Who doesn’t like to look their best? The problem is, you can change your outfit, but you can’t change your genetics. Women, especially, are drawn to facial cosmetic surgery to help out when age erodes tight skin or to create the perfect nose.
Women make up 92 percent of patients. More than 15 million Americans had some type of elective appearance-improving procedure done in 2014.
Here are a few of the most trendy cosmetic treatments available today:
What if you could get a nose job without having bandages after an invasive surgery? Turns out you can. Get a non-surgical nose job to alter the shape of the nose in 15 minutes.
Gone is the quest for the perfect aquiline profile. They are so-last-decade. Now, younger rhinoplasty patients actually want outcomes traditionally considered undesirable. One example is upper lip projection which, as its name suggests, happens when surgery intended to increase the angle of tip projection of the nose (the desired effect) causes, as a consequence, a pronounced increase in how far the upper lip projects away from the face. Some people really dig that look.
Injections and procedures to plump up the lips have been fashionable for quite some time. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that requests for lip enhancements increased 50 percent between 2000 and 2016.
But a new age is dawning where other beauty-seekers prefer the opposite effect. Lip reduction procedures are particularly popular in Asian countries where thin is in.
It is sad but true that people are judgy about others’ looks. When it comes to climbing the career ladder, many people believe that looking young gives them a competitive edge. Traditional surgical techniques remove excess skin and fat.
Saggy dark bags under the eyes can be improved, as can other blemishes around the eyes, with either lower eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.
In lower eyelid aegyo-sal surgery, fat is inserted into the lower eyelid area. A blepharoplasty removes fat from the lower eyelid area.
An interesting advance in recent years is a non-surgical procedure to add small amounts of volume around the eyes with either fat or filler as a stand-alone procedure or to enhance a surgical one.
Fillers can also be used to mask undereye bags. A hyaluronic acid filler is injected in the region below the undereye fat pockets to hide the protruding fat. The effects only last about a year, whereas positive results from a lower blepharoplasty last much longer.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. A patient’s own blood is spun to extract key factors like platelets and growth factors. The thinking is that growth factor-enriched blood plasma has the power to rejuvenate, revitalize, and regenerate soft tissue.
Dr. Barbara Sturm of Molecular Cosmetics explains how her new skin-care system works: first, the patient has two vials of blood drawn. The vials are then spun in a centrifuge, incubated for four hours “to multiply its healing agents—interleukin-1-antagonist and growth factors—and mixed it into a shea-butter-based cream.”
The goal of this procedure is to boost skin’s radiance by creating a plasma cream to stimulate collagen and reduce inflammation.
Other people are using PRP injections to treat hair loss. Still others are exulting in the positive after-effects of the Vampire Facial. In this scary-looking procedure, first the facial skin is mechanically sanded off in a process called microdermabrasion. That’s micro-derm-abrasion. Ouch.
But wait, there’s more: after the outer skin has been removed, PRP is applied to stimulate cell turnover, literally renewing the outermost skin.
With Halloween coming, perhaps a well-timed PRP procedure could be scheduled a few days before October 31? Add a black shroud and the effect is pretty ghoulish.
According to many celebrities posting their results on social media, the results are well worth the discomfort and freaky complexion right after the procedure.
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Your healthcare provider will help you weigh the risks of elective facial surgery against the benefits you may expect to achieve from it or a less invasive procedure.
If you can afford elective surgery, why not treat yourself to your dream face? After all, looking good makes people feel better about themselves and life in general.