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    Cosmetic Surgery Options

    Using Skin Care Products and Non-Surgical Procedures

    Troubled by fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, or unwanted facial or body hair? If so, a number of skin care products and non-surgical cosmetic procedures -- many of which can be performed during a lunch hour --may help.

    • Correct the damage of aging. There are a variety of physician recommended skin care products available. These products are effective for correcting aging skin, sun-damaged skin, uneven pigmentation and acne, while offering superior skin rejuvenation capabilities. Products such as Retin-A reverse the effects of sun damage, and ingredients such as vitamin C minimize the adverse effects of oxygen radicals on the skin. Such skin care product have been scientifically shown to have a beneficial effect on aging skin.
    • Rejuvenate tired skin. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion offer state-of-the-art renewal of skin that is tired, dull-looking, or damaged. Patients emerge with smoother, softer and healthier-looking skin. Laser rejuvenation is another technique that can be used to refresh skin and correct some of the signs of aging.
    • Smooth fine lines. Fine facial lines can be smoothed with collagen and hyaluronic acid gel injections, a safe procedure that can often be performed on your lunch hour. Injections of collagen replacement therapy supplements your skin's own collagen and hyaluronic acid, both natural substances found in the skin, are immediate and fairly long lasting. Other types of volumizing injectables, including Radiesse, Juvederm Voluma XC and Sculptra, which stimulate your own fibroblasts to produce more collagen, offer longer lasting results.
    • Remove unwanted hair. If you're tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing, consider laser hair reduction as a permanent alternative to reducing unwanted hair. Laser treatments remove hair more quickly, less painfully, and more reliably than even electrolysis.

    The Initial Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

    At the initial consultation for cosmetic surgery, your doctor will perform a detailed history, a physical exam, and a detailed analysis of the patient's area of concern. Photography and computer imaging may be performed and the results are shared with the patient to give him or her a clear picture of the planned changes.

    Make sure you have a full discussion with your surgeon about the risks and complications before you undergo any cosmetic surgery or procedure.

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