The Truth About Noninvasive Procedures — Why Surgery Is Sometimes Better

The Truth About Noninvasive Procedures — Why Surgery Is Sometimes Better

With so many noninvasive cosmetic procedures available, avoiding surgery is easier than ever. Noninvasive procedures can seem ideal because they come with faster recovery and don’t require surgery.

In some cases, though, surgery is still a better choice than a noninvasive procedure. Find out from board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, of Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, when it can be a better option to get cosmetic surgery.

Noninvasive procedures vs surgery


Surgery is a type of medical care that involves making some sort of incision into your skin. A surgical procedure usually takes place in an operating center or hospital, requires anesthesia, and leaves a small scar after you’ve healed.

You can get several surgical procedures at Northeastern Plastic Surgery, including:

You can also get surgical procedures combining multiple types of surgery, such as massive weight loss surgery and fat transfer combined with body contouring.

Noninvasive procedures

A noninvasive procedure is any type of treatment that doesn’t involve cutting into your skin. Noninvasive procedures can include physical examinations, medication, topical creams, and procedures that use systems like lasers or other machines to perform without an incision.

Noninvasive procedures we offer include:

Our team also offers a facial rejuvenation service with completely nonsurgical procedures.

Benefits of surgery

Many patients prefer nonsurgical treatments because surgery is more invasive. However, plastic surgery comes with many benefits, and in some cases, it can meet your needs better than a procedure.

Reasons to get surgery include:

Your goals can’t be met with a nonsurgical procedure

Not all treatment goals have a nonsurgical option. You’ll need to get surgery for many types of plastic surgery to see the changes you desire.

For example, changing your breast size or your nose’s shape or size requires surgery. You also might not be able to get the type and extent of physical changes you’d like to see through a nonsurgical procedure.

More dramatic and permanent results

The results you get from a nonsurgical procedure aren’t often permanent. You might need to return every few months to repeat the treatment and maintain the results. Nonsurgical treatments can also take several sessions to achieve full results.

Typically, you only have to get surgery once, and Dr. Fodero can even often combine several surgical procedures into one longer surgery. Most of the time, you can expect the results from surgery to be permanent once you’ve completely recovered.

Procedures also involve risks

Even though nonsurgical procedures don’t involve an incision, they can still be painful, have many side effects, and require recovery time. Depending on the type of procedure, you might experience skin redness, increased sensitivity to the sun, bruises, and side effects of anesthesia.

On the other hand, Dr. Fodero can perform some surgeries to be minimally invasive. This means he makes a tiny incision, which reduces your risk of complications and makes recovery time faster.

Choosing noninvasive procedures or surgery

Whether to get a noninvasive or surgical procedure depends on your treatment goals, health, lifestyle needs, and in some cases, your personal preference. Dr. Fodero and our team recommend a noninvasive or surgical procedure based on a personalized consultation.

If you’d like to change how you look, our team is here to help guide you to the treatment that helps you look and feel your best. Contact us to make your consultation appointment.

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