You can’t turn on a TV or flip through a magazine without seeing ads for products and treatments that promise to turn back the clock and deliver unprecedented anti-aging results. Some of the most touted products and procedures can cost quite a bundle and how can anyone really be sure they will be getting what they paid for?
According to Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sam Naficy, patients are often unaware of what at-home anti-aging treatments actually work, and end up trying products after being swayed by the marketing hype.
Read on for his assessments on some of the latest anti-aging treatments.
1. The Neckline Slimmer:
How Does it Work? Targets and tones the underlying muscles of your neck, chin and cheek area by applying gentle resistance
Dr. Naficy says: “As with any exercise, strengthening of those muscles will be apparent, however by overall facial exercises show no proven results when it comes to curing sagging skin in these regions.”
2. Glowelle Beauty Drink
How Does it Work? A powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamins and botanical & fruit extracts claims to nourish and hydrate the skin from within and help fight free radicals, known contributors to the signs of aging
Dr. Naficy says: “Adding extra anti-oxidants into ones daily diet is not a bad idea, however women who expect to see true anti-aging results from a beauty drink will be disappointed. Also, most beauty drinks contain calories, therefore are not suitable for all diets”
3. The Oxygenating Face Shot
How Does it Work? A machine sprays atomized moisturizers onto the skin using a stream of pressurized oxygen in order to hydrate skin immediately, making the face appear smoother and plumper
Dr. Naficy says: “This treatment is nothing more than a passing spa trend as there is no strong evidence of oxygen’s effectiveness when it comes to anti-aging. Additionally, the treatments are extremely costly (approximately $500) and at least six treatments are recommended for optimal results.”
4. The Lunchtime Face Lift
How Does it Work? A 30 minute or so procedure involving a series of injections (different fillers can be used) and a mini face massage in order to stimulate collagen growth and provide an increase in skin thickness.
Dr. Naficy says: “Filler face-lifts are nothing new, however are becoming easier and easier to fit into a woman’s active lifestyle. Although, not for everyone (cost about $550 for one treatment), most of my patients do see a difference, with effects lasting up to two years.”