Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Woman to Woman: Plastic Surgery
It all started thousands of years ago, with Ponce De Leon, searching for the Fountain of Youth. Today, whether it's a pill, cream or plastic surgery... A lot of us will do almost anything in the battle to look younger.
Brenda Stonesays, "I've had the laser, I've had the Botox, I've had my eyes, the liners, I'd say probably seven or eight procedures."
Brenda Stone's not alone-- nearly 7 million Americans had some sort of cosmetic surgery last year.
"I do it because I want to, it makes me feel better and I like it.
Dr. Barry Resnikof Resnik Dermatology says, "Some women have something that really bothers them that they want to change."
According to the American Academy of Cosmetics Surgery... The most popular surgeries for women are breast augmentation, liposuction and nose reshaping.
The most popular non-surgical procedures Botox, chemical peels, and Microdermabrasion.
And women aren't only walking into doctor’s offices to turn back the hands of time
Thousands are stepping up to counters spending billions of dollars on wrinkle-fighting creams and treatments.
New products promising the gain without the pain.
Katharine Rubinoof Neiman Marcus says, "Now we have a topical Botox."
That's right -- no needles...treatment in a tube.
Does it work? Depends on who you ask.
Katharinesays, "It relaxes your skin and it literally takes away those lines."
And then there's the transformation on the inside.
Katharineadds, "Once you see a product starting to work your whole demeanor changes and you feel good on the inside too, and its really exciting when women come back in and say oh I need more, I want more."
But in that search for beauty, doctors say make sure you're doing it for yourself.
Do some research first.
You can do that by going to a beauty night, like this one in Aventura, where doctors explain and even demonstrate procedures on other patients.
Ask friends to recommend a doctor -- and make sure they're board certified.
In March, 2001 a woman died when she was injected with silicone by someone who wasn't even licensed.
Finally, remember to know when enough's enough.
Dr. Resniksays, "There are cosmetic junkies out there, and there are people that I'm sure every Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgeon has turned away because they simply can't meet their expectations."
Brenda says, "I do it because I feel just because I'm older, I don't have to look that way."
Ifyou're in doubt about undergoing a procedure, then get a second opinion.
But Dr. Resnik says to prevent wrinkles altogether: Stay out of the sun, stop smoking, and drink plenty of water.
And finally, remember, looking older is something we all go through.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgerys
Dr. Barry Resnik/Resnik Dermatology
once a month holds "A Night Of Beauty"
2630 NE 203 Street, Suite 105
Aventura, FL 33180