Nip/Tuck the Painless Way
Vanity has driven the
cosmetic surgery industry to new heights, it's
influence even extending to local TV fare. Who could ever forget Dr.
Troy's line in the hit TV series Nip/Tuck ("When you stop aiming for
perfection you might as well be dead)."
Yes, perfection is
something all of us aim for, whether we openly admit to it
or not. For some, it could mean the difference between success in a
career, social acceptance or just plain keeping up with your amiga who
looked a day over 30. Thanks of course, the nimble hands and expert
your trusted cosmetic surgeon. When before people who have gone under
have kept it a closely guarded secret, now surgical procedures have
Cosmetic surgeons of
source have since gone into prominence, with full-blown
advertisements in every newspaper, magazine and on TV. It seems looking
inch a celebrity is a mere scalpel incision away.
But then, who would want
to go through months of painful recovery and (God
forbid) scars if the surgical turns out to be a blotched one? So, our
surgeons have come up non-surgical face lifts that are easy, relatively
and require only a week or two of recovery.
A breakthrough procedure
called the Aptos Thread (invented by Dr. Sulamanidze
from Russia), gives the result of a subtle-facelift without any
sutures or cutting of the skin. This procedure can be done to lift the
jowls, eyebrows and neck. Otherwise known as the Feather Lift, this
facial procedure is the hottest method in the field of dermatology
birth of the traditional face-lift. The procedure takes less than an
real results can be seen in after two weeks.
The basic idea is simple.
A "feather weight" high resistance
threads anchors itself to the facial tissue as the doctor lifts the
anatomical structures following the vectors (direction) appropriate to
the desired younger look. The facial features will remain perfectly
"anchored" in their new position for years to come. The wonderful fact
that the threads can be "touched up" in later years to maintain your
natural and youthful appearance makes this procedure invaluable.
Most local celebrities
swear by the Obagi method because it does not involve
the use of injectibles or a specialized thread to bring about a
It works under the premise that the skin is a living organ with the
ability to renew itself. Every six weeks, it can regenerate itself
from the inside out.
The Obagi system works
deep down to bring skin cells back to health. It uses
prescription-strength ingredients that work at the cellular
deeper than the skin's surface.
Want to literally erase
years from your face in a matter of minutes? Try
Botox, an injected solution that weakens the muscle that creases the
surrounding the eyes, forehead and mouth. The procedure, otherwise
cosmetic denervation improves the appearance of worry lines, frown
lines, crow's feet and other dynamic wrinkles. A ten-minute treatment
with a few
tiny injections relaxes the muscles that causes those lines to form and
them relaxed for up to four months.
procedure to plump up sunken areas of the face and give
one a softer, fresher look involves Perlane and Restylane injections
wrinkled or flat areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is a natural
present in all living organisms. In your skin, it creates volume,
resulting in a
healthy and vital appearance.
Restylane and Perlane
contain hyaluronic acid in the form of a crystal-clear
gel injected into the skin to lift the lip, wrinkle or fold. Once in
Restylane or Perlane work together with the body's own hyaluronic acid
forces to create volume.
Restylane is generally
used for wrinkle correction around the eye and lip
areas and for lip enhancements. Perlane, on the other hand, is used for
facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, for correcting deep folds and
volume augmentation of the lips.
In the case of wrinkles
and facial contouring, most patients choose to have
follow-up treatments 6 to 12 months after their initial treatment. In
treatments, a follow-up is normally required after about 6 months.
Hydrogel Injection, on
the other hand, permanent to elevate or plump up
sunken areas such as the cheeks, temples, lips and buttocks. Hydrogel
of 97.5% water and 2.5% polycrylamide gel that are non-irritating. This
procedure is permanent and produces great results in the cheeks,
Other non-surgical face
lifts are Autofat Injection (where the fat is removed
from the abdomen or the outer thigh. It is then cleaned and centrifuged
produce fat that is easy to inject. It's good way of rebuilding the
of your face) and Stem Cell Auto Grafting (a new, permanent and
technique that uses the patient's own fat and stem cells to fill and
atrophied facial muscles, therefore correcting the lost volume and
the aging face).
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