How the Uber Wealthy Maintain that Ageless Beauty
By Eileen Spatz
Have you ever found yourself gazing at someone, usually a celebrity, wondering how the heck they manage to never look a day older? We sit in awe, jaws agape in wonder, analyzing their skin, hair, and bodies pondering what all that aesthetic maintenance must add up to each year. I mean, come on, after a certain age it is a tough sell to claim that one’s perfectly smooth face was just a gift of genetics.
The ultra wealthy do have a major advantage over regular folk with regards to holding back the hands of time. Where most average Joes will make a big splurge twice a year on an anti-aging serum at the Macy’s cosmetic counter, the uber rich take carte blanche spending sprees at their local plastic surgeons office on a quarterly basis.
So, do tell, what is it that these rich people are happily forking over big coin for in exchange for a quasi fountain of youth? What are the favored minimally invasive beauty maintenance procedures to ward off Father Time among the well-to-do these days?
Laser therapies create high intensity light that can be used to target specific issues, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, unwanted hair, and spider veins. The sheer range of laser treatments offers a laser-based procedure for improving a multitude of cosmetic imperfections or signs of aging.
Ablative lasers, such as carbon dioxide Co2) laser or erbium yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser, will heat up the outer layer of skin tissue. Non-ablative lasers, such as pulse dye laser, Nd:YAG laser, and alexandrite laser, work beneath the surface and can stimulate collagen growth, improve skin tone, and tighten skin.
Ultrasound-based treatments use sound energy or ultrasound imaging to stimulate the body’s own natural regenerative response. The procedure is used to life the skin on the eyebrow, under the chin, on the neck, and also to smooth out lines and wrinkles on the décolletage area. Ultrasound therapies, such as Ultherapy, can also stimulate collagen production.
Fillers and Botox
Generous application of dermal fillers and Botox are the staple of beauty maintenance for the wealthy, who may opt for fillers in areas not usually considered by the average aesthetic consumer. In addition to the popular sites like frown lines, lip lines, and crows feet, the upscale patient can use fillers to create chiseled cheekbones, fill out smile lines, and plump up hands. The well-heeled might even use filler for earlobes and the bottom of feet may be filled, for head to toe effects.
Botox is commonly injected into the “elevens,” those parallel lines that appear atop the nose bridge, forehead lines, crow’s feat, lip lines, marionette lines, and vertical neck bands.
For those who aren’t ready for a full facelift, there is the mini-lift, such as the Silhouette InstaLift, which involves applying dissolvable sutures with tiny cones under the skin that will lift and reposition areas of the face. As the material dissolves, collagen is produced, resulting in plumped up skin and a refreshed effect.
Celebrities and wealthy hobnobbers do not stop short by focusing all their money and efforts on the face alone. No way, with this crowd it is a full-body beauty maintenance routine that keeps them looking tip top and ageless. Using minimally invasive treatments such as SculptSure and CoolSculpting, their Adonis and Venus-like bodies can be reshaped and refined like a Michelangelo sculpture. These procedures rely on either freezing or heating up targeted areas of unwelcome fat cells, resulting in the cells’ demise and ultimately expelled from the body.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
Why stop on the outside, when one can afford to work on perfecting an age-defying visage using one’s own stem cells. Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is viewed by the rich as the ultimate source of youthfulness. PRP harnesses one’s own blood, creating an extract of highly concentrated platelets, growth factors, and proteins that can repair and regenerate damaged skin, as well as reverse or slow the signs of aging. PRP injections can result in tighter, more toned skin, reduction of writings, stimulate collagen production, and reverse volume loss.
So there you have it, the beauty rejuvenation and maintenance schedule of the uber wealthy patient. You know, there are financing options available for the rest of us.