Cheap Thrills: Cosmetic Procedures That Won't Break the Bank

DENVER, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking one's best is more important than ever when facing younger candidates in an ultra-competitive job market. Not too long ago, enhancing your look with a cosmetic procedure meant a scalpel, a week (or more) off work, and a handsome fee. But Dr. Gregory Buford says that there are now more options than ever to restore a more youthful and vibrant look without surgery—or a second mortgage.

"Combination therapy has become a hot topic amongst plastic surgeons and is helping to create very dramatic results with very little downtime," says Dr. Buford. "In some cases, these results can mimic the effects of a surgical procedure with much less intervention."

A facelift can average more than $6000, eyelid surgery close to $2700, and cheek implants nearly $3000, according to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In contrast, comparably cheap plastic surgery alternatives can achieve some of the aesthetic goals traditionally associated with surgical cosmetic procedures for a fraction of the price per treatment:

  • Smoothing deep creases and wrinkles. Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® immobilize or relax muscles that create frown lines and brow furrows, leaving a toned, youthful appearance for $300–400*.
  • Restoring lost skin volume. Injectable soft tissue fillers like Juvederm® and Sculptra® Aesthetic plump up sagging areas of skin, promote collagen production, and reduce wrinkles; treatments run about $500*.
  • Creating fuller, healthy looking lips. Dermal fillers such as the synthetic Radiesse® enhance lip volume for up to three years at about $600*.
  • Erasing acne scars, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. A chemical peel reveals healthy, undamaged skin for an average of $650*.

*average fees based on ASPS statistics

Most patients can return to their daily routines immediately after most of these procedures. This translates to even more savings of time and money. Injectable treatments and chemical peels provide economical, satisfying results: facial rejuvenation without surgery can last from three months to several years, depending on the treatment.

Dr. Buford has responded to the increased demand he has seen for affordable cosmetic procedures with innovative services that utilize the latest products and technologies. His popular Eye M Beautiful(SM) option combines procedures such as injectable treatments, laser skin resurfacing, and Latisse® eyelash solution into a personalized treatment plan to achieve multiple aesthetic goals. What is most important, however, is finding a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure safe, natural-looking results.

In a tough economy, non-surgical facial rejuvenation offers a cost-effective alternative for looking and feeling fabulous. Americans are recognizing the advantages of these affordable plastic surgery alternatives. According to the ASPS, over 12 million men and women chose to undergo a non-surgical cosmetic enhancement last year, reflecting an astonishing 123% increase since 2000.

About BEAUTY by BUFORD: One of Denver's top plastic surgeons, Gregory Buford, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of BEAUTY by BUFORD. The Official Plastic Surgeon to the Miss Colorado Pageant, he was named one of "America's Top Surgeons" and is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for many non-surgical products and techniques. He can be reached at 303-747-6719 or on his website.

Media Contact: Dr. Gregory Buford, BEAUTY by BUFORD, 303-747-6719,

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