How To Get the Last Laugh When Dealing With Laugh Lines

If we were to say that they’re supposed to mean you’ve had a happy life so far, would it change your mind about your laugh lines? Maybe not. To many, nasolabial wrinkles, the lines that seem to connect the edges of your lips to the edges of your nose commonly known as “laugh lines,” are one of the least-liked, and arguably most prominent, signs of aging. Some people take pride in their laugh lines, but plenty more would see them vanish.

If you’re one of the latter, you might be asking: what’s the best way to accomplish that?

Surgery, fillers, or topical options?

It basically comes down to three options: surgical, injectables, and external skin care. Surgical options, such as facelifts or cheek augmentation, are the most permanent, but also the most expensive. Plus, being surgical procedures, there’s an element of risk involved. Injectable options like Botox and Juvederm are less risky, but also less permanent, and will still cost a pretty penny. For the more frugal, there’s creams with retinol, like Retin-A. Retinoids are effective in preventing collagen loss, a chief culprit in the formation of laugh lines.

With all of these options, what’s the best choice? When it comes to the maximization of results-per-cost, and the minimization of risk, the injectable option comes out on top. Juvederm won’t last as long as a surgical option, but it can last upwards of 12 months before it needs topping off – at around $450 per cheek, that could work out to just $900 per year to keep laugh lines at bay. Basically, the injectable option yields the best results at the best price, with minimal risk to you.

However, only you can truly know what’s right for you, be it surgery, injectables, topical treatments, or even just letting yourself age naturally. Well, you and your surgeon  book a consultation and see what they think about your options. Hopefully, you’ll leave their office smiling.

Bee Venom Creates Buzz

The cosmetic community’s all a-buzz over the beauty properties of a by-product of the common honeybee. You might assume we’re talking about honey, but the truth stings just a bit more; we’re talking about bee venom.

Bee venom facials, also known as “apitherapy,” are fast becoming known as “the natural Botox” in some corners of the world, touted by such famous names as Michelle Pfeiffer and Victoria Beckham. But it’s the revelation that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, used a bee venom facial prior to her wedding to Prince William that has the anti-aging community buzzing.

“Apitherapy” gaining popularity after Royal Wedding.

For those who are put off by the idea of having bees stings applied in order to look younger, no worries. Even the apiphobic can enjoy the benefits of bee venom facials, as no bee stings are involved. Instead, the bee venom is put into a cream applied facially twice weekly.

One of the active agents in bee venom, melittin, is the anaphylactic responsible for the long-lasting pain that follows a bee sting. But it also has anti-inflammatory properties. This causes your body to believe it’s under attack, increasing circulation and encouraging the production of collagen.

Collecting bee venom is a time-consuming process, and as such, the price of bee venom cream may sting a bit in the wallet – up to $118 for a 1.7-ounce jar. Also, if you’re interested in using bee venom as a facial treatment, be aware that one in 50 Americans are allergic to bee venom, so it’s not for everyone, and if you’re allergic, it’s definitely not for you. In the meantime, Botox offers the same age-defying effects, and is tried and true. Contact your cosmetic surgeon’s office for more information.

3 Ways to Age with Grace

Only kids want to grow older, but for adults, time will best us all. It slays kings, ruins towns, and beats high mountains down – our skin elasticity can’t hold out forever. However, we can choose to age with grace, and accept our golden years with dignity and grace. For how to do that best, follow these tips for aging gracefully.

Keep Your Body Healthy

One of the best ways to age well is to maintain a healthy body, and keeping active is the way to go about it. However, that is not to say it must be strenuous; experts say that a few hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, complimented by muscle training twice a week is more than enough for those over 65. A good diet is also crucial, so maintain a full compliment of greens in the crisper.

Keep Up Your Skincare Regimen

What exercise and diet can’t cure, a good skin care regimen can; visible signs of aging will come, and there’s not much activity and and healthy eating can do about that. If you have a skin care regimen, which includes such things as lotions anti-aging creams, you’ll want to maintain it. If you don’t have such a regimen, consider getting started on one. Minimally-invasive procedures such as chemical peels and Juvederm can also be used to compliment your skin care plan.

Don’t Hide Your Age

Aging gracefully isn’t just about the physical side of things, but also the mental side. Feeling good about yourself and your age will pay dividends in how you come across to others. Feeling good about your age and your body will make you feel good about yourself, and those good vibes will actually help you come across with more vitality. Don’t hide your age, or be ashamed of it – be proud of it!

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll look radiant and turn heads will into your golden years. For more information about anti-aging treatments available to you, contact Dr. Paul Benien’s offices for a consultation.