Wrinkle Remedies

What really works and what really doesn't

Fill Them In
Some pricey anti-wrinkle creams claim to “plump” the skin but our experts say don’t look for lasting results. Your basic face cream—whether advertised as anti-wrinkle or not—will help attract and absorb moisture into the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Tip: don’t believe the hype. “All ‘plumping’ creams do is simply hydrate the skin,” Dr. Eisen explains. “They do nothing more than any product you buy at the drugstore.” Buy a basic face cream and use the savings for something fun.

Still staring at those wrinkles? There are real ways to reduce them, at least for a few months. For vertical wrinkles around the mouth and nose (nasolabial lines), fine lines above the upper lip, and wrinkles around the cheeks and chin, medical professionals prefer to use fillers, which are injected into the wrinkle to smooth them out. There are more than a dozen types of fillers in use today, ranging from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Hylaform), to synthetic acids and particles (Sculptra, Radiesse), to your own body fat. Some people develop allergic reactions to these substances, though. And sometimes fillers become lumpy or migrate or are immediately absorbed by the body. Fillers will cost you: they can range from several hundred to several thousands of dollars and should last around 6-18 months. Are they worth it? Done well, fillers can knock off years. Done badly, fillers can maim. Choose your doctor wisely.

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