How do such sophisticated, successful and usually wealthy individuals like Hollywood celebrities end up looking so bad? It is a real mystery that many struggle with. I cannot help myself from reading all of the magazines that sit in our bathroom, and I frequently find myself staring at the faces, smiles and styles of the Hollywood elite, from the beauties young and old, to those who appear to have been disfigured by various aesthetic procedures. The faces and photos are mesmerizing, and while I am embarrassed to admit how much time I spend gaping at these pictures, I also believe that I may have learned something in the process. And I also have learned something by looking at all of the constant barrage of marketing from the aesthetics industry, and I also learned a bit from talking to patients, hearing what their dermatologist or OB/GYN told them, and hearing what they have been taught by the general media and even pharmaceutical, laser device and cosmeceutical companies. So, here it is:
In general, most people have come to the conclusion that the cause of facial aging and loss of attractiveness is the development of “wrinkles”. People worry about the wrinkles between their eyebrows, near their eyes, on their cheeks and around their mouths. This fear is reaffirmed by dermatologists, drug and device companies and sellers of cosmetics, who of course all suggest that the antidote is the removal or erasure of wrinkles, folds and depressions. They seek to flatten, fill, weaken or burn away these wrinkles (for a fee, of course).
By this thinking, the more wrinkles we can remove, the more youthful and attractive one would appear. Thus, more wrinkle removal equals increased attractiveness. And THAT is the root of the problem, right there: poor strategy. Wrinkles are not, contrary to popular belief the origin of aging faces. They merely co-exist with aging. Thus, a strategy to remove wrinkles will only result in an alien-like wrinkle-free appearance that we see in celebrities whose doctors have misused anti-aging products.
The correct targets for facial aging can be identified! In females for example, poor brow position, poor cheekbone height and reduced lip volume can result in an aged appearance. Thus, strategies to safely improve brow position, restore or enhance cheekbone height and restoration of peri-oral or lip tissue volumes should be utilized to achieve a natural and effective result. But, most providers, laser and drug companies only know how to get rid of wrinkles, and this is what most people, even celebrities buy into. It is even hard for me to re-educate people that this is a poor strategy. Most people come around though, especially when they see this first hand, if they are open minded enough to leave the convention of wrinkle treatments behind.
So, what about the other group of celebrities, the ones that sell us cleverly branded creams that will help us look like supermodels? Sorry, but this is in the same BS camp as the anti-wrinkle strategy. The amazingly attractive supermodels, you know the ones I mean, who look great from teenage years through their 60s and beyond don’t really have a secret workout, diet, or lotion. They were blessed with massive cheekbones, orbital rims, and jaws on otherwise slender skeletal structures. Thus, their skeletal structure prevents their brows and cheeks from sagging prematurely, and their lips seem to retain volume, supported from below by prominent jaw and teeth. Sure they workout and have better access to better nutrition, free-time and sleep, but their advantage is mostly their wonderful skeletal framework. Their long femurs (leg bones) similarly stretch their lower body tissue providing a similar advantage in aging of the lower body. So, of course entrepreneurial individuals will sell whatever the particular beauty believes is the source of their timeless beauty and will package this ingredient in an attractive vial to sell to the masses.
So, don’t be duped by the anti-wrinkle peddlers, and don’t buy the garbage that the people with great facial structure are selling. Use strategies to preserve your brow position, improve cheekbone height and tissue volume around the mouth if you want to look like a super-model.