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Seriously, Can a “Face Lift” Really Be In a Jar?

THE SKIN CARE ARENA

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by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.*

There are many products on the market that claim to lift and firm the skin, even when it’s crepey. Claims such as, “face-lift in a jar”, are almost always misleading. While some of these firming creams do have value for skin, for the most part, their promises go beyond the scope of what’s possible from any skin-care product.

In reality, no firming or tightening products will give you results that are remotely similar to what you get from any medical procedures including fillers, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. It’s important to know the truth about firming creams. They’re expensive, the results are temporary; and who wants to waste money?

Skin Firming Facts

  1. Elastin is the fiber that allows the skin to “bounce” back into place. The skin begins to sag when the elastin fibers are damaged. Combine this sagging with sun damage and the skin becomes like crepe paper.
  2. Elastin production in the skin diminishes as we age. It produces less and less until it makes almost none at all.
  3. Sun damage and the natural aging process degrades elastin fibers. Even with medical procedures, it is almost impossible for adult skin to make more elastin.
  4. Most firming creams don’t contain ingredients that can firm or tighten (lift) skin.
  5. Skin-care products containing collagen or elastin cannot help rebuild or reinforce these structures in your skin. The molecular size of both collagen and elastin are too large to penetrate the skin’s surface. So the collagen and elastin in these products cannot fuse with the collagen and elastin in your skin.
  6. Some products on the market claim that the collagen and elastin they contain are “micronized”. That means that the molecules are small enough to be absorbed into the skin. However, even if they are nano-sized, these ingredients still will not merge with the collagen and elastin in your skin.
  7. For the most part, products claiming to tighten crepey skin contain ingredients called film-forming agents. These film forming ingredients actually form a film on the skin that can make the skin “feel” tighter. The effect is temporary. The sagging skin will not be noticeably lifted.
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Strategies to Firm and Tighten Skin

1. While collagen doesn’t help crepey skin bounce back, it does help support skin structure so that sagging is less apparent. The idea then is to build more collagen.  To do this, use skin care products that contain potent antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

2. Daily sun protection with an SPF 30 sun protection product is critical. Sun damage destroys elastin and collagen fibers. Remember your face doesn’t stop at your chin so apply sunscreen to your neck as well as to your face.

3. Exfoliating daily with either a salicylic acid (BHA) or glycolic acid (AHA)  product has been proven to help improve skin texture. In addition to smoothing skin, research has also proven that these ingredients build more collagen and, may also help firm the skin. There’s no need to use both; one or the other is fine. However, alternating them also is an effective strategy.

4. Topically applied Vitamin A, also called retinol, can help improve the shape of the elastin. Research has shown that it builds more collagen, and may also help build elastin. Applying prescription retinoids such as Renova, or a retinol product every night can help a lot.

5. Medical interventions such as lasers and other light therapies such as Fraxel or Ulthera have demonstrated remarkable skin-firming results. They have also improved crepey skin.

6.    It’s time to consider cosmetic surgery when you’ve tried everything, and you’re not getting the results you want. There is a variety of face-lift procedures that can make a dramatic difference without making you looked “pulled too tight.”  It’s essential to combine these procedures with an effective skin-care routine to maximize your end results.

Be cautious of “miracle” products. Skin care products that seem “too good to be true” probably are. Research products before you buy them. Before making a skin care product purchase, research the product and its ingredients.  If there are ingredients that are unfamiliar, look them up to find out how they work.

Sources: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2012, pages 1036–1040; Birth Defects Research, September 2012, pages 248–257; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2012, pages 132–139, and February 2011, pages 62–69; Biomacromolecules, February 2012, pages 379–386; Journal of Cosmetic Science, March 2010, pages 125–132; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2009, pages 56–62; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, volume 20, 2006, page 980; and Experimental Dermatology, volume 11, 2002, page 398.


* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops private label skin and hair care products for the trade. Madeleine can be reached through her website – www.tscsource.com

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A New Look for Renee Zellweger – Plastic Surgery: Yes or NO?

So much in the news about 45-year-old Renee Zellweger of late, suddenly ushered in after her appearance at the recent 21st annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

TMZ reported: Despite not appearing in a movie since 2010, Renee has definitely been working for the last few years … on her face.

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Is it really anyone else’s business? Well, in my case it became everyone’s business because I wrote a book about my experience. Was I self-conscious and a bit embarrassed? Sure. But I took the plunge and was glad I did. Sometimes honesty pays off.

