Chapter 1The new age of cosmetic surgery
Fifteen years ago, cosmetic surgery was reserved for celebrities and the very wealthy. These patients were mostly women and had plenty of money and lots of free time to recover. In those days, there were no options other than procedures involving lengthy hospital stays, which were followed by seclusion and elaborate cover-up stories, and cosmetic surgery was viewed as vain, at the least, and shameful at the worst!
But these are exciting times in the world of cosmetic dermatology. Now there is a far wider choice of easily accomplished treatments that don't require lengthy recuperation. There's no need for that cover-up story, because many of these treatments are done so quickly-sometimes over a lunch hour-that no one will notice. There's no more social stigma either. Indeed, it's estimated that about 2.7 million procedures to erase facial wrinkles, like peels and dermabrasions, and 300,000 liposuctions are performed annually. So it's possible some of your friends have undergone such treatments with no one but themselves the wiser. The only tip-off may be that they look rested, more youthful, or more fit or shapely, depending on what they've had done.
In Turn Back the Clock Without Losing Time
, we introduce you to the wide array of procedures that can give you a more youthful and vital appearance without the risks of general anesthesia, invasive surgery, or the lengthy downtime that are hallmarks of the past. These treatments range from chemical peels and Botox, which take only minutes, to minilifts and liposuction, which can be done on an outpatient basis, without or under local anesthesia, often without the patient ever stepping into a hospital.
But there is one very important thing to remember: the secret to successful cosmetic surgery treatment is to keep in mind that the goal of these treatments is to rejuvenate, not re-create. Performed by plastic surgeons, these are invasive procedures that require hospitalization, general anesthesia, and extensive recovery. A face-lift, for instance, requires the removal of tissue, the stretching and reshaping of skin, and the cutting of bone and muscle. Lilax, on the other hand, is a far less invasive procedure that combines liposuction, laser treatment, and a small incision. It is performed by a dermatological surgeon and entails far less risk, cost, and recovery time.
All of the techniques discussed in this book will have you back on your feet either immediately or in up to four days tops-depending on what procedure you choose.
But undergoing cosmetic treatments and procedures is not the only way to look your best. For that reason, we've divided our book into three parts. In the first, What Cosmetic Treatments Can Do for You,
we explore treatments and procedures that can help you turn back the clock-with a minimum of downtime. This includes Botox, filling substances, peels, laser treatments, liposuction, and more.
In the second part, What You Can Do for Yourself
, we'll show you which treatment or treatment combinations work best for your problem areas, such as crow's-feet, sagging redness, lines around the mouth, brown spots, reddened face, deep furrows, fat accumulations, thin lips, and more.
The final section, Putting It All Together
, is a guide that will show you how the techniques and procedures combined are used to solve the most troubling problems.
So are you ready? Then without losing any time, let us show you how to turn back the clock!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Excerpted from Turn Back the Clock Without Losing Time by Rhoda S. Narins, M.D., P.C., and Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D.. Copyright © 2002 by Rhoda S. Narins, M.D., P.C., and Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D.. Excerpted by permission of Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.