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Soon you will be decorating your home for the holidays, wrapping gifts in splendid paper with bows and ribbons, preparing magnificent feasts and thinking of how you can bring joy to others. Before the rush begins, why not take a little time to think of yourself. You love beautiful gifts, beautiful meals and beautiful homes... now is a great time to take those steps you've always wanted to give yourself a little more beautiful YOU. What would make you happy? A Botox injection? A laser for wrinkle reduction? Or finally getting rid of all these unsightly veins? Healthy flawless, wrinkle free skin radiates a timeless youthful beauty. What a nice holiday gift to give yourself!!!
Many factors contribute to skin aging. As we grow older the lifelong exposure to sunlight (UV radiation), chemical pollutants, the environment, and a lack of proper nutrition will cause damage to the delicate tissues that support the skin. Prolonged exposure to the elements causes physical and oxidative damage that weakens the skins natural defenses resulting in a loss of elasticity, integrity, and the moisture - holding capacity of a youthful skin. Eventually the skin becomes dry, thin, and wrinkled losing its youthful appearance. Overall, exposure to ultraviolet (referred to as UVA or UVB) radiation from sunlight accounts for about 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging, and most of these effects occur by age 20. Both UVA and UVB rays cause damage leading to wrinkles, lower immunity against infection, skin aging disorders, and cancer.
Emerging new technologies in the field of cosmetic surgery utilizes a digital approach to the skin - much like current computer technology does for repairing old photographs, pixel by pixel. After the ball drops and the parties end, millions of Americans will resolve to exercise more, eat right, quit smoking, and do what it takes to get the look their best.
"There is a continued trend for people in their 30s and 40s to visit cosmetic surgeons for small, less invasive aesthetic procedures, said Dr. Ayman El-Attar President Derma Laser Centers, New Jersey. "The idea is to start young and put more emphasis on prophylaxis rather than waiting and needing invasive procedures later in life. It's a popular practice for patients to make such commitments for the holiday season.
Twenty years ago patients in their 50s and 60s would visit cosmetic surgeons for facelifts to reduce the effects of aging. Today, middle aged people are more proactive about looking young and healthy. They may come in ready for a facelift, but all they need is a little liposuction of the jowls or a filler around the chin and mouth area to enhance their features." Combining non-invasive procedures to obtain impressive results is another trend seen in cosmetic surgeons’ offices. New Jersey Cosmetic surgeon Ayman El-Attar adds "Today we have more knowledge of mechanisms of facial aging, surprisingly enough; a lot of these mechanisms can be reversed and maintained for a younger looking appearance".
Fine facial techniques can be used to give patients the look they want without a full facelift," explained Dr. El-Attar. "For instance, The S-Lift, which is a minimally invasive procedure under local anesthesia, has a dramatic effect on the patient's look. Another procedure that provides patients with a youthful look is CoolTouch II laser. Thermage treatment can be done on the neck to eliminate sagging and a gentle chemical peel around the eyes will remove crow’s feet. These facial enhancing techniques can provide the same satisfaction that a full facelift can give.
Dr. El-Attar combines small procedures to get large results. "To keep yourself looking younger longer, a combination of small techniques will produce dramatic results," he said. A visit to a cosmetic surgeon's office begins with a thorough review of treatment options. In addition, cosmetic surgeons agree that exercise and a balanced diet are essential to looking and feeling young before and after cosmetic surgery.
Eating right and regular exercise empowers patients to take control of how they feel. These factors can also aid in the success of the cosmetic surgery procedures patients are requesting.
Many cosmetic surgeons incorporate wellness programs in their practices. Dr. El-Attar asks his patients to make lifelong commitments to better wellness and does not perform cosmetic surgery on patients who do not adhere to a wellness program.
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