Health & Beauty
7 Semi-Permanent Beauty Treatments Worth Paying For
Some semi-permanent treatments are so good they're recession-proof -- and others don't live up to the hype. Find out which ones can change your beauty routine for the better
Lasts: 5 to 7 years
Who should do it: Someone with monolids who wants bigger-looking eyes with minimal downtime.
Why you should get it: "Double eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) is great for making your eyes more versatile for eye makeup," says Charles S. Lee, MD, FACS, plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. There are a variety of blepharoplasty procedures, but the least invasive and cheapest method is the non-incision stitch-only procedure. A doctor takes a needle and cuts the top layer of skin on the lid, which scabs over, resulting in the crease. Because the incision isn't dramatic, the results look extremely natural, and there's no downtime.
What you won't like: While the fold looks natural, the non-incision method is limited to creating smaller creases, so the crease will fade quickly. And while the procedure takes just 20 minutes, you still need an extremely experienced surgeon. Complications can include puffiness and bleeding.
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