Summary: We often look to celebrities to offer a bit of guidance when it comes to plastic surgery. But we have to be careful not to exploit celebrities. Sometimes, it’s hard not to get that impression, especially in recent discussions of Demi Moore’s changing looks. Perhaps she had plastic surgery, yes, but that doesn’t mean that plastic surgery is the perfect first step for everyone. Indeed, there are many non-surgical procedures that patients might want to consider before ever going under the knife. After all, non-surgical procedures are very low risk, and they are often recovery-free. There’s not much to dislike about that.

Demi Moore in the Spotlight

Demi Moore is, perhaps, among the most recognizable celebrities in the world today. It’s true that she probably is not as well known today as she was in the mid 1990’s. In fact, if you can throw your memory back that far, you’ll remember that Moore was basically the best paid actress in the world. She probably has not needed to work very much recently, and—for better or worse—that means she’s probably better known to the younger among us as Ashton Kutcher’s significant other for the better part of a decade. In any case, Moore is certainly an icon, and part of her iconography is the way she looks.

That’s why it’s news when, suddenly, Demi Moore looks a little bit different. According to a new article published at The Stir, an online news and lifestyle magazine, Moore’s new look is shocking and the only possible explanation for the change must be that she had plastic surgery. Of course, that may be true, and it seems there are no shortages of plastic surgeons willing to come out and comment on the rumors (and, of course, confirm that Demi Moore has indeed had plastic surgery and that she looks great for 52 and that you, too, can look great if you have plastic surgery).

The Permanence of Plastic Surgery

Okay, maybe I’m over stating things a little bit. But that always strikes me as the subtext when someone comments on a celebrity’s plastic surgery, especially if that commentary is generally positive. This isn’t to bash what a facelift is capable of achieving. I’m actually of the mind that facelifts and other plastic surgery procedures are pretty wonderful, and they give all kinds of patients the ability to get final results they’re really happy with. In other words, plastic surgery can make you feel younger, improve your quality of life, and so on.

Alternative Non-Surgical Options

But I’m also not sure it’s where everyone should start. Plastic surgery is permanent by design. The idea is that you get plastic surgery and then you don’t have to think about the results anymore. It’s true that if you want to look younger, often, plastic surgery is the only way to go. But it wouldn’t hurt to try some non-surgical techniques first, as those techniques are generally temporary or, at the very least, reversible. And, while it may not be the most likely, it’s entirely possible that Demi Moore, our celebrity example, had some of this nonsurgical work done in order to keep her appearance looking more youthful—as this non-surgical work can be quite potent.

So let’s take a look at some non-surgical procedures that could help you keep a youthful-looking face:

  • Botox: Okay, we’re pretty sure that Botox is in pretty much every non-surgical list ever, but it’s important to note because it’s such a potent injection. Botox works by neutralizing wrinkles that are caused by muscle contractions, so it’s a great way to reduce “concentration” lines and frown (or smile) lines—because those wrinkles are often caused by such muscle movements.
  • Non-Surgical Facelift: Okay, so this one is a bit more ground-breaking, at least in the way that it’s named. It probably started with some Beverly Hills non-surgical facelift patients that had a good experience. But, essentially, it’s a combination of laser treatments and dermal fillers that end up making your face look more youthful. The best part is that you don’t need surgery or have to undergo recovery.
  • Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty: Often, we look oldest around the eyes. This is because that’s where excess tissue generally tends to build up, causing wrinkles and obstructed vision. But surgical eyelid lift surgery usually comes with a slightly painful recovery period. Non-surgical blepharoplasty addresses these problems by filling volume in the skin, eliminating dark under-eye circles and making you look more youthful and more rested.

Talk to Your Surgeon Today

In other words, there are many more options than simple surgery, and that’s true whether you’re looking for a facelift or a tummy tuck. Indeed, cosmetic surgery procedures have come a long way in the past few years, especially when it comes to challenging the dominance of plastic surgery. So if you’re looking to take a few years off your face, you should simply remember that you don’t have to automatically go after plastic surgery. It’s a good option for some, but not the best option for all.

If you’re at all hesitant, you should seek out a qualified cosmetic surgeon and inquire about the alternative non surgical options that are out there. When it comes to the final results, plastic surgery is more permanent—and often more dramatic. But cosmetic, non-surgical procedures are a heck of a lot easier, and sometimes that’s the best way to start out.

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