4 Non-Surgical Ways to Look Younger
Is this you? You’d really like to slow or reverse the signs of aging on your face, but you’re not quite ready to consider a facelift or eyelid lift. On the other hand, you’ve already spent a fortune on creams and lotions over the years and now you want something that works and shows some lasting results. You’re not alone. The good news is that you have more options than ever before to get a better return on your anti-aging investment… before the need for surgery. Here are four genius steps for easing into facial rejuvenation that in the right hands provide natural, beautiful, confidence-boosting results.
Step #1: For the love of Botox
It’s called a “miracle in a bottle” for good reason. Botox is one of several neuromodulators (Dysport and Xeomin are others) that work by relaxing the muscles that over time make us look older by causing wrinkles, such as moderate to severe crow’s feet/squint lines at the corner of our eyes, the vertical frown lines between our brows, and those horizontal lines across the forehead. A single treatment of Botox per each of these areas may be all you need for facial rejuvenation that will leave your skin smoother and younger looking. Results typically last 3-4 months. Visit BotoxCosmetic.com for more details.
TIP: Rely on a proven expert to administer Botox. Botox can be overdone and look unnatural or if improperly administered, there can be some temporary paralysis of muscles you do not want affected. Also, be sure to price compare per unit or area. Some of the so-called “deals” are anything but!
Step #2: Flaw-fixing fillers
Add volume and take off years. It’s that simple. As we get older, we tend to lose fullness in our cheeks. Age and gravity cause facial skin to thin and droop and wrinkles, lines and folds to appear, making us look tired or older than we are. Using today’s exciting line-up of dermal fillers (also called injectables), facial cosmetic physicians/specialists can plump the skin in the cheeks for a more youthful look, fill and smooth feathery lines around the lips, and minimize folds at the sides of the nose and mouth. Among the most popular dermal fillers are Juvederm, Voluma and Restylane, each of which is intended for specific ares of the face and all of which are FDA-approved. In the hands of an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon, the results of dermal fillers are remarkable making them a go-to, proven approach for facial rejuvenation.
TIP: Make sure your physician takes a conservative approach. He or she can always add more filler. The goal is a natural look, not doll-like or overdone.
Step #3: Peels
Beautiful skin is in. Some people just naturally have gorgeous skin. Most of us do not. Add stress, sun damage, smoking, environmental factors, diet, lack of sleep to our DNA, and there’s no doubt our skin could use some help. Besides a good cleaning and moisturizing regimen and regular use of a sunscreen of 50 or higher, today’s scientifically formulated peels are showing impressive results in facial rejuvenation. For example, VI Peels represent the next generation of chemical exfoliants to address anti-aging, dark spots (hyperpigmentation), adult acne and to remove the top layer of dull, lifeless skin, leaving you with a refreshed, younger appearance.
TIP: VI Peels are available in formulas for all skin types and conditions.
Step #4: Serums
Makeup and skincare counters can be overwhelming with their endless rows of products. Product ads all state their formula is more advanced and better than any other. While many of today’s anti-aging serums and other products do indeed provide a new level of results, they also can be fairly pricey. In fact, many can be in the hundreds of dollars per bottle or jar. So what do you do if you want to try these youth-enhancing products? Those in the know do their homework, ask around of friends and skincare experts, and then go to different beauty counters, their physician’s office, or go online and request samples of products. Another option is Sephora or Ulta where you can ask for or purchase a tester size. This approach takes more time but it allows you to sample today’s finest formulations for facial rejuvenation without breaking the bank.