Cosmetic surgery to a simple make over - you too can be 10 years younger looking!
PUBLISHED: 09:42 19 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:52 20 February 2013
WEL reveals the best ways to turn back the clock including all the options available, from <br/><br/>cosmetic surgery to time-travelling make up tips <br/><br/>Written by Elaine Price
Cosmetic surgery used to be the reserve of the rich and famous and ordinary mortals could only marvel at the way in which celebrities managed to hold back the years as though they were blessed with the most youthful genetics. Thankfully that is no longer the case and cosmetic procedures have moved on in leaps and bounds so that now they are affordable, thoroughly researched and carry less risk of complications.
It is, however, absolutely critical to do your homework in order that you select the treatment that will give you the results you are looking for, and that you are comfortable with your practitioner. With four consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeons operating from Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge, you dont have to travel far to benefit from expert advice and excellent surgical outcomes.
Facial cosmetic procedures include brow lifts, eyelid surgery and face lifts and your surgeon will help you to decide which will give you the most effective results. The brow (forehead) lift is designed to smooth out frown-lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes to give a more youthful, less serious appearance. It also raises the brows and lifts the eyelids to open up the area around the eyes. In some cases this can be performed using keyhole surgery for minimal scarring.
If you have droopy eyelids or bags under the eyes, eyelid surgery can help smooth these out. While this procedure will give a more alert, youthful appearance, it will not actually eliminate crows feet or dark shadows under the eyes. Alternative treatments such as wrinkle prevention injections can be recommended for this.
For those considering a face lift, you no longer need to fear the wind tunnel effect. The range of procedures has entered a new era with a variety of methods now available, tailored for different parts of the face. Face lifts have become much more sophisticated and can be applied individually to the upper, middle and lower face to help achieve the most effective results. The facial skin and underlying muscles are lifted to give a smoother, tighter appearance drawing out fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Cosmetic surgery is no doubt a big step and is not a decision to be taken lightly. So if it is something you are considering, it is useful to know that Spire Roding Hospital also offers regular information evenings that are free of charge where you can get the advice you need in a relaxed atmosphere, before taking the next step towards a more youthful you.
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To obtain some guide prices for cosmetic surgery at Spire Roding Hospital, call 020 8709 7817 or find out more about the free information events on 020 8709 7812.
Surgery without the snip
For some, the thought of going under the knife is a bit too extreme in the quest to look younger. While we may want to freshen up our look and fill in a few lines here and there, surgery is a big decision and is perhaps something to consider when all other options have been exhausted.
Fortunately we live in an age of choice, especially where our looks are concerned. We can cherry-pick from a wide range of treatments almost as easily as choosing a pair of shoes. However, this kind of decision should come with the advice of an expert to help you get the most positive effect from your chosen treatment; you cant hide your face in the back of a wardrobe as easily as badly-chosen shoes.
Treatments such as facial peels, fillers and wrinkle prevention injections are designed to delay the necessity for surgery and carry less risk, complications and the possibility of scarring. Dr Anina Chapman at Longwood House in Ilford has extensive experience and specialised training in facial aesthetic therapies and stresses the importance of understanding your chosen procedure and the expected results; the right treatment for the right results, tailored to individual needs.
Facial (chemical) peels are growing in popularity as the results are instant. Light, medium and deep peels are available according to the skin condition; these remove the damaged outer layers to enhance and smooth the texture of the skin eliminating blemishes, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.
Fillers such as Restylane do exactly as they say, fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Essentially they emulate a natural process that is less efficient in our bodies as we grow older therefore the natural substance is readily accepted, transforming deep creases, furrows and wrinkles. The gel is highly elastic and moves with all facial expressions. What is more, results are instant and there is little recovery time.
Wrinkle prevention injections (Botox) are an alternative option, although it is easy to be put off by the frozen face syndrome often associated with such treatments. However, when wrinkle preventers are injected correctly, there should be no side effects to your normal range of movement. Wrinkle prevention injections are a longer term solution as they are administered as a scheduled course of treatments. This is where expert advice is absolutely necessary and it is important that you take the time to arrange a full consultation with your practitioner to ensure they are administered safely and effectively.
If you prefer a holistic approach, sometimes there is nothing quite like a good facial or massage to lift tension and eliminate toxins to soften those frown-lines and give you a refreshed look and feel. Abigail Adams of Oolong is a great believer in the philosophy that prevention is better than cure and advocates a good, monthly facial using pure products. Abigail believes starting a skin-care regime early and looking after your lifestyle are the best ways to keep wrinkles at bay.
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For information on preventing wrinkles through massage, contact Abigail Adams of Oolong at www.loveoolongtime.com
A magical makeover
Despite the ever-growing choice of fabulous cosmetics that are now available, its amazing how many of us fall into a bit of a make-up rut and are still using the same colours and brands that we were using ten years ago. Its easy to play it safe and stick with what works for you, but think about it; how would you look if you were still wearing the same clothes you were wearing ten years ago? A little bit dated perhaps?
Making small changes in areas such as make-up and hair can have quite an effect on the way you look, but it isnt always easy to know where to start to achieve a magical makeover.
Help is at hand. As the choice of products has grown, so has the expertise that is available to help you roll back the years with a sweep of fresh, dewy foundation and a hydrating lipstick, because its never just lipstick anymore. Many products are now designed to multi-task and are developed with specific age ranges and skin types in mind.
Consultations are available in niche stores that have a growing presence in West Essex, such as Space NK and Benefit. The staff here are extremely well informed on the product ranges, from the all-important moisturises and bases, through to colour.
Hair is all about the individual, and not necessarily the age, so the same cut can look great at 16 or 60 provided it is the right one for your face. Carl Fisher, creative director of the award-winning Zoology salon advises changing your style with the seasons to keep your look well groomed and up-to-date. Also, you may want to consider a fringe; with the right cut this can have the effect of an immediate face lift.
Condition is also vital for hair, so soft, shiny locks will most definitely give a younger appearance compared to hair that is dry and frazzled. It is worth investing in premium products that your stylist recommends for more intense conditioning and nurturing properties. Go for glossy hair that you want to run your hands through. After all, there is really nothing more ageing than hair that never moves.
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