From More Magazine:
Fine-Line Eraser: Belotero Balance
Long beloved in Europe, this thin, gel-like hyaluronic acid filler is designed to integrate into the skin rather than plump it. The payoff: It can fill the finest, shallowest lines without bumps. “For fine lines around the mouth, this is a gift—what we’ve been waiting for,” says Fusco. “It never creates that ducky lip or simian monkey effect, so you’ll never look overdone,” adds Ellen S. Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. And unlike some fillers, Belotero is less likely to cast a bluish hue on the skin, which makes it perfect for the thin skinned. New York– and Miami-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, also uses it to smooth away tiny creases on the upper cheeks and forehead. “It’s like skim coating—it creates a perfect finish,” he says. Better yet, results last: In one study, 66 percent of participants were still seeing the effects of Belotero nine months after their treatment. Cost: about $600 and up per treatment; many patients require just one.
Fast-Track Radiance: Clear + Brilliant Laser
If you’ve considered laser resurfacing but backed off because of the considerable downtime, this may be your smooth-skin holy grail: Clear + Brilliant delivers many of the same wrinkle–smoothing, brown-spot-zapping, glow-getting benefits as more intense lasers, without any downtime. The 15- to 30-minute procedure is somewhat –uncomfortable—on a par with a teeth cleaning—but far less painful than the full-blown Fraxel Dual Laser (it also costs less). Yet it uses the same technology, inflicting millions of microscopic wounds on the upper layers of your skin to help dissolve unwanted pigment and spur new collagen growth. Expect a little redness for the first couple of hours and some mild peeling over the next few days. “It’s amazing for treating mild wrinkles and sun damage,” says Brandt, who recommends three to six sessions spaced four weeks apart. Average cost: $250 to $500 per treatment.
Low-Risk Instant Face-Lift: Juvéderm Voluma Xc
To combat the loss of facial fat as we age, many cosmetic doctors use some-thing called a volumizing filler, a viscous substance that is injected into the cheekbones, temples or jawline, plumping the area, pulling skin tauter and thereby smoothing wrinkles and lifting sags.
Volumizing fillers can do their job because they are generally thicker than fine-line fillers, such as the aforementioned Belotero Balance. But until now there was a catch: Most volumizers were irreversible—meaning that if you didn’t love the results, you had to live with them for up to 24 months. Not so with new, FDA-approved Juvéderm Voluma, a hyaluronic acid volumizing filler that is fully reversible. “If you want to take it down a notch—or completely—we can inject an enzyme that turns it into water,” says Marmur. Many MDs who’ve used Voluma are raving about how easy it is to control during injections and about its natural, adjustable results. “With Voluma, you see an instant, natural-looking improvement, and it can last as long as two years,” says Marmur. Cost: about $1,450 per treatment; patients typically need one or two.