Plastic surgeon Kazem has a weekly column in Privé where he tells you all about the latest trends in cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery. He’ll give tips and tricks to look good without any treatments, news about famous stars and answers questions from his practice.
Beauty has no age limit
Cosmetic and fashion brands more and more pick models of different ages. A twenty year old that advertises an anti-wrinkle cream is not very convincing. For those in their twenties and thirties it’s at least good to know that you can still look as beautiful and stylish in thirty more years as you do today.
Beauty without an age limit seems to be a trend that’s here to stay. Actresses such as Robin Wright (50), Julianne Moore (55), Uma Thurman (46), Nicole Kidman (49) and Helen Mirren (71) are on the famous Pirelli calendar… with laughing wrinkles!
What’s noticeable is that many women don’t seem to visibly age, even if they have a few wrinkles. They dress stylish and hip, get a cool haircut and help themselves a little with some cosmetic treatments. Subtle with some Botox or a laser treatment. The goal isn’t to look younger, but to look good at any age.
Using the lunch break to set the clock back a few years. To have a new and fresh skin without wrinkles or pigment spots in the wink of an eye, and all that without anyone seeing you’ve had ‘something’ done, and going right back to work. As fun as the term Lunchtime Laser sounds, it’s not as easy as going out for a lunch sandwich. Even though a laser treatment is quick, there is a recovery period and you’re not immediately presentable after a treatment. I myself like to work with fractional lasers, these treat only the damaged parts (fractions) of the skin. The biggest advantage is that the healthy skin is left alone which makes the recovery go faster. The recovery period is also dependent on the power of the laser. For wrinkles and pigment spots, a more intensive laser tcleavcleareatment is required and the recovery period is longer. To fade fine lines and pores a less strong laser is sufficient, such as the Clear + Brilliant. A laser doesn’t just treat the lines and pigment spots, but improves the structure of the skin as well. That explains why so many stars that have passed their forties seem to barely age, except for maybe some laughing wrinkles.
Baby Botox often means only a little Botox is used. That keeps the effect natural. Almost nobody wants a ‘frozen face’; a face that has lost all expression. With Botox the term units is often used to indicate how much is needed. A good doctor changes the amount of Botox for each person. Each individual has different mimicry and not every frowning wrinkle is as deep.
Avoid doctors that use a standard number of units for each patient. Before you know it you won’t be able to move your forehead (too much Botox) or you barely notice anything and the effects quickly fade (too little Botox). A beautiful result depends entirely on the expertise of the treating doctor. By using the right amount of Botox and injecting in the correct place, wrinkles will fade without anyone seeing Botox was used.
Becoming slim and staying slim
With CoolSculpting the love handles disappear without additional dieting or exercise. That sounds great, but how does it work? Fat cells that are cooled using CoolSculpting are destroyed and will leave the body naturally and for good. It is important to maintain your weight afterwards, because if your calorie intake exceeds your output then the body will store fat. If for example your stomach has been treated with CoolSculpting then you won’t store any fat there, since the fat cells have been destroyed. But you do have fat cells elsewhere in your body, so your legs will become fatter for example. You wouldn’t want that, of course.
Cleavage without wrinkles
In the fall and winter I get a lot of questions about wrinkles and pigment spots around the cleavage. Even if the cleavage is hidden more during behind warm clothes during this time. The summer tan has disappeared and left a dry skin with wrinkles and pigment spots. A shame, because a young face above wrinkled cleavage is not a good combination. If the wrinkles are there, then a laser treatment could make the fine lines and pigment spots disappear and renew the look. Fall and winter are ideal for a laser treatment since there’s less hours of sun. The new skin can recover quicker that way.
How will I look after a treatment?
How will I look after a treatment? It’s a question that’s asked a lot during the consultation. First it’s important to set realistic expectations for the end result. After liposuction you don’t suddenly have the body of a supermodel. And Botox doesn’t make you 25 years younger.
A 3D scan gives a realistic preview of how your body can change after, for example, a non-surgical treatment or a surgical procedure.
Before & After
The 3D scan is also a practical tool to compare the results before and after your treatment. That’s nifty because especially with non-invasive treatments the result can be more subtle. Then the 3D scan shows exactly where you’ve slimmed after a CoolSculpting treatment, or that you have less wrinkles thanks to Botox.
Television adds 10 pounds, especially for women
Research shows that the difference is because reality gives a three dimensional look, while a screen only gives you a two dimensional one. Therefore the camera makes the face fuller and makes the waist disappear. That’ll make even the slimmest of woman look bigger. Men seem a little taller and more muscular and get a wider jawline.
Not very fair but a small consolation: in reality, Tom Cruise is small and a lot less masculine.
Most actresses and presenters still manage to look slim, even on television. That doesn’t happen by itself. A team of personal trainers and dieticians ensure they maintain their weight. For the smaller love handles they’ll often use a cosmetic procedure. But that remains a beauty secret of course. CoolSculpting is a favorite treatment to remain in perfect shape for a movie role or red carpet event. It’s not a surgery such as liposuction and is healthier than extreme dieting. Thankfully most actresses and presenters value their health. Although it also plays a role that they want to stop their skin from aging through extreme dieting or exercise.
Fall skin tips
Fall is the ideal time to repair sun damage and to make the skin strong and healthy again.
Do you have a dry and tight skin? Restore the moisture balance with a hydrating cream. Ingredients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Niacinamide and Panthenol are very suitable to repair the skin barrier. That way it’ll be resistant against the wintry temperatures. A cream with peptide stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin fibers, which are the building blocks of healthy and strong skin. They make the skin tighter and more elastic.
