When it’s too late for Aesthetic Procedures?
A new article published on JAMA Dermatology attempts to set the age limits for Cosmetic procedures. The main conclusion of the article is that it’s not really important “what age is too young for cosmetic procedures”. The real issue here is the upper age limit regarding aesthetic procedures! So.. “When it’s too late”
The authors of the article Kenneth Arndt, M.D. and Heather Hamilton, M.D. (both dermatologists) claim that regular treatment of facial lines (a natural result of aging) when the patient is young minimizes the wrinkles/facial lines that will appear 15-20 years later comparing to what happens when treatment is received later. A good example they refer to is the case of two identical twins – the first had botox since she was 25 while the other started 7 years later. Now, on their 38 years, the first twin has much less wrinkles comparing to the second which is an observation that made the doctors state “This suggests that regular treatment with a neurotoxin, beginning in young adulthood, can prevent the development of etched-in lines,” and added “So there really is rarely a time that is too early. Perhaps the better question is, ‘When is it too late?’”
2 other cosmetic surgeons were asked by Dermatology Times to comment on the conclusions of Drs. Arndt and Hamilton! Dr. Niamtu, a renowned cosmetic surgeon said: “I basically agree with the opinions of the authors but also understand the biopsychosocial implications that may be argued by those who disagree,” and adds “I can guarantee that you will see some negative feedback on this viewpoint article, with the opposition saying that we are creating a society of ‘plastic’ people who can’t deal with the normal process of aging … I can see both sides of the argument.”
On the other hand, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, had an even more enthusiastic feedback on the conclusions of the article: “I agree wholeheartedly with the authors,” he says. “Sadly, most people take the opposite viewpoint, waiting until it is too late, as the authors comment, and either missing the opportunity to have a full correction or even any chance to have a significant change. On the other side of the equation, there clearly are individuals with body dysmorphic syndrome, who have no issues at all and undergo multiple surgeries in pursuit of a ‘better’ look. This is something that all dermatologists run into at one point or another”
Obviously there are many contradictory opinions when trying to shed light to such an issue and we at LipoAdvisor.com will be waiting for clinical studies that will reveal the real truth on the topic!