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New Plastic Surgery Procedures have Faster Recovery Time

Posted February 16, 2007 5:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 16, 2007 6:00 p.m. EST

Andrea Falgoust, 46, wanted a face lift, but not with three weeks of painful recovery. So she recently went under the knife for a mini-lift.

Unlike full surgery, Dr. Scott Wells only worked on the lower half of Falgoust’s face and her eyelids, which meant fewer incisions.

“Allowing the patient to recover faster and achieve very good results with less surgery and less recuperation,” Wells said.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery said the most popular procedures done for women are liposuction, breast implants and eyelid surgery.

“I was not going in to change physical features of myself. I was going to enhance what I had to take away the aging process,” Falgoust said.

For those who want to skip surgery altogether, there's an even faster way to get a new look -- a laser face-lift.>

“I didn't want to do anything aggressive and that required a lot of downtime because I have my own business,” Uliana Salerno, 52, said.

The Active FX laser delivers targeted energy into the skin. Patients are back on their feet in no time with a sunburned look for a few days. The laser heat produces collagen that tightens the skin.

“We can completely rejuvenate a patient in under a week and, more importantly, get them a very natural rejuvenation,” Wells said.

Salerno’s work cost $7,000, while Falgoust spent $11,000.