In this ever changing, ever demanding, ever shocking world, it would seem that the one constant is time. More precisely, the terrible damage which time seems insistent on inflicting upon our bodies.
However, despite this, it may well not be all doom and gloom, a new study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has given hope to millions of time-ravaged people. It is normally our genetic-makeup which determines how we age and makes some people feel epoch’s effects faster than others, however the ASPS has now suggested that environmental factors could also be behind people’s aging.
“In this study, we looked at identical twins because they are genetically programmed to age exactly the same, and in doing so we essentially discovered that, when it comes to your face, it is possible to cheat your biological clock.” commented researcher Dr. Bahaman Guyuron, before going onto say:”… we have discovered a number of new factors that contribute to ageing and second, our findings put science behind the idea that volume replacement rejuvenates the face.” What this essentially means, in laymens terms, is that more scientific reasoning can now be propped-up behind cosmetic surgery and that this, in turn, should encourage more people to undergo treatments. There are many different treatments which can help an aged-face and it is hoped that this new research will show people that they don’t simply have to give in to their genetics; there is a plumping and tightening helping hand available.
Rather, it would probably be more accurate to say ‘hands’ as there are many different treatments which prospective patients can choose between. There is, of course, Botox, but there are also some newer products on the market such as Juvederm which can be very successful at reducing the appearance of even fairly deep-set wrinkles. However, these treatments are only temporary and, if we really want to fight back against ageing, then a facelift offers a much more permanent solution. Indeed many retired people are now taking up this option in order to fight back against the genetic ravishes of time! Volume replacement can certainly make a difference but it isn’t a guaranteed nor a lasting solution. Of course, we should also celebrate old age and the beauty and wisdom that comes with it but we do also need to be able to have the confidence to enjoy our final years!
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment and is used to treat many different conditions, from crows-feet to baldness, however because Botox is only a semi-permanent procedure it is now finding a new fan-base in the form of people who are wanting to undergo face-lifts but who don’t want to make the leap straight away.
Botox is being used a quasi-preview procedure for those who are too scared to take the leap into a highly invasive, highly expensive face-lift. San-Diego dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart and Dr. Richard Chaffoo, have confirmed this story. “Botox can mimic some of the skin-smoothing effects of facial surgery,” said Dr Stuart. “Patients want a way to test the waters so that they can feel confident revealing their new look in their day-to-day lives,” they have been quoted as saying.
The temporary nature of Botox, used for treating brow furrows and laughter lines, often leads those undergoing the non-invasive injections on to more permanent solution to their quest for younger looking skin. Once patients see the dramatic changes which can be made to their ageing faces, they often feel more confident about the success and the integrity of cosmetic surgery. This confidence is then transferred into the face-lift market which is one of the most successful corners of the plastic surgery market.
Botox is amongst one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.K and indeed in the wider world. Kylie Minogue is amongst the celebrities which has been rumoured to have put themselves through the surgical procedure and, as they get older, they may well turn to face-lifts to achieve more lasting results which the needles cannot give. Botox has also been given a boost because of people’s hectic 21st century lives. Face-lifts might be a better solution but they are incredibly hard to recover from and often people have to take a good few weeks off work. In the current economic climate, when many people are battling to keep hold of their jobs, this just isn’t an option. Botox offers a preview and also offers a stop-gap solution- younger appearances can be gained in the short-term and then, as the effects start to subside along with the worst part of the recession, perhaps more people will come to consider face-lifts as a viable option. One thing is certain, once you have had a taste of looking younger you won’t want to age again!
Many of us believe politicians to be fake and too manufactured; well now this sentiment may well be true as one Australian politician has decided to go under the knife in a bid to improve her confidence and, consequentially, improve her debating skills as well.
Logan City councillor Hanjal Ban has decided to undergo the dramatic and quite surprising procedure of having her legs extended by eight centimetres. Before any of you start rushing out to undergo a similar procedure, take heed of this: surgeons will break her legs in four places and then stretching them by just one millimetre a day for nine months.
“A lot of young females have insecurities about their weight or their nose, mine was my height” commented Ms. Ban. Her insecurities are seemingly so great that they have been affecting her job performance and she will obviously be better placed to serve the public if she has more confidence to speak out about the issues which are affecting them. Ms. Ban may not even be finished with cosmetic surgery after this dramatic procedure. She has commented that she may wish, at some point in the future, to begin to combat the signs of ageing and keep herself looking young. Anti-aging treatments, such as Botox or face-lifts, are much more common than leg lengthening procedures and many politicians all over the world have openly undergone such surgeries. One of the most famous of these people is Silvio Berlusconi who has been very open about his love of Botox; the controversial Italian premier is often in the news for his hiring of “babes” to the top political politicians but his actions are a good example, if a rather hyperbolised one, of the fact that looks really do matter in politics.
After this surgery it is hoped that Ms. Ban will be able to stand tall within the debating chamber and enhance her political power and her ability to advance the causes and concerns of her constituents. Leg-lengthening surgery should not be entered into lightly, nor should any surgery, and if you are considering this dramatic change to your body and life you should talk it through thoroughly with your GP and your potential surgeon. We all want our politicians to be more real but, ironically, perhaps by undergoing plastic surgery, our elected officials may well improve their confidence and thus better serve the public.