Hollywood plastic surgeons must be masters of quick fixes

September 1, 2011

In our pressured society, healing speed is of the essence.
In our pressured society, healing speed is of the essence.

When you’re a Hollywood icon, you either knock ‘em dead or you’re a goner. With life a constant round of shoots, premieres, pitch meetings and red carpets, you don’t have time to recuperate after plastic surgery. Nor do you have the time for Juvederm injections or Fraxel laser treatments that are administered over several months. Not to worry. Hollywood plastic surgeons and dermatologists have streamlined delivery of fillers and lasers. And, where celebrities lead, everyone follows.

A Beverly Hills dermatologist, interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter in August, 2011, says the best problem solver is a combination of laser treatments and fillers. But he applies fillers in a new way. Instead of injecting into the dermis, he injects fillers at a deeper level, right above the bone where the facial structure lies. His premise is that when you inject at a deep level, fillers last six months to a year and create a better base for the structure of the skin.

Now that lidocaine (a painkiller) is included with Restylane and Juvederm, even under eye injections are tolerable. He also treats jowls, which are traditionally improved with a facelift, by injecting filler into the temples.

A popular Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has special quick fixes for actors and entertainment executives on the go. Because too much filler can look “freaky,” he uses “Aquamid,” a new permanent gel filler, which is actually removable. If a patient doesn't like the look of her poofed-up cheek or under-eye, he can stick a needle in and pull the filler out. New injection techniques also have a dramatic reduction in bruising because of super-skinny micro cannula needles that give tiny little nicks.

There’s a bicoastal dermatologist who worked on the movie set of Angelina Jolie's Salt, bringing with him the “Gentle Waves” machine for skin rejuvenation to apply to cast members every morning pre shoot. He claims this low-energy light gives a soft glow to the face. Some soap operas have purchased these machines for $15,000, installing them as permanent fixtures.

In our fast society, healing speed is of the essence. Drug companies and researchers are working on new medications that can block inflammation. The hope is that healing from an eyelift or facelift will take only a few days so that, ultimately, downtime from plastic surgery procedures will become a nonissue.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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