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Injectables Versus Surgery- Comparing Costs and Procedures

Facial Fillers or Chandler Plastic Surgery

The decision to have plastic surgery is important and should be taken seriously. All alternatives should be evaluated and discussed with the surgeon prior to determining the appropriate treatment and path forward. There are many institutions offering cosmetic surgery in Chandler.  These specialists also practice non-surgical alternatives for many procedures.   

Chandler Plastic Surgery


Surgical Procedure- Facelift

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery we hear about quite often.  While the procedure has improved over the years it is still a serious endeavor requiring incisions made to the skin resulting in 10-18 days of recovery.  Even less invasive methods still result in facial swelling, pain, and an adequate recovery time.  These procedures can range from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the surgeon, anesthesia, and recovery medications and follow-up appointments.  Once fully healed, the results are permanent and usually do not require further procedures for years.   A ‘liquid facelift’ is an alternative to this cosmetic operation using an injectable filler.  


Non-Surgical Alternative- Botox

Botox, Botulinum toxin, is one popular filler that can plump up your skin from the inside out.  This kind of procedure is an injection that allows your skin to rest and eventually lessen the depth of creases and wrinkles.  This non-surgical option can be done in the doctor’s office in minutes and costs anywhere from $400-$1500 per treatment.  The recovery time is quick with no scarring.  Unfortunately the result is not permanent and several sessions could be necessary to meet the desired results; costing more in the long run.  


Surgical Procedure- Rhinoplasty

A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is another very popular cosmetic surgery.  This procedure also requires incisions or cuts but may also require removal of bone or cartilage in the nose to obtain the desired structure.  Rhinoplasty is a permanent surgery that can cost between $5,000 and $17,000.  The recovery time can be 1-2 weeks requiring follow-up visits to prevent infections or address potential side effects.  


Non-Surgical Alternative- Radiesse

Non-surgical nose jobs using strategically injected fillers such Radiesse, calcium hydroxylapatite gel filler, can be an excellent alternative.  Injections can be used to contour and shape the nose by filling in areas or smoothing out a slope to reshape or reconstruct.  Repeat sessions are necessary to continue the progress of each injection.  These progressive results make the end result less drastic; however the overall cost of repeated sessions could far surpass the total cost of surgery.


Find a Chandler plastic surgeon that offers consultations to educate clients on any and all risks involved with applicable treatments. Contact a Chandler cosmetic surgeon and make an appointment for a consultation today!