Firming and Lifting

Firming and Lifting

Did Mom ever tell you that if you keep making that face you’re going to stay that way? Unfortunately, it’s kind of true.  Whenever you smile or squint, the skin around your eyes wrinkles and when your collagen level goes down as you get older, your skin stays wrinkled.  But, take heart oh frowners and yawners, there are several treatments that can help minimize these effects.

One of the most common weapons against wrinkles is retinol.  Retinol comes from Vitamin A and helps to rebuild collagen and smooth fine lines. You may also have heard of tretonoin, the much sought after prescription strength version, but be warned, this has been known to irritate the eye area.  Vitamin C and green tea also will help maintain collagen levels, and peptides are a good alternative to Vitamin A for those of you with sensitive skin.

Botox Injections
Although they are often fodder for late-night television jokes, Botox injections can be very effective in getting rid of small lines around the eyes.  They consist of small injections of botulism toxin causing muscles to relax also reported to aid in headache relief.  At about $500 a pop  these last for about 3-6 months, but are not without cautionary tales, such as looks of permanent surprise and stiffness.

Chemical Peels
Not for the squeamish, chemical peels work by using certain types of acid to remove the top layer of skin.  Your body will respond by regrowing new and healthy skin, as a response to injury.  There is downtime involved, unless you don’t mind telling people at work why your face looks sunburned for about a week, and you will have to shell out about $1000. Lasts for six months to a year.

Laser Treatments
Laser treatments help to lower the visibility of wrinkles by producing collagen.  It lasts for at least a year and will cost about $2000.  Also, be prepared for questions about the sunburn.

Blepharoplasty aka lid lifts
This is a surgery in which incisions are made around or inside the eyelid to remove excess skin and fat.  It takes about two weeks for the healing to go down, but the effects will last for years and according to Mark Codner, assistant professor of plastic surgery it can,”make you look 10 to 15 years younger. ” Cost: about $6000.

So what do you think?  These all carry risks and monetary sacrifices, but is the preservation of youth worth this?  Should Julia have gone for the procedures or is she better off with her cabinets?

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