» Health & Fitness Articles » A More Youthful You, Women turn to cosmetic procedures to fight aging

A More Youthful You, Women turn to cosmetic procedures to fight aging

| June 1, 2010

Fighting the Clock

Every woman gets to a point in their life when they look in the mirror and just don’t like what they see. Some women just accept aging as a part of life; others look for ways to maintain their youthful appearance for as long as possible. For these women, cosmetic dermatology is a popular specialty to turn to because it addresses the issues of skin rejuvenation. These doctors treat a variety of aging issues including wrinkles, volume loss, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring, and provide hope to women who seek their expertise. Aging is a fact of life, but cosmetic dermatologists can turn back the hands of time with some of these non-surgical treatments.

Treatment Options

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair. Although it can be used to treat excess hair on any part of the body, it is a very popular choice for those with unwanted facial hair. It is most effective for people who have dark hair and light skin because of the way the laser works to target the pigment in the hair, and the procedure can potentially lighten darker skin if used on women with dark skin. According to MayoClinic.com, the most common side effects are skin irritation and pigment changes. It may take several treatments to achieve ex­tended periods sans hair.

Another treatment option is chemical peels. These peels work by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new, healthier cells. Many things can be treated using chemical peels in­cluding acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines and dullness. Common side effects of this procedure include redness and peeling.

Microdermabrasion is another popular choice for women looking to achieve a more youthful appearance. It is a procedure that involves a fine sand-like material being rubbed on the skin for exfoliation purposes. It can smooth fine lines and treat hyperpigmentation, and can even be done in the comfort of your own home with kits purchased from the store.

There are many options available when it comes to the most popular choice as of late—cosmetic dermal fillers. These fillers include Botox, Restylane and Juvederm. According to YourPlasticSurgeryGuide.com, Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure in the United States, with more than 3.8 million treatments in 2006. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 and targets facial lines and wrinkles. BotoxCosmetics.com explains that Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles and reduces muscle activity that causes the moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Botox usually reduces wrinkles by 80 percent and patients show noticeable improvement after one week of treatment, but can experience side effects that include headache, nausea and redness or pain at the injection site. As with all fillers, Botox is only temporary, and the $125 to $400 per treatment cost is necessary to achieve ongoing results. Visible results have been shown to last up to four months; however, individual results may vary.

Restylane injections last a bit longer than Botox, up to 12 months. It is best for smoothing wrinkles and sculpting lips and is a growing favorite, according to YourPlastic­Surgery­Guide.com. It was approved by the FDA in 2003 and has the same side effects as Botox—headache, nausea, and pain or redness at the injection site. Restylane also reduces wrinkles by up to 80 percent, but has a notable advantage in that it has a high success rate for reducing or eliminating deep wrinkles that cannot be accomplished with other procedures. The cost is higher than botox, but the $350 to $800 per syringe might be worth it since it can last significantly longer.

One of the newest fillers, Juvederm, is used to soften folds and reduce wrinkles in the faces of patients. It was approved for use by the FDA in 2006, and is primarily used to remove ‘smile lines.’ It works by improving skin elasticity and helps to provide a smooth appearance by lifting and adding volume to the treatment area. According to YourPlasticSurgeryGuide.com, it lasts anywhere from six to nine months, whereafter the biocompatible compound is naturally absorbed into the body. The benefits can last even longer if the patient has a follow-up treatment a few weeks after the initial treatment. Juvederm can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per syringe and the cost depends on many factors. The good news about Juvederm? There are rarely any side effects.

Things to Consider

Undergoing a cosmetic procedure of any kind is not something to be taken lightly. As with any medical procedure, you should first talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have and which treatment is best for you. Daily Glow suggests considering these things before making the choice to attain more beautiful skin.

  • Do your research
  • Make sure you’re making the decision for the right reasons
  • Ask for referrals
  • Consult with more than one doctor and ask about various options
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Have realistic expectations about the procedure, the results and your body
  • Understand the risks
  • Get an estimate for treatments needed and cost involved
  • Discuss any medical conditions and medications you are taking with the doctor
  • Request a list of pre- and post-operative directions so that you will be prepared

Let’s not Leave out the Men

Women, cosmetic procedures aren’t just for you. More and more men are seeking out cosmetic dermatologists at a higher rate each year. Regardless of your reason or your gender, making the decision to seek out a more youthful you is one only you can make.

Category: Health & Fitness Articles, More Features

Comments are closed.