Many people may welcome growing older because of the wisdom from one’s wealth of experience that comes with aging, but looking older is another matter. All over the world, people are beginning to undergo a number of treatments, therapies and rituals in order to appear younger, healthier and better looking. This practice that has spawned a billion-dollar beauty industry that includes cosmetics and other products that prevent and repair aging skin. Here is a look at the different treatments available to turn back time: Continue reading
People are willing to use a great amount of cosmetics and skin care products to solve their skin problems. As one ages, the skin becomes damaged and begins to show the visual signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, dry skin and cellulite. Many over the counter products have the ability to remedy these issues. Continue reading
Exercise can cause many skin problems. When a person participates in outdoor activity, this can lead to sun damage. There are numerous cosmetic treatments available that can alleviate the spots and wrinkles associated with the problem.
Proper skin care is essential if one wants to stay healthy and retain a youthful appearance. Skin that is repeatedly exposed to the sun and other elements will not only appear dry and become wrinkled and unsightly; it can become the perfect target for toxins and carcinogens. Add the use of cosmetics or the wrong skin care products, and the results can be deadly. Continue reading
Most Hollywood celebrities try their best to look beautiful even when they are out of the spotlight, so imagine the effort that goes into making them red-carpet ready for big events such as the Oscars. On a night when thousands of stars from around the globe converge on a single spot on the planet, every celebrity wants to be at his or her most beautiful and resplendent. Here is a look at how well planned and orchestrated the beauty routines and fitness procedures are months before a special event. Continue reading
The search for acne scar removal methods and products that might alleviate the issue has gone on for generations. Acne is a rupturing of the skin and can cause severe damage. Occasionally it is necessary to seek relief through medical procedures. People find it normal when teenagers have acne scarring but the problem is not limited to young adults. When acne scars occur people usually start with home remedies and creams. Long before any seeing a doctor, people will try to remove acne scars on their own. Continue reading
For a woman, her self-confidence can be made or broken by her general appearance. One of the body parts which women feel self-conscious about is their breasts. Scars caused by breast reduction/enlargement operations or other forms of surgery can be an embarrassing nuisance for women, however, with cosmetic medicine reaching new heights daily, getting rid of scars is possible through non-surgical breast scar removal techniques. Continue reading
Chemical body peel, also called the derma-peel, is a method of rejuvenating the body skin. This helps in lightning the scars and dark spots on the body. Like our face, our body also needs an even and flawless skin tone. Scars and dark spots can destroy the beauty of a perfect figure. Although replacement of dead skin by newer, fresher skin is a natural phenomenon, it is a very slow one and complete disappearance of damaged skin might take many years. Continue reading
Ingrown hairs are the result of using most common hair removing methods. As all of us need to get rid of extra hairs from our faces and bodies, we typically either shave or wax them away. As a result, we all experience the ingrown hair problem. The ingrown hairs are basically hairs cut too close to the skin that they fail to regrow in a straight and outward direction. Instead, they curl and grow inwards. This result in bumps in the skin, more often called razor bumps which are actually these are ingrown hair trapped under the skin surface. Continue reading
Looking beautiful and attractive is everyone’s birth right. And nowhere else is this adage truer then in Beverly Hills. Home to some of America’s most glamorous people Beverly Hills is a solid indicator of the latest beauty trends for the rest of the country. Continue reading
If you are one of the thousands of men and women living in the United States that are interested in some form of cosmetic surgery, you have doubtless asked yourself time and again exactly how cosmetic surgery works. As you most likely know the truth is that the answer to how cosmetic surgery works depends on the sort of cosmetic surgery you are interested in. Continue reading
You can improve the way your facial skin looks and look younger just by trying one of these facial skin care treatments. They rejuvenate the face and are subtle enough that the recovery time is nearly zero in many cases. Continue reading
Sometimes you don’t need to go through invasive procedures to improve your appearance. You can undergo one of these non-invasive procedures in order to change your appearance without cutting or surgery. Continue reading
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
(Author: An anonymous bride-to-be)
As a bride-to-be, I spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to look my best on my wedding day. I’m trying to diet and take care of my skin, and definitely considering some cosmetic surgery. Liposuction for my love handles or something to relieve the bag under my left eye would be perfect. But before you think I’m a narcissistic woman focused only on her appearance, note that I’m not alone. Record numbers of brides—and even grooms—are choosing to have cosmetic surgery done as their big day approaches. And all of them are doing it for the same reason—to look their very best. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills, says that he’s watched this trend grow over the past few years. “For most couples this is the biggest day in their lives and the attention is focused entirely on them, ” says Dr. Ourian, “it’s not really a surprise that they want to look their absolute best. And don’t forget the photos; the party is only one day but the wedding photos are forever.”
