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Nonsurgical cosmetic devices -- are they the fountain of youth?

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures

 
Zeltiq. Exilis. Fraxel. If you don't recognize those names, it's probably just a matter of time. Zeltiq machines are used as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction, Exilis is a device used to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles, and the Fraxel laser is supposed to resurface skin and dimish age spots, among other things.

They are all emblematic of a growing trend -- the growth of nonsurgical cosmetic devices and treatments. "Some patients only want a little bit of change," says Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Others "just aren't interested in a surgical option."

They're seeking procedures that are less expensive, less painful and less disruptive than, say, a face lift. And in some cases, it can all happen in 45 minutes.

Susan Carpenter reports on the latest procedures -- who says the fountain of youth is hard to find?

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-- Alice Short `

Illustration credit: Stephanie Dalton Cowan / For The Times

 
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