13 Beauty Treatments That Are Worth the Money
Sometimes, you initially have to spend a little extra money (or time) to achieve #wokeuplikethis for real
Lasts: 6 months to one year
Who should do it: Someone who wants plastic surgery in theory, but doesn't want to go under the knife (or end up looking like a guest on "Botched.")
Why you should get it: Gabriel Chiu, DO, celebrity plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, says one thing that's extremely recession-proof is Botox. But not just to erase frown lines. More and more people are using injectables for "temporary, long-lasting" nose jobs, cheek lifts, and jawline augmentations.
Recently, other types of therapies are being approved for use in ways that can mimic plastic surgery. Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound therapy, was recently FDA cleared for the neck and décolletage area. Ulysses H. Scarpidis, MD, Board Certified plastic surgeon and member of ASPS and ASAPs says, "Ultherapy is the only non-invasive technique that directly tightens the underlying muscles of the face, much like a facelift, albeit to a lesser degree." He adds that patients who need a small lift, or who don't have the luxury of a long recovery required with traditional surgery, will very much benefit from the results. Plus: no downtime. Manhattan-based Dr. Arash Akhavan adds that the collagen generated by the procedure is permanent -- but since your face, neck and décolleté will continue to age patients will likely need touch ups every one to five years, depending on their sun exposure and genetic background.
Know before you go: Dr. Antoinette Notaro adds, while fillers can results in an improvement that's satisfactory for someone who doesn't want to undergo surgery, they won't be as permanent or as drastic as a surgical intervention. The main difference (aside from the whole scalpel thing): "Surgery will pull the skin; filler gives it three dimensional fullness." The results are subtle, and you constantly need to get touchups to maintain the results.
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