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Hand Lifts and Other New Cosmetic Surgery Trends

The “hand lift” might be the hottest new trend in plastic surgery, and if so, you can blame it on selfies! Some camera-conscious women are getting Juvederm injections to smooth out their hands to show off close-ups of their engagement rings. For a temporary fix to plump up or smooth out their skin, or disguise surface veins, they are willing to fork over up to $1,300 for this 5-10 minutes procedure. But hand lifts are hardly the strangest new cosmetic surgery procedure on the menu. Here are seven other plastic surgery trends that might just leave your jaw agape.

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Unhappy with the shape of your lips? Do your lips seem to lose volume as you age? Like many other parts of the body, lips lose their smooth, full appearance as we get older. Natural substances in our bodies decrease with age, causing our skin to sag, dry, wrinkle, and crease. The lips are no exception, but they can be especially bothersome because they are such a prominent feature on the face.


Well, modern science might have just the solution for you, and it doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia. It’s lip augmentation to the rescue, a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips.

Whereas years past, Collagen and fat injections were the most commonly used dermal fillers, they are used less often today because the newer options are both safer and offer longer  lasting results. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth. But the most common fillers today are products that contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today including various forms of Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. These products all are injected the same way and give you similar results. Each product also contains lidocain, a local anesthetic that renders the procedure nearly painless.

Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips. The  physician has control over the amount of lip volume, and for the patient who prefers to see a gradual change, injections can be given during a series of appointments until the desired results are achieved. The effects typically last around six months to a year. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips.


Are there any downsides to these hyaluronic acids? Actually very few.  Occasionally, movement of the lips creates lumps, but these can easily be dissolved. Allergic reactions are unlikely because hyaluronic acid fillers are replicated from substances similar to those found in the body. Of course these dermal fillers come at a price and as a cosmetic procedure, will not be covered by your medical insurance.

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Noted dermatologist, Dr. Neil Schultz, recently described various treatments for raised scars. In addition to injections of cortisone and laser, he talked about recent studies showing positive results from cryotherapy, the use of a very cold probe  applied to the lesion. Other treatments include the application of  silicone sheets, and in very difficult cases, excision and treatment with radiation. But his most recent discovery is one he learned from one of his patients – the application of iodine on tough hypertrophic scars. After six failed months of using conventional cortisone injections and laser treatments, he tried the iodine treatment and it worked. 

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Give your Hands a Lift

The dead give away – A person with a young face, but veiny, wrinkled or spotted hands. 

 As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually diminishes. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, and underlying structures as bones and veins become more apparent. As if this weren’t enough punishment, since hands are constantly exposed to the sun, brown spots often appear.

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An aging appearance is no longer measured just by crow’s feet and saggy jowls, but also by the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands. Whereas a myriad of both surgical and non-surgical treatments are available and commonplace today to rejuvenate aging facial and body features, what solution does science offer us for aging hands?

Have you noticed how Madonna tends to camouflage her hands, by wearing fingerless gloves during many of her performances?

But what about hand lifts? Is science working on a solution for aging hands? One viable solution is dermal fillers – a 5-to-10-minute procedure where the surgeon injects synthetic fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or the patient’s own fat under the first layer of skin to plump it up. (Costs about $1,200). A second solution, is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing treatments (about $1,500) to remove sun spots and tighten the skin , or a combination of fillers and lasers. The effects of these treatments typically last about a year.

Is the surgical removal of excess skin a viable option? Probably not because it’s likely to causes obvious scarring. Furthermore there’s also a greater risk of complications as hands do not heal well. It would be quite a trick on nature to be left with beautiful, young looking hands that don’t function well. But since advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, who knows what the future might bring! I’ve learned to never say “Never”!Beauty Within

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WHO SHOULD GET CREDIT FOR HER DYNAMITE LOOKS: Mother Nature or her Plastic Surgeon?

Who should get credit for her dynamite looks: Mother Nature or her plastic surgeon?

Should beauty pageant contestants be allowed to enhance their good looks through plastic surgery?  When it comes to beauty competitions, contestants are not asked to reveal any surgeries they have undergone to improve their good looks. Are they cheating the public by doing so?

