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Cosmetic Facial Procedures: Fillers, Injectibles and Peels, Oh My!

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According to many article's I've read, the early to mid-40s are when it's time to get a little help in maintaining a youthful face, if it's something you're interested in.

For those who aren't interested in surgery, there are injections and fillers and other options that can fill in lines, puff out the face and plump up thinning lips.

There are options for just about every correction that someone feels they'd like to see.

One of the most popular cosmetic procedures that women (and men) try is Botox. This substance is made of the paralyzing toxin botulism that has been FDA approved in its changed form, for cosmetic use).

Botox is injected in various areas like around the eyes and forehead, to relax muscles and paralyze them so that they don't show when a person is laughing or frowning, or even straight-faced.

The only cosmetic procedure I have had done was Botox and had it done some time back to just see how it was. I was generally unimpressed.

Granted, I only used a very small amount around my eyes to eliminate laughter lines and I did see some improvement but I think I'll take a pass for further treatments as no one even noticed a thing and it didn't give me any kind of "boost" as I was pretty happy with the way things were.

I suppose I was just curious.

The procedure for both sides of my eyes cost me $295 and took one or two minutes to complete, and didn't really hurt.

I bruised afterwards, despite using lots of ice and the bruising lasted two weeks. I looked like I had a minor black eye on one side. It lasted for three or four months.

It was worth a shot (pun intended) and I know some women swear by it but I'll keep the real me!

Restylane is another option to ease the look of lines and plump up thinning lips. Restylane is known as a "filler" and is different from Botox in that its ingredients are placed inside the lips or lines.

Women like them for the parenthesis lines that curve around each side of the mouth and for the lines that form over the lips from aging. It's a gel-like substance that contains hyaluronic acid to plump out skin and lips.

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