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17 cosmetic procedures to look younger

Cosmetologist Dr Jamuna Pai lists treatments that can help take years off you.
Eyebrows botox brow lift
This literally ‘lifts’ the skin tissues above and around the eyebrows so that the natural eyebrow arch is a few millimetres higher. Permanent make-up is a great option to tackle this issue.
Forehead treatment The aging process is known to create volume loss in the face. The empty space on either side of the eyes and are called temporal hollows. Your facial expression can be enhanced by filling these by means of an easy aesthetic procedure of injecting the site with dermal fillers.
Crow’s feet
Crow’s feet are fine lines and wrinkles radiating from the eyes. Usually caused by sun exposure, smoking can make them worse. Botox relaxes these lines by working on the right muscles.
Nasolabial and mentolabial
Furrows in the nasolabial folds called ‘parentheses’, as well as deep ‘marionette lines’ give a person a sad appearance. These can be one of the first signs of facial aging. Treatment with volumising dermal fillers can replenish youthful volume and stimulate collagen production in these areas, minimising the appearance of these wrinkles.
Tear trough
Sunken eyes and dark circles and under-eye bags can make even a healthy and otherwise young individual look tired, sickly and unhealthy. Due to volume and moisture loss, the area between the eyes and the nose called the tear trough, looks sunken and hollow and this makes the face look tired. With the help of a soft filler, the area can be filled up and made to look plumper and you can look younger.
Apples of the cheek
The ageing process is most obvious in this area. Reinstating volume into this area can make you look younger than almost any other cosmetic procedure can. Without the pain of cheek implants, you can still manage to have a perfectly rounded pair of cheeks by using a higher density filler material. As the skin on the cheeks gets lifted due to the filler material, it also lifts up the laugh lines and makes them appear less severe.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty
Anyone with a mild to moderate nasal hump, irregularity or deviation who does not desire a change in the size of their nose is a candidate for Injection Rhinoplasty. It also is a great option for patients who have a flattened nasal bridge and/or a broad, poorly defined nasal tip and dorsum.
Smile correction
A few simple botox injections placed in strategic locations will prevent the upper lip from raising excessively high when you smile and thus exposing the gum.
Lips
The lips can be plumped at any age. Apart from enhancing your natural lips, fillers can correct thin, crinkled or inverted lips. Fillers for the lips are minimally invasive and they aim at restoring lost volume naturally without giving them a ‘trout pout’ look, lifting the angles of the mouth and minimising the crinkles by plumping them. In unhappy with the results, it can be undone quite easily.
Chin augmentation
With age, chin lengthens and sags. Fillers can rectify the problem of a long chin or of a short one. Marionette lines that run from the sides of the lips to the chin can be corrected with fillers. Dimples can also be filled up.
Chiselled jaw line
Thinning of a ‘heavy jaw’ or a ‘square face’ where the angle of the face is big can be achieved with a simple, almost painless technique of injecting botox into the strong chewing muscle. Botox relaxes these muscles resulting in an oval-shaped face — a definite sign of beauty.
Nefertiti neck
The Nefertiti Neck Lift results in an upward movement of the skin to minimise sagging jowls and leaves a more defined bone structure, neck and facial contour. Injections into the vertical bands of the neck further reduces the downward pull on the jowl area and side of the face and produces a much smoother appearance to the neck.
Sweat free underarm and palms
Small quantities of botox injected into the underarm area or in the palms, can prevent sweat production. Effects last for up to 10 months.
Hairless smooth skin
The diode hair removal laser works extremely well on any area of the body — unkempt pair of eyebrows, dark sideburns, greenish hair growth in the underarm area or hair growth on the upper back. This laser causes the permanent destruction of most hair follicle and treats hundreds of follicle at a time.
Younger looking hands
Hands give your age away rather easily. Fillers with a combination of a skin tightening laser can work wonders. Superficial and deep peels done once a month are also a great option.
Smooth feet
Some of the most common problems that plague the feet are dry, cracked skin, calluses, corns, tan, build-up of hard skin around the heels and balls of the feet, and in-grown toe nails. As a quick home remedy start by soaking your feet in warm water mixed with some sea salts and slough of the dead skin using a pumice stone. The feet have a very high rate of cell turnover so it becomes important to keep exfoliating this area regularly. Secondly massage the foot with some vaseline two-three nights a week before bedtime. Put on a pair of cotton socks and allow the moisture to seep in overnight. Whilst waxing legs, wax the foot as well — this removes the dryness and dullness from the upper part of the foot and the toes, as waxing too is a form of exfoliation.
Skin firming
Radio frequency technologies are the new age mantra to tighten the early stages of sagging skin and subcutaneous tissues around the neck and sides of the face to create a sharper jawline and a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. This minimally invasive treatment is designed to help tighten, firm and contour even the abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks in a single treatment without surgery and little or no downtime.

Anti-Aging Treatments That’ll Actually Make You Look Younger

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When you’re investing in a new product or beauty treatment, you want to see results within a month, but in reality, how often does this actually happen? There’s literally nothing more frustrating than when a product promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, yet a month later there’s little to no signs of improvement. To guarantee you’re never left feeling underwhelmed on your quest for younger, brighter looking skin, we spoke to the gorgeous Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, to find out her top five beauty treatments that deliver major results, every time!

1. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy PRP

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Results: Radiant, glowing skin
Suitable for: All skin types
Cost: $1,000 per treatment

The treatment: “After taking blood, the blood is spun, and the plasma separates. We extract your own plasma which is rich in growth factors and use it in so many ways. We apply it after microneedling treatments, we can inject it in areas that have lost volume or elasticity, or the most impressive results are seen when it is used along the hairline to stimulate hair growth.”

