People in their 40s, 50s and 60s are well into middle age, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to give up on their looks. Experts believe that many people have delayed cosmetic surgery because of the struggling economy and will delay no longer as things improve.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, the number of people seeking anti-aging procedures such as facelifts and eyelid lifts is on the rise. Demand for noninvasive procedures such as Botox and fillers rose dramatically in the past two years.
The most popular procedures being done these days are liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast implants, nose jobs, facelifts and Botox injections. Following are brief descriptions of various cosmetic surgery procedures along with expected recovery times.
Liposuction, or body sculpting, removes stubborn pockets of fat such as saddlebags and love handles. The surgeon vacuums out the fat through a small incision. Recovery time: a few days, depending on how much fat is removed.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes bagginess and tightens loose skin around eyelids. Swelling usually subsides in a week; bruising clears up in a week to 10 days.
Breast implants are saline-filled bags slid between your breast tissue and chest muscles or between your chest muscles and chest wall. Recovery time is a few days to a week.
A facelift stretches sagging skin up toward your scalp, tightening and smoothing it. Bruising fades in about two weeks; swelling may last longer. Recovery time for returning to your normal routine is two weeks.
Botox injections smooth frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The procedure paralyzes the muscles in the forehead. There is no recovery time, but the results are not permanent, usually lasting three to four months.
Board certified plastic surgeons that are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) predict the following for 2011:
Finally, the physicians of the ASAPS advise anyone considering cosmetic procedures to do plenty of research on risks, benefits and patient outcomes, especially if the technique or product is new to the market.
Blame it on Carrie Bradshaw.
Despite stern warnings from orthopedic and podiatric groups, more women are having cosmetic surgery on their feet. Their goal? Looking good in sandals and Jimmy Choos, of course.
It all began about the same time Sex and the City debuted in 1998 and is becoming more popular as new procedures are developed.
The menu of cosmetic foot procedures includes a trademarked “Cinderella procedure,” a preventive bunion correction that makes feet narrower. Some women have foot fat removed, making high heels look and fit better; others have fat removed from their abdomen and added to the balls of their feet so heels feel better.
For sandal and open-toe shoe wearers, there is a Perfect 10 procedure to invisibly trim overlong toes or lengthen short, stubby ones.
Those who don’t want an invasive cosmetic procedure can opt for a “foot facial” that includes microdermabrasion, chemical peel and toenail whitening.
It should be noted that the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and other medical groups strongly oppose any type of cosmetic surgery on feet. The human foot has 33 bones and many tendons, making any foot surgery potentially risky. These doctors believe potential risks of surgery to improve the appearance of the feet far outweigh the potential benefits.
Foot doctors also observe that many painful foot conditions are self-inflicted. A significant number of their female patients suffer from “high heel syndrome” caused by years of wearing shoes designed for sex appeal rather than foot comfort and support.
A recent study done by a doctor at the University of Southern California found that an astounding 88 percent of women wear shoes that are one or even two sizes too small for their feet.
People with bad teeth once had few options other than not smiling in photographs. Today, thanks to development of sophisticated, high tech and affordable procedures, dentists can tackle almost any problem.
People who are confident about their looks are usually more successful in their personal and professional lives, and nothing boosts the confidence like a great smile. A full menu of procedures is available to give you the healthy, attractive smile that nature did not. Procedures range from gentle reshaping of chipped teeth to full replacement of teeth.
Development of better dental materials means treatments are more durable and natural looking. More dentists are using technologies such as lasers to perform cosmetic procedures in their offices without referral to a specialist.
The internet is a wonderful resource for people considering cosmetic dental procedures. Websites of dentists who offer cosmetic dentistry give the latest information about specific procedures. Some websites offer videos and the opportunity to ask questions.