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Many people may mistakenly believe that plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments are mutually exclusive and that non-surgical options are only used for patients that don’t want surgery. However, many patients and plastic surgeons find they can get better results when combining plastic surgery with non-invasive treatments. In fact, combining surgeries and treatments has started to become a trend and has many benefits associated with it.

With technological advancements, plastic surgery and the cosmetic procedure industry have come a long way and can provide very customized procedures and treatment options. There are numerous ways to combine plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments to help individuals achieve their desired appearance and feel confident in their skin. 

However, with so many different options to choose from when it comes to combining surgeries and treatments, it can feel overwhelming to decide what best suit your needs. In this article, we’ll discuss combining plastic surgeries with non-invasive treatments and the benefits that come along with them.

Plastic Surgery vs. Non-Invasive Treatments

It’s a common belief that plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments must be separate and can’t go together. There can also be some confusion about what procedures qualify as plastic surgery versus being considered a non-invasive treatment.

Plastic surgery involves reconstructing, repairing, or modifying the human body surgically. Plastic surgery can be cosmetic but is not limited to being used only for cosmetic purposes. It can also be used to correct congenital defects or help repair various parts of the body that an injury has affected. 

Some of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures include facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast augmentation. These procedures are performed under general anesthesia or sedation, typically involving incisions, and the removal of excess skin and fat or the placement of a permanent implantable device, such as a breast implant. While plastic surgery can produce excellent results, it also carries certain risks, including infection, bleeding, and scarring.

Non-invasive treatments, on the other hand, are cosmetic procedures that do not involve incisions in the skin. These treatments frequently use technology, such as lasers or radiofrequency, to improve the appearance of the skin. Some of the most popular non-invasive treatments include injectable substances such as Botox and dermal fillers. Non-invasive treatments are less invasive than plastic surgery and can be performed on an outpatient basis with little to no downtime. They can address various cosmetic concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone.  Some of the new energy devices and injectables can even reduce unwanted fat.

The Benefits

Combining plastic surgery with non-invasive treatments has several benefits, from saving time and money to maximizing results and reducing downtime. Below, we’ll explore some of the many benefits patients enjoy when combining both cosmetic procedure options.

Minimized Downtime

One of the biggest benefits of combining plastic surgery with non-invasive treatments is the reduced downtime. Non-invasive treatments can help prepare the skin for surgery, improve circulation, and accelerate healing. This can allow patients to return to their normal activities more quickly after surgery and minimize the risk of complications.

For example, patients who are planning to have a facelift may benefit from non-invasive treatments such as microneedling or laser resurfacing before the procedure. These treatments can help improve the skin’s texture, tone, and firmness and prepare the skin for surgery. Additionally, using non-invasive treatments after plastic surgery can help speed up the healing process and reduce swelling and bruising.

Maximized Results

Many plastic surgeons recommend combining two treatments to help patients get the most out of their surgery and maximize results. Non-invasive treatments can help improve the skin, complement plastic surgery’s effects, and provide patients with a more youthful and refreshed appearance.  Non-invasive treatments can also increase the longevity surgical results, reducing recurrence and minimizing the effects of continued aging.

For example, patients who have undergone a tummy tuck or liposuction may benefit from non-invasive body contouring treatments, such as radiofrequency or ultrasound, to tighten and tone the skin. These treatments can help improve the skin’s appearance and enhance the results of the surgery. Adding on non-invasive treatments after plastic surgery can help provide the perfect finishing touch.  Another example is maintaining the results of a facelift thereby reducing the need or frequency of future surgery.

Reduced Risk of Complications

By incorporating non-invasive treatments into their plastic surgery plan, patients can reduce the risk of complications and improve their overall outcomes. Non-invasive treatments can help improve the skin’s health, reducing the risk of post-operative infections and other complications. Additionally, non-invasive treatments can help minimize the appearance of scarring and enhance the overall results of the surgery.

Customized Treatment Plan and Results

It may take more than one procedure to achieve your desired appearance. Combining non-invasive treatments with plastic surgery allows for a customized approach to your end results and your entire treatment plan. The plastic surgeon can tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs and goals, ensuring that you receive the best possible results. This approach also provides patients with more options and the ability to choose the treatments that will best meet their needs, budget, and preferences while achieving their desired results.


Non-invasive treatments are typically less expensive than surgery. Combining them with plastic surgery can be a cost-effective solution for patients who want to achieve their desired results without the expense of undergoing additional plastic surgery. This approach can also be more affordable than undergoing multiple separate procedures, as non-invasive treatments can often be performed in the same appointment as plastic surgery, reducing the cost and time involved.

Address Multiple Concerns at Once

Patients may have multiple concerns they want to address at once that require different treatments and techniques to achieve the desired result. Non-invasive treatments can help a variety of cosmetic concerns simultaneously or within a shorter time frame, making them an excellent complement to plastic surgery. This versatility allows for a comprehensive approach to patient care and enables individuals to handle multiple issues in a single visit. 

Get the Best of Both Worlds

Combining plastic surgery with non-invasive treatments is a highly effective approach for individuals who want to achieve their desired results while minimizing downtime and reducing the risk of complications. This approach provides patients with a customized, cost-effective solution and can help enhance plastic surgery results.

If you want to get the best of both worlds combining plastic surgery for dramatic results and non-invasive treatments to add on the finishing touches to achieve your desired appearance, seek out a licensed and board-certified plastic surgeon. The right surgeon will help customize a treatment plan with the right procedures to suit your goals. 
If you’re ready to get started with a consultation, reach out to the team of Dr. Leif Rogers, MD, an Ivy-league-educated and board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience in helping people feel more confident in their skin.

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