Thailand Plastic Surgery – My Journey

After suffering from an extreme case of bells palsy in 2007, I was left with the right side of my face droopy, my eye and eybrow was left with no muscle tone at all. My eye was almost closed and watered all the time, and my mouth was left sagging, on one side, causing me to dribble when I ate or drank anything. After receiving treatment in Australia from neurologists and loads of other specialists, which included Botox injections and months of being on steroids and morphine because of the pain and weeks in and out of hospital, I became housebound and very very depressed and started to seek advice from Plastic Surgeons here in Australia. Desperate to be restored to my old self, the only options I was told was to have a face lift and the cost would be anywhere from $15,000 to a whopping $25,000 with no guarantees.

Knowing how bad I was feeling, my husband noticed an article in the Sunday newspaper that advertised Plastic Surgery in Thailand with a saving of up to 70%.

I did some research on the internet and found some scarey stories and some great stories, some stories of how dirty the hospitals were and how they didn’t sterilize their needles etc, then other stories saying what a high standard the care was so I was very dubious, and not knowing much about Thailand at all, I thought about it for some days before phoning the number on the ad. That phone call literally changed my life.

I discovered that 3 doctors from one of Thailands top hospitals were visiting Australia and giving free consultations, and answering questions. I went along to the meeting unsure of what I was going to find, and met three of the most compassionate, caring, warm and friendly thai gentlemen. They spoke good English, showed me a dvd of the hospital, the facilities and also what to expect as a tourist visiting Thailand.

I had a long consultation with one of the surgeons, and was so impressed by how caring he was, he explained what could be done to rectify my problem, he explained what he didn’t think could be rectified, he did sketches of exactly how the surgery would be performed, explained in great detail the aftercare required and told me the cost, which was far far less than anything I had been quoted by surgeons here. He also explained that the hospital limo would pick me up from the airport on arrival, take me to my resort, and all my transfers to and from the hospital were included. After the surgeon gave me his email address and phone number and told me to contact him at anytime if I had any questions I would like to ask.

I left that meeting with a feeling of great hope and happiness that I had found the right doctor, someone that listened to me and understood my needs.

I went home and after discussing it with my husband, he could see the change in my mood, I booked the flight for two weeks time. Finally I was going to get my old face back, I couldn’t wait.

Two weeks later I boarded my flight for Thailand, I had to make the journey on my own, because we have three young children and it was term time. I was scared to death, not because of the surgery, but because I was travelling alone to a strange country. After about a 9 hour flight, I arrived into a bustling, noisy airport, finally got through customs and there right in front of me was a board saying Mrs. Fraser, wow what a relief, I was taken to a waiting limo, and whisked away into the hustle and bustle of Thailand, motorbikes everywhere, sometime 3 or 4 people on a motorbike, people on motorbikes with babies, people on motorbikes with chickens, people on motorbikes with umbrellas up, shielding them from the sun.

I fell in love with Thailand there and then, the people are so lovely, so peaceful and kind, the culture is so different from anything that I had ever experienced before.

Arriving at my resort overlooking the most stunning beach, my driver carried my bags to my room and advised me that he would be picking me up later in the day for my consult with the doctor. After a short nap and some lovely thai food at one of the many beachside cafes, my driver picked me up and drove me to the hospital where I was greeted by the most beautiful and immaculately dressed nurses. Within minutes I was reaquainted with the lovely thai gentlemen that I had met in Australia. My surgery was scheduled for 10am the next morning, my driver would pick me up the next morning at 8am, and I could expect to stay one or two nights at the hospital.

After returning to my hotel, totally shattered from my exciting journey, I slept like a baby until the next morning. Sure as his word, my driver was there 8am on the dot. I was admitted to hospital and taken to my room which was actually nicer than my resort room and that was pretty fantastic. I had a window overlooking the city, a balcony, plasma tv, ensuite, telephone, internet, beautiful welcome basket and all the luxuries of home and I was waited on hand and foot by a stream of beautiful nurses.

I was taken down to the theatre, everywhere was spotless, i would honestly say it was more hygenic than some hospitals I had been to in Australia. The nursing staff were amazing. When I awoke I was in my room, with the doctor and two nurses, caring for my every need. That evening I chose my meal from a menu that could beat any restaurant, then I slept on and off between nurses coming in and out throughout the night doing their obs.

