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Your Face is Your Fortune

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Article by Dr Ravi Jain

When you look in the mirror what you see affects the way you feel, the way you move around and the way you interact with others.  It’s not that you’re a different person, but if your face is showing the passage of the years it can deplete your confidence, see yourself as ‘old’ and present yourself in social situations as an ‘older’ person.

It’s tough to fight off the effects of your chronological age – no matter how fit and healthy you are over fifty, your skin’s natural elasticity and plumpness lessens.  The results show as fine lines around the eyes and mouth, deeper folds between nose and chin, eyelids that droop and bags under the eyes, a sagging jawline (those horrid jowls) and sometimes, an over-developed jaw giving a ‘square’ look to the face.

The good news
You don’t just have to grin and bear it – there is a wide range of treatments from Botox to surgery that can make a real difference to how youthful you look.  For now let’s just explore a few of your options so you know what’s possible – and maybe blow some of the myths away!

Botox is a trade name for Botulinum Toxin – but is not the only treatment of this kind, with Dysport, Azzalure and Xeomin being good alternatives.
Repeated movements of the face muscles eventually causes lines to develops . These treatments relax the muscles to reduce the movement so that the lines don’t form and deepen.
In the hands of an expert Botox does not ‘freeze’ your face into immobility, but stops the muscles from tensing to create those annoying crow’s feet lines around the eyes and reduces your frowning response so that the lines on your forehead and between your brows are smoothed out.  The result is a softer and more open look, with a smoother skin that creates that more youthful appearance.

However, the dangers are that inexperienced practitioners can give treatments that result in problems such as droopy eyelids and that hard, frozen look.  Rajiv Grover, secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says that “that whichever product you have, make sure that the practitioner is experienced, preferably a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, and steer clear of having the treatments at beauty salons and health clubs.”

Botox has other applications besides simply smoothing out your facial muscles.  It can treat tension headaches, excessive perspiration so that you don’t have those horrible wet patches on your clothes under the arms, and can be used to relax the jaw area where the masseter muscles may have become highly developed from clenching or grinding teeth, taking the ‘square jaw’ look away.

Regaining your youthful looks over fifty

Whilst Botox can smooth out the lines, it doesn’t replace that youthful glow; but there is a way to achieve that: dermal fillers. 
These treatments work beneath the surface level of your skin to stimulate your own natural collagen production.  There are several different possibilities – and your cosmetic physician will discuss your particular skin type and what you want to achieve and advise on the best approach for you. 

Dermal fillers include products such as Radiesse, Juvéderm ULTRA, and Restylane offer a real alternative to the radical intervention of surgery.  Dermal fillers take minutes rather than hours, and you can go right back to your normal life – with nobody the wiser, except you’ll just look sensational!   The added plus is that you can use these on your hands, as well as your face, to restore that smooth appearance.

They’ll smooth out deeper creases and lines that have become pronounced all over your face and will plump out your face to give a smooth and youthful fullness around the cheeks and jaw.  If you suffer from those irritating little lines around your lips, where your lipstick ‘leaks’ – and you don’t have to be a smoker to develop these – dermal fillers will smooth these away.

Dermal fillers complement Botox beautifully, working together to take years off your face!

There is, of course, the option to undergo surgery and have a face lift or other surgical procedure to enhance your face – however, you’ll find that you can achieve the same results, without the pain, inconvenience and downtime. 

So if you want to look and feel absolutely fabulous over fifty – and be confident that you don’t look anything like your chronological age, talk to a good cosmetic physician about the best treatments for you.


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  1. Jennifer King

    November 13, 2012

    Your face is your fortune, but what if you lost your looks, not through old age, but through some accident, which left you scared for life. What would you do, then, as no cosmetic would fix it, and then would you consider plastic surgery. Would you reave havoc on your body through plastic surgery. What about inner beauty, does that count at all. Beauty is only skin deep.

  2. Jennifer King

    November 13, 2012

    The Ugly Face of Beauty: By Jennifer King.

    This book tells a story that will open the minds and hearts of those who live in the world of beauty, hoping that they’ll see beyond beauty and take notice of other talents and fine qualities that sometimes go unnoticed in people who don’t share the same interest as them. Beauty, popularity, wealth and perfection, how does this fit into our everyday lives?
    In today’s society we are plagued by perfection. Just looking at all the glitz and glamour advertised in shops, magazines, television and fashion shows portraying perfect images of Models all made up to look a certain way is enough to make an ordinary person feel not good enough. And most teenagers are stressed out because they are not happy about the way they look and sometimes this could lead to stress, anorexia, steroid use, plastic surgery, slimming aids and drugs, all in the name of vanity. How vain are you and how far will you go in the name of beauty.
    The world has become fixated on beauty and glamour and teens feel it the most. They want recognition and acceptance and compliments. And if they can’t meet the expectations of others then they are rejected, in a bad way. Cruel jokes and remarks, hate mail, ugly insults and much more which could lead to devastating results, like suicide, or sometimes become introverts living in an egg shell afraid to step out in society where prying judgmental eyes are roaming looking to pounce on them because they don’t fit in or meet their expectations. This book is a reality of what goes on in the minds of many who are beautiful, vain and flawless. It takes a hard look at beauty and the pain it can cause. What would you do if you lost your looks? Would you go down gracefully or would you reeve havoc on your body to perfect it, no matter what the cost. And what about inner beauty, does that count? Are you judging people on their appearance, their outer shell. Beauty comes from within. One can never judge a book by its cover. Open the book and read its contents. Same as, get to know the person, their character, see their personality through conversation, or by participating in some activity, together which is highly engaging. Vanity has become an obsession with many.
    Can one also say that it is evil; being human and never satisfied with the way you are and how you look and taking beauty to the extremes? Evil comes in many forms. Is vanity one of the many obsessions?

    Many will deny that fact. And beauty is a billion dollar thriving industry. Everyone wants to look their best, and that is good. However beauty has become competitive, expensive and stressful. Who was the best, outstanding lady and who was the worst? So the tabloids read.
    Vanity is a cruel game. Today you’re hot, tomorrow you’re not, because you had one off day and now you’re history. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most fairest of them all? Wicked! Snow White is the purest and fairest.” Are we all living a lie? Are we true to ourselves? Or are people just living in fantasy land. What would you choose health or beauty? You’d probably say, both. But we simply cannot have it all. And many want to be fairer than Snow White. Ready to out shine the other one and be beauty queen, who’s admired, always, and refuse to be second best. People become jealous, envious full of rage, vengeful, angry, when the spot light fades from them and begins to shine on another. You’re so vain that you would go through the pain and then some … Are you just beautiful and nothing else? Using your well perfected body and beauty to get by. Does that still work in today’s society. Are we programmed to think that beauty rules over everything else. Anyway beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What appears to be unattractive to one person, may appear very beautiful to another person. It’s the way one sees a thing. God made us all beautiful, each person unique, and we should embrace our unique qualities, and physical features and be happy. I definitely think this book should be published. And not only is it for teen’s, adults would enjoy this book too. This is vanity at its worst, a real nightmare which will leave readers emotionally shocked. The moral of the story: “Beauty is only skin deep.

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