The demand for several minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has skyrocketed during the past fifteen years. For example, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that between the years 2000 and 2019, the number of persons receiving Botox® injections climbed almost tenfold, and the number of people receiving laser skin resurfacing increased almost twofold.
This is why most people choose less invasive procedures over surgery-based ones to change their overall appearance. However, the best thing about these procedures is that they cost less, can be completed within two to three hours, and have low recovery times.
So, if you’re looking to alter your look without spending your entire fortune on invasive cosmetic surgery, here are a few affordable cosmetic procedures you should consider.
1. Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Another common but affordable cosmetic procedure people undergo today is a nose job, often known as a rhinoplasty. In addition to reshaping the nose, rhinoplasty surgery significantly alters your facial features.
Through Rhinoplasty, your dorsal hump can be removed, a broad nose tip can be narrowed, a sagging nose can be lifted, a crooked nose can be straightened, and the size of your nose can be decreased to give you that “perfect nose” you always wanted.
That said, the cost of Rhinoplasty can typically vary, depending on your location and what you wish to achieve. For example, the nose job cost in Beverly Hills, California, can range from 5,000 to 10,000 dollars.
2. Derma Fillers
Derma fillers are probably one of the cheapest cosmetic procedures you can undergo today, costing anywhere from 700 to 900 dollars. The dermis, the second-most outer layer of our skin, cartilage, bones, and teeth, all naturally contain the protein collagen.
Our skin loses collagen as we age, which makes us look older overall and causes wrinkles, bags under the eyes, and other signs of aging.
These days, collagen injections come from humans or pigs. However, human-based collagen is more expensive than pig-based collagen. Hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, fat, and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres are other dermal fillers that are twice as expensive as collagen. So, choose wisely!
3. Fat Injections (Fat Grafting)
People start to experience various age-related issues, especially after passing their 50s. These include the formation of wrinkles, loss of elasticity in the skin, loss of volume, etc. However, thanks to fat injections, you no longer have to worry about such age-related issues.
Fat injections can also be used to remove nasolabial folds, depression of your lower eyelid, and pre-jowl depression. Not to mention, the results achieved from fat injections can last for years when compared to other injection-based procedures.
However, the best thing about this type of cosmetic procedure is that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Fat injections cost anywhere from 2,000 to 7,000 dollars, depending on your location and the cosmetic surgeon.
4. Mini Facelift
A minimally invasive technique called a “mini facelift” is designed to elevate the sagging skin on your face. During the procedure, a tiny incision is made around the ears and beneath the hairline. This cosmetic procedure is typically used to improve neck laxity and overall appearance by tightening the underlying muscles, extra skin, and jawline.
Furthermore, mini facelifts can be carried out with local anesthetic instead of more extensive classic facelifts. However, this cosmetic procedure wouldn’t have made our list today if it wasn’t affordable. Compared to a complete facelift, which can cost 13,000 to 50,000 dollars, a mini facelift only costs anywhere between 3,000 to 7,000 dollars.
5. Spider Vein Treatment
As you age, hormones, inheritance, pregnancy, and many other variables contribute to the development of spider veins in your legs. Spider vein therapy can significantly diminish their appearance. However, with the help of spider vein treatment, you can quickly solve this cosmetic deformation.
During spider vein treatment, a specialized fluid is injected by a cosmetic surgeon to irritate the vein and induce it to collapse. After undergoing such a cosmetic procedure, your legs may appear bruised, but the appearance will gradually improve as they heal.
For individuals without medical insurance, spider vein treatment can cost anywhere from 3,00 to 5,00 dollars per session. This makes it one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures you can have.
Liposuction involves the removal of extra fat from various parts of your body to enhance its overall shape. Most people these days prefer it for quick weight loss. During this cosmetic procedure, a vacuum-suction cannula is inserted into your body to remove specific fat deposits stored beneath your skin. Sometimes, ultrasound is also utilized to reduce the size of larger fat deposits.
The back, buttocks, face, hips, stomach, thighs, and arms are suitable for liposuction. In addition to reducing the size of a man’s breasts, liposuction can also eliminate lipomas (fat tumors). That said, liposuction is a relatively cheap cosmetic procedure.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, liposuction costs around 3,367 dollars on average. However, the cost can increase if you get liposuction on multiple body parts.
7. Hair Transplant
People undergo a hair transplant to reduce baldness. This cosmetic procedure involves moving hair from a dense hair area to a bald area. Those who underwent hair transplants were successful with hair growth.
There is no need for ongoing maintenance because relocated hair is permanent. The cost of such a procedure can vary depending on how bald you are. Typically, a hair transplant can cost anywhere from 1,000 to 25,000 dollars.
This wraps up our list of the most affordable cosmetic procedures you can undergo to change your overall physical appearance. However, before you opt for any procedures mentioned above, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon.
They will help you understand the pros and cons of each cosmetic procedure and help you make a better, more informed decision.