Beauty Without Botox
Every once in a blue moon I get a question in a consultation that goes something like this: “I hate these lines around my eyes but I wouldn’t dream of doing Botox. How can I get rid of them?”
Good question, since Botox or Dysport is a home run. Lines and wrinkles caused by dynamic muscle movement are tough to deal with. Unless you stop moving the muscle, or at least minimize the movement, the lines will continue to form. Plus, as one ages, one loses the hyaluronic acid (a liquid found throughout the body that lubricates and hydrates) that allows the skin to “slip” over the muscle. Eventually the skin starts to adhere to the muscle and takes on the shape of the contracted muscle. This is seen in the forehead, crow’s feet, and especially the chin.
So, in order to see a reduction in the line or wrinkle, one has to change a few things. Using products that will increase skin turn-over is essential. A retinoid such as Retin-A or Tazorac speeds up the skin reproduction and actually will increase the depth of the skin. Common myth: Retin-A thins your skin. Truth: It thickens it. It does thin your epidermis a bit which is actually a good thing. Alpha-hydroxy acids help too. So does good nutrition. Training yourself to make fewer unnecessary movements can reduce wrinkling. Of course you want to be expressive, but many folks overdo it causing excessive over-wrinkling. Also, microdermabrasion may make a subtle difference with several treatments.
Fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane may help, depending upon the area. They are not great for crow’s feet, but will help the verticle lines between the eyes.
Botox and Dysport have a significant place in facial rejuvenation because they work well. Take good care of your skin and you will look beautiful naturally with or without them.
From Dr. Bonnie:
When first meeting, my patients tell me they want to look younger, and we talk about their concerns. For most its a sense of not looking as “fresh” as they used to. As we continue to talk, I find many are under incredible stress, and it’s aging them beyond their real years. They’re aware of the pressure, and maybe even of the toll it’s taking. Unfortunately, its not easy to figure out how to get off this energy draining treadmill that’s sabotaging their chance to look great.
I ‘ve discovered three common problems that almost all of these patients share, and even went so far as to prepare three separate videos, which have become my “prescriptions”. Each deals with a different problem and shows step-by-step how to eliminate them from your life.
I would love to share them with you, and there is no charge. The first is titled “The Dirty Little Secret of Multi-Tasking” and as the title may hint, Multi-Tasking is not helping us save time nor get things done faster.
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