I’m launching a new support group for 2015: a clan of women who will resist the urge to freeze and fill every nook and cranny with a syringe of neurotoxin or filler. Want in? If nothing else, it’ll save you some serious coin.
So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner ...”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother.
The first large, multi-center study to look at the safety and side effects of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures — things like lasers, skin fillers and injections of neurotoxins like Botox — found that they are very safe with essentially no risk of severe or dangerous side effects.
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.)
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!
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 life made looking youthful and upbeat a priority. Now that I work from home and have a laid back married life in the 'burbs, my Botox routine vanished. I cut bangs to compensate...but know what? I miss my Botox boost and my (hidden) 11s do too. Now although over 11 million women (and men) have gotten Botox (by Allergan, its genius maker), the procedure is either loved or pooh-poohed. I'm still a huge fan and here's why you might become one too:
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.
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