I stayed for two nights, because I was travelling on my own, then I was taken back to my resort, with my medications and creams, I spent the next 10 days between the beach, the markets and the beautiful restaurants. Everyday somebody from the hospital checked up on me and asked if I needed anything. On my last day, my driver picked me up at 8am and took me back for the last time to see the doctor for my stitches out. After being given the all clear, and finally seeing the new or old me back again, I was taken back to my hotel for a few hours,rest and packing.

Quite sad that my adventure had come to an end, I had fallen in love with Thailand and it’s beautiful people, someday I would come back with my family and share in the wonders of Thailand.

I have written an e book that explains where the best surgeons and best hospitals are, what to look out for, where to stay and what to do….and also how to get a free holiday with your surgery.

Source by Debbie L Fraser

What Is the Best Botox Dose and Dilution for Forehead Wrinkles and Frown Lines?

What matters when you have your Botulinum toxin (Botox) is the overall number of units that you are given. Practitioners may choose to dilute their Botox with varying amounts of saline, and this will affect how far the Botox diffuses away from the injection site. Personally, when I am treating frown lines between the eyebrows in the frown line (Glabella) region I like to use it in quite a concentrated form (100 units of Botox diluted in 1 ml of saline, giving 10 units per 0.1ml), as I want the Botox diffusion to be quite limited. When I am treating horizontal forehead lines I prefer to use it in a more dilute form (100 units in 2mls of saline) so that I can achieve more diffusion of the botox over a wider area of muscle.

So why does the total number of units that you are given matter so much? Because studies have shown a clear dose-response relationship between the duration of effect and the dosage that you are given. If you are given 20 units of Botox into your glabella frown line region it will last about 16 weeks in 75% percent of clients, whereas if clients are given half that dose it will only last that long 35% of the time, and you will therefore probably be needing more treatment well before the end of four months after your last treatment with this dosage.

So if you are of average build and normal facial muscles mass, and you are having the frown line and your forehead treated with Botox you should probably be getting a total dosage of around 40-50 units. This will reliably achieve an effect that is going to last you for the next four months or so. Clearly if you are exceptionally lean or exceptionally well endowed with facial muscles then the dosage will need to be altered accordingly.

Don’t forget that if your if your doctor is using Dysport (marketed under the name of Azzalure in Europe) then the number of units will be different. It will be about 3 times higher than with Botox or Xeomin as Dysport/Azzalure, unit for unit, is only one third as powerful as Botox. So one unit of Botox is equivalent to around 3 units of Dysport / Azzalure. When given in appropriate dosage studies have shown that Dysport/Azzalure is as effective as Botox. So ask your practitioner about the total dosage they are planning to use. If it’s a lot less or a lot more than the quantities mentioned above for the forehead and frown line areas, ask them why.

Source by Odet Mark Aszkenasy

Cosmetic Surgery For The Nipples

Inverted Nipples: One or both sides may be affected and to varying degrees. If the inversion of the nipple has been of recent onset, it is very important that a thorough investigation as to the possibility of breast cancer be pursued. Breast cancers can be associated with nipple inversion. Most cases, however, are essentially a simple nipple tissue abnormality that was actually present since birth but only first became noticeable during breast development and puberty. These are simply aesthetically objectionable. Mild cases often respond quite well to simple maneuvers performed during a breast enhancement (augmentation with implants) and are a welcomed “side benefit” to the procedure. More severe cases require some rather sophisticated and tiny incisions which are made in and around the nipple but usually with good success and minimum required in the way of a recovery. Most patients have these issues addressed while having a cosmetic breast procedure – such as a breast augmentation with implants, breast lift or breast reduction – in the operating room. Otherwise, it is quite realistic to have the nipple inversion correction performed alone as an office procedure (usually with local anesthesia and mild sedation).

Inadequate Nipple Length or Poor Projection of the Nipples: This can actually be due to a disproportion in sizes between the nipple and areola rather than a true nipple deficiency. The areola diameter may need to be decreased to make a better match. True length problems can be often be corrected with a minor surgical procedure similar to that used to correct inverted nipples as described above. Sometimes a long-lasting, injectable filler (such as we use for the face) can help in the improvement.