All this banter abut Renee reminds me of an article titled “Hey, It’s Still Me in Here”, which appeared in the Sunday Style section of the NY Times some years back. I was quoted then about some of the positive and not-so-positive reactions I get from others. And after interviewing over 100 women who had undergone cosmetic surgery for my book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, did I have stories to tell!

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A PERSONAL COSMETIC SURGERY STORY

A PERSONAL COSMETIC SURGERY STORY
by Denise Thomas
Cosmetic Surgery Consultant
At one time Charlotte was a beautiful woman, living in Arizona. Although a practicing attorney, she secretly battled with a disease called alcoholism. It wasn’t until she moved to Manhattan that I got to know her. I was startled to learn her actual age. She was only fifty years old at the time, but truly looked at least ten years older. The mix of sun damage from the hot Tucson sun, careless use of sun screen and over consumption of alcohol are hardly anecdotes to anti-aging!
Charlotte decided to try the Betty Ford clinic, unfortunately, to no avail. Soon after her return to Manhattan, she contacted me and we became friendly. Desperately wanting to help her, I told her abouta well known  therapist who dealt with addictions. Charlotte not only agreed to see her, she loved the therapist. This prompted her to join AA, followed by another trip to Betty Ford, and, imagine, she even adopted a puppy, a wonderful idea the therapist offered thinking it might help her to have a pet in her life, to love and pamper.
One day, out of the blue she surprised me by saying, “Denise, I just might be ready for some cosmetic work.  I think it might give me a boost and some courage to go forward. I feel ready for a second chance at life.”
I agreed that the time might be right, saying, “It certainly won’t cause a miracle, but if you understand that and use it as a stepping stone, why not? Just remember, you are doing this for yourself, not for anyone else.” Who could blame her for wanting to look and feel better and didn’t she deserve it?  Don’t we all?
After having a wonderful face and eye lift, she  was so happy, wishing she had done it sooner and very much wanting to venture out into her new world.
With her upbeat attitude and newly refreshed looks Charlotte was ready to move forward. She felt confident enough to step out and accept a Thanksgiving invitation. Although she enjoyed a lovely meal withgreat conversation, suddenly she felt a need to leave. For some strange reason she just felt lonely.
When Charlotte stepped off the elevator, there in the lobby stood a  rather dapper, handsome man, holding a flower in his hand. He looked at her and offered her the flower. She smiled and accepted it. Coincidentally, he had just left his dinner invitation as well. As Charlotte later learned, this man was newly divorced and also was overcome with feelings of fear and loneliness. Later he told her he thought it was going to be so hard to find a special someone to share his life with. He confessed that even though he had been introduced to several lovely ladies, in his opinion none of them were as pretty as she, the woman who had just accepted his flower.
Thankfully, he summoned the courage to ask her on a dinner date and many more getting-to-know-each-other dates and outings, until they realized they were deeply in love. They even agree that New York winters were not for them, and are now looking for a new home in Florida.
I’m going to miss Charlotte, even though I know we will keep in touch, but I’m so happy I was able to lend a helping hand in putting her life back on track.
 This is a true story. Only her name was changed to protect her identity. I do hope you enjoyed it.
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Denise Thomas is a Manhattan based Cosmetic Surgery Consultant

WHAT IS BEAUTY? – Another Thought on Ageless Beauty by Lois W. Stern

I wrote an article some time ago that created quite a stir titled Step Aside Mother NatureHanna Mae Salcedo’s artcle in the Sun Star this morning brought it back to mind, nudging me to post it once again. Just click on the image below to read this thought provoking article . . .

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or  click here, or copy and paste the following URL into your browser. http://www.sexliesandcosmeticsurgery.com/Articles/mnature.html

But one way or another, just read it! Then let me know your thoughts.

What is your notion of beauty? What do physically beautiful people have that others do not? And why aren’t traits like being strong, smart, compassionate, honest, creative, trustworthy, funny and kind-hearted considered beautiful? These are the questions Hanna Mae Salcedo addresses in her Sun Star article.

My question to Hanna Mae is this: Why do we have to take sides on this issue? Can’t we strive for both? And in achieving some degree of physical beauty, don’t we feel better and project a more positive image, inside and out? To my mind, it’s a matter of balance and degree.

Your comments, please?

WOULD YOU FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON AFTER COSMETIC SURGERY?