In sports competitions, artificial enhancement to boost one’s chances of winning is forbidden. Some feel that beauty contestants should be held to the same standards, claiming that otherwise we are witnessing the doping of the pageant industry. Others think cosmetic surgery is hardly cheating because everyone is allowed to go under the knife, which puts all contestants on a level playing field.

It makes me wonder . . . , If we deny contestants surgical enhancements, where do we draw the line? Should they be denied the use of make-up, hair style enhancements, diet supplements? Since  the business of beauty pageants is to look and fit a stereotype of beauty, perhaps anything that helps a contestant win this competition should be allowed. What do you think?

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My Interview on The Authors Show – Listen Now

I talk with Don McCauley, lead interviewer for the Authors Show about my book: Tick Tock, Stop the Clock, Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour.

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While fillers are not a substitute for a facelift, they are a good option for someone who doesn’t choose cosmetic surgery or wants to postpone the time for a facelift. Fillers are also sometimes used along with a facelift to enhance facial volume, as skin tightening alone does not correct everything that occurs during the aging process.

Soft tissue fillers can help achieve a younger, more rested appearance. How is that possible? Typically features such as deepened nasolabial folds, jowls, marionette lines, cheek flattening or hollowing, tear troughs, and vertical lines between the eyebrows occur as we age. Fillers can restore some of that facial volume in a fifteen minute office treatment with minimal recovery time.

Does it hurt?

No, because the area to be treated is first numbed with an injected anesthetic, a topical anesthetic gel, cold air or a combination of these numbing agents. Afterward, mild swelling and redness is usually seen for a day or two. Bruising is possible but may not occur at all.

Is it costly?

Prices for dermal fillers vary depending on the substance being used, by the surgeon performing the service. For example, a surgeon’s fees may vary greatly depending on his/her experience with the procedure and where they practice. Below is a chart that gave the average price for soft tissue fillers in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dermal Filler Brand Name(s) Average Price
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Radiesse® $807


Cosmoplast®, Cosmoderm®, Artefill®,Zyderm®, Zyplast® $394
Fat $1,489
Hyaluronic Acid Restylane®, Juvederm®, Hylaform® $598
(Poly-L-Lactic) Polylactic Acid Sculptra® $1,128

Want to learn more about fillers? Read my more in depth article.

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We tend to lose fat (also known as facial volume) in our faces as we age. A quick glance at the beginning of my book trailer will confirm how dramatically loss of facial volume contributes to an aging appearance.

What are our options?

Live with it and enjoy the many other pleasures in life.

Change our make-up and beauty products.

Get a bit more proactive and go for some soft tissue filler injections.

If the last option is for you, be sure to consult with a board certified  dermatologist or cosmetic plastic surgeon. This is your face. Respect it!

What soft tissue fillers can do for you:

Soft tissue fillers can help achieve a younger, more rested appearance by restoring facial volume lost during aging. Typically treated areas include deepened nasolabial folds, jowls, marionette lines, cheek flattening or hollowing, tear troughs, vertical lines between the eyebrows and chin contouring.

Describing the treatments

Filler treatments are performed during a brief office visit, typically taking about fifteen minutes. The area to be treated is first numbed with an injected anesthetic block, a topical anesthetic gel, cold air or a combination of these numbing agents. Afterward, mild swelling and redness is usually seen for a day or two. Bruising is possible but may not occur at all. Recovery time is minimal.

The skills of the injector

The injector must have the aesthetic sensibilities to know which features should be corrected, which filler to choose for that correction and how much to inject. The injector also must have the manual skills to be very precise and exacting. Otherwise the desired result will not be produced.

That is why you need to select a physician with not just the proper training and skills, but the experience as well. Select someone who injects fillers frequently. Training, skill and experience are all requisite to a good result.

Different types of fillers

There are a growing number of FDA approved fillers on the market. For each class of material, several fillers usually are available, but might vary in stiffness, thickness or durability. Fillers have each found particular applications where they work best, although their effectiveness will vary somewhat from provider to provider. To learn more about specific fillers and how much improvement you can expect, I have written a more detailed article. Read it now: 

To see patients receiving filler treatments watch this video.

And finally, here’s an important precautionary  article for you to read: Avoid Dr. Jiffy Lube – Write Your Own Cosmetic Surgery Success Story 

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