There are a number of different types of cosmetic surgery options for brides and grooms. Here are a few of them:
Injectables and Fillers
These are great for brides in their late 20’s, 30’s or 40’s who don’t need more in depth surgery, but want to get rid of facial lines. Dr. Ourian cautions that the procedure should be done several weeks ahead of time, to allow for any possible bruising and swelling an opportunity to fade. Full results may take a week to be visible, and the bride or groom may need a touchup as well.
Botox may also be used to alleviate sweating. A quick Botox injection will help a nervous couple get through their vows without staining their clothing, and definitely cut back on dry cleaning bills for the day.
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
Older brides may need some extra help before their weddings. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or full facelifts will help tighten excess skin, fat or muscle. But these are very invasive procedures, and recovery will not be nearly as fast as with a simple injectable or filler. It is advised that patients give themselves at several months to fully recover from the surgery.
Lipo Before “I Do”
Brides and grooms will do just about anything to lose weight for the big day. They will try every diet on the market, and work out till they drop, but all the diet and exercise in the world may not get rid of the last few stubborn spots—love handles, spare tires, or saddlebags. Liposuction can help get rid of these fat deposits in the abdomen, hips, buttocks, back, or neck. For best results, liposuction should be done at least a month ahead of time to allow your body to fully heal.
A friend decided to undergo bariatric surgery before her wedding and went from 300 pounds to a svelte 145. The problem? Now she has a great deal of excess skin, which is hampering her self esteem. Brides and grooms who undergo this type of surgery may find themselves in the same boat. Body contouring surgery can eliminate the extra skin, and allow the bride to get that sleeveless wedding dress she always wanted, or the groom to show off his newly flat stomach out on the beach. Unlike the rest of these surgeries, however, it is strongly recommended that the patient have the contouring done in stages. At least three operations should be done, with healing time accounted for, and the patient must plan for them accordingly.
This is one of the most popular surgeries for brides. Many women may have wanted to enlarge or even reduce their breast size, and their wedding day gives them the perfect motivation to do so. Naturally, they want to look good, and they want their pictures to show them at their best. Brides who undergo breast enhancement should have it done a several months before the surgery for best results.
I am fortunate to have clear skin, but other bride-to-be’s may not be so lucky. They must be careful with treatments such as facials or microdermabrasion, because they can make acne worse. Microdermabrasion blasts the skin with tiny crystals to remove a layer and get rid of mild acne scars and brown spots, among other skin problems. Unfortunately, this kind of abrasion can stress the skin out, and trigger an eruption of pimples. Laser therapy, on the other hand, may be used eliminate blotches and noticeable blood vessels.
Regardless of the method you choose, remember that your wedding day is fleeting. The effects of your makeover, however, will last for years. Choose wisely, and you’ll have memories for a lifetime.
The best treatment for acne can change depending on the patient and the physician. Some of the more popular products include Retin-A, Cleocin-T, erythromycin and tetracycline. But medication alone may not solve the problem.
“A good portion of my practice is devoted to dealing with acne and acne scars, “ says Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “As if it’s not bad enough to suffer from acne in the first place, I’ve seen the ongoing emotional toll acne scarring can cause for patients twenty or thirty years later.” Continue reading