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Plastic surgery can be a wonderful tool to turn back the hands of time and eliminate the signs of aging. But there are some people that aren’t all that keen on going under the knife for a permanent change. Perhaps they are still young and have only begun to notice fine lines and wrinkles, or would like to get an idea of what to expect without having to undergo a drastic change. Although treatments like face lifts, neck lifts, and brow lifts are popular among patients 50 years and over, there are many individuals in their 30s and 40s who also want to reap the benefits cosmetic surgery has to offer.

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But what if there was a way to experience similar benefits without a permanent change? Well, we are here to tell you there are actually several cosmetic treatment options that you can choose that do not involve anesthesia, permanent or drastic change.

If you are trying to attain a more youthful, rejuvenated or revitalized look, one of the most popular ways to do so is through Botox. Botox is injected into areas of the skin (mostly on the face) where wrinkles and fine lines tend to appear. The treatment prevents the muscles from contracting and gives the patient a younger and fresher appearance. Best of all, injections are quick and easy and effects wear off in about four to five months, at which time you can choose whether you want to redo the treatment or opt for something different. Botox gives patients the flexibility to choose how many areas they would like treated, how extensive the treatment should be and how often they want it. It allows the patient to be in total control, and with minimal side effects, requires no downtime whatsoever.

If you are trying to rejuvenate the skin, then another ideal option would be Dermabrasion. Also known as skin resurfacing, dermabrasion is a phenomenal procedure that removes and improves imperfections on the skin caused by acne, scarring, and other issues. The treatment removes the top surface of the skin where scars are prevalent and where dry tissue can accumulate. The result is smoother, fresher and younger looking skin that glows. Dermabrasion is a great choice for patients of any age whose main focus area is the face and who would like to improve the texture of their skin to reveal a healthier and more radiant appearance in as little as 10 days.

For individuals who are really on the go and want fast and stunning results, an alternative to dermabrasion is laser skin resurfacing with the UltraPulse Carbon Dioxide Laser.  Laser skin resurfacing also treats scars and other imperfections on the skin, including sun damage and wrinkles. By targeting and vaporizing the cells it hits, the special CO2 skin laser treatment is much less traumatic to the skin. Recovery time is just one week, so downtime is never a concern.

It’s important to remember that though these rejuvenation procedures are non-surgical, they still require careful attention and the precision of an experienced plastic surgeon to ensure optimal results. If any of these treatments appeal to you, Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik is more than happy to help you choose the procedure that’s best for your individual needs and goals and explain each treatment thoroughly.


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