Cosmos were the drink of choice through several seasons of Sex and the City, and now Cosmoderm is the procedure of choice for women everywhere, especially smokers like Carrie Bradshaw, as it's fantastic for filling in those creepy lines around lips caused by years of puckering up around a free-radical spewing pollution device.
Cosmoderm or Cosmoblast is an injectable filler that is similar in structure to collagen, and is actually made from human collagen grown in a laboratory. Injected just below the surface of the skin, it fills in unwanted wrinkles and lines adding definition to the lip border.
Results are immediate, and last around three to five months, much like other dermal fillers; however, no pre-treatment skin tests are required and it can be used successfully in a variety of areas. Use Cosmoderm to fill in the worry lines in your forehead, the frown lines between your eyebrows, crows' feet, marionette lines and smoker's mouth. Combine it with a series of microdermabrasion treatments to smooth out the skin and tighten the pores and you'll shave decades off of your appearance!
Cosmetic Surgery Alternatives to the Standard Facelift
Thanks to the miracle of modern science, we don't have to succumb so quickly to the ravages of time, nor do we have to slink off to a spa in Switzerland to recuperate for a month. Just a few decades ago, the only alternative to aging was to get a facelift, a brutal procedure which entailed actually separating the skin from the muscles of the face, moving it around, trimming and tucking it and then replacing it. It caused horrible inflammation, weeks of bandaging, left telltale scars and wasn't always terribly successful. Only fading movie stars and society matrons were desperate enough (and rich enough) to undergo the procedure.
Now we can get Botox injections to soften our expressions so we stop creasing our skin over and over on a daily basis. Within a few weeks our skin repairs the damaged collagen fibers and the creases naturally fade. Dermal fillers can be used to fill in deep creases such as the marionette lines around the mouth which are unaffected by Botox treatments, as well as deep acne scars.
Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels perform a strong exfoliation function, sloughing off old dead skin cells and revealing fresh new skin beneath. Both treatments stimulate cell growth and collagen production, keeping our skin energized and healthy, like a workout for our epidermis.
For deeper acne scars and skin unevenness, laser resurfacing is an option, requiring a bit more down time but leaving skin smooth and flawless with excellent results. Facelifts are still an option, albeit more advanced than previous versions, as are necklifts, browlifts and eyelid surgery.
Skin Perfecting Techniques
Varicose veins, broken capillaries, skin discoloration, birthmarks, tattoos and all sorts of things can be removed using the latest laser technology, painlessly and non-invasively with little to no downtime. Laser technology can also be used for skin tightening after weight loss, or even to aid in weight loss as in lipolaser treatments, which actually melt subcutaneous fat and cause it to be metabolized through the body's natural waste removal process.
All of these procedures and more are available at cosmetic surgery offices around the country, and allow us to slow down the aging process on the outside, much as we do on the inside through healthy diets, nutritional supplements and exercise programs. To find out what kind of cosmetic procedures are right for you, check out the website of your nearest medical spa or cosmetic surgeon. You'll be amazed at the possibilities!
Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas.