Anti Aging Treatments...Inquiring Minds Want to Know More!

Anti Aging Treatments - this multi billion dollar industry is quickly growing in popularity. Between creams, serums, lifts, tucks, lasers and peels, it seems that women will stop at nothing to stop the clock and hold onto the youth that is slowly slipping out of their grasp. Although many anti aging treatments have very few side effects, many times women are putting themselves in extreme danger without really realizing the ramifications of the procedures.

  • Cosmetic surgery is one of the more popular choices women make when they feel that creams, serums and injections won't do the trick.

    Years ago, the main procedure that was available was the face-lift, and although it was true to its name, it was the subject of much ridicule because it would sometimes lift the face too much and cause the patient to look as if they were walking through a wind tunnel.

    In the wake of modern medicine and technology, facelifts are now sophisticated and have many different variations.
  • One of these sophisticated facelifts is known as a thread lift. Some call it "the lunchtime lift" because the procedure can be done in at little as an hour. During the thread life, tiny incisions are made and a threaded needle is inserted into the face. The threads are pulled to the desire facial tightness and the patient achieves a naturally lifted look.
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  • Some women have discovered the beauty of fat transfer to breathe new life into their aging and wrinkling faces. The patient has fat taken from one part of the body, and has it injected into wrinkled areas on the face.

    When it is done on a small scale, there is basically no recovery time, and very little pain is felt during the procedure. A local anesthetic is applied to the areas affected, and usually a mild pain killer can be taken post-procedure to help with any painThe results of this type of procedure can last for 1-5 years. This is a great choice for those who want nearly instant results, while maintaining a natural look.
  • Laser treatments are a popular anti aging treatments that help remove skin discoloration and smooth those lines around the eye area. These treatments actually encourage the new production of younger skin cells. Because of the rapid healing process, patients don't need to rest as much when they have the treatments.
  • Chemical peels are great anti aging treatments for those who want to defeat the effects of aging because they are quick procedures that remove old cells and promote the development of new cells. Because chemical peels are topical, many women feel that they are safer than most types of anti aging treatments.
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  • When it is done on a small scale, there is basically no recovery time, and very little pain is felt during the procedure. A local anesthetic is applied to the areas affected, and usually a mild pain killer can be taken post-procedure to help with any pain.

    The results of this type of procedure can last for 1-5 years. This is a great choice for those who want nearly instant results, while maintaining a natural look.
  • Laser treatments are a popular anti aging treatments that help remove skin discoloration and smooth those lines around the eye area. These treatments actually encourage the new production of younger skin cells. Because of the rapid healing process, patients don't need to rest as much when they have the treatments.
  • Chemical peels are great anti aging treatments for those who want to defeat the effects of aging because they are quick procedures that remove old cells and promote the development of new cells. Because chemical peels are topical, many women feel that they are safer than most types of anti aging treatments.

While these anti aging treatments have some great rewards, they can also have great risks

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  • Although surgery seems like a "quick fix", many women should be reminded that cosmetic surgery is still surgery. Any invasive procedure comes with its fair share of risks.

    Some risks include scarring from the incisions, an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, infection, blood clots, etc. and some major complications can result in death. Before you go under the knife, discuss the risks with your primary care physician and see if you are an ideal candidate for any type of surgery.

    Another drawback of surgery is the cost that is associated with such an expensive procedure that will have to be repeated in a few years.
  • Although thread lifts have few side effects aside from infection, one result is that the patient may feel as if nothing was done to their face. In these cases, patients usually have traditional cosmetic surgery and are forced to face those risks.
  • Any form of liposuction or fat transfer should not be taken lightly. Even procedures that are fairly small and "inconsequential" run the risk of causing infection, blood pooling under surface of the skin and nerve damage.
  • One of the main complaints from those who have had laser treatment as an anti aging treatment is scarring. Some people are prone to suffer from scarring when they undergo invasive procedures. These laser treatments can also cost upward of $1,000 per treatment, and after 5-6 treatments, some wonder if they are worth the financial commitment.
  • Chemical peels have fewer side effects than most of the anti aging treatments mentioned here. Most common risks can include: scarring, infection and pain and sensitivity as a result of the chemicals.
  • Many people regret ever having any of these anti aging treatments done because they are extremely unhappy with the results. And in some cases, under-qualified and inexperienced doctors can cause irreparable damage.

    In either of these situations, the patients may have to undergo additional surgeries to fix the issues. In some cases the mistakes can be fixed, but in some cases, the damage is never repaired and the patient is forced to live with a less than desirable result. Even board certified plastic surgeons can make mistakes.

    Having any type of invasive procedure is a leap of faith, so make sure you are certain about your decision.

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