Lifewatch: Plastic Surgery

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PARK AVENUE, NY (WECT) - Plastic surgery patients are getting younger, in part out of the belief that addressing aging concerns early may help avoid major surgeries later.

But the question is, when do you start and is there such a thing as too young?

"I just want to see some procedures that I could enhance my skin and maybe, you know, help my aging process, so I age more gracefully. I have a line here that bothers me," said Ashley.

Lines and aging gracefully are things many older women are concerned about, but Ashley is 20 years old.

"Our approach as plastic surgeons has changed dramatically in the past few years," said Plastic Surgeon Dr. Scott Wells.

Wells, a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon, said the new theory is that tweaking and making minor changes early, could prevent a patient from sever invasive surgery later on.

"If we can prevent lines and creases from happening or we can prevent the aging changes within the skin, we can greatly forestall procedures," said Wells. "Now we see patients in their 30's and 40's and they see a deflated look in there face and I often say if you pulled your suit out of the closet and it was wrinkled you wouldn't wear it. We can do something called skin refabrication."

According to Wells, with light botox and his laser treatments, younger women can hold onto their skin's youthful elasticity.

Botox injections work by paralyzing certain facial muscles or by blocking certain nerves.  The results last up to four months.

Side effects can include pain at the injection site, flu-like symptoms, or headaches.

You can prevent wrinkles and age spots by staying out of the sun, cleaning and moisturizing your face every day, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.