Beyond wrinkle creams, sunscreen, and a healthy diet there are a variety of cosmetic surgery for wrinkles, but at a steep price both for your pocketbook and your face. Surprisingly, while the perception is often that doctor prescribed medical treatments are better, the reality is quite different. Read on and see for yourself.
But first, let’s review what it is that we’re trying to correct with anti-aging products and treatments. Aging comprises wrinkles, both deep and fine, discoloration, lost tone, and sagging skin. Effective anti-aging treatments must address all these factors to successfully fight aging.
Botox is the most popular anti-aging treatment. Made of botulism, Botox paralyzes the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. More than 1.6 million Americans go under the Botox needle each year, despite the expense and temporary results.
Botox doesn’t fight aging, it just hides it. In some cases, it doesn’t hide aging very well at all. The Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF) surveyed more than a 1000 Botox users and only 47% felt more attractive after Botox treatments, meaning more than 50% didn’t. In addition, Botox doesn’t address uneven skin tone, sagging, discoloration or other signs of aging.
Cosmetic fillers are gaining in popularity and work, as their name implies, by filling in wrinkles. Unfortunately, fillers carry a risk of immune system problems manifested in the forms of fevers, swollen nodules, arthritis and dry eyes and mouth. Researchers now advise doctors and patients to be aware of delayed onset reactions to cosmetic fillers.
Depending on the type of cosmetic filler used, allergic reactions are also possible. As with Botox, the results are temporary and do not repair damage that ages skin, they just conceal it. Also, many of the cosmetic fillers on the market today are new products with little history to prove their safety.
Lasers are also used as anti-aging treatments. They are effective for fine lines and superficial wrinkles, but are not without risk or pain and can cause discoloration as well as scarring. Patients of ethnic backgrounds may have discoloration that lasts for a year or more. Lasers don’t eliminate sagging or deep wrinkles either.
Face lifts are the sixth most frequent surgery performed in the United States. They lift sagging skin and improve deep wrinkles. However, when done improperly, face lifts result in overly tight facial skin, completely altering a person’s looks.
Face lifts also have some serious limitations. They are unable to fix acne scarring, age spots, and fine lines. Further, complications from face lift surgery can be severe, including infection, nerve damage, and permanent scaring. In 2008, reports surfaced that face lifts put patients at higher risk for MRSA infections. More importantly, face lifts are temporary and do not prevent additional aging or wrinkle formation, meaning even if you go under the knife, you still need a great wrinkle cream.
In the end, it boils down to this: If cosmetic surgery and medical treatments were the answer, websites like Awful Plastic Surgery wouldn’t exist. Before going under the needle, laser, or knife, first invest in a good skin care regimen as well as common sense preventative skin care.
As we noted, even with a face lift, you still need a wrinkle cream. One of the best wrinkle creams on the market, LifeCell, hides wrinkles as it penetrates the layers of the skin to repair them by increasing production of elastin and collagen. Packed with super antioxidants, LifeCell prevents additional damage to the skin and stops aging in its tracks.
One of the key ingredients in LifeCell is AH3 which has an effect similar to Botox but without the needles or expense. AH3 blocks nerve stimulation, inhibiting contraction of facial muscles. Deanol complements the action of AH3 by toning skin for a dramatic ‘mini face lift’ effect.
LifeCell addresses more components of aging than any combination of expensive medical procedures. Click here to get a free trial of LifeCell.