Beauty Before Age

Vanity, insecurity, or something else? Before they face the knife we found that some women are taking the less invasive route, going face to face with the acids and needles, but where did this quest for youth start?

Nancy Grissom, aesthetician, says, "I can remember the day it struck me. I looked into the mirror one day and went, oh, but my face!"

Nancy Grissom is a dance teacher turned aesthetician. She's talking about the day she realized her face was older than her body, something Grissom like many other women say they've dealt with.

Debbie Myers, who had non-invasive procedures, says, "As you get older you see magazines that have younger people on it, you lose that, you look around and it's all younger people."

This doesn't mean everyone is mourning the loss of their youth. There are women who embrace getting older and the lines that come along with it, but then again, they're not the women walking into Dr. Moore's office, a Tallahassee plastic surgeon.

Dr. Charles Moore says, "I've learned over these many years that this isn't a vanity, it's a keeping of something you have a right to keep and it might be proud to have given."

These days part of the upkeep of youth isn't always an invasive cosmetic procedure.

Debbie says, "I've had microdermabrasion, I've had glycolic peels, I’ve had blue peels and of course I've had botox, I’ve had collagen."

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the less invasive cosmetic procedures are growing fast in popularity by 64 percent between 2002 and 2003, compared to the 15 percent growth of cosmetic surgical procedures.

Botox’s use has grown by 153 percent, laser skin resurfacing by 24 percent, microdermabrasion by 12 percent and chemical peels by seven percent.

There was one common theme throughout our interviews. It's not all about vanity. Instead, the procedures are being compared to going to the dentist or to the gym; in other words, "maintenance.”

Cosmetic surgery isn't something everybody is doing. In fact, our estimates show that less than one percent of the population undergoes a cosmetic procedure.

Friday in part two of the Beauty Before Age series, we'll take a look a closer look at the procedures people are undergoing in their quest for "upkeep.”