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According to a study done by the Stanford School of Medicine, "beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them." A study shows that popular drug store adhesive pads meant to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between-eye area may have no added benefit. A study of 30 women was conducted over 4 weeks using the adhesive pads in the forehead and glabella (between the eyes). Although the women in the study conceded to noticed wrinkle reduction, two independent facial plastic surgeons measured the before/after wrinkle severity scores as exactly the same.

These over-the-counter products often promote themselves as “alternatives to Botox®” and other popular wrinkle-reducing treatments. Unfortunately, these claims are often untested and are misleading to consumers.

For patients seeking wrinkle reduction in Pasadena, keep in mind that Botox®, Dysport®, and other wrinkle-reducing treatments have undergone intense clinical trials and are FDA approved. Often times, Pasadena patients will seek out a plastic surgeon that will pair Botox® with dermal fillers, such as Restylane® or Juvederm®, for a maximum youthful appearance.

The rule of thumb for anti-aging treatments is this: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.