The Art of Beauty and Elegance
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Laser and Injectables
Human skin is a fascinating thing. Much like the clothing we wear over it, skin protects our bodies from the elements while providing others with an impression of our style and grooming. Unlike clothing, however, our skin is obviously meant to last a lifetime; with proper maintenance and care, it most certainly will.
The logic is very simple. As we need food and rest after a hard day's work so that we will be ready for the next day, our skin needs extensive treatment in order to stay healthy. Considering the things we put our skin through each day, these treatments may go beyond applying creams or special soaps. Weight gain, weight loss, exposure to the elements, and simple wear and tear can all affect one's skin and leave it looking and feeling less healthy. Sometimes it benefits us to take a step further and go under the knife, as it were.
This is where contouring comes in. As we lose weight, age, or simply go through life's quibbles, our skin begins to lose its natural elasticity. Contouring is a general term for highly popular procedures that help skin regain its bounce and liveliness, allowing a new lease on life. These procedures often remove sagging skin and fat and reshape the muscles underneath to improve appearance. The art of contouring takes many forms, both invasive and otherwise, which all have their pros and cons.
Surgical contouring, naturally, generally involves the surgeon making incisions in the targeted area after a few rounds of anesthesia; patients have a choice between general or intravenous anesthesia. This type of contouring tends to be particularly effective when it comes to delivering long-term results. On the other hand, as a surgical procedure, it has its risks. Skin can be permanently lost due to the procedure and infection can occur. Beyond this, patients will have to endure the standard downtime expected from surgical aftermath.
Many places also offer "non-invasive" or "minimally invasive" contouring. Here, the fat and skin are manipulated using heat, lasers, and other methods to achieve results. For instance, Lakewood Aesthetics offers procedures like ThermiTight for muscles and ThermiSmooth for skin, which both involve radiofrequency energy being applied directly to the target area to shrink the culprit tissues. Lakewood also specializes in laser contouring, wherein laser energy is delivered through a small incision to break down fat cells.
These methods often carry much less risk than traditional contouring methods. Since incisions range from small to non-existent, there is less bleeding during procedures and thus less risk of infection. Because of this, patients heal more quickly and need not worry about the typical downtime associated with surgery. What's more is that methods such as these require less treatments and post-procedure follow-ups. Conversely, less invasive procedures can be less effective than their traditional counterparts; they target smaller areas.
Overall, while contouring naturally carries much less risk than many medical procedures, it should not be chosen lightly. There are many ways to go about reshaping the body via contouring, so it's best to be a smart shopper. Lakewood Aesthetics offers great options, so readers' best bet would be to start there.
Todd McCarty, M.D. is a leading board certified, fellowship trained weight loss surgeon with an aesthetic background located in Dallas, Texas. For Dr. McCarty, the overall treatment goal is medical and surgical weight loss as well as aesthetics to improve the face and body, as well as achieve something deeper and more far-reaching that elusive quality of self-esteem and positive self-image. As Dr. McCarty explained, “We use extensive clinical experience and innovation to deliver the latest advances in weight loss and aesthetics and have a wide range of treatments available in both of our locations.” McCarty Weight Loss Center and Wellness and Lakewood Aesthetics are two dedicated facilities to bring out the best possible enhancement in appearance and rejuvenation.