I don't look as young as I feel.
What's the best age to have cosmetic
best age to have cosmetic surgery is when your aging face
bothers you enough to correct it when you don't
look like you any more. Most of our patients are
in their forties or fifties but we can perform it earlier
if your face has aged enough. Or later.
Ask yourself the magic
question: "Will I gain enough (improved
appearance and increased self-esteem) for it to be worth
the cost (time, money, risk and what your mother might
say)? If your answer is, "yes", then do it now.
If it is "no", then wait until the answer
if it ever does.
Another question to ask
yourself is: "When do I want to look the best I can
or some other time?"
vain to have cosmetic surgery?
We don't think
so. Vanity is an excessive preoccupation with appearance.
Few of our patients fit into this category. Our patients
seem to have a healthy concern that their appearance
match the way they feel inside.
Is cosmetic surgery
No. Cosmetic surgery isn't
necessary surgery. It falls into a different category -
useful surgery. Rather than asking yourself if you
need cosmetic surgery, ask instead if it would be
useful. When a patient asks us if she needs
a frequent question
we tell her, "No you
don't. But it might be useful if you want to look
your best." One woman said, "I fixed my sagging
porch. Why wouldn't I fix my sagging face?"
younger can I look?
We love asking people afterwards how much
younger they and their friends feel they look. Mostly we
hear ten years. Sometimes fifteen, and, once in a while,
twenty years younger. A lot depends on how much change
you want and how much your type of aging allows.
Isn't it rather drastic to have
For some, it may seem drastic. For
others, not. There's only so much you can do with
makeup, hair styling and wardrobe to counter the effects
of aging. When these don't do the trick, cosmetic
surgery has become a popular alternative for millions of
Can I look younger without having a
complete face lift?
Yes. Many times we can do lesser
procedures to postpone a face lift for many years. We
believe you should have the least amount to get the
result you want.
Often we correct just the neck droop or just
the loose cheeks. Or we can smooth eyelid wrinkles. We
can improve wrinkling around your mouth with heat-wiping.
We can turn up down-turned mouth corners. Or perhaps lift
low brows to open your face more. A chemical peel can get
rid of brown spots and improve a blotchy complexion to
give your face a more youthful shine.
Do I have to be
We have not found it necessary to
hospitalize our patients. We would estimate that almost
everyone can have cosmetic surgery as an
perform our procedures in the fully-equipped operating
suites at our center. We have found it safe and it keeps
your costs down.
does cosmetic surgery last?
The best answer is
in the sense that you will
always look younger than if you had not done it.
Cosmetic surgery can turn the clock back, but the clock
keeps running. Moreover, the face-clock runs faster every
year whether you've had cosmetic surgery or not.
that mean if I have cosmetic surgery now I will need to
No. Cosmetic surgery does not speed up
the aging process. On the other hand, many do return for
more work as they get older. Sometimes for another face
lift, but more often for lesser procedures - perhaps
trimming a loose area or smoothing of some new wrinkles
which makeup can no longer handle. We have developed lots
of little procedures to help maintain your looks some
weve written up in medical journals, some
Though we can't keep you looking
young we can sure keep you looking
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Harvey W. Austin, MD
Berlin MD 21811
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