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Show How much downtime is needed for cosmetic procedures?

As long as it takes for a person to heal from a bruise.  Average is 1 week.

Show I am approaching 40 and I have always taken care of my skin. I guess wrinkles are inevitable, but I want to slow down the aging process as much as possible without having surgery. What treatment options do I have?

Non-surgical treatments to rejuvenate the skin are very popular.  Many patients are concerned with facial wrinkles, dark spots and frown lines.  The goal is to keep signs of aging in check as they arise, rather than erase them all at once.

Patients may elect to have several minor procedures, choosing from among the many minimally invasive procedures that new technologies have made possible.  A combination of treatments may be recommended to address specific problems.  If wrinkles are a concern, soft filler materials can fill in “smile lines”, other deep creases and smooth other facial irregularities.  Collagen and other injectable materials smooth facial wrinkles temporarily, often delaying the need for a facelift.  Botox injections relax the muscles that cause deep furrows, providing a safe way to treat wrinkles between the brows and in other areas, including the forehead, and around the eyes and neck.

Some of the most advanced treatment options involve procedures to stimulate collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, such as the radio frequency laser procedure for wrinkles.  This non-invasive laser treatment is designed to stimulate collagen, a protein that supports our skin, to soften the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin tone.  There is no downtime involved so patients can carry on with daily activities as usual.  This treatment can also be combined with an advanced method of superficial exfoliation as part of a successful facial-rejuvenation program it is also important to use a proper long-term skin care program. Recommended are advanced products from Obagi Skin Care that correct problems such as sun damage, wrinkling, large pores and uneven skin tone.

Show I am interested in enhancing my lips. I also have laugh lines near my mouth. What solutions are available?

As time goes by, the effects of aging become visible.  The lips begin to thin out and the repeated gestures of a lifetime create the wrinkles and folds that add character to a face.  Unfortunately, they also make you look older than you may want.

Today, people have many choices to consider in the quest for maintaining beauty and youth.  Until now, collagen and hyaluronic acid injections offered the best promise to enhance lips and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Collagen injections work by replacing the body’s own collagen, a substance that supports skin cells.  Hyaluronic acid is a natural synthetic product that is used to treat wrinkles and enhance lips.  These inject able products reduce wrinkles by filling spaces under the skin’s surface unfortunately, they are temporary. The body absorbs these natural products after injection and, therefore, wrinkles become visible again four to eight months later.

Hide What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.  Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease.  It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.  Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier.  These areas usually involve surgeries which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.

Show Is cosmetic surgery painful?

During the procedure, anesthesia ensures that you will be comfortable and feel no pain.  If general or “twilight” anesthesia is used, you will even sleep through the entire surgery.  After surgery, any discomfort you may experience can usually be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.