Overly Long or Large Nipples: Again, the possibility that this is actually due to a disproportion between the nipple and the areola sizes must be determined first. The areola diameter may need to be increased. Cosmetic tattooing is the simplest way to do this. In more severe cases of small to absent areola tissue, skin grafts of darker pigmented skin can be used. Otherwise, a surgical reduction in the actual length of the nipple is a very straightforward and relatively simple procedure which can be performed in an office setting. Puffy or overly “fat” nipples can also be thinned down a bit by a similar technique.

Overly Large Areola Diameter: Areola diameter reductions are often performed in coordination with a breast reduction or breast lift procedure in the operating room. We want the already excessively large areola to have good proportion to the newly lifted, compacted and re-shaped breast. Occasionally, an areola reduction will be performed alone. The new, smaller diameter is planned and the intervening ring of tissue is removed with the outer “circle” edge tightened in to fit. The scars tend to blend within the natural circle of the areola circumference. The human eye and brain are wired to expect to see this circle-like line which automatically makes it less likely that a scar mimicking this line will be visible.

Irregular Areola Border: The same techniques which are used to decrease the size of the areola are modified to create a smoother, more circle-like shape to the border of the areola. The scars generally hide within the natural circle that characterizes the areola margin.

Nipple is Off Center within the Areola: Usually fixed as part of a breast reduction or breast lift as this would be much harder to surgically fix otherwise. Cosmetic tattooing to balance the areola out is a good non-surgical option. Skin grafting is a much more aggressive alternative and rarely done for this particular problem.

Too Light, or Inadequate Areola Pigmentation: The best option for this, hands down, is cosmetic tattooing.

Nipple/Areola Complex Too High on the Breast: This is usually best treated by a breast enhancement with implants because in most situations the displacement is an optical illusion created by poor breast volume and awkward positioning of the tissue on the chest wall. True high displacement of the nipple/areola complex on the breast/chest is a tough problem otherwise – all existing techniques to move the complex lower will most likely result in an obvious scar on the upper pole of the breast/chest.

Nipple/Areola Complex Too Low on the Breast: This is a very common problem, often associated with large and/or drooping breasts. During a breast lift or a breast reduction, the complex is lifted to its proper position, resized proportionately and properly centered on the breast mounds. The nipple/areola complexes are placed so that they are in mirror image symmetry to the size, shape and position of the each other as much as possible. The scars hide within the circular edges of the areolas.

Nipple/Areola Complex Not Centered on the Breast: Many women have nipple/areola complexes which seem to be out toward the sides of the breasts. Bringing them inward so that the complexes are closer to the midline of each breast makes for a much more desirable look. Most effective solutions to this problem are as a part of a breast lift or breast reduction procedure as described above. More minor procedures which are modifications of some of the steps in a lift or a reduction can be performed for less severe cases or where the breasts are otherwise acceptable and not in any need of reshaping, resizing or lifting. When the complexes appear to be too close together (i.e. “cross eyed”) a well-done breast augmentation will often result in a more centered and more pleasing look to their positions.

Overly Prominent or Numerous, Highly Visible Bumps within the Areola: These are known as “Montgomery Glands” and although perfectly normal, they are sometimes aesthetically offensive if too prominent or too numerous; they are very edgy, irregular and “bumpy”. Simple excision works well – they do not typically recur.

Prominent Nipple/Areola Complex Hair Growth: Electrolysis is probably a better choice for this than would be laser hair removal. There are usually only a few hairs to treat and electrolysis is usually less expensive, more reliable and more definitive. Depigmentation – the loss of the darker areola color which it is supposed to have as compared to the surrounding skin – is always a risk with almost any procedure. But depigmentation is a well-known side effect of lasers. Lasers used on or near the pigmented areola can result in permanent, spotty depigmentation – very undesirable!

Pale, Depigmented Scars in the Areola: These can occur from previous trauma, procedures, surgery or lasers. The depigmented scar in the areola is unfortunately a very common occurrence in women who have had breast augmentation with implants placed via the areola incision approach. The best option is usually cosmetic tattooing.

