restore a fuller, shapelier appearance, is another surgical procedure that has gained popularity. Fat grafting removes additional fat from donor sites and uses it to add volume to areas such as the cheeks, under the eyes (bags) and jawline. Fat grafting techniques are also used to increase or alter the shape and size of the breasts.

Surgical procedures typically use general anesthesia and have a longer recovery period than non-surgical approaches.

Top five surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States for 2013 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)


  • Breast Augmentation: 290,224
  • Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty): 221,053
  • Eyelid Surgery: 215,641
  • Liposuction: 199,817
  • Facelift: 133,320

Non-Surgical Procedures

Non-surgical techniques are frequently referred to as non-invasive or in some cases, minimally-invasive procedures or treatments. These treatments do not require surgical incisions or general anesthesia. The most popular non-surgical procedures among patients today include Botox®, laser hair removal, soft tissue fillers for wrinkles and to add volume to the lips and cheek areas, as well as chemical peels and microdermabrasion to improve the texture of the skin and remove wrinkling, scarring and discoloration.

Non-surgical techniques are effective in achieving results for patients who seek to soften the signs of aging in a more subtle way. Today's cosmetic treatments can be extremely effective in achieving excellent results in both men and women. For instance, a procedure using lasers or chemical solutions can be an ideal choice for patients who want to reduce or eliminate mild to moderate wrinkling and to restore some of the skin's natural resilience. Combined with soft tissue fillers and Botox®, many patients find non-surgical techniques can help them achieve the rejuvenated appearance the desire.

MyLooks® offers a selection of non-surgical skin tightening treatments that assist in creating a slimmer profile with no recovery period. The Viora Reaction™ is a minimally invasive technique that will tighten loose skin to provide better contour to treated areas on the face and body. For a non-invasive fat removal treatment, CoolSculpting® uses a freezing technology and is FDA-approved to remove fat from the targeted areas of the body.

Top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States for 2013 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)


  • Botox® Injectables: 6,321,160
  • Soft Tissue Fillers: 2,242,621
  • Chemical Peels: 1,163,333
  • Laser Hair Removal: 1,077,158
  • Microdermabrasion: 970,343

Many patients find they benefit from a combination of both surgical and non-surgical procedures to address multiple issues and achieve maximum results. At MyLooks®, our plastic surgeons and aestheticians are skilled in both surgical and non-surgical procedures, treatments and techniques. Our team develops a treatment plan that's based on your needs as well as your desired outcome. Call us today to schedule your own complimentary personal evaluation and consultation.