Sure, cosmetic surgery will change the way you look. But did you ever wonder how some of those procedures might  change the way you FEEL? In less than 2 minutes, my book trailer tells it all.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face for the rest of the day! Isn’t that worth 2 minutes of your time? Go ahead, click to watch it now.

Vibrant Nation recently polled a group of women ages 50 and over to learn their views on the 12 cosmetic procedures worth having. Read what these savvy women have to say about their own experiences

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FROM THE BEDROOM TO THE BOARDROOM With LOIS W. STERN

From the bedroom to the boardroom, you can hear me speak candidly about my book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, sharing provocative insights into the ways cosmetic surgery has impacted women’s lives. Who better would know than the one who embarked on this singular journey over ten years ago and then interviewed over one hundred patients and professionals to cull the material for this book?

A no holes barred interview with Don McCauley, host of The Authors Show – thoughtful, insightful, provocative, honest, . . . , to help women decide: “Is it for me?”, “What can I expect?”, “How do I choose?”, “Will I be happier?”

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HIGH SCORES FOR LIPOSUCTION and ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCKS)

A newly published article in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports the results of a quality of life study on patients who have undergone cosmetic liposuction and/or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures to remove excess abdominal fat.

Three hundred sixty patients took part in this study, with 216 patients or 60 percent having only liposuction, 126 patients or 35%  undergoing a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty .

Liposuction plus abdominoplasty produced the highest patient satisfaction rate — more than 99 percent — with no increase in pain compared to abdominoplasty alone. Patients who had undergone abdominoplasty rated their outcomes at 9 out of 10, compared with the 8 out of 10 score for patients who had had liposuction only.

Overall, 86 percent of patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem after surgery, while about 70 percent reported improved quality of life.

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FREE COSMETIC SURGERY FOR ALL – HOW DEMOCRATIC!

Did you know that even a poor chambermaid or a struggling housewife living in Brazil, is entitled to free cosmetic surgery? The philosophy behind the more than 220 clinics across Brazil that treat thousands of maids, receptionists, waitresses and others is simply that beauty is a right that belongs equally to the poor and the affluent.

The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine’s Rio clinic has performed free procedures on more than 14,000 patients since its founding in 1997.

Beauty treatments such as free Botox, chemical peels and laser hair removal may at first seem shockingly frivolous in a country which, despite phenomenal economic growth in recent years, still battles some basic diseases such as tuberculosis and dengue.

Surgeons argue, and apparently have convinced the government, that good looks have a more than skin deep effect, and by treating what patients view as physical flaws, doctors are often also healing their psyches, bolstering their self-esteem. The notion that beauty treatments can help free patients from crippling neuroses, was pioneered over many decades by celebrated Brazilian plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy, now 85 years of age.

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ANNUAL COSMETIC SURGERY STATISTICS JUST REVEALED

For the past 15 years the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has collected annual data on the numbers of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Recently released figures show that nearly 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. Can you guess which surgical procedure reached #1 on the popularity charts, based on numbers performed? What about non-surgical procedures?

If you guessed lipoplasty (liposuction) for surgical and Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport) for nonsurgical, BINGO, you hit the jackpot!

Cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures. The top five surgical procedures were:

  1.     Liposuction (325,332)
  2.     Breast augmentation (316,848)
  3.     Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) (149,410)
  4.     Bletharoplasty (eyelid surgery) (147,540)
  5.     Breast Lift (127,054)

Nonsurgical procedures accounted for 82% of the total number of procedures performed, representing 37% of total expenditures. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

  1.     Botulinum Toxin Type A (2,619,739 procedures)
  2.     Hyaluronic acid (1,206,186 procedures);
  3.     Laser Hair Removal (919,802 procedures)
  4.     Microdermabrasion (499,427 procedures)
  5.     IPL Laser Treatment (439,161 procedures)

As for gender breakdown, women accounted for almost 8.4 million cosmetic procedures or 91% of the total. Men accounted for almost 800,000 cosmetic procedures or 9% of the total. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast, and facelift.

What does this mean in terms of dollars and cents? Americans spent nearly $10 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2011. Of that total $6.2 billion was spent on surgical procedures; $1.7 billion on injectable procedures; $1.6 billion on skin rejuvenation procedures; and over $360 million on other nonsurgical procedures, including laser hair removal and laser treatment of leg veins.

What do you predict for the future? As baby boomers and their children continue to age, will interest in anti-aging solutions continue to grow? Or will our society do an about face, stop  fighting the aging battle, and become more complacent about that mirror reflection.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

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