Extra Nipple/Areola Complexes: Some patients have what might appear to be small moles on the chest or abdomen – but these may actually be extra nipple/areola complexes! These are also known as “accessory” or “supernumerary” nipples. Small, extra complexes can occur anywhere along the so-called “milk-line” which extends from the armpit through the center of the breast and down to the groin crease. A bump or lump underneath could also represent a small amount of breast tissue as well. It is generally agreed upon that it is important that these extra collections of breast related tissues be removed because of risks for malignant changes. Simple excision of these extra nipples is usually all that is required.

Post-Mastectomy Nipple/Areola Reconstruction: This is somewhat beyond the scope of this article, but certainly there are cosmetic issues involved in this very important aspect of breast reconstruction following any breast cancer treatment involving a mastectomy. Typically, nipple/areola reconstruction is not definitively planned and performed until all other aspects of the reconstruction of the breast are deemed complete and stable. Combinations of some of the techniques as described above – such as skin grafting, minor surgical procedures and tattooing – are all commonly employed.

Source by Lyle M. Back, MD

The Right Candidate for Abdominal Etching

Ab etching is a form of liposuction or liposculpture, and is an ideal procedure for patients seeking a chiseled and athletic appearance. Reputable plastic surgery centers are committed to providing result-oriented abdominal etching. High definition results are achieved through the use of the advanced Smartlipo Triplex body contouring workstation from Cynosure.

This procedure helps you achieve the much coveted washboard abdomen and a six pack, giving more definition to the underlying musculature. This innovative body sculpting procedure is provided on an outpatient basis; local anesthesia is sufficient, which increases its safety. Excess abdominal fat is removed and the muscles tightened to ensure a well-contoured stomach and stronger muscle definition. This body contouring procedure is provided for both men and women who desire a leaner, athletic appearance.

Are You a Candidate for Abdominal Etching?

The ideal candidates for the body contouring procedure should have already well-toned abdominal muscles as it involves the removal of precise lines of fat revealing the underlying natural muscle tone. It is a safe and recommended procedure for candidates who have undergone tummy tuck or liposuction to achieve a pronounced chiseled and fitter appearance. This procedure is recommended by plastic surgeons for candidates with less than 2 cm fat that can be pinched. The plastic surgeon measures the fat content before deciding whether you are a candidate for the procedure.

Abdominal laser etching is performed using Smartlipo Triplex that utilizes three potent laser wavelengths for hi-def results. The procedure is associated with short recovery period, minimal discomfort and minimal pain/trauma.

What about the Cost?

The cost of the procedure may vary depending upon a number of factors. Some of it may include:

>> Amount of fat removed

>> Liposuction technique

>> Surgeon’s experience

>> Area of the country

>> The cost of the anesthesiologist and surgical facility

Procedure and Recovery

The plastic surgeon will mark your abdomen with lines that will guide the surgical incisions. Excess fat is removed via liposuction through the incisions. Typically the scarring is minimal because of the small incisions made. You will be advised to wear a compression garment after the surgery.

Postoperative bruising, swelling, or pain may persist but with the required care and medication these symptoms can be controlled. In some cases, the patient is required to wear the compression garment for three to six weeks and avoid any heavy lifting or carrying for at least three weeks for effective healing and speedy recovery.

Source by Carol S White

Bad Boob Jobs

“I was 19… I was flat as a board, and I thought ‘Whoa, you can just buy them’, and stupidly had them done…. You know, it was a big mistake. Young girls, don’t do it!” – Denise Richards

Breast augmentation or breast enhancement surgery, more commonly known as a boob job, is the single most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Women of all ages look to enhance their breasts by increasing their size and shape to make them more beautiful and/or to increase their confidence and quality of life. Bad breast enlargements are not what one would want to think about when they are at the height of their excitement about getting their boobs done.

Having to undergo any surgical procedure is not easy, let alone dealing with bad cosmetic surgery. All too many times we’ve heard and seen of hundreds of depressing accounts from the media, internet, magazines, and even from our own friends and acquaintances about instances of cosmetic surgery gone wrong. Bad boob jobs are so commonplace these days that successful ones are becoming the exception not the rule. It’s said that 20% to 45% of breast enlargement procedures result in less than stellar results. Even celebrities who, unlike the regular middle-wage earners, have a lot of money to spend on these types of surgeries and still they experience bad surgery – regardless of if they have already chosen the best cosmetic surgeon possible.

