Less Invasive Procedures Can Help This Year

Houston Chronicle (2009-01-26) ; Morgan, Kim

A number of less invasive plastic surgery procedures allow patients to treat themselves to the benefits of cosmetic surgery without significantly denting their budgets. The Zoom! whitening procedure costs $400 and takes less than under two hours, while injectables such as Restylane and Juvaderm last for months at a price tag of $500. Other dermal fillers such as Botox are useful for minimizing lines and softening features, while Perlane, Juvaderm Ultra, and Juvaderm Ultra Plus (Radiesse) are popular heavier fillers. After receiving a skin consultation, a patient can schedule a micro-dermabrasian or chemical peel facial for about $200. For body contouring, patients can receive the Italian-engineered Electrical Body Stimulation at $125 per treatment. In this painless treatment, a micro-current stimulates muscles to tighten them, resulting in a better toned physique.

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