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Is cosmetic surgery the cure to aging?
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by Caroline Moran

Few woman look forward to growing old. And even fewer look forward to the effect aging has on their body. We would all like to have wrinkle free skin and a firm body forever. But it's impossible... or is it? Millions of women throughout the world are attempting to hold back the years with cosmetic surgery. There are so many treatments available today every sign or aging can be addressed. But does it actually work? Can modern science really overcome one of the fundamental aspects of life?

What can be done

There are dozens of cosmetic surgery procedures available today. The majority of them can be used to counteract the effects of aging. The most common and effective techniques are as follows...

Facelift

A facelift is probably cosmetic surgery's best weapon against the relentless signs of aging. If done correctly, it can take years of a patients face. The procedure begins with incisions around the ears, neck and hairline. The skin is then pulled upward to a desired point and the the excess skin is removed. This is a major operation and should not be approached without due thought. The patient will experience severe bruising and discomfort for at least two weeks even after the clips and stitches are removed. It may take up to six months until you see the full effects of the procedure.

Eyes (blepharoplasty)

As we get older, our eyelids are prone to develop excess fat and loose their tightness. This can create an unattractive puffiness or sagging effect. This can be addressed through the surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. The surgery is performed through an incision in the upper or lower eyelid which enables the removal of excess skin and fat. A general anesthetic can be used be usually a local will suffice. An overnight stay in hospital is rarely required. Initial bruising and swelling will subside after a week and stitches will be removed shortly after.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles can obviously be addressed through a face life but there are other less drastic options. There are many fillers that can be injected into the face to temporality fill out wrinkles such as collegen and Dermalive. The procedure takes less than an hour and is applied through a syringe. A general anesthetic is not required. The beauty of these treatments is that there are very few side effects. You can have it done in the morning and go back to work in the afternoon. On the negative side, the effects of these procedures will only last approximately six months.

Lips

As women get older their lips have a tenancy to retreat into their mouths. This can be addressed through injecting fillers or implants into the lip area to increase the fullness. These substance can be injected into the lips or inserted via a small incision. Talk to your surgeon to decide what method is best for you. Swelling and soreness will last at least a week but you will see an instant difference. However, high profile cases such as Leslie Ash have shown what can go wrong with this procedure. A natural look can be very hard to create.

Facial implants

The most common form of implants are for the chin and cheek area. A chin implant is usually used where a patient has a receding chin. A cheek implant is used where the face has become concaved or dented. Both implants are inserted from inside of the mouth to prevent any exterior scarring. The patient will experience selling and minor discomfort for at least a week after the operation. Many different substances are used - some are permanent, some will disappear over time. Talk to your surgeon about what will best suit your needs.

Liposuction

Liposuction is usually performed on bums, thighs, stomach and the necks to remove excess fat. Patients are given a general anesthetic and then a thin tube is inserted in the fatty area. A substance is then passed through the tube which begins to dissolve the fat. Once the fat is more fluid it is sucked out of the body through the tube. As long as you use a reputable surgeon the only side effects will be temporary swelling and bruising. This procedure should not be used unless you have tried to lose the excess fat though diet and exercise. However some areas of fat on a woman's body simply wont dissipate. Liposuction is an ideal procedure in these instances.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck differs from liposuction in the sense that it incorporates the tightening of stomach muscles as well as the removal of excess fat. The procedure involves an incision in the tummy allowing the treatment of the muscles and the removal of unwanted fat through liposuction. The patient will be required to remain in hospital for at least two nights to ensure the muscles are supported are enable healing to take place. Stitches will removed after a couple of weeks but the patient may experience discomfort for over a month.

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