Beauty can be defined in so many ways. For some, it is about doing pleasing things. For others, it can be displayed in their outer appearance. Most times, it is defined as something that is a combination of both feelings, good and looking good.
Beauty in a Bottle
Humankind’s search for beauty has been a long-running quest. The question of where the Fountain of Youth is, or even the validity of its existence, has long boggled the minds of those who want to look eternally young.
Fortunately, science has been able to come up with ways to allow people to feel and look beautiful. From “miracle” serums, creams, pills, and a host of dietary supplements that promise a healthier body and younger-looking visage to an array of surgical enhancements that address certain aspects of a person’s natural appearance, science has provided people with a solution to their aging and aesthetic concerns.
Below are some of the most popular surgical treatments that people subscribe to make themselves look younger and feel better about themselves:
1. Face lift
Collagen and elastin levels decrease as people grow older. With unprotected sun exposure, excessive smoking and drinking or exposure to smog, and leading a stressful life can all affect your skin. It causes wrinkles and makes your face look old and saggy.
For some women of an advanced age, going under the knife for a facelift is the answer to this gravitational pull on the face. A facelift is done to somehow counteract the effects of aging. It is performed to adjust volume concerns about the face, tighten underlying structures, and re-drape the skin on the face and neck.
By literally lifting the skin off the face, the tissues underneath can then be repositioned for a smoother and tauter look. It can help remove saggy jowls and loose layers in the jawline area while giving the face a smoother, more youthful appearance.
It is usually conducted under general anesthesia and may last for several hours. Upon the doctor’s discretion, patients may go home after or spend the night in the hospital.
2. Eyebrow Lift
The eyebrows are some of those facial parts that start to sag as people age. Along with creases and wrinkles on the forehead, droopy brows are among the culprits that make people look haggard and old.
Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can lift the brows and make them look relaxed and younger-looking again. By making a small incision on the scalp above the hairline, the eyebrow structure underneath is pulled up and fixed to the periosteal tissue.
This operation usually takes about an hour a half under local or general anesthesia. Since there might be some swelling and bruising, patients can resume daily activities after a week.
3. Eyelid surgery
Similar to the causes that aggravate drooping brows, eyelids also follow the downward trend once aging hits. Skin becomes looser with the loss of collagen and other essential nutrients that keep the skin healthy and plump.
A cosmetic procedure to address drooping eyelids can be performed to make them youthful again. At the same time, drooping eyelids can also be a safety concern, especially for older patients as they can hamper their vision.
Under local or general anesthesia, blepharoplasty is conducted by making an incision that follows the natural lines of the eyelids. This involves the creases in the upper lids and the area just below the lashes in the lower lids. These incisions may even extend to the areas where crow’s feet or laugh lines at the eye corners are.
Sagging muscles and excess fat are trimmed off through those incisions and are closed up using very fine sutures.
4. Hair expansion
A combination of a family history of baldness, hormones, and aging, hair loss is one of the major concerns of people of advancing age. This situation sometimes causes undue stress and embarrassment for some and leads to low self-esteem.
It’s a good thing that cosmetic surgeons have been able to come up with a solution. Through hair expansion surgery, no-hair days can now be a thing of the past.
A balloon-like device called a tissue expander is placed underneath the hair-bearing scalp and is then pulled from each side towards the middle of the head. After about two months, when the skin beneath the hair has stretched enough, a second operation is performed to cover the adjacent bald area with the expanded skin.
This procedure is also helpful for those who lost their hair through burns or trauma. In this case, it is a reconstructive surgery that will help bring back their natural look.
5. Breast augmentation
Some women feel that they will look more attractive if they have fuller breasts. Others feel that they would want to have equally-sized breasts or wish to bring it back their firmness after they have gone through pregnancy.
To address these breast concerns, a surgical procedure called “augmentation mammoplasty” is done. This surgical remedy is done to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. This usually takes about two hours to complete.
Women who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy can also benefit from this procedure should they want to reconstruct their breasts after surgery.
A Helping Hand
Aging is a fact of life. Though it cannot be prevented, its effects on the body can be slowed down with the help of a balanced diet, regular exercise and, for some, science. There are scientific breakthroughs that act as helping hands to address aesthetic issues that some people face.
Cosmetic surgeries are some of the ways that can help men and women achieve a fresher, more vibrant countenance. The beauty enhancements that they choose to go through not only add to a more youthful look but also inject that extra boost of confidence that also makes them feel good about themselves.