[By Christina Walden]

It’s hard to believe that it’s been decades since our fave celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, J Lo and Christy Turlington got their big breaks. But it’s even more difficult to fathom how they managed to literally “Benjamin Button-ed” their way through marriages, kids and divorces;  looking nary a day older well into their 40’s or even 50’s. In the cut throat industry of Entertainment that’s notoriously hard living, good genes can only get you that far. If the average life expectancy can be prolonged with medical advances made over the years, there’s no reason why we can’t remain youthful looking for a longer period of time with the appropriate medical help. While it’s anyone’s guess if these ageless beauties had gone under the knife, there are certainly non-surgical modalities to engage to age-proof yourself in a similar way!

B is for Botox

When Botox was first introduced for cosmetic purposes 15 years ago in 2002, it took the world by storm as the elixir of eternal youth. However, as more and more expression less frozen faces emerged from inappropriate administration and misuse, apprehension prevails especially for first timers. A couple of years back, sporting movements of a glacier on an incredibly taut visage, Nicole Kidman was getting a lot of flak as the poster child of “Botox gone wrong”. Although fast approaching 50, she’s looking a lot better these days—refreshed and age-appropriately youthful looking without the dreaded paucity of facial expressions. While Botox is an excellent tool with amazing results to boot, undesirable tell-tale signs are aplenty in the hands of an inexperienced or overzealous injector.

Micro-Refine which engages micro-Botulinum Toxin injections for refining and rejuvenating faces is the A-listers’ preferred treatment for the glow of youth without the risk of frozen movements. Miniscule doses of BOTOX® are evenly distributed all over the face and neck to diminish fine wrinkles and improve the sheen and suppleness of the skin. It works by causing sweat glands and sebaceous glands to shrink and atrophy, resulting in smooth clear skin without the loss of movement in major facial muscles to give you the enviable visage of graceful aging that keeps bystanders second guessing.

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Not all Fillers are created equal

If your aesthetics physician knows what he’s doing and doesn’t go overboard with the needle, Natural Dermal Facial Fillers made from natural hyaluronic acid are another incredibly effective treatment of choice to shave years off your face without going under the knife. Fillers when properly administered should enhance one’s facial expressions, natural appearance, and individuality.

Kylie Minogue was hardly recognizable with sausage lips and an unnaturally plumped pillow face that narrowed her eyes to slits a couple of years back, likely the aftermath of “too much of a good thing”. The Pop Princess must’ve finally gotten the formula right, as recent images show her with subtle plumping of the nasolabial folds, perfectly sculpted high cheekbones and well-proportioned lips. Even though she’s hitting the big 5-‘O’, Kylie is quite the splitting image of that sassy lady we “Can’t Get (You) Out Of My Head” since she started “Spinning Around’ in the early noughties!

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Lift and tighten with Thermage

Besides gaining a couple of pounds since she first quipped the infamous line, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.”, 80’s supermodel Linda Evangelista is still owning it with a bankable face that courts designers and advertisers alike at the age of 53.

“I think it is okay to say that it’s work ‘being me’. It’s a lot of upkeep!” Linda exclaimed in a candid 2006 Vogue interview at age 41. “I’m pro-cosmetic procedure, I use Botox and I’m not afraid to say it, though I do like to keep some movement in my face.” With refreshing candor, she spilled more secrets. “I do Thermage too, for me it’s just for enhancement, like hair color or makeup or any of the other tricks you can do to make yourself feel better.”

Thermage is a premium non-invasive skin rejuvenation and tightening procedure that’s garnering an expanding fan base stealthily in recent years widely touted as a ‘lunchtime facelift‘. By utilizing patented radio frequency (RF) waves, Thermage penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate your body’s natural renewal of collagen, resulting in skin tightening and lifting. The benefits of Thermage include tighter skin, improved skin texture and renewed facial contours. Skin on the face and neck is firmer and visibly tighter, the jowls and jaw line achieve better definition. The procedure also smooths out wrinkles and refines the skin texture, strengthens and tightens delicate eyelid skin, leaving you with a more refreshed and youthful appearance without incisions nor downtime that affects your normal routine or daily activities. As the results of Thermage are gradually visible after 3 to 6 months, you do not have to be worry about looking artificial or with obvious works done. So instead of approaching aging with a Genie’s wish of turning the clock back to 30 when you reach 50, seek out viable options early in a timely fashion to prove that ‘Age is just a number’ by aging with grace and finesse.

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