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Great expectations: the truth about cosmetic dermatology

How well do in-office treatments work for erasing wrinkles, smoothing under-eye circles and reducing cellulite? Top editors bring you the scoop

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  • Courtesy of ELLE

    Some of the country's most experienced beauty editors put the pros to the test, trying eight top dermatological procedures to find out what hurts, what works, and what to ask for to get the result you want.

    Procedure: Botulinum Injections

    What it is: Botox, Dysport and the new Xeomin—all made from variations of botulinum toxin type A—erase wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract.

    The cost: Approximately $400 every three to four months. After 20 minutes, you may be able to return to work; within a week, you'll see full results.

    Editor's take: "Hands down, Botox is the easiest way to get rid of wrinkles. I'd tried everything: laser, Retin-A, chemical peels. Four days after my first injection, the stubborn lines were gone for good, but my face still looks natural."

    Insider intel: "Don't go to just any doctor: Make sure they have a lot of experience with injections and that they take the time to study your facial expressions. Skip the numbing cream unless you're a wimp."

    Faking it: Unfortunately, no product can mimic the amazing effects of the real deal. Needle-phobic? Try line-disguising bangs.

    ON ELLE: How Well Will You Age?

Great expectations: the truth about cosmetic dermatology
How well do in-office treatments work for erasing wrinkles, smoothing under-eye circles and reducing cellulite? Top editors bring you the scoop
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