In our previous article Bring Back Your Smooth and Glowing Skin we talked about many positives of light and medium chemical peels and warned against deep chemical peels. In this article we will take a closer look at risks and downsides of deep chemical peels and surgical facelifts.
Facing the Mirror
Sooner or later you come to realization that your skin is changing and even YOU can see the difference. Those deep furrows between the brows and around the mouth, crow’s feet and uneven skin tone are not going to get fixed on their own so perhaps it’s a good time to look for solutions – the earlier, the better.
What not to do…
Some years ago aging women who wanted to improve their looks had no choice but to submit to severe and dangerous procedures – surgical facelifts and harsh chemical peels. While these procedures are obviously effective (or we wouldn’t hear about them today), downsides and risks still outweigh the rewards.
The Problem with Deep Chemical Peels
Deep chemical peels burn the top layer of the skin. It’s certainly effective for eliminating superficial blemishes, age spots and fine wrinkles, but it does very little for dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles formed by repeated muscle movement and are the toughest to get rid of. In addition, the skin is severely damaged in the process which will be obvious to everyone around you for quite a long time. You will need about two weeks off work and perhaps 1-2 days of hospitalization. Another problem is that this type of peels is not suitable for African-American skin. You can find more details about three levels of chemical peels here and about glycolic acid peels here.
The Downsides of Facelifts
Facelifts pull the skin tight flattening deep, dynamic wrinkles and tightening sags at the expense of a stretched-out, unnatural appearance. It works very much like smoothing the bed sheet, eliminating wrinkles and distorting your face.
In addition, it’s important to remember that the aging process doesn’t stop just because you got a facelift. People who undergo facelifts typically look much worse than those who never did anything to improve their looks in their seventies or eighties.
So what are the alternatives? Fortunately you have many alternatives that bring better results with less or no risks. Here is a good place to start.
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