Red Carpet Beauty Secrets: Are They Really Worth It? [INFOGRAPHIC]

MakenzieR on 16 Feb 2012 at 12:00pm

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Are red carpet beauty secrets worth your pretty pennies, or are they best left to the stars who can afford to drop mega-dollars on debatable results? Thanks to the thousands of people on RealSelf who are sharing what was worth it for them, you don't have to rely on the Hollywood and advertising hype.

Here's a look at what the RealSelf community thinks about 5 of the most popular Red Carpet medi-beauty treatments:


#1 Skin-Tightening with Thermage

Thermage before and after

This is Demi Moore’s favorite treatment for keeping skin looking young, according to Allure. The procedure tightens facial skin and stimulates the formation of new collagen by harnessing energy from non-invasive radio waves. But should you spend your money on it? Perhaps not, as only 4 of 10 people on RealSelf would do it again. At an average cost of $2,661 a pop, unless you’ve got thousands to spare, this shot at the fountain of youth could end up a fizzle.


#2 Fat Shrinkage with SmartLipoMPX 

smart lipo before and after

According to The Sun, Britney Spears used this treatment to get her famous body back post babies. We have to admit, she looks great these days. The average cost of SmartLipoMPX is $5,353, and with an 83% Worth It Rating, it looks like this procedure was not only worth Brit's money, but that of 8 out of 10 RealSelf reviewers, too.

#3 Freeze Wrinkles with Botox

Botox before and after

There are plenty of celebrity Botox fans. Among them, according to the site Famous Plastic, stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is said to rely on the stuff to keep a smooth forehead and her real age under wraps. But does this muscle immobilizer pull its weight? With a 65% Worth It Rating, our community gives Botox mixed reviews. However, at $487 per treatment and with virtually no recovery time, it seems to be a solid non-invasive solution to erase crow's feet and other crinkles.

#4 Lengthen Lashes with Latisse

Latisse results

According to Celebrity Beauty Buzz, Jenny McCarthy is a fan of this prescription lash lengthener that claims to generate longer, thicker, darker lashes. Is Ms. McCarthy on to something? You bet. Latisse has an 85% Worth It Rating, and the average cost comes in at $174.

#5 Get Glowing Skin with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion before and after

Screen siren and Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams is said to rely on Microdermabrasion to keep her delicate porcelain skin in dazzling condition, as reports the New York Post. But is this sand-like scrubbing blast to the face really as good as Oscar gold? Well, only 6 out of 10 reviewers said Microdermabrasion was Worth It, so at an average cost of $334, this treatment may be more akin to a Sunday matinee than wait-in-line-for-the-midnight-premiere worthy.

Do you think celebrities spend too much money on questionable beauty treatments? Sound off in the comments below. 

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Lead photo: David sHankbone/Wikimedia; Procedure photos performed by: Grant Stevens, MD (Thermage), Edgar Franklin Fincher, MD, PhD (Smart Lipo MPX), David B. Reath, MD (Botox), Grant Stevens, MD (Latisse), Microdermabrasion provided by manufacturer