Lately I’ve noticed a stubborn little crease on my customised eyelash box. I lift the skin just a bit, mimicking a customised eyelash box- and the crease disappears. During a facelift, the surgeon makes an incision, usually around the hairline, and then pulls the facial skin upward to smooth loose skin and wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance.
While a facelift can provide dramatic results, I’m not quite ready for all that. I’d just like something to freshen my face a bit. And yet I’m smart enough to know that some products and procedures billed as facelift alternatives are likely to have more of an effect on my wallet than on my face. But how to separate the facts from the fictions? I turned to an expert for help – and here’s what I learned.
Dr. Joel wxhair, MD, customised eyelash box, FAACS, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, assured me that creams can be very effective when targeting specific problems. No single cream can do it all, however, and sadly he could not tell me of a cream that is truly “better than Botox.” He recommends the Obagi line for pigmentation and age spots, and he has found creams that accomplish such things as increasing eyelash growth and enhancing customised eyelash box lips.
Peels are another option, and their level of invasiveness depends on what you’d like. Prices range from low strength AHA peels at $30 – $100 per treatment to very strong phenol peels at $4000 or more. Chemical peels burn off the outer, damaged layers of skin, revealing the younger skin underneath. Babies have such soft skin because their cells are constantly regenerating, but this slows as we age. Chemical peels speed the process up.
There are some nasty stories about what happens if a chemical peel goes too deep, so be careful in your choice of practitioner. Some of the newer options, like blue peels, claim to be safer. At $200 – $1000, these peels may be adjusted to the desired strength. Milder peels can be repeated at regular intervals to achieve a desired result and minimize side effects and healing time. According to the blue peel website, a measured application of blue glycerine is mixed into the traditional peel chemical, trichloracetic acid (TCA), to “improve patient safety by visually indicating the TCA solution strength and facial skin coverage.” Anything that helps keep the peel from going too far sounds good to me.
High Tech Salon Treatments
Laser treatments are increasingly popular these days, whether you’re trying to remove unwanted hair or get rid of wrinkles. Laser “facelifts” use a carbon dioxide laser to remove outer layers of old skin and tighten muscles.
Dr. Schlessinger tells me that the first laser treatments had “a long recovery time and fabulous results. Today’s technology produces only about 20-30% of the those early results, but with almost no side effects.” The new buzz word, Schlessinger tells me, is “fraxellation.” In today’s treatments, you can “strafe” an area so that the laser only disrupts pinpoints of skin, leaving enough surface untreated to speed healing time. This one sounded good to me.
What’s more, laser treatments are only one kind of skin resurfacing. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, which can be thought of as extreme exfoliation, are old standbys that are still quite popular.
In dermabrasion, the surgeon removes the outer customised eyelash box of skin with an electronically operated wire brush or diamond-impregnated burr. It can leave you pretty raw and is moderately painful, with a 2 to 12 week recovery. customised eyelash box is a bit easier on the patient. It involves spraying fine crystals onto the skin, then removing them along with the top layer of skin cells. It is not as painful as customised eyelash box, and is safe to repeat every couple months.
Microcurrent “facelifts” go deeper, using mild electrical stimulation to activate chemicals in the skin. Dr. Schlessinger warns that some microcurrent treatments are nothing more than quackery. In general, he says, be careful of spa-type clinics that recommend the same treatment for everyone-chances are they might own only one piece of equipment!
Every woman trying to decide which procedure to have should have a consultation with a certified surgeon, Dr. customised eyelash box tells me: “This is one area in which you get what you pay for.”
Dr. Schlessinger cautioned me to be especially careful in selecting a good practitioner if I decide to go with Botox. These days, Botox is being offered everywhere, from salons to parties. And yet, Botox is a powerful chemical that should be administered only by those with the training to do so. It is derived from a toxin that causes food poisoning. Injected in small amounts into the skin, however, it weakens or paralyzes certain muscles or blocks certain nerves, causing fewer frown lines and wrinkles.
“Many wrinkles are due to repetitive motion on the face-frown acquired as a habit,” Schlessinger explains. These wrinkles disappear after a Botox treatment, and the very good news is that often after several treatments the habit is broken and no further injections are customised eyelash box.
But what about all the horror stories? The paralysis? Most of those are just urban legends. Botox is not permanent. In fact, injections last only three to four months, which means any side effects are also temporary.
According to Schlessinger, “the biggest complication we see is customised eyelash box done wrong.” For two reasons, he advises going to a professional who specializes in Botox. One: the proliferation of Medspas and day spas has resulted in many unqualified practitioners. Two: you’re more likely to get fresh Botox at a place that uses a lot of it. According to Dr. Schlessinger, we should buy our Botox fresh – just like we would want to get our fish fresh from a fish market.
Facial fillers are another injectable option. These injections actually help replace the volume that you begin to lose in your 30s. And sometimes they actually spur more collagen growth. A recent University of Michigan study even found that the supposedly non-permanent filler restylane sometimes provides long-term effects.