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Beauty and the Beam: Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Laser Surgery / Edition 1

Beauty and the Beam: Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Laser Surgery / Edition 1

by Deborah S. Sarnoff, Joan Swirsky
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Cosmetic laser surgery is an exciting new alternative to traditional plastic surgical procedures designed to beautify and correct physical defects. The advantages of laser surgery are impressive: procedures take just minutes to perform; are often accomplished with only a local anesthetic; require no incisions, blood loss, or sutures; and involve minimal recovery periods. Lasers offer noninvasive treatment for an extensive—and growing—list of conditions that previously required full-blown surgery to correct, including acne scars, tatoos, spider and varicose veins, birthmarks, crow's feet, lines around the mouth, and excess or thinning hair. Despite all the benefits, however, it is imperative to remember that cosmetic laser surgery is surgery. Consumers considering elective cosmetic procedures must be well informed. Beauty and the Beam is the ideal source of information on this topic and will guide readers in selecting the safest and most experienced practitioner; describe what to expect in a facility; explain what each kind of surgery entails; and show how costs differ from region to region and from practitioner to practitioner. Beauty and the Beam answers nearly every question readers may have about this hot new technology and provides step-by-step methods for evaluating their own needs and seeking the most qualified practitioner. Benefits: Discover what new laser techniques are available for cosmetic surgery. See how nearsightedness can be corrected permanently with laser procedures. Learn how "permanent" problems like age spots, port wine stains, and sagging eyelids can be eliminated quickly. Know the costs involved - and where you're likely to find the best deal. "Do your homework" - and make your time with the specialists more productive. Topics Covered: Facial Resurfacing (laser peel) Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) Hair Removal Tattoo Removal Nearsightedness Snoring Eliminating Port-Wine Stains Acne Scars Leg V

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312194413
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/15/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
Part One A Magical Beam of Light 7(58)
1 A Light So Bright What do lasers do and how? Here is the fascinating story of one of medicine's most brilliant innovations.
2 Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Laser Surgery? Vanity? Harmony? A quest for the fountain of youth? There are many reasons for choosing cosmetic procedures. Which is the right one for you?
3 What Is This Thing Called Skin? Ah, the intricacies of this most fascinating organ! What do Mother Nature and Father Time have to do with how our skin appears--and what do we?
4 Beauty Before the Beam: Skin-Enhancing Anti-Aging Strategies Before submitting to the laser beam (or the scalpel), most people try dozens of self-care and nonsurgical treatments, striving to recapture that peaches-and-cream glow.
Part Two Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall 65(66)
5 A Laser "Peel" Wrinkles away! Can this treatment really erase several decades worth of lines and creases and make those crow's-feet fly away? The "too-good-to-be-true" skeptics are now lining up at the door.
6 A Laser "Eyelift" When the upper eyelids droop and the lower eyelids bag, the "windows of the soul" look tired and puffy. Today a simple laser treatment is making those eyes twinkle again.
7 Laser Resurfacing of Acne Scars and Laser Sculpting Lasers can conceal the leftover scars from teenage acne, turning tears into smiles. And a bulbous nose from rhinophyma (remember W.C. Fields?) can be resculped by the laser.
Part Three Color Me Beautiful 131(52)
8 Laser Treatment for Red Problems Say good-bye to broken blood vessels--from rosacea to port-wine stains and embarrassing stretch marks and scars. Zap! With laser light, they're gone!
9 Laser Treatment for Brown Problems Zap again! Age spots, freckles, birthmarks, and other cosmetically bother-some blotches and blemishes disappear.
10 Laser Treatment for Tattoos Got the wrong girl's name tattooed on your arm? Permanent makeup tattooed on your eyebrows? Multiple pigments in your skin that no other treatment has eliminated? Laser treatment can!
Part Four Gams, Globes, Grins, and Good Night 183(42)
11 Laser Treatment for Leg Veins Lasers can remove that road map of unsightly veins, allowing women to finally stop covering their legs with camouflage makeup, those dark stockings, and that closetful of slacks.
12 Laser Treatment for Nearsightedness "I've seen the light!" is not a religious declaration for those who have thrown away their eyeglasses after excimer laser surgery for nearsighted-ness
13 Laser Treatment for the Gums and Teeth With laser treatment, you no longer have to hide your smile because of overgrown gums or yellow, stained teeth.
14 Laser Treatment for Snoring A tiger in bed is one thing--a roaring, gurnting, gasping lion quite another. With laser surgery, nightly snoring can be cured forever.
Part Five Rapunzel and Kojak 225(28)
15 Laser Hair Removal What happened to the buggy whip when cars were invented? The same thing that's happening to tweezers, waxes, razors, depilatories, and electrolysis now that lasers are here.
16 Laser Hair Transplants Yul Brynner and Telly Savalas were in the minority! Although still experi-mental, it appears that in some cases the laser may offer the permanent solution to male-pattern balding!
Part Six Better Safe Than Sorry 253(32)
17 Finding the Right Laser Surgeon and Facility Sophisticated marketing strategies often obscure "the truth" about new treatments. What should you look for?
18 Is Laser Surgery Safe? Yes, if stringent safety regulations are followed to the letter of the law. But hazards exist--forewarned is forearmed.
Afterword 285(4)
Appendices 289(6)
A So Many Lasers--Which One's for Me? 289(4)
B Laser Choices for Specific Cosmetic Problems 293(2)
Resources 295(4)
Glossary 299(10)
Index 309

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