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E! News - Botox, Fillers and More: Red Carpet Treatments

20/03/2018

We recently spotted this article on E! News website online and thought it was an interesting read - Would you try these treatments?

If beauty is pain, how much would you endure?

Leading up to the Oscars, many celebrities opted for several non-invasive cosmetic treatments, from fat-freezing Cryolipolysis to Botox to something as simple as laser hair removal. It isn't all glamorous though—even the process of getting smooth skin can come with a level of discomfort. The question is: Is it all worth it?

E! News asked two experts—Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Vallecillos and Dr. Ehsan Ali, a concierge doctor whose patients include Lana Del Ray and Bella Thorne —what the most popular treatments are around award show season and if the results are worth the discomfort.

 

 

"Minimally invasive and skin procedures with zero or minimal downtime are a lot more popular before [red carpet] events," explained Dr. Vallecillos. For instance, for treatments like fat-reducing Sculpsure, "it's a 25-minute treatment, no downtime, zero incisions—it's pretty awesome."

Just because award season is over though, doesn't mean treatment benefits will stop. Keep reading for what you need to know about the quick cosmetic procedures celebrities will be getting all year long.

 

ESC: Molly Sims

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Celeb Fans: Jackie Cruz and Kyle Richards, who partnered with the brand and documented her transformation on Instagram.

 

What Is It: "The only other fat-reduction device on the market that works—the other being CoolSculpting," explained Dr. V. "This one is a laser-based treatment and actually heats the fat. The fat gets to a point where it's no longer sustainable, and your body metabolizes over time, and it goes away."

 

Best For: Fit individuals with stubborn problem areas, like around the abs, flanks (read: love handles), where bra-roll fat can occur and the top of the knees.

 

Pros: "You can lose over 24 percent of fat in a given area with a treatment series," he explained. "There's an added value of skin tightening."

 

Cons: "The downside is that it hurts a bit. It's a cyclical cooling motion, so you'll feel hot, cold, hot, cold—it's a lot like a cramp. It's tolerable," described the expert.

 

Frequency: At least two treatments are recommended. "The treatments are usually done six weeks apart. We see definitive results at 12 weeks," said Dr. V, who has also seen results as early as three weeks in.

 

Intensity Rating: 6

 

ESC: Molly Sims

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Celeb Fans: Khloe KardashianKris Jenner and Molly Sims, who opened up about using the treatment with Vanity Fair.

 

What Is It: "CoolSculpting cools the fat down to a temperature where the fat can no longer live and it slowly dies off," explained Dr. V. Read a firsthand account of the process here. 

 

Best For: Fit individuals with stubborn problem areas.

 

Pros: "The efficacies [of Coolsculpting and Sculpsure] are very similar; they're almost exactly the same," noted Dr. V.

 

Cons: While the heat-and-cooling combination may feel like cramping during the Sculpsure process, there's minimal post-treatment sensations. However, CoolSculpting can be quite uncomfortable and even painful after the actual treatment, according to a E! editor. The treatment is also an hour long. 

 

Frequency: At least two treatments.

 

Intensity Rating: 8...because post-treatment discomfort can be painful.

 

ESC: Kourtney Kardashian

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Celeb Fans: Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli and Kourtney Kardashian, who raved about the skin treatment on her app and Instagram.

 

What Is It: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) entails extracting your own blood, which contains red blood cells and plasma with healing properties. The blood gets put into a machine that separates the plasma, then with the help of micro needling, done with a roller device with small spikes or bumps, the plasma gets infused back into your skin. While it may look bloody, a topical numbing ointment is used for a pain-free treatment. 

 

Best For: Anyone who wants nice skin.

 

Pros: "There are two benefits: Immediate effects will include getting rid of blackheads and [you'll get] the feeling of clean, nice skin," said Dr. Ali. "After about four weeks, there's another benefit: Plasma has growth factors, which can help with collagen production and treat acne."

 

Cons: A red face for up to 48 hours after the treatment. 

 

Frequency: At least twice, a month apart, but maintenance appointments after six months is recommended. 

 

Intensity Rating: 5...because it looks like a bloody mess. 

 

ESC: Kourtney Kardashian

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Celeb Fan: Khloe Kardashian, who once was a face for the brand and opened up about the treatment to Glamour

 

What Is It: An FDA-approved injection that gets inserted into fatty tissues and absorbs fat cells. It's most commonly used in the double chin area. 

 

Best For: Enhancing the jawline and spot-treating areas like the double chin. 

 

Pros: The treatment itself is not painful."There's no bruising, no anaesthesia and it's only 10 minutes," explained Dr. Ali. 

 

Cons: "There's initial swelling. You'll look kind of like a frog," warned the pro. "Then there's a soreness that you feel for up to 24 hours, as if you worked out really hard."

 

Frequency: At least two treatments, three months ahead of a big event. 

 

Intensity Rating: 4

 

ESC: Cindy Crawford

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Celeb Fans: Kelly RipaLisa Rinna and Cindy Crawford, who openly talked about Botox with InStyle

 

What Is It: "Botox is a neurotoxin that paralyzes the nerve in the muscle, basically paralyzing movement, which then prevents wrinkles," explained Dr. Ali. 

 

Best For: Anyone from their 20s to their 80s, according to the pro. 

 

Pros: It can treat crow's feet and forehead wrinkles, enhance the jawline and cheekbones and tighten cheeks and bone structure. Not only is it preventative of fine lines and wrinkles, but it can help combat migraines as well. 

 

Cons: You may be red or puffy for a couple of hours. If you have someone inexperienced or untrained at administering Botox, it can result in an unbalanced look or the too much Botox (read: that frozen look).

 

Frequency: It lasts about three months and takes three to four days to see results. 

 

Intensity Rating: 4

 

ESC: Kylie Jenner

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Celeb Fan: Kylie Jenner, who admitted that she gets lip injections to The New York Times

 

What Is It: An FDA-approved filler that injects collagen into the skin. 

 

Best For: There are different types of Juvederm with varying strengths. You can use it for cheek and jawline enhancement, sunken eyes and dark circles and as a nose straightener. "Lips are the most popular," added Dr. Ali. 

 

Pros: "It gets rid of resting lines," explained the pro. When your face is completely at rest (read: not smiling or scowling), it fills in those wrinkles you may have in between your eyebrows or around your mouth.  

 

Cons: There can be some swelling afterwards. 

 

Frequency: Fillers are eventually absorbed by the body, so the pro recommends getting a treatment a week before a big event. 

 

Intensity Rating: 5

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