Attaining a firmer face, thinner thighs and captivating cleavage through cosmetic surgery has long come with one undeniable wrinkle: painful recovery and more downtime than busy Americans want to surrender. But now, from Botox to laser treatment and a host of "injectibles," fighting aging has never been easier.


"The non-surgical approaches and injectibles, over the last five years, have really taken off," observes Dr. W. John Kitzmiller, chief of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, traditional cosmetic surgical procedures such as the full facelift were down 5 percent from 2000 to 2005, while minimally invasive procedures were up 53 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


With aging and sun exposure come wrinkles and brown spots. Procedures such as Fraxel laser treatment treat this as well as scars and stretch marks. Injected fillers counteract lipoatrophy, which is the loss of fat beneath the skin of the face. Such loss occurs with age, and can result in sunken cheeks, indentations and hollow eyes. These fillers include Restylane, a synthetic dermal filler injected to plump the skin and smooth wrinkles. It lasts four to six months, Kitzmiller says.

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