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Summary: Cheap plastic surgery is not really a great thing. Think about what we mean by “cheap” when we use it in context: it’s usually something that is easily thrown away, easily breakable. That’s definitely not what you want for your plastic surgery. However, finding some cost effective plastic surgery strategies can help you get the results you really want.

Cost Effective Plastic Surgery Procedures

We never really like to call anything cheap—for obvious reasons. Cheap implies that there’s a lack of value, a lack of quality. Cheap implies that whatever you get won’t last. Think about it this way: how much would you pay for a cheap hamburger? Or a cheap couch? Not much.

For most of its existence, plastic surgery has placed more emphasis on quality than on expense. That’s not changing, and for good reason—that “quality” inevitably has an impact on your health. But new technologies are driving down the expense attached to some procedures.

Here’s what this means for you: it’s now possible to get great cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in a cost effective way. To be sure, this isn’t going to be true of every procedure—but patients now have more options than ever before.

Cost Effective Facial Plastic Surgery

One of the areas of the body that has seen the most innovation in developing cost effective plastic surgery solutions has been the face. In many ways, this is thanks to the development of Botox, the cost effective injectable that can temporarily eliminate unwanted lines and wrinkles.

But that’s not the whole story. Indeed, the rise in cost effective treatments is also due to innovation in less invasive facial procedures. For example, many surgeons offer brow lift and facelift options that are less invasive. These less invasive options were developed to help speed healing and recovery, but they have the added bonus of being quite cost effective.

The reason these “less invasive” procedures are more cost effective is pretty simple: anesthesia. A less invasive brow lift or a facelift with local anesthesia (instead of general anesthesia) can be performed more widely and without the added expenses involved with general anesthesia.

This helps to make certain types of brow lift and facelift surgeries (not just Botox injections, in other words) more affordable.

Non Surgical Body Contouring Options

When you aren’t able to lose the weight you want, many people turn to liposuction. This surgical procedure is minimally invasive, but still requires general anesthesia (usually) because of the methods involved. According to the website of the New Jersey liposuction experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, liposuction can take several weeks to recover from.

If you’re looking for a less expensive option, that usually means going with a non surgical solution. There are several non surgical ways to achieve some body contouring results. The most popular such procedure is called CoolSculpting.

Now, CoolSculpting is pretty interesting because it uses the power of cold to eliminate fat. Turns out, your skin cells have a much higher threshold for cold than do your fat cells. So the skin cells are fine—but the fat cells are caused to burst. This means that, effectively, you’re able to lose weight without surgery.

The other great product that’s taking the body contouring world by storm is called Kybella. This injectable is cleared by the FDA to eliminate unwanted volume beneath the jawline. In other words, you get a quick injection into the jaw, and Kybella can (over a few weeks) eliminate your double chin.

When you compare the cost of something like Kybella or CoolSculpting to liposuction, you can easily see where the cost savings come in. However, in some cases, you really do get what you pay for. The results from Kybella and, to a greater degree, CoolSculpting, are going to be much more subtle than you might get with something like liposuction.

That said, if you’re looking for a cost effective option, CoolSculpting and Kybella can do just that.

Worth the Cost?

Most mainstream plastic surgery procedures are going to be somewhat expensive. A large degree of that expense, however, is aimed at ensuring your good health and your excellent results. I wouldn’t look at CoolSculpting or a local anesthesia brow lift as a kind of “budget” option.

Rather, if all you need is one of these cost effective procedures, then there is no reason to pursue a more intense surgical procedure. The more options you have, the easier it is to find exactly what will suit you. And the better a procedure suits you, the more likely you are to really like the results.

Because if you think about plastic surgery as an investment, then the best way to make sure that investment pays off is if you’re actually happy with the results.

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