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Summary: Non surgical alternative procedures are often marketed as a kind of bargain. But how much money can a non surgical procedure save you, really? After all, Coolsculpting and liposuction are very different procedures. Comparing the price point is a lot like comparing apples and oranges. So getting an accurate assessment of what a surgical procedure does compared to what a non surgical procedure can do is essential. So, too, is thinking about your own desires and what you want out of the process.

How Much Money Can a Non Surgical Procedure Save You?

Non surgical procedures, or cosmetic procedures, have a well-earned reputation for being both effective and relatively inexpensive. That doesn’t mean your Botox injection won’t set you back a few hundred dollars. But that’s substantially less expensive than the tens of thousands of dollars that might be necessary for a surgical facelift. Which brings to mind the question: how much money can a non surgical procedure save you?

The answer is going to depend on a few different variables, the most important of which are:

  • Which surgical procedure are you considering?
  • What non surgical alternative do you think could replace it?
  • How long do you want the results to last?

Answering those three questions–and maybe even coming up with a spreadsheet to balance the numbers–is going to help you determine whether a non surgical procedure could save you money. Now, I should emphasize that this financial question is usually not the deciding factor for most patients. But it’s good information to know. How much money can a non surgical procedure save you? Perhaps tens of thousands of dollars, or maybe nothing. Much depends on you.

Which Surgical Procedure Are You Considering?

Elective plastic or cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by insurance. That means you’ll likely be paying out of pocket. Most surgical procedures cost tens of thousands of dollars. And for good reason. You’re paying for the surgeon’s expertise. You’re paying for the equipment, the medical devices (such as a breast implant). You’re paying for the anesthesia.

You get the idea. So how much money you save depends on the procedure you’re considering. For example, a non surgical rhinoplasty uses dermal filler injections to create a transformation of the nose. The non surgical procedure usually costs between $1500 – $2000, but surgical rhinoplasty can cost $10,000 when performed in a hospital setting.

It’s easy to see this and feel like you’ve saved yourself $8000 or so. However, it’s important to emphasize that the results from the surgical and non surgical procedure are not equivalent. A non surgical nose job, for example, will be much more subtle. That’s true for other non surgical alternatives as well–such as Coolsculpting or Botox.

How Long Do You Want the Results to Last?

Most non surgical alternative procedures are temporary. There are some notable exceptions, such as Kybella or Bellafill injections. But by and large, a cosmetic procedure will grant you temporary results, especially when compared to the life-long results you’ll get from a plastic surgery procedure.

That’s not to say one is superior to another. Some patients will want permanent results. Other patients will want temporary results–to kind of take their cosmetic surgery idea for a test drive. These procedures vary wildly because, frankly, patient demands vary wildly. That’s not a bad thing. There’s a little something for everyone.

But here’s the reason why you need to keep it in mind when you’re evaluating cost.

  • Let’s say you get a non surgical nose job for $2000. You saved $8000!
  • You like your results and you want to keep your results.
  • Every time you go in is going to cost you an extra $2000.
  • You need to go in once a year to maintain your results.

You can see how, after five years, you’ve spent the equivalent of the cost of a surgical procedure. Now, not every procedure is going to break down in that way. But you should keep in mind the longevity of the procedure compared to the price.

Considerations Beyond Cost

It’s worth emphasizing that cost is only one variable that patients consider when planning their procedures. For example, it might be more cost effective, over a decade, to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty. But not all patients are well suited for surgery; those who want to avoid the discomfort of a long recovery period might opt instead for non surgical rhinoplasty even though (after that decade mark) it will cost them more.

In other words, most patients do not make decisions on the basis of cost alone. Rather, it is one variable among many that, when considered together, can point the way towards the best possible procedure. How much money can a non surgical procedure save you? It depends–but in reality, that answer is only one piece of the puzzle anyway.

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