The Huffington Post Purports Women Who Age Well Do It with Collagen

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The women who have aged gracefully in the public eye, i.e. Meryl Streep, Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgewick, have done it without going under the knife. Rather, they have turned to collagen in the form of non-surgical injections and creams to maintain a youthful appearance.

Anti Aging Dermal Fillers
As women age, skin sags due to a loss of collagen. Non-surgical injectables can be an effective way to regain the lost collagen and skin elasticity.

Maybe it’s for job-hunting and want to putting the best foot — and a younger-looking face — forward. Or in the virtual world via social media, and see that the camera not only added ten pounds, but also magnified every line and wrinkle, sag and bag. Or maybe it’s just to attack those early signs of aging by using a less expensive alternative to full-fledged anti-aging procedure.

Whatever the reason, non-surgical injectables (also known as dermal fillers) can be a way to look great now, rather than waiting until time and gravity necessitate surgical intervention. As women age, skin sags due to a loss of collagen. Non-surgical injectables can be an effective way to regain the lost collagen and skin elasticity.

According to American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) 2011 statistics, non-surgical injectables such as hyaluronic acid (i.e. Restylane), polylactic acid (i.e. Sculptra), and fat injections were among the most popular procedures performed on patients between the ages of 35 and 60. Hyaluronic acid injections were one of the most common non-surgical procedures in women overall, with even women under age 35 opting for less invasive procedures. Even men got on the injection bandwagon, with calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronic acid injections among the top non-surgical procedures performed.

In general, dermal fillers can plump hollow spaces (such as in the temple or cheek areas), combat wrinkles and laugh lines, and even turn thin lips into voluptuous ones that rival those of Angelina Jolie. Depending on the type used, the dermal fillers can provide a scaffolding for the body’s own collagen to grow, or, in the case of polylactic acid injections, even stimulate collagen production.

One advantage of dermal fillers is price, with the AAFPRS report noting that costs for procedures decreased in 2011 — good news since cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance. Treatment and recovery time is another positive. Most injections can be completed in less than an hour, and downtime is minimal.

However, while the procedures are relatively simple, it doesn’t mean that anyone can do these so-called lunch-time treatments. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) warns that consumers who opt for bargain-priced injectables or treatment performed by untrained or poorly trained practitioners could find themselves paying the price in unsatisfactory results. For the best outcome, have the procedure done by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.

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