Most as-seen-on-TV products have more integrity than the DIY “plastic surgery” beauty devices targeting Asian women that have been popping up. The cost of cosmetic surgery, as well as the recovery time required for invasive surgeries, can be a deterrent to many people who would like to fix something they do not like about the way they look. As a result, some seekers of the perfect face are taking matters in their own hands.
Although a good skin care regimen, healthy eating, and staying active can do its fair share in helping you achieve your aesthetic goals, some parts of the way you look cannot be changed for the better without surgical intervention. Our New Jersey breast augmentation patients, for example, have often tried other measures such as exercises and push-up bras, only to find that surgery, be it with implants or fat transfer, is the only way to permanently add volume to the breasts. Likewise, few treatments have proven as effective as a facelift when it comes to firming up a sagging jowls and a wrinkled mid-face. Despite these truths, there are always people that think they know better.
Simple to use, non-invasive “face molds” are hitting the shelves claiming to eliminate the financial and time barriers of surgery. Many people, including teens who are too young for surgery, are willing to give them a shot. There is a product for nearly anyone with any cosmetic concern. Labels on the packaging intrigue consumers who want a certain shape for their eyelids, nose, lips, jaw, etc. with limited commitment.
Have you ever considered tightening sagging cheeks with a face mask that looks like something you would see in a horror movie? How about pushing up your nose with a torturous looking clamp that sends electric vibrations to the face for a subtle lift? Although their descriptions promise beautiful features, the effectiveness is questionable… not to mention they sound terrifying!
DIY appearance alterations are particularly popular in Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan, where plastic surgery is prominent. Double eyelids and straight, high noses are the most desired features by Asian men and women looking to adhere to current conventions of beauty. Slim jawlines are also currently on trend. Young girls are often told they will have a better future if they look like their Caucasian counterparts.
The goal for a more attractive face is not contained by borders though. Across the world in the United States, patients of Asian ethnicity are striving to enhance their appearance too. In 2012, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported a 41% increase in rhinoplasty procedures in Asian Americans from the year before. Some want to look more westernized, and others simply want to improve their natural appearance with minor refinements.
Despite that fact that performers of DIY facelifts are trying to avoid risks associated with cosmetic surgery, the devices could potentially be doing significant harm. Teens especially find these products enticing, but are subjecting themselves to pain and bruising in the meantime. Those are not the worst side effects, either. Infection, facial deformity, and permanent scarring are other undesirable effects of using face-shaping devices that have not been created based on any scientific study and are not used under the supervision of a medical professional.
Another negative side of these devices is that people who use them are basically throwing their hard-earned money out the window. They may not necessarily be considered expensive, but you are not getting anything in return, except for maybe some doctor’s bills when you have to go to the emergency room after trying to play doctor yourself.
Cosmetic surgery is not the least costly option, but when it comes to your desire to see results unattainable with some makeup and hair dye, it is unmatchable. Most importantly, your wellbeing is taken into consideration. Of course, that depends on your ability to select a qualified plastic surgeon experienced in performing the type of procedure you want. Remember, all surgeries have inherent risks, but in the hands of a medical professional with the right credentials you will be seeing a more youthful and attractive version of yourself than you could ever achieve with a nose-lifting clamp or face-lifting belt.
If you don’t think you will ever be able to afford a facelift or a rhinoplasty in New Jersey, you might think again. Contact several plastic surgeons anyway and ask about their payment options. Saving for the procedure or using a credit card may be feasible after all. Many surgeons also offer financing options.
Facelift surgery in New Jersey is a specialty of the physicians at Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery, along with rhinoplasty and natural breast augmentation. The two-generation team was started by Dr. Alvin Glasgold and includes his sons Dr. Robert Glasgold and Dr. Mark Glasgold. All are double board-certified facial plastic surgeons with a desire to help patients look their best. Extensive expertise, a strong aesthetic sense, and immense skill are combined in every procedure to yield real results. More about the doctors of the Glasgold Group can be found at http://g14sg01gstg.wpengine.com. Their Highland Park office can be reached at 732-846-6540, or call Dr. Mark Glasgold’s Princeton location at 609-924-3459.