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BOSTON MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2011

Ten Ways To Look Younger

By Austyn Ellese Mayfield & Alexandra Hall

#9. Needles

 

So many ways to get injected these days, so little time. But in fact, most people turn to the likes of Botox, Restylane, Radiesse, and Perlane because of time — and the battle against it. Nichole Brennan at Back Bay's Skin Deep Med Spa is a specialist in that particular cause. "I restore and soften," she says. "I don't try to change anyone's look in any way. People should look rested, not different from themselves."

 

Such are the claims of most contemporary plastic surgeons. Brennan's departure? Convenience. She deals mostly in fillers ("I love injections for immediate results," she says), which require little or no healing time. And yet, with so many medispa injectors out there right now, it's tough to tell who among them has an eye — or any taste — that's trustworthy.

 

She bolsters cheekbones, nasal-labial lines, and the jaw line with the calcium-based Radiesse (which lasts roughly a year); she plumps under eye areas, lips, and the tops of hands with Perlane or Juvéderm (both are hyaluronic acid — a sugar gel that lasts about six months). And while she uses Botox in the usual brow areas, she also has a trick: As age sets in, the nose keeps growing. Brennan hits the area just below the nostril and above the lip with a few small injections to relax it and perk the nose slightly. "Some people think that facelifts make you look younger, but it's the opposite," she says. "It's not about looking pulled-back and harsh. It's about giving back volume lost as our faces age." $300–$2,000; Skin Deep Med Spa, 231 Newbury St., 2nd fl., Boston, 617-266-7546.