The Art and Science of Beauty

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but it’s always more than skin deep. In fact, despite of the effectiveness of today’s topical skin creams and lotions, when it comes to dramatic, instant and long lasting results, it takes more than moisturizers and hydrating creams, toners, surface scrubs or masques. It takes the combination of visual Art and 21st century Science.

And the Science of the 21st century has introduced break-through procedures that have changed everything. When BOTOX exploded into the cosmetic dermatology offices, lines formed from the treatment room to the waiting room.

Now with the phenomenon of the facial fillers like Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Radiesse, the Science has taken us even closer to the edge of “forever young.”

And the Art? Today, the Art of beauty lies in the eyes and the mind and the skillful hands of your physician. Training and experience, experience and vision, artistry and experience with, not just hundreds, but thousands of patients where you want to put your best face forward. And with whom.

For the most natural look, the perfect product placement, how much product (or how little!) and the delicate touch of the artist with the precise technique of the physician, there’s no place, in the world, like the L.A. to Beverly Hills beauty expressway.

The Restylane procedure, itself, is very straight-forward and takes anywhere from several minutes to one half hour, depending upon the number of treated areas. First an antiseptic, followed by a numbing agent, is applied to the skin. Then the gel-like Hyaluronic acid is injected under the skin, and with the help of the body’s own water, creates and retains volume beneath the skin’s surface.

Folds and deep wrinkles disappear both instantly and over the course of the next week.

While every one is different, there usually is some discomfort from the injections which could be followed by some redness, swelling, tenderness and slight bruising. But, in most instances, these side effects disappear, within a few days. In 2010, the FDA approved adding the anesthetic, Lidocaine, to the Restylane (and Perlane, as well), which has greatly reduced the discomfort of the procedures.

But, all in all –  the wonderful long-lasting effects of a non-invasive, non-surgical, no recovery time, no lost work, …“what price beauty” is a very tiny price, indeed.