Modern Lipo

We analyze the differences between temporary and more permanent solutions to common beauty concerns.

Beauty is pain. Or maybe, it’s just a pain in the wallet. In 2012 the cosmetics and personal care industry generates more than $250 billion annually. However, do you know how effectively you’re spending your money and time? We tackle four popular cosmetic applications, throwing down the gauntlet between temporary solutions and more permanent aesthetic solutions.

Laser Hair Removal v. Shaving

On average, a woman will spend $10,000 on shaving related products.  She will spend about 59 days of her life shaving. Now, with the aid of the higher speed lasers such as the Duet by Lumenis that can help boost the speed of laser hair removal processes. A bikini line area can be treated in only 5 minutes. To save time on shaving, you may want to consider laser hair removal instead.

Foundation v. Laser Treatments

On average foundation and concealer can cost $10 -$15 minimum, and if you are seeking a higher quality product with better results and fewer irritants you may end up spending as much as $50 on foundation and concealer on your makeup. Some conditions such as dark brown spots or Melasma that cannot be effectively covered by lightweight foundation may need thicker makeup to cover the discoloration. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, you may also have trouble because makeup can sink into the nooks and crannies of wrinkles actually accentuating the wrinkles. Laser treatments can even out skin coloration and texture. Patients can begin to see results only after 1-3 treatments. Different lasers can best treat conditions and concerns, so in-person consultations with experienced medical professionals are strongly advised. Laser treatments are safe and so powerful they can remove tattoos.

Lip Plumping Glosses v. Lip Enhancement

Many are skeptical about the effectiveness of lip plumping glosses. Do they actually work? Lip plumping glosses work by irritating and hydrating the lips. This temporarily plumps the lips in a slight way. The quality of the lip plumping gloss may affect its effectiveness, and the glosses may cost up to $3. If you are looking for a more permanent plumping, we suggest taking a look at dermal fillers. These plumping products can last for as long as 6 months. They are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in your skin that keeps the skin hydrated. When we are younger the concentrations of hyaluronic acid are high. Injecting the hyaluronic acid back into the lips plumps the lips to restore that youthful appearance.

Wrinkle Creams v. Botox & Fillers

While skin care products that have anti-aging properties can help prevent future wrinkles, deeper set fillers. The most expensive wrinkle cream on the market is Angle and Weighman face cream which costs $10,000. (This costs more than a facelift.)  The product contains stem cells which the company claims re-hydrates the skin better than anything else available. While topical skin cream may assist in the prevention of wrinkles, there is only so much a topical cream can do to combat genetics and gravity. Also, topical skin creams are best for prevention, but what do you do if you’re seeking to reverse damage? When wrinkles are deep, stronger options may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Botox® not only prevents wrinkles but also can reverse wrinkles by limiting muscle motion (without losing natural expression.) Medical professionals can also address deep wrinkles using dermal fillers which fill in the creases to create a smoother texture and appearance. The lifespan of injectibles can depend on the skill of the injector. On average, filler such as Restylane® for wrinkles lasts approximately 6-9 months, and Botox® lasts approximately 3-4 months.


For Cosmetic surgery in Chicago we recommend the specialist at SDMD.

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