Risks of Traditional Surgery

Traditional surgical methods carry with them some inherent risks. We examine some of those risks, especially in light of nonsurgical techniques available.



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    Traditional Surgery Can Have Downsides

    Dr. Rivkin believes that his patients deserve superior alternatives to invasive, painful cosmetic surgery that requires a long recovery time. He has pioneered several non-surgical treatments, which provide exceptional cosmetic results while avoiding the downside of surgery. Non-surgical treatments are superior to cosmetic surgery in many areas including the following.


    Our Brentwood non-surgical procedures involve no significant pain. Our treatments require, at most, a topical numbing cream or a small injection of lidocaine.

    Recovery time

    After most non-surgical treatments patients can go back to work immediately, the same day. A few of the most extensive treatments (Non Surgical Eye Lift, Non Surgical Facelift) may require two or three days of recovery (due to mild bruising). This is in contrast to surgery, which can require months of recovery before normal activities can be resumed.

    Common Risks of Traditional Surgery

    All of the standard risks of surgery, such as serious infection and anesthesia complications are avoided. Risks with non surgical procedures are limited to minor bruising and swelling.

    Cosmetic results

    Because non-surgical treatments are temporary and do not involve removing skin, muscle or bone, the results can be adjusted as your face changes with time. During most of these procedures, you will be asked to provide feedback and you will have total control over the results. Also, non surgical treatments are more precise than their surgical counterparts. We are changing only the small areas that need adjustment, so the effect is limited to exactly the changes that you want to make.

    Procedure time

    Non-surgical treatments usually take about thirty minutes to perform (including anesthesia) and do not require lengthy preparation time. Surgical procedures can mean taking days out of your busy schedule.


    Aesthetic plastic surgery is usually very expensive. It is usually out of reach for the average working person. Non-surgical treatments cost a fraction of the price of surgery and there are no hidden fees. Non surgical treatments are designed to be accessible to the average client.

    Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.

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