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Botox: What Can’t It Do?

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Everyone knows about Botox, the line-erasing, complexion-enhancing miracle worker. But what about Botox, the oil-inhibiting, pore-reducing gland suppressant that is quickly gaining favor with the shoot-me-up set? Turns out, botulism toxin is just as good a quick fix for those who suffer from oily skin, enlarged pores, and acne scars as youth seekers with money to burn. “I had patients coming from Hong Kong and the Philippines who would tell me how doctors over there were using it for these purposes,” says Dr. Kamran Jafri, a New York-based craniofacial plastic surgeon. Called Intradermal Botox, the procedure has been around for a little while but has only recently started to pick up momentum. “People are asking more about it,” Jafri says. “It’s definitely a word-of-mouth thing.” The same vials used to freeze sagging facial muscles are injected into the top of the skin, only in slightly more concentrated doses, as a means of controlling the oil-producing sebaceous glands and tightening the tiny surface muscles that can lead to visible pores. “My patients typically see results in about two weeks, but I’ve had some people tell me that they see improvements within a matter of days,” Jafri says, adding that effects last for about four to six months and a single injection will typically suffice. Using a salicylic acid wash can actually extend efficacy because, according to the doctor, once you get the oil under control, your regular products have a better chance of working. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (212) 888-0607.

Photo: Véronique Béranger / Getty Images

The Face Of The Future, Without The Nips And Tucks

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If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of a facelift but ultimately lost your nerve—whether for lack of a few thousand dollars or to avoid the unfortunate “plastic face” aftereffects—you might want to book a plane ticket to Vegas next week and reconsider. On December 14, renowned Korean cosmetic surgeon Dr. Woo Jung Ho will be doing a live demonstration of his new Frame Thread Lift at the A4M Conference, a 100 percent non-incision method to remedy sagging facial features and wrinkles. The procedure, which is said to make you look ten years younger, takes approximately 30 minutes and apparently has zero recovery time: There’s typically no swelling or bruising and patients are able to wash their face on the same day as the operation. The results are semi-permanent, but we’re assuming that won’t deter an excited, heavily Botoxed crowd from attending the show in Sin City.

Photo: Vincent Besnault

Beauty, In The Eye Of The Beholder

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Call it snobbery or just discerning taste, but when we received a package with what appeared to be a box of glorified Q-tips called Hollywood Secrets, we were a little hesitant to put it at the top of our “must-try” list. However, we’d like to formally apologize for judging this book by its cover. The brand’s Five Minute Eye Transformation claims to act as a laser, Botox, scalpel, and eight hours’ rest all in one, and upon giving it a whirl—mostly out of desperation after a particularly rough (few) nights—we’d like to report that it actually works (although better than Botox, it is not). Boasting the active ingredient Argireline, an antiaging peptide that reduces the appearance of wrinkles by causing muscle contractions around the forehead and around the eyes, each Q-tip application of Five Minute Eye Transformation results in an immediate tightening effect and an almost instant, visible reduction in puffiness that allegedly lasts over eight hours. The skin’s surface texture also becomes smoother, so you can apply concealer at will without creasing. Highly recommended as an addition to whatever post-party regimen you’ve currently got going.

Photo: HollywoodSecrets

Dr. Lisa Airan On Metal Matters

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

Should I be concerned with warnings about potentially cancer-causing aluminum levels in my antiperspirant?

Using natural deodorants will help to avoid any worries about heavy-metal toxicity. Botox injections in the armpits are also a good alternative, as they will prevent sweating, which means you do not need to use deodorant at all.

A certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Lisa Airan takes a holistic approach to aging and beauty, specializing in cosmetic dermatology combined with counseling in the areas of stress, exercise, diet, and spirituality.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom’s of Maine

Preventive Measures Now, No Wrinkles Later

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I’ve heard that if you start Botox injections early as a preventive measure, you can actually train your facial muscles out of that pesky wrinkling habit. Is that true?

Yes, Botox may be used as a preventive measure to smooth wrinkles before they begin. As the facial muscles relax through Botox injections, the muscles in the forehead are trained to avoid creasing, which will prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Fredric Brandt has practices in both Miami and New York City and has established himself in the beauty world not just as a physician but as an artist, known for his innovations in helping patients sculpt a younger appearance with a variety of non-invasive procedures.