beauty treatments to biggest dilemmas

Sure, patience may be a virtue — but it’s an increasingly hard one to value in this age of quick fixes and instant gratification. When we buy something online it can be delivered that day. If we hear a song we like we can immediately download it via iTunes. Hungry? Drive two minutes, pull up at a drive-thru, and pick up a No. 2 with a diet coke. So when we want to be ourselves, but, say, 20 pounds lighter, hairless in certain areas, and with the wrinkle-less face of a 23-year-old, we’re tempted by the option that guarantees the fastest results.

“All of us are looking for a quick fix that’ll make us look and feel better,” says board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical Group. “But quick fixes often come with risks.”

See how some quick beauty treatments can backfire now.

To make sure you’re armed with all the beauty tips you need before you sign on the dotted line, we asked dermatologists, doctors, and beauty experts to fill us in what can go wrong with certain beauty treatments — and the safer options that’ll give you similar results. Here’s what they had to say.

The quick fix: Waxing your eyebrowsPlucking is a painful, time-consuming process, which is why so many of us get our brows waxed instead. Unfortunately, with speed also comes a higher risk of crooked brows. Reema Khan, founder of s.h.a.p.e.s Brow Bar, says it’s common for clients to come in with uneven brows. “I had one client come in with one brow that was too short on one end while the other had an arch that made her look permanently confused.”

The better option: Pluck your brows
If you’re a wimp when it comes to plucking, “use children’s teething gel to slightly numb the area,” says brow guru Kristie Streicher of Warren-Tricomi Salon in New York City and Los Angeles, Calif. But before you shape your brows, grow back all your eyebrow hair to get the most optimal brow shape for your face. Try using an all-natural hair growth product like Lash Allure MD Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum, $49.50, to speed up the process. Khan says you can also put castor oil on your brows every night, which can stimulate hair growth.