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FAQ: Non-Surgical Treatments

The pioneer of Non-Surgical procedures in Los Angeles, Westside Aesthetics also has all the answer you need to feel comfortable with these procedures.
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What is a Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment?

Dr. Rivkin has pioneered many non-surgical alternatives to traditional cosmetic procedures. By utilizing injectables, such as BOTOX® and fillers, he can provide the results that you would normally only expect from invasive, painful and expensive surgeries. Dr. Rivkin’s non-surgical treatments include the:

  • Non-Surgical Nose Job™ (Injection rhinoplasty™)
  • Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement
  • Non-Surgical Cheek Enhancement
  • Non-Surgical Jowl Lift
  • Non-Surgical Eye Lift
  • Non-Surgical Facelift

What are the Benefits of Non-Surgical vs. Traditional Procedures?

Surgery carries many inherent risks including scarring, infection, and anesthesia complications. Traditional cosmetic surgery typically involves a long and painful recovery period that includes significant bruising, swelling, and the need for strong pain medications. Dr. Rivkin’s non-surgical techniques are non-invasive, do not involve the risks of surgery, and cause no significant pain, swelling, bruising or recovery time. They are also very affordable.

Are the Results Permanent?

That depends. Most of Dr. Rivkin’s non-surgical treatments last anywhere from six months to three years. The advantage of the temporary non-surgical treatments, is that they can be adjusted as your face changes with time and you always maintain a natural look. The positive results of traditional cosmetic surgery typically last seven to ten years. Any undesirable results can be difficult or impossible to reverse and many procedures begin to stand out as your face changes with time.

With the recent FDA approval of Artefill, Dr Rivkin has begun to offer certain patients the option of converting their temporary Non Surgical Nose Job into a permanent procedure by injecting Artefill instead of Radiesse when the Radiesse injections wear off. Dr. Rivkin uses Artefill very carefully, since it is a permanent filler. However, for those patients who are ready, Artefill provides an excellent option. Since it integrates into the skin, Artefill will change over time as you age so that the appearance will not be unnatural.

Can Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments do all of the Same Things as Cosmetic Surgery?

No. There are some things that can only be accomplished with surgery. For instance, our Non-Surgical Nose Job™ cannot actually reduce the size of your nose. It can however correct asymmetry, bumps, and deviations giving your nose a more balanced look. This balanced look actually makes your nose appear smaller. The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for a non surgical treatment is to either come in for a consultation or (if you do not live locally) send Dr. Rivkin a picture of your face. He will be happy to consult with you either in person or over e-mail anytime.

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