The tell-tale signs of ageing creep upon us and our face is the window to our soul showing not only our age but our life story as well.
These days we can help to turn back the clock, visually anyway, allowing us to look as young as we feel.
There are many ways in which we can improve our looks and at different levels.
We can consider Cosmetic Surgery for facial treatments, such procedures as
- Eyelid Surgery
All of which require surgical intervention, have certain associated risks and have a recovery time which varies with each procedure.
All surgery has risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. While serious complications during facelifts are rare, complications and risks can be prevented by following surgeon’s instructions carefully and post-operative care taken.
Individual risks can vary depending on whether a person might be prone to scarring, bleeding, clotting, depressive tendencies and cleanliness. A comprehensive review needs to be undertaken between patient and surgeon before any procedure is undertaken and perhaps even a medical history review to reduce post surgery issues. Any history of drinking, smoking, medications, supplements need to be disclosed, assessed and addresses to ensure a positive outcome.
And afterwards you need to be patient for the hours, days or even weeks following.
The discomfort could last a while and you need to know beforehand what to expect. Apart from the area under surgery, you also may feel nauseated, tender, suffering general discomfort and probably pain. Most of these can be managed medically and there is also a chance of feeling depressed.
Bruising and swelling are to be expected and a normal reaction which can last a couple of weeks but you should try to get light exercise during this time. Don’t book any functions or expect to be going out formally for at least a month or so and avoid saunas, steam rooms or anywhere steamy. Your surgeon will also give you advice on when you can go back to heavy lifting, even around the house and bending should be avoided until then too.
Then there are injectables , and more than just Botox which seems to get all the publicity.
Products such as -
Dermal fillers, volumising fillers, injectable fillers are injected into the skin to smooth out wrinkles and folds. They can be injected direct into the skin in many places, pin cushion fashion or can be spread under the skin via one entry point only. They are done live-patient using local anaesthetic only and therefore require little downtime and the results are instant.
Botox, which is a protein was long considered harmful but has now been widely adopted for cosmetic and medical uses. In many ways botox and fillers are compatible but there are differences in their effect. Different areas of the face and neck respond differently and therefore it seems less important as to the product selection but more about getting a respected and reputable person to administer the products. A lot can go wrong with injections, especially with the number required to administer these type of products.
Liposuction, cool sculpting, threadlifts are all techniques which involve removing or moving
Liposuction or fat modelling is used to remove fat from different parts of the boy. Cool sculpting relies on the body’s own immune mechanism to remove the fat cells which have been frozen by the process. Thread lifting is designed to reduce sagging skin as an alternative to surgery though it does involve insertion of threads under the skin.
Chemical Peels and Microderm Abrasion are non-invasive skin-freshening techniques for the face.
Microdermabrasion uses mild abrasives to remove the top layer of skin. Chemical peels use chemical solutions to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin. Both can be used to improve sun-damage, pigmentation, wrinkles and acne scarring.
Laser facials, Laser skin resurfacing and intense pulsed light are other treatments which can remove acne scars and can be combined with chemical peels, pocket grafting and punch excision .
Both techniques induce controlled wounds on the skin, prompting the body to heal itself by creating new cells. The claim is that the treatments stimulate the skin’s natural collagen thus rejuvenating the skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars.
Nothing comes cheap, from several hundred dollars per session with multiple sessions required means that the total cost can be in the thousands. And if you want Angelina Jolie’s nose then beware.
On average the costs of facelift surgery can range from $6,000 to $16,000 and then the add-on costs bring that even higher.
Hospital fees between $600 and $2,600 and anaesthesia from $1,000 to $1,500.
Then add the pre-surgery costs of blood tests, diagnostic testing and preliminary healthcare provider examinations can bring the costs up to a swingeing $20,000.
There is a premium on maintaining youthful and healthy appearance