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Comparing the Cost of Plastic Surgery With Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments. Is Surgery Worth the Cost?

Posted August 17, 2023 in Plastic Surgery

As time passes, you may notice several changes in your face. Besides deepening wrinkles, your skin may start to sag, and you may have lost volume in your cheeks. Or perhaps you’ve been working diligently at revamping your body shape, but you can’t get rid of that ever-present stomach pooch or love handles.

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, we understand that when you’re thinking about undergoing cosmetic procedures, the choices can seem overwhelming. Are surgical treatments better than non-surgical treatments? Which options are more cost-effective?

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Below, we explore which type of procedure may work best for you and compare the overall cost and results.

Non-surgical Facial Treatments

As you age, the existing collagen and elastin fibers in your skin start to stretch and lose elasticity, causing the same to happen to the skin on your face. Instead of maintaining youthful, smooth skin, your skin becomes more lax, allowing the fat in your cheeks to move to other places on your face and neck.

In some cases, non-surgical treatments can keep you looking youthful and refreshed as long as you are consistent with your treatments.

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, we offer the following non-surgical facial treatments to help fight aging:

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments can be used for a multitude of purposes, including tightening skin and ridding your body of unwanted fat cells.

We offer both, including:

  • PiXel8-RF – This treatment combines radiofrequency with microneedling to tighten and lift the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve skin quality.
  • SculpSure® – This targeted laser light energy treatment uses heat to destroy fat cells under the skin’s surface without damaging your skin. SculpSure® is approved for treating excess fullness under your chin.


EMFACE® is a state-of-the-art technology that uses two types of energy to gently heat your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production, tightening both your facial muscles and your skin.

Injectable Treatments

From BOTOX® Cosmetic and DYSPORT® to combat wrinkles and dermal fillers to restore facial volume, our MedSpa has all the best injectables. We also offer KYBELLA®, an injectable that helps to eliminate submental fullness.

Surgical Facial Treatments

Eventually, you’ll have to concede that gravity and age have progressed beyond what non-surgical treatments can repair. However, there are facial rejuvenation surgeries that offer long-term solutions for aging skin.


Facelift surgery targets signs of aging on your middle and lower face. To eliminate sagging, smooth wrinkles, and look refreshed, a facelift on its own or combined with a neck lift will leave you looking beautiful.


Also known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty addresses muscle laxity, excess skin, and displaced fat around the eyes that cause you to look older, puffy, and tired.

Brow Lift

More commonly known as a forehead lift, a brow lift smooths deep wrinkles and furrows and raises your eyebrows to a more youthful position, saving you from looking perpetually angry.

To get the best of all worlds, you can combine treatments. Ensure your face looks balanced and natural by combining a facelift with a brow lift or blepharoplasty. Maintain your facelift results by adding any of our non-surgical treatments. The sky’s the limit when you work with one of our highly skilled surgeons to create a customized treatment plan unique to your needs and desires.

Non-surgical Body Treatments

As many people know, there is no way to “spot tone” troublesome areas of your body with diet and exercise. Your body loses fat however it decides to, and no amount of targeted exercises will change that. Sometimes, you may need surgery. But you may also benefit from non-surgical body-contouring treatments.


Besides its facial application, SculpSure® can put the finishing touches on your physique by eliminating fat around your abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and back.

Emsculpt Neo®

The state-of-the-art technology of Emsculpt Neo® burns fat, tightens skin, and tones the muscles of your abdomen. Perfect for fine-tuning the results of your workouts.

Surgical Body Treatments

If you need a bit more help to achieve the curves you want, Careaga Plastic Surgery provides every patient with a trained, experienced, and knowledgeable surgeon to assist you on the road to your dream figure. Some of the body contouring surgeries we offer include:


For smoothing and contouring almost anywhere on your body, liposuction works from your face to your legs.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck smooths and tightens your midsection to eliminate excess skin and tissue after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

Whether you need more volume in your breasts, a bit of a boost to look more perky, or both, breast augmentation and breast lift procedures improve your body contour.

Which Is Better and More Cost-Effective: Surgical or non-surgical?

The short answer is that both surgical and non-surgical treatments can be equally effective. It all depends on what you’re treating and your desired results.

Surgery Pros:

  • More dramatic changes to your face and body
  • Results are visible after one procedure
  • Longer-lasting results

Surgery Cons:

  • Greater investment upfront
  • Longer recovery time

Non-surgical Pros

  • Less invasive
  • Little to no recovery time
  • May cost less than surgical options
  • Perfect for maintenance and touch-ups

Non-surgical Cons:

  • May cost more than surgery, depending on the number of sessions needed for the desired results
  • Often requires consistent repeat treatments to maintain results

Learn More About Cosmetic Treatments in Miami

Nearly everyone can say that there is a part or parts of their body and face that they wish looked different — a little less padding here, smoother skin there, or a more youthful look overall. Whatever your desire, Careaga Plastic Surgery offers surgical and non-surgical treatments designed to make you feel more confident in your skin. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 305.960.7511 or fill out our online contact form.


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