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Finding Your Balance
Part 1 “Whats the right age to have cosmetic surgery?”
Im often asked this question by both patients and the media. I dont believe there is a “right age” to have cosmetic surgery because we all age at different rates. But there is a right timewhen youre ready to fix something that bothers you. There is also a right reason when how you look does not reflect how you feel. Your face sends messages that impact you profoundly, both personally and professionally. Permanent frown lines make you look angry when youre not, under-eye bags convey tiredness and a downturned mouth looks sad. Spider veins and sun spots make your face look old and weather-beaten. These “error messages” are easily corrected by an expert using todays nonsurgical technology.
In my recent teaching for Medscape/Web MD, I discussed how to combine state-of-the-art nonsurgical techniques for natural-looking rejuvenation with no scarring and little or no down time. Expert Botox treatment safely smoothes frown and worry lines, crows feet, and mouth and neck wrinkles, while preserving your normal facial expressions. Under-eye bags and lines around your mouth disappear and thinning lips can be restored to youthful fullness with Restylane and Perlane natural, sugar-based fillers that restore skin support. New Fraxel lasers tighten your skin by stimulating collagen production. Starlux intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials painlessly remove spider veins and sun spots. Men and women considering cosmetic surgery sometimes worry that they will be thought vain or shallow. But there is no shame in pursuing personal excellence and balancing your life, so that how you look truly reflects who you are.
Your rate of aging depends on heredity and your lifestyle, including prior sun damage, stress level and smoking. Your bone structure partly determines your aging pattern. If your cheekbones are high you will probably develop smile lines before under-eye wrinkles; lower cheekbones give the opposite aging pattern. It is essential that your cosmetic surgeon has the ability and experience to address your unique aging process with an individualized action plan. Previously, cosmetic surgery focused on pulling loose skin upwards and sideways, cheek and chin implants and nose reduction. Now we understand that your nose looks larger because your cheeks lose volume and shrink away from it. These invasive procedures often make you look done, rather than younger because they merely stretch out old skin and may create unappealing facial contours.
In contrast, new lasers, natural fillers and Botox harness your skins own rejuvenation capacities through volume replacement, collagen stimulation, resurfacing, and relaxation of overactive muscles. This minimally-invasive approach tends to give natural-looking, longer-lasting results. Your skin is truly rejuvenated because its support and youthful texture are restored. A consummately skilled surgeon can lift your face subtly and beautifully and stimulate permanent collagen production with Perlane and Restylane, and avoid the telltale “frozen face” with Botox treatment.
The American author, Gertrude Stein, wrote that “we are always the same age inside.” With the right technology in the right hands, you can reflect your inner youth and vibrancy, and empower yourself to live life to the fullest at any age.
Next month Part 2 Rejuvenating Your Eyes