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The Effect of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have been done for centuries—as early as ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. They are used to create a smoother appearing skin that is generally perceived as more attractive. You get results almost right away and you don’t have to be in a hospital to have it done. It helps get rid of acne scars, pigmentation unevenness, wrinkles and fine lines. Continue reading

When Your Teen Should Get Plastic Surgery (And When They Should Not)

Lisa Kudrow and Tori Spelling had nose jobs at 16. 17 year old Britney Spears, with mom’s permission, got breast implants. When teens see celebrity peers getting plastic surgery, they may decide that their own looks need improving. Some, like Ashley Tisdale and Soleil Moon Frye, may need surgery for medical reasons, but most teen surgery is cosmetic, not corrective in nature.

Teens only make up 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the U.S., but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number is getting larger. In 2008, 81, 885 invasive surgeries were done on teens, ages 13–19, while 219, 136 received minimally invasive treatment. Many people think that the average teen requesting this is probably spoiled, rich and overly obsessed with image, but not all fall into that category. The reasons for plastic surgery can vary depending on the circumstances.

Reasons to Avoid the Knife

Teens, being who they are, desire plastic surgery in order to fit in with their friends. They may feel that having bigger breasts or a more defined chin may finally give them the popularity they have always dreamed of. Of course, this is not always the case, and when it fails to change their social lives, they can be devastated.

Unfortunately, there are other surgeons who are perfectly willing to do surgery on a teen without screening them first. Parents, too, are occasionally to blame; they may want “the perfect child” and insist that the surgery be done.

Because of this, a good surgeon will carefully interview a candidate to make sure they are emotionally stable enough to handle the surgery. The surgeon must also be sure the teen’s expectations are realistic and their motives are correct. Teens with body dysmorphic disorder may not be good candidates; these patients will focus on a specific flaw or other defect (real or imagined), and convince themselves that surgery is the only way to treat it. This condition is best handled by a psychologist or other mental health care professional.

Procedures to Skip

There are a number of procedures that teenagers should avoid. Breast enhancement, in particular with saline implants, is one. This is because the body may not yet be done developing, and the general rule is that the patient must be at least 18. There are a few exceptions, such as birth defects, trauma or diseases that may require breast reconstruction. Silicone can be used for reconstruction purposes by women of all ages, but is limited to 22 and older for enhancement.

Since teens often lose baby fat with age, liposuction is not recommended. For teens that have a problem losing weight with just diet and exercise alone, however, it can be used for spot reduction purposes. It should not be used to treat obesity as a whole and is most definitely not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Procedures to Consider

Rhinoplasty can be a suitable procedure for certain candidates. Broken or deformed noses can be fixed by this procedure. Breast reductions are also popular; in Soleil Moon Frye’s case, her large breasts were causing her back and shoulder pain, as well as breathing problems. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help teens with severe acne and skin irregularities, and laser hair removal can help those with excessive hair.

Five Important Questions to Ask When Considering Surgery for Your Child

  1. Who truly wants the surgery? The teenager must be the one who desires it most; after all, they are the ones who must live with the results. Parents, peers and significant others can offer advice, but they must not pressure the patient into making a decision.
  2. Is your child emotionally and mentally mature? A good surgeon will want to be sure the patient understands the process and what will take place before, during and after surgery.
  3. How well does your child handle pain and follow directions? The recovery process can be long, painful and draining. As a parent, you can only do so much; your child must be able to handle the rest on their own.
  4. Does the child have a realistic outlook on the results? Make sure your child knows that their lives will not radically change after undergoing surgery.
  5. Is your child physically mature? Depending on the surgery, this could play a huge role. Breast reductions can be done on patients as young as 15, while other surgeries may have to wait until the child is older.

The Renaissance of Cosmetic Surgery

The recession has made it difficult for people to have cosmetic surgery the way they used to. But as the economy recovers, so has the number of procedures performed. The recession has had a notable impact on every business, including cosmetic surgery. However, recent improvements have led to an upswing in the physical enhancement department. Many women 50 and below have not forsaken their beauty treatments, regardless of their financial situation.

Out of 1, 000 women polled, 63 percent (ages 18–34) and 73 percent (ages 35–49) had a positive impression on procedures that fought the aging process. And according to E-Poll Market Research, out of the 18 to 34 year olds, 44 percent stated that Botox would be a routine procedure. Botox is given by injection to remove wrinkles, crows feet, laugh and frown lines. 70 percent of these women also stated that while the bulk of cosmetic surgery patients are women, it is perfectly acceptable for a man to have work done as well.

Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, states that “Interest in cosmetic procedures is getting very strong again.” He goes on to say, “This may be a sign that our economy is on an upswing.”

The procedures that have drawn the most attention have been the ones that are inexpensive, require minimal surgery, and have a very short recovery time. Age often determines the popularity of a particular treatment, but the most common ones are as follows.

Botox: This noninvasive treatment is the most popular choice for patients over the age of 30. It is composed of very small amounts of the toxin Chlostridium botulinum, which freezes nerve impulses. This paralyzes the muscles in the area, which gives the face a much smoother look. Botox is used in the face and neck to eliminate wrinkles, lines and creases.

Chemical peels: The skin’s outer layer can be damaged by sun, wind or ordinary aging. And as time passes, skin can develop scars, wrinkles and uneven pigment. Chemical peels take care of this problem by using phenol, trichloroacetic acid or alpha hydroxy acids to remove the layer of injured skin. The chemical is applied to the skin then removed after a specified amount of time. Side effects may include redness and irritation, but these typically last for a short period of time. Aftercare instructions are provided by the doctor. If the instructions are followed properly, the patient is left with a smoother, more even appearance.

Laser skin resurfacing and Coolaser treatment: This procedure uses a laser to treat damaged skin in order to allow healthy skin to grow in its place. A numbing solution is applied to the face first. With the Coolaser treatment, the skin is cooled before the procedure takes place. Only one millionth of an inch of skin is treated at a time, which allows the doctor to control how much treatment is needed and how deeply the skin is treated. The heat from the laser stimulates the skin to produce collagen, which results in smoother, tighter skin. Side effects from this treatment can include redness and irritation as well patient’s skin is improved in appearance, and has had one of the greatest increases in use since 2005 among both sexes.

Hyaluronic acid: This injectable filler is the base chemical in Restylane and Juvederm. It gets rid of wrinkles, certain types of skin folds, and other lines on the face. It can also be used to plump up thin lips and hollows under the eyes and in the cheeks. Side effects can include soreness and swelling at the site. Depending on the product chosen, the results can last from six to eighteen months.

Liposuction: Liposuction is an invasive procedure, but it is the number one cosmetic surgery treatment chosen for people between 20 and 59. Liposuction removes fat deposits from the body, slimming and reshaping it in the process. The procedure has a much longer recovery time than any of the others listed here, and the side effects are more prominent (temporary numbness and bruising, among others) but the results can be quite impressive.