Cleaning the skin nightly is important to let a cream do its job properly. But be kind to your skin, don’t use aggressive scrub creams or soap products. Those will only damage your skin. Does your skin have a lot of sun damage? The Fraxel laser repairs wrinkles and pigment spots. The short autumn days with less hours of sun are ideal for a laser treatment.
The tender skin will need time to recover after a laser treatment and is still too vulnerable for lots of sunlight.
It’s often judged that cosmetic procedures are something for superficial and vain people. Or for insecure people who want to commit to the perfect ideal of beauty. A lot of research, however, shows the opposite. People become happier and get more confidence after a surgical procedure. Although that only counts for people with a healthy self-image and a realistic expectation for the result. Plastic surgery doesn’t solve every problem and isn’t a guarantee for a happy life.
However, a small change can have a big impact. For example, when someone chooses to have a nose correction done because they’ve been bothered for years by their nose. It’s important to know that a nose correction permanently changes the face. Besides the quality of the nose’s tissue, an expert plastic surgeon with excellent aesthetical insight is very important. Too much of a change means you won’t look like yourself anymore.
Large breasts and gravity
Worldwide, the breast enlargement is the procedure that’s done the most. Although in recent years there’s definitely been a preference for smaller implants that are more proportionate to the body. It’s a smart choice for those who want to remain happy with their breast enlargement in the long term. Implants that are too big will make the breasts sag faster. Because of the natural skin aging process, the loss of collagen and the weakening of the connective tissue, the breasts are supported less and will start to sag.
Good skincare and keeping your weight under control will reduce the effect of the skin weakening.
If you’re considering a breast enlargement make sure you pick a plastic surgeon that has lots of experience doing the procedure and can feel out your expectations correctly. A good tool is the Vectra 3D scan, which will give you a lifelike image of your body with multiple shapes and sizes of implants. Using this, your plastic surgeon can help you pick the right size. Because natural breasts that fit your body will remain firm longer. That’ll keep you happy with your breast enlargement in the long term.
Waving without flabbiness
Since even First Lady Michelle Obama regularly appears in public with sleeveless dresses, a lot of women have been wanting firmer, slimmer arms. Unfortunately, as time passes the muscles become weaker and the weight increases, in the arms as well. The skin ages and then you’ll have those flabs dangling from your upper arms.
Thankfully you can do something about it. A workout using dumbells, yoga or push ups. There’s plenty of ways to get strong upper arms. Are you too heavy? With a healthy eating pattern you’ll lose weight and fat across your entire body, your arms will become slimmer as well. The fat cushions will never fully disappear because local fat dissipation is a myth.
Unfortunately these fat deposits put stress on the skin of the arms, making it less elastic and weaker.
Liposuction is usually not a solution, because a lot of fat disappears at once and the skin will remain weak and wrinkly. Freezing fat cells with CoolSculpting is a much better alternative. The fat disappears gradually over the course of a few months and the skin can adjust to the slimmer arms. Because the arms become slimmer the tension on the skin disappears and it will help keep it tight. To keep the skin healthy and elastic it’s important to take good care of the arms using hydrating cream and protecting it with sunscreen. That will prevent rapid skin aging.
How old is your skin
The Visia facial scan measures the texture of the skin, pigment discolorations, red spots, UV damage, wrinkles, pores and liver spots. The skin scan also measures the currently invisible spots and wrinkles that will become visible in the mirror in a few years. A comparison between thousands of facial analysis of people in the same age bracket decides the true age of your skin. You’ll see whether you have more, or less wrinkles than women of the same age.
It can definitely be confronting. But the skin analysis is a good basis for skin advice. That way you’ll know what you can do to take better care of your skin. For the currently invisible wrinkles and pigment stains that are hidden deep inside the skin you could consider a preventative treatment. However, the best way to stop skin aging is by wearing sunscreen daily. Because even though there’s plenty of treatments that make wrinkles and spots disappear: it’s better to prevent than to treat!
Bridesmaids look great in pictures. When they’re girlfriends and sisters, which is common in America, then that definitely helps with the preparations. Shopping together for the most beautiful dresses, trying out hairstyles and picking the perfect make-up. That way the bride and her bridesmaids look the best on the big day. Thankfully trends such as cosmetic beauty arrangements for bridesmaids and brides Botox parties haven’t made their way here yet. Bridezillas who give their bridesmaids a complete makeover with Botox or liposuction is going way too far. Picking a cosmetic treatment is a personal choice. You don’t do it for a bride that wants perfect pictures with perfect bridesmaids.
Facelift without surgery
Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been fans for years. They don’t hide which treatment helps keep their skin tight and youthful: Thermage.
The results aren’t the same as a facelift, because that removes excess skin as well. Thermage treats the structure of the skin, restores the collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. Ensure your physician is working with the FDA approved Thermage machine. Just as important as the physician who carries out the treatment. Lots of experience with the treatment and a good insight into how the skin reacts is essential to get the desired effect. Even for an approved machine: in the hands of an untrained treater the results can be disappointing, the treatment can be painful and even cause complications.
Having trouble keeping your eyes open at night? Do you look tired because of drooping eyelids? In my column I’ll explain how sagging eyelids start and how this can be corrected with an eyelid correction. A relatively small procedure with a quick recovery, but it’s still a surgery. Therefore you should look for an expert plastic surgeon that has lots of experience doing the procedure. You’ll quickly have your fresh look back and will look well rested again.
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