Facial Aesthetics vs. Cosmetic Surgery

Facial Aesthetics vs. Cosmetic Surgery

Women all over Ireland are turning to a wide selection of different treatments to rejuvenate their skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, with the objective of achieving a much more youthful glow. Although most common among women, men are also turning to cosmetic treatments. The most popular treatment for men being PRP for hairloss.

However, many people who seek these treatments may get turned off the idea if they feel that the risks are high or there will be a painful recovery period. What most people don’t know is that the introduction of facial aesthetics has been lowering the need for surgery to rejuvenate the skin.

One of the biggest differences between both types of treatments is that facial aesthetics are non-invasive. These procedures can be done in a short amount of time and with minimal disturbance to your body. When administered by a trained professional, facial aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers, anti wrinkle injectionsvampire facials are very safe and extremely effective in combating the signs of aging.

Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is a distinctive procedure that’s focused on improving a person’s appearance through surgical and medical techniques. It is much more invasive, requires significantly more healing time and comes with higher risks, as all treatments are surgical.


What’s the Difference in Recovery Time?

The difference for recovery and downtime is significant between the two treatments. The recovery time needed after facial aesthetic treatments varies. Generally speaking, a patient might experience mild redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, and/or itching for up to 7 days after treatment.

That time is considerably more with cosmetic surgery. As surgery is invasive you can run the risk of scarring and have to be bandaged up for anytime between 2 weeks to 2 months, if not more.


What are the Risks?

As is the case with all treatments, facial aesthetics do come with some risks attached. Again, these can vary but they most commonly include possible bleeding, bruising and infection. However, risks are rare and are considerably lower than the risks associated with cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery comes with a lot more serious potential risks due to the fact that it is invasive. Heavy scarring may be left after treatment and anesthetic complications are common. Many people who do get cosmetic surgery are also often left with ‘botched’ jobs.


What are the Costs?

The cost of facial aesthetic treatments is substantially lower than cosmetic surgery treatments. Let’s take a chemical peel and a dermal fillers as two examples.

In some clinics a chemical peel can cost you between €120-130 and it will be effective in improving the appearance of your skin while also treating scarring.

The cost of dermal filler depends on the amount of liquid yo would like injected. A 0.5ml filler may cost €240, with 1.0ml priced at €350 in some clinics around Dublin.


Which treatment is right for you?

While the final decision is yours, 3 Dental recommend the use of facial aesthetics for the following reasons:

  • non-invasive treatment
  • little to no downtime
  • ideal choice for last minute improvements before a big event
  • safest form of cosmetic treatments
  • treatment time is very short