A Cut Above -- Part 2

November 18, 2004 – Posted at 9:11 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Many folks tune in every Thursday night to watched ABC's Extreme Makeover... a program that uses plastic surgery to change people's lives. Its programs like that have taken away the stigma of getting nipped and tucked. But what if you'd like to get something done, and are afraid to go under the knife? If being out of commission for a couple of weeks and surgery isn't your thing.... there are options.

The hottest new things are non-invasive plastic surgery. It's quick and painless, and you can even have it done on your lunch break.

"I'm getting older, I'm almost 50...and I'm needing things," said Jerri Lafarlete, who has had plastic surgery, "Last year, I had a breast reduction as well as a abdominal plasty, a tummy tuck, and I'm very, very pleased with that."

Lafarlete started her journey with plastic surgery after have skin cancer on her face.

"I think anybody who is self conscious about a particular part, body part, and surgery can make them feel better about that, then I think they should do it," said Lafarlete.

She's in the office for a Botox touch-up... something she barely blinks an eye at.

"I've known several people that's had it and it works really well. They look really, really good. And I have these frown lines so I'm going to come and my doctor is going to fix them for me," said Lafarlete.

In a day and age when cosmetic surgery is widely accepted, the new demands are to get it quicker and less painful.

"We're seeing a trend going more to non-invasive type surgery. Things people can have done and go back to work. Chemical peels, Collagen and Botox," said plastic surgeon Connie Heirs.

"Patients want to have something done, they want to look better and go back to work. It is possible the same day or the next day," said plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Majewski, "There is more and more procedures and products available that allow us to do that."

And patients like Jerri say they can't wait for the new medical technology. "If I had enough money, there's no telling what I would have done," laughed Lafarlete.

But don't plan on making a laundry list on what you want done.

"I have a policy...I don't let the patient dictate. Do because I want it, well that's fine, but if it's not for you, I'm not doing it," said Dr. Majewski.

"I'm sure at some point I'm going to have to have a face lift. And I'm thinking I might need that for my 50th birthday... either that or get a sports car," said Lafarlete.