For decades, any grown woman with naturally chubby cheeks has likely seen them as a curse. They're cute on babies, right, but usually once you're over, oh, 15, you worry they make you look too young or too, well, chubby. Well, fellow baby-faced ladies, no need to fret any longer, because much like a little extra junk in the trunk, "plumper cheeks" are reportedly being coveted by the masses!
As in the hot new "beauty goal" dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons are helping aging ladies attain, reports The New York Times. Guh! The rationale: "Round, plump cheeks look young. Saggy, sunken ones look old."
So instead of worrying about smoothing out wrinkles, more and more women are getting "increased volume" pumped into their cheeks with hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane, Perlane, or a calcium hydroxide (a synthetic substance similar to that found naturally in bones) filler called Radiesse. The chub-ifying "fix" will cost you upward of $1,600 and last about a year. Grrreat. OR you could just eat more!
As someone constantly called "cute" for her big grin and chubby, Punky Brewster-ish cheeks, I kinda want to love that coveting that look is now somehow what uber-fashionable, Anna Wintour-ish women want. But I ultimately can't help but roll my eyes at the whole thing. There are better ways to preserve a youthful look without laying out big bucks for man-made "fillers" and risking looking like Alvin, Simon, or Theodore.
All kidding aside, I'd start with not being so afraid of eating stereotypically "fattening" foods, like salmon (which contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity) and avocado (packed with D-manno-heptulose sugar that has been shown to improve the skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation). Seems like a much cheaper, more natural, and less ridiculous attempt to boost your youthfulness.
What do you think about this trend?