Val's View: The Real Deal on Plastic Surgery Vs. Aesthetic Dermatology

Posted on 23 October 2020

Confidence is one of the most attractive features a person can have. It's not only how you look that comes across, but it's also how you feel. If you exude your self-assurance to others, they will pick up on it. 


Being kind to your reflection as it changes through the years is important to your self-esteem because you tend to be your own worst critic. We are constantly bombarded with messages like "be your best self" and "be authentic," and we are left wondering if we should fight time or embrace mother nature. I believe it is an individual's prerogative to change things about their physical appearance as they see fit.


The procedures of today sure have evolved from the nip and tuck of the past. The truth is, our brains are hardwired to recognize faces as part of an ancient survival mechanism, so when a face is altered beyond recognition, it can make others feel uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are now ways to enhance your beauty that are minimally invasive and have natural-looking results.


I'll share with you that I have first-hand experience with cosmetic procedures from being in front of a camera for 35 years. I've braved a great deal, gone into uncharted waters, and luckily have no botched tales to tell. In fact, I was invited to participate in the very first Botox trials for F.D.A. approval. I learned Botox for cosmetic applications was discovered by accident when used by ocular specialists for excessive blinking. Now it's a household word and is routinely used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.


I've also had breast augmentations and even smart liposuction. You're probably thinking, "Ouch!" right? Vanity is a clever thing that can help you forget about the pain. 


Luckily today, with the more advanced methods in cosmetic dermatology, the idea of skipping the knife and using a wand or needle is more appealing, safer, and certainly less expensive. For example, instead of traditional lipo, Coolsculpt and SculpSure literally freeze the fat cells or melt them away. The best results come after three visits, and though it's not cheap, it is relatively pain-free.


It's all about risk versus reward, isn't it? 


If you really want to change something about your appearance, you can start small or take the plunge, depending on your comfort level. I always recommend research and having a consultation with a doctor so that you have time to really think it over. The great part about making small changes gradually is that you have time to acclimate and go at your own pace.


Here are some comparisons to consider when choosing between different procedures :

  • A thread lift as opposed to a facelift: a thread lift can be done in the doctor's office with great results and is less invasive than a traditional facelift
  • Sculpsure instead of a tummy tuck: Sculpsure is a great non-surgical option for targeted abdominal areas
  • Botox and fillers like Juvéderm in place of plastic surgery: injectables are more cost-effective than an eye lift or lip augmentation and have a very short recovery period, though the results are not permanent
  • Ultherapy for tightening and toning versus a neck lift: Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen and elastin production beneath the skin and is virtually pain-free


From plasma pens to oxygen chambers, there are plenty of anti-aging options. Going gray is great, but you might want to try eyebrow micro-blading to lift and enhance your brow shape. Hair loss can age you, but topical treatments like Revitalash serum are available over the counter to help achieve a more youthful look through fuller eyelashes. 


Whichever treatments and products you choose, the upkeep on your body is endless, similar to how your home requires constant maintenance. Regardless of your choices, physical activity, such as weight training and swimming, is a must for a healthy look and all-around wellness. 


There was an era when the subject of aging and how to navigate it was off the table, but even then, some women were open about their cosmetic surgery. Phyllis Diller joked that her face looked like a bundle of elbows, and Joan Rivers famously said, "If only I had a twin, I would know what I really looked like!" 


Thankfully today, there is more freedom in society to discuss growing older and coping with the effects it has on women's bodies. Whether you decide to embark on a physical change or not, be sure to manage expectations, be kind to yourself, and cultivate your character. 


If beauty is only skin deep, it's vital you feel good deep down. Remember, no matter how much you change on the surface, your inner beauty shows up first!



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  • cindy campbell: November 06, 2020

    Like your tips. Suggest less branding , example Botox vs Xeomin alternative same molecule only manufacture process is different

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