Anti-Aging Secrets

by Amy Tudor Patient Expert

Plastic surgery can be painful and costly. Before going under the knife, consider these anti-aging tips for looking your best without breaking the bank.

Try a non-surgical facelift

Look into non-surgical face lifting with natural fillers like Perlane, Restylane, and Juvederm. They are made of hyaluronic acid, a sugar-based gel which naturally gives your skin support and structure.

This anti-aging technique, a cosmetic dermatologist can banish under-eye bags and hollows, restore high cheekbones and rounded facial contours of youth, remove facial sagging, and make lips fuller.

Invest in skin maintenance plans

Rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Restylane and lasers like Fraxel and Elos harness your skin's own ability to rejuvenate itself. They require maintenance and adjustments 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 discounts.

Know your doctor

Cosmetic surgery guidelines issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and State Medical Boards recommend that laser, Botox, and other treatments be performed by or under the direct supervision of a physician who's board certified in one of the "core four" cosmetic surgery specialities. These specialities are dermatology, facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, and oculoplastic surgery.

Cheaper isn't always the best

Do your comparison shopping before cosmetic treatment. Beware if you're quoted a price for a procedure that is either much cheaper or more expensive than the usual price in your area. Either situation could mean that the doctor is inexperienced or doesn't treat a high volume of patients. It's fine to shop around, but make sure you understand what you're comparing.

Select a skin care expert

The best cosmetic surgeons are actively involved in teaching and research. They can also offer you a wide variety of treatment options. They understand how to combine and individualize these treatment options to address your unique pattern of aging and provide the best value.

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Amy Tudor

Amy wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Psoriasis.