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The Truth About Beauty Treatments

Familiar with common beauty treatments and safe ways to look fabulous that don't involve plastic surgery? Test your beauty IQ.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How does Botox reduce wrinkles?

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The correct answer is: Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles that create the wrinkles, especially those on your forehead, around your mouth and in between your eyes. This paralysis lasts between three and six months, so to maintain the look, you may need repeat injections.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these areas can Botox not treat?

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The correct answer is: Botox cannot lift sagging jowls or treat excess skin. It is used frequently to fill wrinkles on the forehead and frown lines around the eyes and mouth.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Laser hair treatments are painless.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Laser hair treatments do hurt. However, numbing creams can lessen the sting. Just be sure to use them in small amounts and under a doctor's supervision. Large quantities of numbing cream can be toxic and have even been linked to death in extreme circumstances.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which skin-hair combo does not respond well to laser hair removal?

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The correct answer is: Lasers look for and destroy anything that is brown, so lasers may cause hyperpigmentation in people with darker complexions. But advances in lasers have reduced the chance of hyperpigmentation happening and made laser treatments possible for people with darker skin types possible. Check with your doctor to see if laser hair removal is right for you.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Most collagen used in beauty treatments is made from what animal product?

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The correct answer is: Collagen is a protein made from cow skin. When it's injected under your skin, your body may confuse the foreign protein and begin attacking it, which can cause an infection or even an autoimmune disease. To test your reaction to collagen, your doctor may suggest injecting you with a small amount and watching for any adverse reaction for a few weeks.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is possible to get hoof-and-mouth disease from collagen injections.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Despite what scary chain emails might suggest, the chances of contracting hoof-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease or any other disease carried by cows is negligible when you're using bovine collagen. On top of that, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations ban companies from making collagen from cows living in countries with known disease outbreaks.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these professionals is usually not trained to administer Botox or filler injections?

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The correct answer is: An esthetician, while handy with a makeup brush, is not the ideal person you should see for Botox or filler injections. Unlike dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other trained medical professionals, estheticians rarely, if ever, undergo the training and licensing required to be able to inject fillers. It's best to leave the needle work to your doctors.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

It's pedicure day! When's the best time to shave your legs to avoid germs from the salon?

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The correct answer is: To avoid picking up salon germs, don't shave your legs the day of your pedicure. Shaving may cause tiny nicks and cuts on your skin that are then open to bacteria and germs floating in the foot bath.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these beauty treatments can resurface skin for a more healthful, vibrant appearance?

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The correct answer is: All of the above beauty treatments are effective at resurfacing skin and creating healthier, more vibrant skin. These treatments may also help erase wrinkles, acne scars and dark spots caused by aging or sun. Talk with your dermatologist to see which procedure is best for your skin type and the problems you'd like to treat.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

To reduce eye puffiness, which of these items should you put under your eyes while you sleep?

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The correct answer is: Can't stand those dark circles under your eyes anymore? The simplest fix may be in your medicine cabinet. Place paper tape (the first-aid kind, not traditional clear tape) under each eye before bed at night. The next morning, use moisturizer to gently rub off the tape. The tape keeps blood from pooling under your eyes, and you'll be using less concealer in no time.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Injecting your skin with which of these gases may increase its youthful appearance?

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The correct answer is: Injections of carbon dioxide may help your skin look more youthful. Carboxytherapy, or carbon dioxide therapy, involves injecting the colorless, odorless gas beneath the skin to speed up skin cell turnover and increase circulation. Practitioners say it reduces cellulite, improves signs of scarring and tightens skin. But the results don't last; the treatment has to be repeated every three to six months to maintain the look.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Reduce bruising after cosmetic surgery by avoiding…

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The correct answer is: Blood-thinning medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen may encourage bruising after cosmetic surgery, as can vitamins E and C. If you're in pain after surgery, use acetaminophen (Tylenol) only, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Latisse, a product that has been shown to grow longer eyelashes, was originally designed to treat which condition?

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The correct answer is: Latisse was originally used to treat glaucoma, but patients using the medicine realized the drops were helping their eyelashes grow, too. Now the medicine is prescribed by doctors to help women regrow lashes or improve their lash strength.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Using face creams with which of these vitamins may help reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

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The correct answer is: Face serums or creams that contain retinol, a form of vitamin A, can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Over-the-counter retinol products are available, but prescription-strength versions may do a better job at erasing those pesky lines. Talk to your doctor about using retinol skin products.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Lip plumping has been in vogue for several decades. Which of these fillers should be avoided?

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The correct answer is: Lip plumping is a very popular beauty treatment, but you should be choosy about the method. Avoid silicone. Some doctors no longer use the material, but double-check with your dermatologist before you begin any injections.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How long do lip plumping treatments typically last?

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The correct answer is: Most lip filler injections last at least a few months. Depending on the material used in your injection, however, you may need repeat injections sooner or later. Ask your doctor how quickly you'll need another treatment to maintain the look you're wanting.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Microdermabrasion helps skin look younger and more vibrant. What does this beauty treatment use to get results?

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The correct answer is: Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to polish off the top layer of skin, leaving you with fresh, vibrant skin.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Lotions and moisturizers with which of these ingredients can help the skin look youthful longer?

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The correct answer is: Look for moisturizers and lotions that contain lanolin, a natural oil that can help your skin look more youthful and vibrant.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Massage therapy can help reduce scarring.

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The correct answer is: This is true. It may seem surprising, but massage therapy can actually help reduce scarring. If you have a cut that requires stitches, massage the area around your scar several times a day once the stitches are removed for at least a month. The massage helps break up collagen, reshape it and reduce scaring.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these methods is used to remove skin tags?

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The correct answer is: All three are treatments your doctor may use to remove skin tags. Most skin tags are harmless, and you won't need to have them removed. However, some skin tags may become bothersome or painful. Your doctor may freeze or burn off the skin tag, snip the skin tag with special scissors or gently shave the skin tag off your neck with a surgical razor. All three are virtually painless. Talk with your doctor about which is best for you.

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Certain anti-aging beauty treatments -- think Botox, chemical peels, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing -- call for professionals. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons can offer these services, as well as medical spas. Before any ...

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