Bee Venom Mask = New Botox?

Janell Williams on 12 Apr 2011 at 12:00am

First came lasers, then Botox and now bee venom? Apparently the Duchess of Cornwall and celebrities like Victoria Beckham swear by this non-surgical, topical facelift alternative, created in the UK by beauty therapist Deborah Mitchell. Supposedly it does wonders for turning back the hands of time.

Mitchell's signature mask contains honey, rose, lavender, shea butter, and 1% New Zealand bee venom. "The magic Bee Venom to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, whilst getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles," says the product page. 

This “bee venom” therapy is one of the many products that offer an alternative to surgical facelifts. Botox, Ultherapy, laser treatments and fillers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and have the advantage of little to no downtime.

But “non-surgical treatments cannot remove excess skin and have a mixed record with the tightening effect they provide," Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili, a Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon, reminds us.

There is no magic fix for aging skin, especially without surgery. The results of non-surgical facelifts are far less significant than their counterpart, and multiple treatments may be required to maintain desired youthfulness. Surgical facelifts can be a one-stop shop. They have longer lasting results without repeat visits, but also include a big price tag, long recovery and scarring. Bottom line: it’s a trade-off that has to be the right fit for each patient and their doctor.

As for bee venom, the jury is still out. We'll wait for the royal wedding photos to judge Her Royal Highness' results. 

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