You might have come across photos or accounts of women with terrible bust jobs and thought how horrible the experience was for these women. Unsatisfactory results do not only effect one physically, but can also damage one emotionally. It takes away the very essence of a woman’s dignity to the extent that depression may eventually creep in. Some women have mentioned that undergoing unsuccessful plastic surgery could be even more painful than cancer.

There are a lot of reasons why women end up having bad experiences. One reason could be that the surgeon lacks the needed skills and is incompetent, or he does not have enough experience to perform this procedure which requires a great deal of precision and expertise. In fact, even the top surgeons make mistakes resulting in bad results, and some are even facing lawsuits as a result.

Do Horrible Bust Enlargement Surgeries Really Happen That Often?

The truth of the matter is not everyone who is deemed as a perfect and healthy candidate for a breast augmentation are a hundred percent guaranteed of either getting perfect natural-looking boobs or saved from bad boob jobs. Complications and health risks are still very much a possibility and may arise nonetheless, and these include breast leaks, ruptures, infections, connective tissue diseases, and even cancer.

Aesthetics-wise, unflattering breast enlargements often reveal uneven breast sizes and shapes, asymmetrical placement, unnatural-looking cleavages, or wrinkles which are often caused by improperly placed boob implants. Some boob jobs result in boobs looking unusually large for a woman’s body frame. These are all examples of bad boob jobs you would want to avoid. Should you opt to have a boob job, you might want to choose a surgeon who will consider these aspects and will carefully see to it that your boobs turn out as naturally looking as possible.

Most women who contemplate having breast augmentation initially intend to improve the quality of their lives by undergoing surgery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Bust enlargement doesn’t just end after surgery because you still have to face future additional surgeries and follow-up evaluations as you grow older, adding to the overall costs you’ll need to be prepared for (even if everything goes well.) In time, your implants will also deteriorate causing more surgeries later on. One study showed that one out of five women who had undergone breast augmentation were likely to have an additional surgery within a three year period as a result of botched jobs. What’s even worse is that these additional surgeries don’t always solve the problems, and more complications may still arise resulting in more inferior breast augmentation down the road.

Moreover, poor results are largely attributed to the use of silicone implants which have been widely embraced for the past few decades. Many women have reported complications and discomfort with the use of silicone implants. There have been a lot of controversies regarding silicone implants and as such physicians have grouped illnesses associated with silicone implants into a category called “silicone implant diseases”. Studies are still under way to find out more about the effects of silicone breast implants to the body and how it results in so many cases of bad plastic surgery. Recently though, saline implants have been used instead of these gel-filled silicone implants.

“I am well aware that some scientists believe that implants do not cause lupus, chronic fatigue, flu-like symptoms, or the aches and pains that I suffered from. I’m not a scientist, but I am an expert on me, so let me say it simply: I was healthy, I got implants, I got sick, I had them removed, and I got better…. Even more upsetting for me than my own illness is that my infant daughter became sick, with symptoms that were similar to mine. Is it just coincidence that she became ill after being nursed by a mother with broken silicone implants?” – Mary McDonough

Still, there are a number of downsides to the use of saline implants which women might want to consider before having their boobs done. For one, the saline type looks more unnatural compared to the normal shape and contour of the breast.

What’s even more shocking is that more and more women continue to go under the knife and have their boobs done despite all the scary stories and controversies circulating everywhere. Perhaps the media has something to do with how the women of today perceive beauty. Health is clearly losing its importance to aesthetics as evidenced by the steady rise of cosmetic procedures.

Having breast augmentation is a highly personal decision for every woman; however, prior to deciding on whether or not you will undergo an enhancement surgery, you should consider the associated health risks above all else -that is, the risk of getting operations that start a domino effect regarding your health. The complications and risks associated with surgery complications far outweigh any benefits of looking beautiful. As far as health issues are concerned, one should not fail to remember that no one aesthetic benefit can ever take priority over many years of suffering from bad results.

The Solution To Bad Breast Augmentation

As much as it is a personal decision, choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery entails that you be properly informed as to the benefits and risks associated with bust enlargement surgery. Just like any other medical procedure or surgery, it is always best to select a highly-skilled, reliable, and certified cosmetic surgeon who will help you achieve the best possible results for your boobs. With this in mind, you can determine if you’re a good candidate for such a procedure or if you are willing to explore more natural breast enhancement procedures that will help you avoid the health risks and cost of painful surgery.

