The Better-Than-Botox Smile

My smile has stayed largely the same over the years — think dimples and skinny lips — but age and a bajillion cups of tea have undeniably stained and diminished the effect. Fortunately, my husband is a cosmetic dentist, and his care has improved my smile and brightened my teeth. (At breaking my caffeine addiction, however, he seems powerless.) Kourosh Maddahi, a Beverly Hills dentist and the author of Anti-Aging Dentistry, believes “de-aging your smile” to be a better solution …

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 …