Budget Beauty: 5 tips for looking your best without breaking the bank

Dr. Hema Sundaram Health Guide
  • 1. Try A Non-Surgical Face Lift: Rather than spending on surgery which may leave you looking over-tight and over-done, look into non-surgical face lifting with the natural fillers, Perlane, Restylane and Juvederm. They are made of hyaluronic acid, a sugar-based gel which naturally gives your skin its support and structure and decreases with age. The rationale behind a non-surgical face lift is to replace what time has taken away by restoring support and volume to your face. With this advanced technique, an expert cosmetic dermatologist or other cosmetic surgeon can banish under-eye bags and hollows, give you back the high cheekbones and rounded facial contours of youth, make thinning lips full and lovely and remove jowls and mouth sagging.

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    Added bonuses: Non-surgical face lifting looks completely natural, is
    scar-free and has little or no recovery time. With the correct
    technique, your skin is stimulated to produce its own collagen which
    makes your results last longer. Bony, veined hands can also be treated with Perlane, Restylane and Juvederm to make them look younger.


    2. Invest in Maintenance Plans: Today's rejuvenating treatments such as Botox, Restylane and laser such as Fraxel and Elos actually harness your skin's own ability to rejuvenate itself. They require maintenance and adjustment of your results as time passes so that you continue to look naturally youthful as you get older. Try to find a cosmetic surgeon who has the highest level of expertise but can also offer you a maintenance plan with built-in discounts.


    3. Know Who's Treating You: Cosmetic surgery guidelines issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, State Medical Boards and other recognized authorities recommend that laser, Botox, Restylane and other rejuvenation treatments should be performed by or under the direct supervision of a physician who is board certified in one of the "core four" specialties that have specifically trained to be cosmetic surgeons. These specialties are (in alphabetical order) dermatology, facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery and oculoplastic surgery. If your doctor is not board certified in one of these specialties or if your treatment will be performed by a non-physician, check that whoever will be treating you has the requisite certification and experience. It's a false economy to compromise on safety.


    4. Cheapest Isn't Always Best: Beware if you are quoted a price for a procedure that is either much cheaper or much more expensive than the usual price in your locality. Either situation could mean that whoever is proposing to treat you is inexperienced and does not treat a high volume of patients. It's fine to shop around, but make sure that you understand what you are comparing; for example, treatment with the newest Elos wrinkle laser, the MatrixIR, may cost more than treatment with an older laser which is less advanced and cannot give you the same results. Treatment with a more concentrated (high unit) Botox solution may cost more than treatment with a more diluted Botox solution, but your results will look better and last longer.


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    5. Select an Expert: The smartest strategy for beauty on a budget is to select your cosmetic surgeon carefully so that you are assured of expert techniques, the most up-to-date technology and excellent
    results. The best cosmetic surgeons are actively involved in
    cutting-edge teaching and research and can offer you a wide variety of treatment options. They understand how to combine and individualize these treatment options to address your own unique pattern of aging within your budget, so that you get the best value for what you spend.


Published On: September 17, 2008