Source by Amanda Paine

The Difference Between Cosmetic, Medical, and Surgical Dermatology

In the broadest sense, dermatology is the study and treatment of skin. However, not all dermatologists specialize in the same areas, nor do patients all need to go to a general dermatologist for the best results. The three major types of dermatology are considered to be cosmetic dermatology, medical dermatology and surgical dermatology. This article will seek to define each of the three types and explain what kind of work each type of dermatologist might practice every day.

Cosmetic Dermatology: This type of dermatology deals primarily with the aesthetic side of skin. Rather than delving into skin care for medical reasons like skin cancer or rashes, cosmetic dermatologists are focused on how the skin looks. Patients often go to cosmetic dermatologists to get rid of unsightly blemishes, uneven skin tone or anti aging remedies. Generally, these procedures are not covered by average health insurance policies as they are not medically necessary. However, for many people seeing a cosmetic dermatologist can greatly increase their quality of life.

Medical Dermatology: This branch of dermatology is perhaps the opposite of cosmetic dermatology. While appearance may play a small role in the field of study, the primary reasons to go to a dermatologist are because of medical conditions which manifest themselves in the skin, such as skin cancer or lupus. Medical dermatologists may also deal with patients who have rosacea, sun damage, painful rashes and more. Because this type of dermatologist treats valid medical problems, health insurance should cover the majority of costs for patients. It is often recommended for people to visit a medical dermatologist regularly even if there are no obvious problems in order to check for increased risks of skin cancer.

Surgical Dermatology: Just as the name implies, surgical dermatology refers to the treatment of skin conditions through the use of surgical methods. In some cases the surgery may be entirely for cosmetic purposes, and so it will overlap with cosmetic dermatology. This applies to surgeries like facelifts or hairline restructuring, which can be performed in some cases by dermatologists rather than plastic surgeons. It is much more common, however, for surgical dermatology to refer to the treatment of skin cancer through Mohs surgery. Mohs is a recent surgical development that can treat skin cancer with very high success rates, and requires a dermatologist to be specially trained in the technology.

Although cosmetic dermatology, medical dermatology and surgical dermatology are all distinct, different practices, they often overlap in treatment. A woman who visits her dermatologist for treatment for a painful rash, for examples, might need both medical and cosmetic help to reduce the pain and eliminate the unsightly skin condition at the same time.

Source by Peter David Wendt

Plastic Surgery in the Media Its Effect on Society

In the late 20th century, many celebrities and socialites have decided to go under cosmetic surgery procedures such as Pamela Anderson, Demi Moore, and Michael Jackson. Whether this was pressure from being scrutinized under the public eye or living up to the high standards as role models to a generation, this led to being one of the many factors spurring a huge increase in the traffic for plastic surgery for people of all types.

There are many other factors, inspiring souls to under-go the knife, for the addition of this multi-billionaire dollar industry include a preoccupation with a negative body image, body dysmoprhic disorder, and the media’s portrayal of beauty, most notably seen in the early 21st Century.

For the latter factor a large increase in cosmetic surgery awareness was greatly induced by a television show on MTV known as “I want a Famous Face”. Where many individuals apply to the MTV network by sending in videos for a chance to win the opportunity of being featured on the MTV Special. These individuals aspired to have similar aesthetic appeal to such celebrity faces including the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Ricky Martin, and Janet Jackson.

This reveals that to a large extent for a media pressure for cosmetic surgery. However there is also much social pressure as well. There are those desiring or deciding in plastic surgery between a large variety of options, including those of the buttocks, thighs, facial, nose, and breasts.

The social effect is due to men for a multitude of reasons. More aesthetically pleasing females or women who have had plastic surgery helps them excel in the work force (in the sense they land promotions and earn higher wages… beauty, artificial or natural does not have statistical correlations with work ethic or intelligence) and this has been proven by statistical research.

The following may sound misogynistic but is backed by statistical research. The more work done means more expenditure, many females who have plastic surgery are dependent on men for the finance of their procedures (the cipher in effect here relates to prior paragraph’s motif about higher earnings which men is at the root of which).

Also plastic surgery is somewhat of a recurring cycle due to both psychological factors and that of the science of plastic surgery itself.

