CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT THE KNIFE-BEAUTY TREND

COURTESY OF PEOPLE MAGAZINE

No-knife surgery has fast become the hottest trend in Hollywood with celebrities literally turning back the clock 10 years in just under an hour.

Stars'photo1They say time marches on and Hollywood stars have found that the infamous march usually takes place across one’s face, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles that can spell career doom in an industry that thrives on looking gorgeous!

While five years ago these stars would have headed to the operating table and gone under the knife quicker than you can say ‘flawless forehead’, millions are now indulging in ‘no-knife’ surgery.

According to the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a whopping 7,5 million ‘minimally-invasive’ procedures were performed in the States last year alone. These quick dips into the fountain of the youth can be squeezed into a lunch hour and reserve the effects of years of ageing without the scary scalpels, long recovery periods and hefty price tags. The only downfall is that results are often not permanent and patients need to repeat the process between 12 weeks to eighteen months afterwards. So who in Hollywood has given Mother Nature a helping hand in their quest to look their best? Well, the real question should be who in Hollywood hasn’t?

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Looking at close-up photos of celebs like Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton, Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightley, Natasha Bedingfield, Tara Reid, Hilary Duff, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Simpson, Natalie Portman and Lindsay Lohan, their skin looks way too plump, flawless, devvy and peachy – even for their age. This leads us to believe that they may have had some ‘outside help’ in attaining these flawless looks. Although A-class celebs would rather skin a cat than admit to ageing like the rest of us, Dr Jonathan Kroenig, a top cosmetic doctor based in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles admits that stars and supermodels are flooding his consulting rooms. “The treatment young stars want right now is Restylane fillers. I just can’t schedule enough appointments in my working day,” he says. Restylane fillers are injections of hylauronic acid, a natural substance that gives skin its volume and fullness. It’s the perfect choice to fill in crow’s feet, smooth out skin, plump up thin lips, decrease wrinkles around the mouth (usually caused by smoking) and even minimise the appearance of scars caused by acne. Injectable procedures such as Restylane take about an hour and there is no downtime for the patient afterwards. The most common side-effect is some swelling and mild redness that goes away after a few minutes.

ASIDE FROM RESTYLANE, OTHER POPULAR NO-KNIFE PROCEDURES INCLUDE:

The infamous Botox injections, which last for about three months and are effective in reducing crow’s feet, furrowed brows and wrinkles around the mouth. Older celebs who’ve admitted to having botox include Janice Dickinson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Paula Abdul. And photos of younger stars, such as Lisa Rinna, Victoria Beckham, Lara Flynn Boyle and Courtney Love scream collagen injections. Fans were furious when they saw Meg Ryan’s lips – they had been plumped up so much that she looked like a duck! After much ridiculing, her ‘trout pout’ lips have been left alone to return to their natural state. The Feather Lift and Thread Lift, which sound like something you’d find in a torture chamber, consist of special sutures with hooks that are used to pull a drooping jowl, brow or cheek back to where they technically belong. Barbs on the thread pull the features into place, by anchoring the thread to muscles deeper in the face. The advantage of this procedure is it can be adjusted to allow for natural drooping as you age. Then there’s the dermabrasion – where the top layer of the skin is ground or sanded down to allow new skin to regrow, and chemical peels – where acidic solutions are used to sweep away the outer layer of the skin and allow new skin to come to the surface.

A process called Thermage is commonly used for wrinkles under the eyes, and involves a machine which heats the deeper layers of the skin, tightening the internal collagen, thereby making the skin grow back tighter and firmer. Results are said to appear within the first two to six months.

Fat-transfer sees fat taken from the body with a syringe, separated from other substances and injected to fill in lines and hollows on the face. Then there is the latest no-knife procedure called Isologen treatments, which sound a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie – where your skin cells are harvested, stored and then injected back into the face when needed. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is allegedly painless.

START GROWING YOUNGER

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The world has been occupied for decades now diligently working towards a time when highly-advanced techniques will halt the outward appearance of ageing with the minimum of downtime. In South Africa that era has now dawned in the form of an ever-expanding and developing array of diverse laser/light treatments that are proving to be highly effective in turning back the clock by way of a three-dimensional approach that is, in turn, fast forming the basis to achieving an eternally youthful appearance says Ingrid Lomas, CEO of Surgical Attractions based in Johannesburg.