Americans have increasingly turned to less expensive cosmetic procedures to diminish the signs of aging and restore a fresh and youthful look to the face. Now CNN reports there has been a 20% increase over the past five years in the number of Americans choosing minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox or Juvederm fillers.
Botox can remove the wrinkles between your eyebrows, on the forehead and at the corners of the eyes. During the quick 30-minute session, a muscle inhibitor is delivered via a few small injections. The national average is $370 per Botox session, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the wrinkle-fighting effects usually last up to 5 months. Botox represents a significantly cheaper alternative to more substantial plastic surgeries; for example, the average national cost of a forehead lift is $3,370, according to the ASPS.
A Botox injection is a cosmetic procedure, so patients can’t deduct the cost from their taxes or pay with a flexible spending account. Many patients, however, afford the procedure by working out a regular payment arrangement with their plastic surgeon. An even cheaper option is to apply an over-the-counter retinol cream for $20 to smooth fine lines, but Botox is considered an unrivaled solution for deeper wrinkles, and for achieving long-lasting results.
Dermal filler injections like Juvederm or Restylane can reduce folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. During a session that lasts less than one hour, a gelatinous substance is injected under the skin. The national average cost runs from $430 to $1,600 per treatment, which should last six to nine months. Compared to a $2,270 cheek implant, it’s still a bargain. Seasonal promotions or longer-lasting fillers like Sculptra or Radiesse are two ways to get a better bang for your buck. You can try peptide, antioxidant moisturizers and lip plumpers for $20 to $30, but these cosmetics only work for very minor signs of aging.
Skin rejuvenation treatments like laser resurfacing and dermabrasion remove the outermost layer of skin cells to reveal smoother, younger skin. Laser resurfacing can improve fine lines, sun damage and shallow scarring, while dermabrasion eliminates deeper wrinkles, uneven skin tone and age spots. The procedure lasts up to 1.5 hours and ranges from an average of $1,452 to $2,094 in price. Sometimes these treatments require multiple sessions to get the results you desire.
Between minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Juvederm or Botox NYC, and more substantial plastic surgeries such as a facelift, New Yorkers looking to refresh their appearance have many options to suit their needs and budget. To learn more about which options might be right for you, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Thomas Loeb at his Fifth Avenue office suite by calling 212-327-3700.