Psychological factors being that related to new surge in the media dubbed ‘cosmetic surgery addiction’. The science of it being is where many procedures require check ups and additional surgeries to maintain a more consistent youthful effect of appearance, such as in procedures like collagen injections, botox and face lifts.

Two revealings in the media of cosmetics, premier episodes of MTV’s “I want a Famous Face”, (these episodes can be found in the links below under the media page) included individuals seeking to accomplish a similar appearance akin to that of Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra.

Source by Josh Saitowitz

Pre-Wedding Facial Rejuvenation for the Bride and Mother of the Bride: A Countdown Calendar

Weddings are a time when everyone involved wants to look their best. However, the bride and mother of the bride truly experience a “red carpet moment” on the special day, and want to achieve a picture-perfect look. They can start preparing long before the event to ensure that they look their best for the memorable occasion.

Facial rejuvenation is a wonderful way to enjoy a refreshed, more youthful look for the big day. From non-invasive procedures such as injectable fillers to the more involved deep-plane and vertical facelifts, facial plastic surgeons can help brides and their mothers achieve an improved facial appearance. However, timing is critical when considering aesthetic enhancements. Patients have to be aware of the recovery time involved with each procedure, so they are certain to look their best for the wedding day.

In many cases, brides and/or their mothers want to spruce up their look by filling in lines, wrinkles and scars or improve skin texture. There are a wide variety of non-invasive procedures that surgeons can perform.

For example, injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, and Artefill can improve smile lines, marionette lines (the lines which run from the outer corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth), cheek hollows and creases, chin creases, frown lines, mid-face, and hollows under the eyes. There is minimal to no downtime following these procedures, so they are perfect for those who want a pick-me-up just before the wedding. The majority of fillers last from six months to two years.

Sculptra, another dermal filler that promotes a more youthful appearance, is a biostimulator; therefore, it takes a few months before results appear. Patients enjoy significant, gradual improvement of the facial appearance. Sculptra provides the foundation to restore a youthful appearance that can last up to two years or more.

Other options to treat wrinkles before the wedding day are Botox and Dysport, neurotoxins that weaken the muscles into which they are placed. Final Dysport treatment results can be seen approximately 10 days after the procedure; it may take up to two weeks to see the maximal effects of Botox. The effects of Dysport and Botox should last about three to five months.

Another choice for making the face look fabulous for the wedding day is skin resurfacing. This reverses the signs of aging by removing damaged portions of the skin, and stimulating the growth of new collagen. It can correct facial wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scarring, freshen the skin’s appearance, and improve abnormal skin coloration. There are three types of skin resurfacing: chemical peels, laser peels, and dermabrasion. The type of peel will determine how deep the skin is resurfaced and recovery time. The effects of skin resurfacing are long lasting and may be permanent depending on the laser used.

Mothers who desire a more natural improvement commonly opt for the more complex and permanent facial fat grafting, which is used to precisely sculpt the face to restore a more youthful appearance. During the procedure, live fat cells are harvested from one area of the body, then processed, distilled and injected into facial areas. Recovery generally takes one to two weeks.

Mothers seeking to improve the look around their eyes have chosen to undergo procedures such as an eyelid lift, which restores the eyes’ youthful appearance. After an eye lid lift, patients usually enjoy full activities after 10 days. The results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting. In the majority of patients, the procedure is only performed once.

Another popular procedure for mothers is a deep plane facelift, which restores the jowls, neck, and mid-face to their youthful positions. The recovery time for a deep plane facelift takes one to three weeks. Deep plane facelifts typically last between eight and 12 years.

Remember, to create wonderful memories and ensure optimal facial enhancement results for the big day, it’s extremely important to work with a highly experienced and credible facial plastic surgeon. It is also important that you give ample time to allow for healing so that you look your best for that special day. Be sure to understand the time frame required for each of these procedures. Discussion with a qualified facial plastic surgeon will help ou plan on putting your best face forward on your big day.

Source by Jacob Steiger

Popular Cosmetic Procedures – Face Lift, Brow Lift, Neck Left and Eyelid Surgery

For those considering cosmetic surgery to the face or neck, a variety of procedures exist to reduce the signs of aging and restore a more youthful look to the target area. Four of such procedures include a face, brow, neck and eyelid lift surgery.

