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Summary: Are non surgical cosmetic procedures easier to undergo than surgery? The straightforward answer seems to be an affirmative: yes, they probably are. But that doesn’t mean non surgical cosmetic procedures are right for everyone or that they should always be used. Indeed, just because non surgical cosmetic procedures seem easier doesn’t mean that they are universally better.

Are Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Easier Than Plastic Surgery?

Non surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and Coolsculpting, have never been more popular. And a key component of that popularity is just how easy they seem. But are non surgical cosmetic procedures really easier than their surgical counterparts? That’s one of the questions that seems straightforward on the surface. But once you start digging, you realize just how complicated the answer can be.

Because here’s the thing: there are going to be a lot of variables. And I’m not just talking about the procedures themselves (Botox vs. dermal fillers, for example). There are variables within your own physiology and your goals.

For most people, then, whether a non surgical cosmetic procedure is “easier” than surgery is going to come down to matching their goals to their physiology (and budget). In other words, there’s no single and simple answer to this question (as is usual for many questions involving plastic and cosmetic surgery). As always, you should discuss all of your options–surgical and non surgical–during your consultation with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. Are non surgical cosmetic procedures easier? Well, let’s take a look.

In What Way Are Non Surgical Procedures Easier?

So, non surgical cosmetic procedures are supposed to be easier, right? But let’s take a look at that: in what way are they supposed to be easier? That’s a good question, and there are a number of ways in which cosmetic procedures such as Botox or Coolsculpting claim to make things easier on patients:

  • Convenience: Non surgical procedures can usually be performed in a short amount of time (even the longer-duration procedures, such as Coolsculpting, are still shorter than a surgical procedure). The ability to get in, get an injection (or other procedure), and get out is quite appealing to many patients.
  • Minimal recovery: Recovery from surgery can be hard. So the ability to sidestep surgical recovery–to get results without it–can certainly make those procedures seem “easier.” It’s difficult to blame any patients, then, who wants to get cosmetic results without having to undergo surgery.
  • Temporary results: One of the drawbacks of many non invasive procedures (such as Botox and dermal filler injections) is that the results tend to be temporary. But for some patients, this is actually a good thing–they don’t want permanent results (at least not yet). And so these cosmetic procedures tend to be more favorable (it should be noted that body contouring procedures such as Coolsculpting are effectively permanent).

And this is just scratching the surface. Patients love having the ability to come in for a procedure and get results without a long wait or a long recovery. There’s definitely a convenience there, especially when compared to surgical procedures. But does that convenience mean that surgical procedures are “easier”?

When a Non Surgical Procedure is Not Easier

So these non surgical procedures seem objectively easier at first glance. Is there ever a situation in which they aren’t easier? The most common situation in which a non surgical procedure does not end up easier is when it’s not the procedure you want.

Let’s say that you’re trying to eliminate some unwanted excess skin from around your tummy. There aren’t many non surgical procedures that can effectively do anything about that–your only real option might be a tummy tuck. But if you’re trying to avoid surgery, you might be tempted to try Coolsculpting or Sonobello or any number of other non invasive body contouring options first.

And in the long run, that may not end up making your life much “easier.” That’s why most surgeons will recommend that you focus on the procedure that’s best for your desired results rather than attempting to find a “easier” solution.

No Right Way

As with so many things in the world of plastic and cosmetic surgery, there’s no right way to go about this decision. In some cases, Botox injections will be easier (okay, many cases)–but only if they actually address the issue you’re trying to solve. So, in other cases, a surgical facelift procedure might (surprisingly) be easier.

It all depends on your goals and your physiology. So if you’re trying to figure out whether non surgical cosmetic procedures are easier than surgery, it’s important to talk to your local cosmetic or plastic surgeon. If you’re worried about how “easy” a procedure might be (or might not be), ask about that aspect during your consultation.

There’s no universally correct way to proceed. There’s only the right way for you and your body.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in communication with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he is communicating the latest and most up to date information.

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