With tax refunds about to land in physical and electronic mailboxes, a nation is turning its thoughts to that special annual question: How should I spend the money that the IRS is about to give to me? One of these 5 facial cosmetic procedures could answer said question perfectly.

1. Fat is Where it is At

Cosmetic surgeons can harvest fat from buttocks or stomachs and then inject this fat into the face, resulting in a more youthful appearance. This surprisingly noninvasive cosmetic procedure can give a face the plumpness of youth – or reshape a face so that symmetry is achieved. Bringing new fat cells to your facial skin is not prohibitively expensive, especially for those in possession of a tax refund; the procedure starts at about $1500.

2. Microdermabrasion

Encouraging your face to grow new skin is increasingly in vogue at the dermatologist’s office. Using extremely fine particles or even diamonds at the end of a special tool, the dermatologist encourages the tiny skin cells that form the top layer of skin on your face to abscond, making room for new cells to grow and bring a youthful glow where once there was dullness. Microdermabrasion can cost as little as $300.

3. Lasers

Lasers have transformed many medical procedures, and are incredibly useful in reducing the size and prominence of wrinkles and in tightening skin that loosely fits the face, not to mention ridding the skin of unsightly blemishes and acne scars. This procedure usually costs just under $3,000 and is not invasive, with recovery time sitting at approximately two days as the newly reddened skin returns to its natural hue.

4. Chemical Peel

The chemical peel is one of the more well-known cosmetic procedures that can whip facial skin into impressive shape. This noninvasive process has goals similar to that of the microdermabrasion, sloughing away older skin cells and encouraging the growth of plump new ones. The idea is that you leave the dermatologist’s office with new facial skin. For those expecting a tax refund in the neighborhood of $700 or $800, the chemical peel is an ideal choice.

5. The Face Lift

The face list is undoubtedly the best known cosmetic procedure; it involves tightening the skin of the face and the neck, and it is no longer relegated to movie stars and aristocrats. It is not uncommon for human beings to wear their age on the skin of their necks, which often becomes increasingly loose and wrinkly over time. A plastic surgeon usually charges around $4,500 to complete this procedure which is popular among women over the age of 25.

Facial cosmetic procedures have gone mainstream in America with over 13 million Americans making the choice to undergo a minimally invasive procedure in 2012, while about 10 percent of that number opted for more invasive choices. It seems that more of us are deciding to change things so that we greet our image in the mirror with an enthusiastic grin.

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

With special expertise in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, and a particular skill for revision surgery, it’s clear why Dr. Spiegel is one of the most celebrated facial plastic surgeons in the world. If you are seeking the best possible results, or have a uniquely challenging problem, you’ve found the right doctor.

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Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir (pronounced “oh-near”) has years of experience in facial aesthetics and treats some of the most recognizable and famous faces. Dr. Onir started her career in oral health, earning doctorate degrees from both New York University and Boston University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her cutting-edge medical research as well as her technical skills in dentistry.

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Dr. Jacob Tower

Dr. Jacob Tower

A board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jacob Tower brings a thoughtful approach and an artistic eye to New England’s premier plastic surgery practice, The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being an in-demand surgeon, Dr. Tower is an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, a sought-after lecturer, and an expert in facial plastic surgery.

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