Because the results of each procedure can vary greatly, it’s important for a person to educate themselves on exactly what each procedure does and how it affects the final look of the face.

This article will discuss the aforementioned procedures while indicating what type of person would be best suited to undergo such changes to the face or neck area. As always, a person should seek the advice of a licensed cosmetic surgeon for a truly accurate opinion of what procedure is best for them:

* Brow Lift: A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) works to correct the sagging of the eyebrows which can cause a person to look mad, sad or aged beyond their years. To accomplish this goal, a cosmetic surgeon will remove the muscles in the forehead responsible for the drooping, sagging and creation of scowl lines above and in-between the eye brows to create a tighter, brighter and more youthful appearance to the face.

This procedure is generally appropriate for individuals between 40-60 years of age (or slightly younger for people in stressful occupations or experiencing early signs of aging), and for those that have significant lines or drooping around the brow area.

* Eyelid Surgery: Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) seeks to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes by removing excess skin, fat and tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery is appropriate only for those suffering from bagginess or puffiness of the upper or lower eyelids.

It is not appropriate for those looking to correct crows feet, dark circles or sagging closer to the brows, as this particular procedure will not address those issues.

* Face Lift: This is a popular cosmetic procedure to lift and tone the skin and muscles in the face. It helps to dramatically reduce signs of aging, as sagging and wrinkles are tightened up and smoothed out in the forehead, around the eyes and in the jowl area. To accomplish this goal, a cosmetic surgeon will actually create small incisions in front of the ear, behind the ear and possibly into the scalp.

Through various tightening methods, the deeper layers of the face and possibly the neck are then lifted to create a natural, yet refreshed and youthful look. A full face lift is generally appropriate for those 40 and up, as younger patients can still get away with the less invasive ‘mini face lift’ for similar results.

* Neck Lift: A neck lift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with a face lift as listed above. This procedure is typically sought out by patients that complain of a “turkey gobble under the chin” or a wide appearance to the neck and chin caused by excess fat. In this procedure, extra fat, skin and muscles are removed to create a thinner and tighter appearance to the neck.

It can also be performed in conjunction with Botox injections or liposuction, to create a more dramatic and sculpted look. This procedure is appropriate for people between 35 and 60 years of age or those with issues of sagging and budging due to weight gain.

Source by Abigail Aaronson

The Importance of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is one of the most beneficial and crucially medical procedures in the world. This is giving somebody a second chance to look normal or gain their normalcy and in many cases to be more beautiful. People have the choice to get rid of that their birth feature and get a new look. The society has changed and accepted the fact that one can undergo physical makeover.

Millions of people all over the world have discovered these new procedure, most of them have permanent damages to some parts of their bodies. With the realization of this procure; it gives them hope to know that they can get a life changing experience. Physical deformities can affect somebody psychological and even emotionally. Some traditional societies tend to separate those children or adults who have been born with certain abnormalities on their bodies; they become outcasts in a society. It is a similar case in modern societies, which strives for perfection, people with abnormality somehow feel out of place. For such people, the chance to get a new and better look is a life changing opportunity.

They feel confident, reborn and can enjoy life to the fullest. In short, the surgery can work wonders whether you want to get a tummy tuck or undergo a breast argumentation or having a facelift. The cosmetic surgery industry has contributed a lot economically by providing jobs for health practitioners to helping underprovided in poor countries through the provision of free medical treatments. Another importance of the surgery is that provides indirect employment for persons working in pharmaceutical companies around the world.

It is important to consult a surgeon before undertaking any cosmetic surgery. This is because one needs to get professional advice as well as a look at your past medical history to avoid any complications that might arise in the future. This will also make you feel comfortable when undergoing the surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is something that should be thought through carefully. If rushed, complications could occur. You can easily Google “facial surgery” or any type of surgery and find pictures of surgeries gone wrong. Make sure to always consult with your doctor for a lengthy amount of time before jumping in. The doctor should be able to give you brochures, pamphlets, and even references of people who were happy with their surgery. If he’s a great doctor, he’ll even give you names and numbers of those who weren’t so happy with the service, whether it be that they didn’t like the final outcome, or maybe it was just way too expensive for what they received.

Source by Kathy Mercado