Cosmetic surgery has come a long way since its inception in the fields of Reconstructive surgery and Plastic surgery in 1970s and 1980s. What started out as a specialist field to treat victims of accidents and burns has lead to many innovative practices within the anti-ageing industry to treat wrinkles, loose skin, cellulite and fat deposits and in shaping various parts of body.
There are more than 10,000 practitioners just in USA and Europe offering treatments in the fields of cosmetic surgery and anti ageing. Majority of the procedures performed within such clinics incorporate liposuction, botox injections, collagen and dermal fillers, breasts augmentation, cellulite reducing procedures and hair transplants.
Majority of such procedures have come a long way with the development of new technologies, research into new products and chemicals (botox, collagen) and the incorporation of specific health advice, previously either unavailable or difficult to obtain forthe general public researching various procedures and treatment programs available within cosmetic surgery.
Internet serves as a very useful tool for those researching for the best available information in anti ageing, costs, practitioners and various products that these days could either be purchased over the internet or through department stores and pharmacies. Majority of the products that claim to reduce, stall or even reverse the visible signs of ageing in the forms of creams, lotions, serums and gels for face, eyes, neck and body lack the necessary clinical testing and veracity of such claims are difficult to ascertain.
Ranging from $5 to $5,000 for a 100ml gel or cream, these products claim to contain anything from stem cells of living organisms to snake venoms and collagen and peptide and a host of various vitamins that at least in laboratory settings, provide remarkable results for skin regeneration and in production of chemicals and enzymes that our body needs to fight the visible signs of ageing. The efficacy of such treatments when applied with miniscule amount of those regenerative ingredients within such products is questionable.
Various studies have confirmed that a vast majority of super-expensive products either have no marked affect or have such little incremental affect when compared to something even 100 times cheaper that the exorbitant costs demanded by the manufacturers simply do not provide any additional value to the users. The best way to sort fact from fiction is to research the ingredients and proportion of each “wonder” ingredient in such products, seek recommendations from other users and expert advice from specialists in terms of the efficacy and expected results for various skin types.
The best barometer to determine the veracity of a product, program, treatment or device that claim to fight ageing is the presence of verifiable, independent and published clinical study results for each product and device that one is considering.
Cosmetic surgery involving invasive procedures must be the last resort for anyone looking at stalling or reversing the signs of ageing, as the “plastic” look, the inability to move muscles (as with botox injections), the raised cheeks with artificial look (fillers) amongst others can be fairly easily recognized by others and do not provide the youthful and natural looking skin that could be had with a combination of diet, exercise and clinically proven and non-invasive products or devices.