A $500 mini-makeover You're on a budget but still want to look your best. We asked cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians to weigh in on how you can get the most value for your beauty buck.
* "I have patients coming in and saying, "I've saved up $500. What can I do with it?" said Dr. Glynis Ablon, a dermatologist and assistant professor at UCLA. Her recommendation: Go for the treatment with the most obvious effect -- a laser session or combination of facial peel with Botox.
* Elsewhere, doctors say that treatments around the eyes can make all the difference: Filling in under-eye wrinkles can be done fairly quickly for about $500 and can make a big difference in the overall look of the face, said Dr. Toby Mayer, a cosmetic surgeon.
* Doctors caution against going for discount fillers and lasers; often, they say, the fillers are heavily diluted and the lasers so low-energy that there will be no effect at all.