Cosmetic enhancements once consisted of major lifts that cost thousands. Procedures are now mainstream and available for patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Not only is plastic surgery more available today, it is less noticeable, making synthetic methods appear more natural.
“Despite the economic downturn of the early 2000s, cosmetic surgery grew from 2000 to 2012, in large part due to an increasing volume of minimally invasive procedures,” the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said in a report this month.¹
In the past, Botox was much more expensive and almost always associated with the appearance of fine lines on the face, but not anymore. Now the toxin is used to shift the shape of eyes, define the jaw line and turn frowns upside down by lifting the lip. By injection, Botox can be used on its own to compliment surgery, according to the Mount Sinai Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery, that notes “the marketplace offers an ever increasing variety of these products, each of which has its own unique properties.”
Injectables are also becoming the magic serum for dark circles and non-surgical nose jobs. Hyaluronic acid fillers are used to diminish dark circles, with dermatologists filling tear troughs underneath the eyes to make circles appear softer, and fillers around the nose are now a cheaper and easier option than full-blown rhinoplasty.
Using fillers for lip enhancements is also a popular and less pricey way to achieve the perfect pout. Rather than injecting collagen directly into the lips, many patients are getting the same effect by using the “less is more” theory. Minor doses of injectables, like Restylane, slightly lift the lips so the enhancement is less noticeable.
Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery and endoscopic brow lifts are inexpensive methods those with heavy eyebrows choose for a more youthful look. The endoscopic brow lift has become the main technique used for forehead rejuvenation, with brow lifts often done in conjunction with facelift and eyelid surgery, according to the hospital website.
Liposuction is now used to get rid of weight behind the waist or around the hips and less full breast augmentations with saline solution injections are now available. Though the latter is typically performed before a procedure to give patients the feel of a fuller bosom before surgery, some are turning to breast injections rather than undergoing permanent operations.
Minimally invasive procedures offer so many options today, making what was once only available for the rich and famous now possible for financially conscious patients.
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