The effects of the world’s technological advances surround us. The result is an ability to do almost anything faster, more efficiently and very precisely. You can tackle and complete complicated tasks with the assistance of modern equipment. Major technological advances are most prevalent in medical science where patients are benefiting from this in the treatment and management of their health care needs. Technology has given patients the opportunity to have procedures performed with little or no anesthesia, less risk of infection, minimal recuperation time and better results. In cosmetic surgery, where a purely aesthetic improvement is the goal, justifying the possible risks that are associated with surgery always has been more difficult for the patient. Technological advances such as lasers, light sources, radio frequency and infrared devices have dramatically reduced procedural risks while increasing the likelihood of excellent results.
Youth: The driving force
Today’s youth-based culture, where attractiveness is defined by looking young and healthy, is certainly the driving force behind the extreme popularity of cosmetic procedures. Combined with dramatic technological breakthroughs, the options afforded interested individuals are numerous, especially in the area of facial rejuvenation. The facelift, the ultimate cosmetic surgical procedure, was first performed by Eugene Holland in Berlin in 1901, and its popularity has increased dramatically throughout the 20th century. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there were 150,401 facelifts performed in the United States in 2005. Compared, however, to less invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, this is a relatively small number.
Just a few years ago facelifting was the only procedure available for the woman who wanted to rejuvenate her facial appearance. Laser and light facial rejuvenation is a relatively new procedure. There were 475,000 such procedures performed in 2005. The availability of cosmetic procedures without incisions that produce a clear complexion and skin that glows, minimizes lines and wrinkles, and tightens skin and reduces the overall look of aged skin has been revolutionary.