The three part anti-aging neck makeover at Marmur Medical started with Botox to relax those two vertical muscles under the chin. Next step is the Clear and Brilliant laser which is a baby version of Fraxel. My neck looked generally better after Botox, but the skin is still rough and bumpy. This is charmingly called “chicken skin” and is the result of a loss of collagen in the skin. Clear and Brilliant laser stimulates this essential protein, something the older neck sorely needs.
Aging Neck Meets Laser Love
In the examining room, my neck is pre-treated with lidocaine to reduce discomfort. Its a gel that is applied generously and remains on the skin for about 20 minutes. I grab a stack of magazines to read … Continue Reading… →
I can’t wear 4 inch high cage shoes, don’t have access to the Conde Nast closets and the last time I wore size 2, I was two. So when you are over 50, getting ready for Fashion Week means turning to science rather than shopping. To give me a little extra confidence, I asked my wonderful Dr Ellen for her amazing “baby botox”. These are smaller than usual amounts of Botox to just give a little extra anti-aging smoothness, erasing the crows feet around my eyes. It actually takes a few weeks for the full effect to appear– erasing the years of worry lines and wrinkles that makes the whole face look happier and fresher. I also use a bit of Botox to relax aging neck muscles under the chin for a smoother jawline.
Question: Why doesn’t Botox work for me? After an injection I see a difference for a week or two, then I’m back to where I started.
Answer: Such an appropriate question since this year is the 10th anniversary of the FDA approval of Botox– the trade name for the neurotoxin that is arguably America’s favorite anti-aging tool. When properly injected, it relaxes the facial muscles including frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox can also make changes to the face that makes the eyes look wider and raise the eyebrows.
The key word here is “properly”. The face has 40 different muscles- some move up and some move downward. The injector has to know where to position the shots to get the desired impact.
According to Fifth Avenue cosmetic surgeon Dr Paula Moynahan, there are several possibilities … Continue Reading… →
Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
At the recent Mount Sinai derm conference Dr Marmur explored the beauty imperative of what makes a man or woman attrctive. For men its fairly simple — a strong jaw ( think Superman) and broad shoulders immediatey convey appealing masculinity. For women, its more complicated.
Dr Marmur identifed the five features of femininity that are deemed appealing– full lips, big eyes, small nose, arched eyebrows, and smooth rounded forehead. (Think Byonce, a young Liz Taylor and Bratz dolls). What blew me away was that as we grow older we lose those signs of pretty femininity. The forehead becomes lined and bone loss at the temples makes the eyes look smaller. It doesn’t stop there. Collagen contracts in the nose making the tip to droop down and look longer. As gravity … Continue Reading… →
During the holidays, I went to an event hosted by The Three Tomtoes (thethreetomatoes.com), a great site that is aimed at women “who aren’t kids”. As I looked around, I could see the room was filled with attractive women. Not so long ago women over 50 were described as “aging” Today 50 plus women are dynamic, vital and sexy. But this was not just a room of Botox Babes. There was something more, much more.
When I mentioned to my physician husband how healthy and attractive the women looked at the party, Neil was not surprised. “Women today look better because they are healthier. They eat healthier, smoke less, exercise more and if health probems arise, we have new tools.”
I had my first shot of baby Botox on Monday and took after pictures on Wednesday night. According to Dr Marmur, the full effect has not yet developed, but 48 hours after getting “tox”, I can see a clear difference. The lines at the sides of my chin and cheek are visibly diminished creating a firmer more youthful contour.
I am pleased that an anti-aging product worked as promised, but I’m still giggling about the Botox high. Apparently this is a well known effect, but nobody writes about it. Have you had this reaction to Botox?
The maximum benefits should be produced by next week and I’ll post those results too. … Continue Reading… →
No, Baby Botox, is not Botox for babies. It means a very low Botox concentration to erase wrinkles that stills leaves a full range of expression and movement. On Monday I had an injection of “baby Botox” into the marionette lines at the sides of my chin. Sitting on the examination table, I was so scared my knees were quivering. Dr Marmur told me to push out my lower jaw and frown. I could feel a little rush with each jab of the Botox injection. Almost instantly, my anxiety level was replaced by an awesome sense of contentment. Zoloft could certainly take a few lessons from Botox.
The full impact will not be seen for a few days, but within six hours I could see a remarkable difference. I have loved the life I have had — my family, work, friends and travel– but when I caught my reflection in a mirror, it … Continue Reading… →