I had a patient who wanted a brow lift because she thought she looked grumpy all the time
I sent her for a brow wax instead. It took 15 minutes, she looked great, and she saved herself $5000. I’ve also seen patients get results similar to eyelid lifts with over-the-counter firming serums and eyelid-lift creams. The results are temporary, but they do work to reduce lines and puffiness.
It drives me crazy when parents call from the emergency room because their kid got a scratch on his face
It’s not going to look any different if I sew it up instead of the ER doctor; it’s probably just going to cost you a lot more money. Unless the injury is severe, you don’t need a plastic surgeon for every cut and scrape.
If I’ve invested $200,000 to buy a laser machine, that’s probably what I’m going to recommend, even though another type of treatment may be cheaper
Make sure you ask if there is an alternative, such as a chemical peel, that might work just as well or better.