Facial Injections VS Cosmetic Surgery – Which Is Better?

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We’re just starting into a new year which to many is the perfect time to break out a whole new you!

Maybe it’s losing a bit of weight, maybe it’s trying to tone up a bit more. Maybe it’s a matter of trying to look and feel your youngest. With this though there is often the question of what’s the best way to help you look younger?

Facial injections and cosmetic surgery each have their own advantages for reducing the appearance of aging and in this post we’re going to go over some of the main factor to consider when choosing between them.

Factor 1: Cost

In general, cosmetic surgery is always going to be more expensive than facial injections like Botox or Dysport. The reason why is simply because there is a lot more things involved in getting cosmetic surgery that will increase the price. For example, you’ve got multiple staff that need to be involved in the process such as various nurses and a skilled doctor. There is also the associated costs with anesthetic, materials (such as silicon if getting implants) and prescription drugs after the procedure. Many people often need to look to finance their cosmetic surgery procedures.

Facial injections on the other hand, typically only require one trained individual to administer them – a licensed physician assistant for example can handle the injection. And there are no added costs associated with getting it.

Factor 2: Result Length

Cosmetic surgery is often considered the more permanent route in anti-aging treatments. However, this can be a double-edged sword. If the results are good then there is no issue. But if the results are bad or less than you expect you’re often stuck with those results forever unless you want to pay for additional procedures.

With an injectable like Botox though, your results are temporary. They only last for a few months before an additional treatment is needed. But this can work in your favor as it allows you to try different options and placement of the injections to find the result you like best.

If you find that you get the same treatment for an extended period of time and want to go with a more permanent route that would be the time to start considering getting a cosmetic surgery procedure that matched your results with a facial injection.

Factor 3: Side Effects

Probably the biggest concern for anyone when choose between facial injections or cosmetic surgery (beyond the cost) is the risks and side effects with each. While there is minimal chance for negative side effects in both cases, facial injections have a bit of an edge here.

With facial injections your most common possible side effects are minor such as headaches, mild nausea, and mild pain at the injection site. While more severe allergic reactions and other complications can occur, they are rare.

Cosmetic surgery on the other hand can have additional complications that come into play if you need general anesthesia. There are also more risks of infection beyond the side effects of soreness and swelling that are common.

Of course, it goes without saying that you should discuss all the possible side-effects in person with the professional you are seeing to get any type of procedure done.

Factor 4: Recovery Time

When it comes to how long you’re going to be down for you can’t beat the recovery speed of facial injections. In general, you can go in for an appointment on your lunch break and immediately go back to work afterward.

Cosmetic surgery however, you are often out of commission for a couple days or even week depending on the type of procedure you get done. Especially if you don’t want anyone to know that you got something done you may want to stay at home a little longer until things heal more.

Factor 5: Result Speed

With surgery your results happen slower. While you might notice a bit of improvement to your treated area right after your procedure – generally, you won’t be able to fully see the results until well after it has fully healed and all the swelling has gone done. This isn’t very surprising though as surgery is a traumatic process to the body.

The results with facial injections are nearly instant though. You can see a good 70% of the results within minutes of the injection and the remaining amount over the next few days and the swelling and redness at the injection site goes down.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Botox injections are done you can check out this great post on James Christian Cosmetics or visit Dr Kien Ha.

Here’s to looking your best in 2019 and beyond!

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