The No-Surgery Face-Lift

Plastic surgery, Botox, fillers – anything (and everything!) to help us look prettier and perkier is on the rise. Why? It’s simple: We’re living in a society that puts a premium on being young, or at least looking that way. This can sometimes cause even the most levelheaded and prudent among us – men as well as women – to take drastic action. Let’s not rush to judge those who choose to have surgery or less-invasive procedures. Because, as we …

Michelle Obama at 50: Botox and Other Real Issues

First Lady Michelle Obama, who once said she looks forward to being “this really fly 80-, 90-year-old,” turns 50 on Friday and is getting a lot of media attention because her new interview in People magazine leaves the door open to using Botox. Oh my! Like many Hollywood actresses of a certain age – and lots of us regular women, too – Obama said she’s not ruling out the use of such anti-aging treatments as Botox or fillers. (The F …

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Eyes Lifted

I mean it! Applying eye makeup has recently become a drag: My formerly firm peepers suddenly look saggy and crinkled. So, what are my options? a) ignore it and try to age gracefully (not my natural instinct); b) wear fabulous glasses with pastel lenses, í  la Diane Keaton (maybe); c) continue to do my “smoky-eye thing” and hope I look like an aging French movie star (very possible); or d) get an eye lift (I’m thinking about it!). According to …

Is Angry Face Syndrome Sabotaging Your Looks?

The fake PSA video “Bitchy Resting Face” has created a viral storm on YouTube. It lampoons the 11s – the twin vertical furrows between the brows – that give your face a constant hostile, worried look. The 11s get  deeply etched with age but Botox inhibits them (and with FDA approval!)  I used to get Botox from super-famous NYC dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt during my high visibility job as Beauty & Fashion Director of MORE magazine. My busy 24/7 work/dating/social …

Get Age-Denying Eyes

After 50, all women have a get-back list. We want to get back our thick hair (and toss the shelf of volumizers),we want to get back  our former bodies (and go Spanx-less), we want to get back toned arms and do the wave in sleeveless tops at concerts and stadiums (without underarm jiggle). But most of all we want back our  firm, wide-awake eyes. Big challenge? Not if you do three things. BOOK A SYRINGE DAY AT THE DERMATOLOGIST. Even …

Botox For Your….Bladder?

Botox may be better known for smoothing wrinkles, but a new study finds that it can greatly help women with overactive bladders achieve more normal lives. The Atlantic magazine reports that the largest study to date has found that Botox is effective at calming the muscles that cause women to have urinary incontinence. The study, conducted in the United Kingdom, was published online in European Urology. The 240 women in the study had severely overactive bladders that had not responded to standard …