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Anti-Aging Alternatives to Cosmetic Surgery


As we age, they idea of plastic surgery becomes more appealing. Botox, injectable fillers, face lifts, and lip enhancements are just some of the many cosmetic surgery procedures offered to combat unwanted problems with the skin and lips.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective.

However, cosmetic surgery has its risks, and is typically not covered by insurance, and can be very costly. For these reasons, any dermatologist Westchester County specialist would agree that although cosmetic surgery can make a person look and feel better, it should not be the first treatment plan.

Before going under the needle or knife, try these natural treatments for the most typical reasons for undergoing cosmetic surgery:

Wrinkles. Botox, injectable fillers, and facelifts are all cosmetic surgery procedures aimed at reducing wrinkles and sagging in the skin. An alternative to these treatments include several skincare projects available at most retail locations. The latest in regenerative skincare use DNA nanotechnology, which promises to help aging skin cells to renew and duplicate by targeting the nuclei. Another targets stem cells and in doing so, claims to renew old skin, reduce wrinkles and even out tone. Products with hyaluronic acid, which is found in our connective tissue and is a component of Restalayne – a common injectable filler – have also been found to plump and smooth the skin. A more drastic option, but still requires no injection or knives, are skin peels, which can restore the youthful look of the skin. Chemical skin peels can be performed at most day spas and dermatology clinics.

Thin lips. Many people will visit the cosmetic surgeon for a lip enhancement Westchester County to fill and plump up their lips for a fuller, more voluptuous look. This generally involves temporary injectable fillers and/or permanent synthetic lip implants. Before going under the needle, try a natural lip plumper that can be administered daily. Several contain hyaluronic acid, which plumps and smooths, in addition to palmitoyl oligopeptides, which trigger collagen and elastin fiber production in lips to make them plumper. Microspheres, tiny molecules, can also be used as their plumping power comes from the moisture they absorb from the body.

These cosmetic surgery alternatives may produce the desired results without having costly medical bills, pain and recovery time, and the risk of harming ones health.

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Dermatologist Joined By California in Fight Against Melanoma


In efforts to prevent melanoma cancer, Edmund G. Brown, Jr., California Governor, signed a law on October 9th that restricts persons under age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices. Not only will youngsters have to listen to their parents and dermatologist warnings, they will now have to obey the law, which will take effect starting January 1, 2012.

It is the first time in the U.S. when a state prohibits tanning bed use to minors. Tanning salons, regulated by the state Department of Consumer Affairs and the federal Food and Drug Administration, will have even further regulations as U.S. States continue to evaluate the dangers and to impose restrictions.

Research linking tanning devices and melanoma is behind these legal changes. In 2002, The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that,

“ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources (tanning beds and sun lamps) is a carcinogen”.

Dr. Dale Abadir, dermatologist Westchester, New York, reports that melanoma is sometimes not discovered until they have spread beyond the skin, making them potentially deadly cancers. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during the lifetime.

Although the recent law passed in California is intended to protect minors from harm, the risks of tanning beds apply to all ages. The UV lights in tanning beds have been linked to malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma.

The main idea of tanning is to look better, however, over time it will actually leave your skin looking older. While tanning beds are still legal for the time being for adults, we are left to decide if it is really worth it.

If you are concerned about melanoma, you should see your dermatologist. Given the time sensitivity of the cancer, Dermatologist Westchester County, Ababir Associates, recommends melanoma screenings for all ages.

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