The phrase “beauty secrets” didn’t come out of nowhere. For years women have closely guarded their beauty rituals, and today, many are still reluctant to come clean. Just think about how many times you’ve heard wrinkle-free celebrities insist that their flawless faces are due to good genes and healthy habits, not medical intervention. Yet millions of nonsurgical anti-aging treatments are performed in the United States each year. Good genes or good doctors? You decide.
• BOTOX®: BOTOX Cosmetic is by far the most popular nonsurgical treatment available. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2012 annual report, 6.1 million BOTOX injections were administered last year. And while you may think that a BOTOXed face is easy to spot, when performed by a trained and skilled professional, the results look effortless.
Telltale signs: Smooth skin and a relaxed, refreshed appearance
Possible Excuse: “It’s all thanks to a good nights’ sleep!”
• Dermal fillers: Much like BOTOX, dermal fillers are injected under the skin to diminish wrinkles. They also plump areas of the face that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, lips, or under the eyes. Last year, 2 million filler injections were given in the United States. Fillers provide immediate results with very few obvious signs of treatment.
Telltale signs: Enhanced lips, fewer wrinkles, softer facial contours
Possible Excuse: “I’ve been eating well and drinking a lot of water.”
• Chemical peels: Chemical peels were the 3rd most popular nonsurgical procedure in 2012, with a whopping 1.1 million treatments performed. Chemical peels can vary in strength (from light to deep) and offer different levels of results. Mild peels require very little downtime and the side effects can easily be passed off as a sunburn. People who choose moderate or deep peels may avoid social activities for a few days or even weeks until the signs of treatment resolve.
Telltale signs: Brighter skin, fewer wrinkles, increased radiance, diminished sun spots
Possible Excuse: “I’ve been using this really great new face cream.”