They work on beauty that is skin deep ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

March 31, 1993|By Deidre Nerreau McCabe | Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff Writer

If you're 100 percent satisfied with the face and body God gave you, turn the page.

But if you're like the other 99.9 percent of the population, keep reading. There are more procedures and surgeries now available to improve your looks than you would have ever dreamed possible.

On Monday, about 100 estheticians from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and beyond gathered in Annapolis to learn more about advances in cosmetic surgery, as well as new skin-care products aimed at making people look, well, younger and more beautiful.

Carole L. Walderman, president of Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in Pikesville and one of two keynote speakers, said the focus of the daylong conference at Loews Hotel was how estheticians and plastic surgeons can work together to get better results for their clients. Estheticians, who provide a variety of services to improve the quality of the skin, can help prepare clients before surgery and help them heal faster afterward, she said.

"All of you should consider becoming affiliated with a cosmetic surgeon," she told the banquet room full of stylish women. "Your services are going to facilitate a faster healing process. And if you do your job well, you'll have a faithful client for life."

Dr. William G. Armiger, a plastic surgeon from Baltimore County and the second keynote speaker, wowed the crowd with a 40-minute slide presentation highlighting many of procedures he performs.

Liposuction, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, chemical peels, face lifts, eyebrow lifts, collagen treatments, breast augmentation and reduction, chin implants, cheek implants -- the list goes on.

"Good plastic surgery is an art, with the body as a medium," said Dr. Armiger after the conference. "With a good cosmetic surgeon, you can get wonderful, beautiful results."

Dr. Armiger, director of Chesapeake Plastic Surgery Associates in Catonsville, told the group that cosmetic surgery has become more acceptable -- he sees nearly 1,000 patients a year. It's not uncommon for him to work on the same patients over 10 to 15 years, performing six to 10 different procedures, he said.

He has done face lifts on women as young as 27 and breast augmentations on men, (yes, men) as well as women.

"I want all of you to know that men do get cosmetic surgery, too," he said, estimating that 30 percent of his practice is now men. When he started 18 years ago, it was only 5 percent.

Showing slides of men who had gotten tummy tucks, liposuction and breast augmentation, Dr. Armiger explained that chest augmentation was for men wanting a more defined, sculpted shape.

And the 27-year-old getting the face lift?

"She was a model competing for a [magazine] cover with a 17-year-old," he said. The woman did look younger after the lift. No word, however, on whether she got the job.

Dr. Armiger, governor of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Plastic Surgeons, said more and more baby boomers are seeking his services and are willing to pay out-of-pocket.

"I think the baby boomers have accepted that they are going to get older, and they don't mind, as long as they can take their youth with them," he said. "Let's face it, we're living in a world ZTC that worships youth."

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