The New Face-Lift: Fill'er Up!

Forget the drastic plastic surgery of old—now maintenance is the main event. Here, the ultimate pros-and-cons guide to the latest treatments and procedures.

By Jennifer Scruby
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Photograph: John Teate

8. Chemical peels
Treatments that apply a chemical solution to the skin, causing the outer layer to peel away.
Best for: Minimizing brown pigmentation, unclogging pores and improving skin clarity and brightness; they’re great if you’re blotchy but not red. Chemical peels range from weak to seriously potent, and most of the deeper peels have been replaced by laser treatments, which do more to improve skin tone and texture, with a much lower risk of scarring. (“The old phenol peels that left people white and shiny have fallen by the wayside,” says New York City dermatologist Laurie Polis.)
Cost: $80 to $500, depend-ing on the depth of the peel.
Full effect: In 1 month, for a light TCA (trichloroacetic) peel.
Results last: For a mild TCA peel, 1 to 2 years.

9. Eye-lift
An eye-lift (blepharoplasty) is an operation that removes the skin of the upper lid and may also reduce fat below the eyes.
Best for: Raising droopy lids,obliterating puffiness under the eyes or repositioning the fat pad to fill in hollowness under the eyes.
Cost: About $4,000 for upper- or lower-lid surgery, $7,500 for both.
Full effect: In 4 to 6 weeks.
Results last: Fat-pad removal is permanent, but loose skin may return in several years.

ANTI-AGING STRATEGIES . . . FROM YOUR DENTIST

These clever fixes are based on the “facial thirds concept,” the idea that attractive faces are divided into three equal sections: between the hairline and the brow, the brow and the base of the nose, and the base of the nose to the bottom of the chin. In some people—especially tooth grinders—the chewing surface of molars wears down. “Grinding can make that lower segment of the face very small and narrow and really destroy its symmetry. A dentist can put crowns in the back to increase the length and height of the molars and hence of the jaw,” says Miami cosmetic dentist Maria Marx.

Some cosmetic dentists go even further, relying on veneers to balance out your bite (making your face more symmetrical) or to make your teeth flare more on the front or sides of your mouth (to restore a hint of youthful volume). “To get an idea of what veneers can do, take a cotton roll and cut it in half. Tuck one half under the lips on each side of your back teeth, bite down, close your mouth and see how open your face is,” says Michael Apa, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. he rejuvenating dental process entails a serious wallet-stretch: Veneers cost $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth. Yet fans of the technique abound. After one of Apa’s patients got a full veneer treatment, she canceled her face-lift plans. Still, says Marx, “veneers won’t necessarily take care of wrinkles. I don’t think plastic surgery or dentistry alone can do it. After a certain age, you may want both.”

To find out more, read:

Cutting Edge Anti-Aging Treatments

Five Cosmetic Procedures for the Risk Adverse

First Published April 25, 2011

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myjd 06.23.2011

Really? A physician's assistant points out the two in the room who haven't had something done and, by doing that, discloses everyone who has! A clear violation of the physician/patient relationship. Am I alone in thinking that whatever I have done in any physician's office is my business and not to be chatted about by the office staff or the physician? And it then becomes a reference point in a More article! No wonder recognizable people wait too long to see their physicians or go to extremes to have their healthcare delivered under tight security. If the young assistant calls me by my first name, I'm offend. If she/he tells you why I'm there, the doctor has a problem...Me.


DE-AGING BEAUTY!...WE ALL WANT TO SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS, YES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO THAT!, THERE ARE SOME MANY DE-AGING TREATMENTS OUT THERE, BUT FEW WILL BRING THE SATISFACTORY AND PROPER RESULTS TO PATIENTS/CLIENTS..MY SELF BEING IN THE BEAUTY BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS, IT JUST FACINATES ME, THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS AND IN SOME CASES REVERSE IT, BY USING NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED MEDICAL FORMULATIONS..IN MY PRACTICE I ADVICE MY PATIENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF STIMULATING COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN FIBERS PRODUCTION WITH TREATMENTS THAT HAVE A DELIVERY SYSTEM TO PENETRATE RIGHT INTO THE LAYERS OF THE SKIN, LIGHT THERAPIES IS ANOTHER TOOL TO HELP STIMULATE THE COLLAGEN LEVELS IN YOUR SKIN UP TO TWO MONTHS...HIGH FREQUENCY THERAPIES ALSO IS VERY BENEFICIAL IN RESTORING ELASTICITY...MESOTHERAPY TREATMENTS ARE USUALLLY A COCKTAIL OF VITAMINS, MINERALS AND AMINO ACIDS, WHICH IS EXTREMELY REJUVENATING TO THE SKIN..SOME TIMES I USE A DE-AGING COCKTAIL WHICH IS THE COMBINATION OF VITAMINS TOGETHER WITH GROWTH HORMONE STIMULATORS..
TO BE ABLE TO DE-AGE YOURSELF IS NOT JUST DOING EXTERNAL TREATMENTS, IT TAKES A HOLISTIC APROACH TO RESTORE AND DE-AGE YOUR BODY, IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL TO HAVE ANTI-AGING INTERNAL TREATMENTS AS WELL, TOGETHER WITH A GOOD QUALITY ORGANIC DIET, WORKOUTS AND A BALANCED LIFE STYLE..
Clarisa Patterson/Medical Cosmetologist/Nutritionist

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