Surgery is a word that strikes fear in the minds of some. With it comes potential concerns: pain, downtime, and perhaps the anxiety of knives (scalpels). Surgery, no matter what type it is, is no walk in the park, and so it is no surprise that many are hesitant in their consideration of it. The good news is, however, when it comes to cosmetic issues, there are many non-invasive ways to subtract years from your appearance and enhance your figure with little to no downtime—and no knives or incisions.
Instead of a Facelift
If you are fighting the formation of facial wrinkles and volume loss, injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and BELOTERO BALANCE® can provide relief. BOTOX® Cosmetic treats frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead creases, while JUVÉDERM® and BELOTERO BALANCE® fill in lines around the mouth. Not only can injectables lessen the appearance of wrinkles, they can also add fullness to areas of the face that have lost volume, such as the cheeks. Although these treatments do not provide permanent results, they can provide relief from wrinkles without downtime and scarring. However, injectables cannot target significantly sagging skin the way facelift surgery can.
Instead of a Tummy Tuck
If you have exercise-resistant pockets of fat, SculpSure® may be the answer you’ve been searching for. SculpSure® uses light-based lasers to apply heat to your specific trouble spots during treatment that takes as little as 25 minutes. This heat destroys up to 24 percent of the fat cells in the treatment area while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The damaged fat cells are absorbed by the body within weeks, leaving you with a more toned and firm physique. This procedure may require several treatments and is not intended for those with large amounts of skin the way tummy tuck surgery is, nor is SculpSure® for those with larger amounts of fat who may need liposuction (usually laser assisted).
Instead of Lip Augmentation
If you are interested in achieving that luscious pout for all of your selfies, consider lip fillers such as JUVÉDERM®. Fillers provide instant fullness and a youthful appearance to the lips without the need for surgery. Like most other injectables, lip fillers are temporary, lasting between six and 12 months. However, if you are considering permanent lip enhancement, lip fillers are a great “test drive” for the procedure.
If you are interested in achieving results similar to cosmetic surgery without the surgery, it may be time to consider a non-invasive procedure with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jervis. Call to set up your consultation at (925) 937-7100, or fill out our online contact form today.