8. Chemical peels
Treatments that apply a chemical solution to the skin, causing the outer layer to peel away.
Best for: Minimizing brown pigmentation, unclogging pores and improving skin clarity and brightness; they’re great if you’re blotchy but not red. Chemical peels range from weak to seriously potent, and most of the deeper peels have been replaced by laser treatments, which do more to improve skin tone and texture, with a much lower risk of scarring. (“The old phenol peels that left people white and shiny have fallen by the wayside,” says New York City dermatologist Laurie Polis.)
Cost: $80 to $500, depend-ing on the depth of the peel.
Full effect: In 1 month, for a light TCA (trichloroacetic) peel.
Results last: For a mild TCA peel, 1 to 2 years.
An eye-lift (blepharoplasty) is an operation that removes the skin of the upper lid and may also reduce fat below the eyes.
Best for: Raising droopy lids,obliterating puffiness under the eyes or repositioning the fat pad to fill in hollowness under the eyes.
Cost: About $4,000 for upper- or lower-lid surgery, $7,500 for both.
Full effect: In 4 to 6 weeks.
Results last: Fat-pad removal is permanent, but loose skin may return in several years.
ANTI-AGING STRATEGIES . . . FROM YOUR DENTIST
These clever fixes are based on the “facial thirds concept,” the idea that attractive faces are divided into three equal sections: between the hairline and the brow, the brow and the base of the nose, and the base of the nose to the bottom of the chin. In some people—especially tooth grinders—the chewing surface of molars wears down. “Grinding can make that lower segment of the face very small and narrow and really destroy its symmetry. A dentist can put crowns in the back to increase the length and height of the molars and hence of the jaw,” says Miami cosmetic dentist Maria Marx.
Some cosmetic dentists go even further, relying on veneers to balance out your bite (making your face more symmetrical) or to make your teeth flare more on the front or sides of your mouth (to restore a hint of youthful volume). “To get an idea of what veneers can do, take a cotton roll and cut it in half. Tuck one half under the lips on each side of your back teeth, bite down, close your mouth and see how open your face is,” says Michael Apa, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. he rejuvenating dental process entails a serious wallet-stretch: Veneers cost $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth. Yet fans of the technique abound. After one of Apa’s patients got a full veneer treatment, she canceled her face-lift plans. Still, says Marx, “veneers won’t necessarily take care of wrinkles. I don’t think plastic surgery or dentistry alone can do it. After a certain age, you may want both.”
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