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Botox vs Plastic Surgery

Anti-Aging Warfare

Trending more and more in America’s modern society is the battle against aging – and more specifically, the war on wrinkles.  People are turning to certain diets, exercises, techniques, and a host of miracle-promising over the counter creams to keep them looking young.

However, the most commonly used methods for fighting the physical signs of aging are Botox and plastic surgery.  Both reap the benefits of looking younger relatively instantaneously as compared to other techniques and lifestyle changes.  As for which is better, continue reading and decide for yourself.

Botox Verses Plastic Surgery

In comparison, both Botox injections and facelift surgery have benefits and drawbacks:


  • Botox is inexpensive compared to facelifts, costing in the $500-$700 range per treatment.
  • Botox effectively treats mild to moderate wrinkles.
  • Botox is not permanent and requires maintenance treatments every 4-6 months.
  • Botox is relatively non-invasive, requiring only a few pin-pricks.
  • Botox is a “lunchtime procedure” taking only about 15 minutes to administer.
  • Botox has virtually no recovery time, allowing you to return to work the same day.
  • The full effect of Botox usually appears in only 3-4 days.
  • Botox can completely erase fine lines, but only soften deep wrinkles.

Plastic Surgery

  • Plastic surgery is very expensive, costing on average $5,000-$6,000 or as much as $25,000.
  • Plastic surgery can treat deep wrinkles and sagging skin that Botox cannot.
  • Plastic surgery may require some upkeep, but is relatively permanent compared to Botox.
  • Plastic surgery is an invasive surgery that requires anesthesia and carries the associated risks.
  • Plastic surgery requires an average of 3 hours in surgery to complete.
  • Plastic surgery requires a period of weeks or even months to fully recover from.
  • Recovery from plastic surgery requires time off work, antibiotic medication, and pain killers.
  • Swelling and bruising from plastic surgery can last for weeks, causing the full benefit to not be seen for a very long time.

Weigh your options carefully, especially where your budget is concerned, when deciding which of these procedures is right for you.

Botox is By Far the Preferred Method

Botox sees about a million new customers every year in the United States – as compared to about 80,000 facelifts.  This is not only because of the data listed above, but because Botox has very little risk of serious side effects compared with the surgical procedure of facelifts.

However, it is still important that you take the minor risks of Botox into account when considering it.  Speak with a qualified staff member of a licensed Botox clinic in your area to find out for sure if Botox may be right for you.

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