The Beauty of Technology
According to the Social Security Administration, a woman turning age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 86.7. Women in America are living longer and thriving more than ever in history. An important point here is “thriving.” Many experts agree that a key factor for extended longevity is due to technology. Specifically, innovations in health and wellness mean that our bodies are physically living longer; but, what about our spirit and attitude? Does how one feels on the inside match what one sees in the mirror and how can a disconnect between the two affect many years of what should be celebrated as extra years to thrive?
“My husband and I are active travelers in our fifties who feel like we are in our thirties!,” said Jean Marie, “a few years ago I began getting depressed because the face I saw in the mirror each morning did not represent my spirit and lifestyle. I began doing research on fillers and told myself I would wait until there was a breakthrough product that lasted longer. I found one in Bellafill and have never looked back.”
A Kendall County resident who is a technology-based advanced laser medicine and surgery pioneering doctor, Elizabeth T. McRae, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a globally recognized expert, practitioner, and trainer in Aesthetic Services. She has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1991 and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. McRae, (who has practiced Advanced Laser Aesthetics since 2005), explained that her practice is currently second in Texas in the volume of Bellafill injections and will be first next year. The reasons for this incredible growth include women, (and men), seeking expert advice, skill, and deep knowledge of the anatomy to actually experience the latest in fillers that are considered to be remarkably advanced. Specifically, McRae is an expert on Bellafill that is the only dermal filler FDA approved to be a safe and effective for up to 5 years.
“I have been so blessed to continue following my calling in medicine to heal my patients internally and externally,” continued McRae, “learning and practicing laser technology in medicine from the inception of the industry many years ago has proven to be so valuable to my patients and supporting my continued ethos of being leading edge. We are always looking at what’s on the horizon and looking for what’s the best for the patient and Bellafill is actually a true value because you are actually buying your filler and keeping it indefinitely versus renting your filler,” said McRae.
Dr. McRae’s reputation with fillers has spread beyond Boerne, Texas. Many of her patients come to Kendall County from New York City, Atlanta, and Hollywood and she is well-known in the media and entertainment industry because of her deep medical knowledge and structure of the face. McRae is known for creating an extremely natural results that, “restored my face back to how I looked 10 years ago,” said Jean Marie, “now, I look how I feel and it has improved my overall health because I am happier.”
McRae explains that the incredible number of patients she and her staff treat matched with deep expertise mean their abilities are practiced daily. “We fill the face with a product that will remain there so you patients don’t get that ‘inflating and deflating effect’ of temporary fillers,” she continued, “so by placing it strategically to fill your deficit you are able to create a very natural and more youthful face that actually looks like you look 10 or 15 years ago.”
Our research showed that Bellafill is the only filler that stimulates collagen growth long-term and maintains the appearance for up to five years. A barrier to women opting for fillers includes, price; the time that must be dedicated annually for replacements; and, fear that the process won’t be natural.
According to the brand, Bellafill’s polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres are suspended within a base of smooth collagen gel. Once injected, the collagen gel immediately reduces the look of smile lines. Over time, your body uses the microspheres in Bellafill to create a “scaffold” onto which your own natural collagen can develop. This collagen forms a foundation that adds volume to wrinkles, reducing their appearance for natural-looking results that feel soft and smooth.
Like any technology, in most uses, it is only as good as the person operating the technology whether it is a tool, knowledge, or product. Dr. McRae’s passion and authentic excitement about the breakthroughs in beauty and wellness technology are heard in her voice and seen in her eyes. She explained that they do inner and outer transformations to keep people people as youthful as possible. As an avid and award-winning horsewoman, McRae knows first-hand the importance of one’s inner-spirit being reflected in their outer-appearance and the empowerment that gives women to not only compete in the workplace but also to live an exceptional and fulfilling life no matter what lifestyle they choose.
“Most new patients come in looking so fatigued saying that they look tired and their skin tone has changed,” continued McRae, “it’s just that sudden aging sensation and we counsel women on the correct treatment for their specific needs. Those lush cheeks that they know and that softness in their face, around the eyes and lips are diminished and they want that soft look that they used to have that made them approachable.” She says the downtime for fillers is very little and she has had patients back in the mainstream the day after treatment. McRae MD Medical Laser Spa includes all the latests tools for the whole body that she has personally vetted.
Experts agree that doing research by speaking to professionals will help women make a decision about potentially using fillers to enhance their lives for the extended years technology is now affording our population. It is human nature to want to thrive and have emotional satisfaction in our daily lives. It is apparent that now, technology in wellness and beauty, is one more tool for living one’s best life possible for as long as possible.
Author Ceslie Armstrong is a contributing independent journalist who has not received compensation from Bellafill for this article.