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The Battle Against Plastic Surgery

There have been a number of articles in the papers recently about English actresses Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz, who have started a three woman crusade to stand up to the current trend in plastic surgery – what they call a new ‘anti-plastic surgery’ league.

Interestingly, one of Winslet’s main reasons for avoiding the cosmetic surgeon’s office is that she determined to keep the expression in her face, noting, “That’s the way my parents brought me up, and what I consider being natural beauty. I’m an actress. I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face,”

But while unnecessary plastic surgery, or excessive plastic surgery is a danger for many actresses who are determined to turn back the clock to an unrealistic degree, for most people, the danger of a ‘frozen face’ or losing their ‘natural beauty’ is minimal to non-existent, provided they choose an experienced surgeon, and take simple steps to prevent the need for drastic procedures down the track. And what about non-facial procedures? We can’t all be born with fast metabolisms and perfect bodily proportions.

How to Avoid a ‘Frozen Face’

Up until the late nineties, one of the most popular and widespread anti-ageing methods was the traditional face-lift. As the name suggest, the surgeon would make incisions designed to tighten the skin where it was sagging. Unfortunately, over time, many of the men and women who underwent this procedure (especially if they had it performed multiple times) began to develop an unnaturally ‘windswept’ look.  Luckily, however, there are now a number of simple, non-surgical techniques that can achieve incredible anti-ageing results, naturally, and with a fraction of the risk or price of actual surgery.

Dermal fillers

Thanks to advances in cosmetic medicine, there are now a number of products available that are designed to turn back the clock naturally. Dermal fillers like, created from a substance occurring naturally in the body – can now be injected into the areas that are sagging or asymmetrical to re-plump, and re-contour lips, cheeks, even noses and breasts. The best part, however, is that there isn’t a scalpel in sight, just a totally natural product that, over time, is reabsorbed naturally into the body.

Anti Wrinkle Injections

One of the key scapegoats for anti-cosmetic surgery zealots are Anti Wrinkle Injections. Injected into areas where the muscles have caused the skin to tense into wrinkles and fine lines, the injections relaxes the muscles, allowing the skin to resmooth over. While, as with any good thing, there are some people who abuse this simple cosmetic technique, with moderation, Anti Wrinkle Injections are  not only totally harmless, they also leave you with the vast majority of expression in your face, at any age.

Other Procedures

While it is easy to rail against cosmetic surgery because some people abuse the procedures available to them, it is important to note that plastic surgery is not just an anti-ageing discipline. There have been massive advances in body contouring, liposuction, breast reduction and augmentation, not to mention non-cosmetic applications of cosmetic technologies like the elimination of excess sweating.

As for the anti-plastic surgery alliance, they are entitled to their choice, but it’s not such an easy one for everyone.

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