According to Dr. Talakoub, “Platelet-rich plasma therapy is the safest and one of the best anti-aging treatments I have ever seen.” It’s a great alternative for hyaluronic fillers, as it naturally plumps the skin leaving you with younger looking, brighter skin. Although, be prepared for some downtime: within the first five days expect some redness, and it’ll take approximately two weeks for your skin to fully respond to the treatment.

2. Microneedling

Results: Reduces acne scars, fine lines, and enlarged pores
Suitable for: All skin types
Cost: $500 per treatment

The treatment: “The treatments uses 8-12 fine needles on a manual or motorized device that penetrates the skin 0.5-2.5 mm in depth. Through repeated injury to the dermal layer of the skin, the wound healing process induces new collagen formation.”

Dr. Talakoub explains why microneedling is one of her fave treatments; “Microneedling, which is also referred to as dermarolling or collagen-induction therapy, will improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, and enlarged pores.” Dr. Talakoub recommends two or three in-clinic treatments for best results, although you can do microneedling at home and still experience similar benefits.

While in-office microneedling treatments are the most effective (as your derm will be able to use longer needles safely), it can be pricey. You can buy a derma roller on Amazon for around $10, and it can be used twice a month to reduce the appearance of acne scars and to your glow game. To find out how to microneedle like a derm, read our guide to dermarolling at home here.

3. Radiofrequency

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Results: Prevents wrinkles and fine lines from forming
Suitable for: Younger skin
Cost: $300 per treatment

The treatment: Radiofrequency uses energy to heat tissue, encouraging collagen production and the remodeling of elastin in the skin to plump and firm.

Radio frequency (RF) is another great in-clinic tightening treatment, Dr. Talakoub explains, “Radiofrequency stimulates collagen breakdown and skin remodeling . This procedure is great for younger skin to help prevent the formation of wrinkles and loose skin.” More specifically, Dr. Talakoub recommends the treatment to tighten the jowls (the lower cheek area), under eyes, and loose belly skin after pregnancy. There are now different radio frequency devices; Thermage is the original and most common device. However, you can find devices that combine treatments like the EndyMed Intensif and the Pollogen Legend, which simultaneously uses microneedling and RF to enhance skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

4. Fractional Resurfacing

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Results: Reduce the appearance of deep lines
Suitable for: Mature skin
Cost: 2/3 sessions $800-1,200

The treatment: The device uses radio frequency and ultrasound energy to tighten and remodel the deeper layers of the skin.

If your aim is to reduce the appearance of existing deep lines and wrinkles, fractional lasers are a great method of skin rejuvenation. Dr. Talkoub believes “Yearly treatments are the key to smooth skin and even complexion. Fractional resurfacing also induces the production of elastin and collagen while simultaneously decreasing signs of sun damage,” so if your skin is prone to dark spots or hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider fractional resurfacing.

5. Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

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Results: Clear and even skin tone
Suitable for: Sun worshippers!
Cost: $500 per treatment

The treatment: IPL lasers penetrate the skin with light, which is then absorbed into the blood vessels. The blood vessels are then dissipated and reabsorbed by the body, allowing for more even tone and less visible pores.

If you’re invested in your glow up, you may also want to look into IPL. Dr. Talakoub refers to it as “An eraser for all the years spent sunbathing with baby oil.” Although, in general, “IPL is a fantastic and simple way to erase brown spots, freckles, age spots, and acne scars. One to two treatments will remove pigment and decrease the appearance of enlarged blood vessels on the skin.”

Let us know if you have experienced any of these treatments in the comments below.

The Best Non-Surgical Facial Treatments to Look Younger

The idea of surgery can be a source of extreme anxiety for patients looking for ways to look younger. In reality, surgery is not always necessary to achieve the results you want. For people considering facial treatments, it’s a good idea to be picky about the procedures in order to ensure the best results.

To dispell a common myth, there is no such thing as a ”non-surgical facelift.” While there may be products that call themselves a non-surgical facelift, there is no non-surgical equivalent of a real facelift.

If you’re a patient who really needs a facelift, non-surgical options will not deliver optimal results. For the right application, however, there are several facial enhancement and rejuvenation options that can deliver greats results, without surgery.

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The Best Non-Surgical Facial Treatments

Depending on the extent of the imperfections or signs of aging you want to address, you may be a great candidate for a non-surgical treatment. For instance, fillers can remedy a loss of volume, but sagging requires a surgical procedure to lift and reposition the existing tissue.

Your face is the part of you the whole world sees. Why not present the best version of you?

Let’s look at the best non-surgical facial rejuvenation options available so you can decide if any of them are a good fit for your specific needs.

If you’re looking to remove wrinkles and lines brought on by aging and repeated facial muscle action, Botox may be a great choice for you. Botox is used to stop the contraction of small, localized facial muscles by temporarily paralyzing them, allowing the wrinkles to flatten out gradually.

Botox can also be used to narrow a wide jawline without surgery. This treatment requires injections that are relatively comfortable and the total treatment time can be under ten minutes. The results look natural, but they are temporary, lasting about 3-4 months.

Target areas include:

  • Between and above the brows
  • Crow’s feet or horizontal lines near the eyes
  • Forehead
  • Around the mouth

Injectable Fillers

With aging often comes a loss in facial volume as collagen and fat break down over time. This can cause the appearance of creases and wrinkles.

Injectable fillers can be used to fill in lines and folds by replacing the lost volume. The results are subtle, natural, and can have you looking years younger in a single treatment. This is also a temporary solution, but results can last up to a year or more, depending on the patient and the filler used.

Target areas include:

  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Chin
  • Jawline
  • Under-eye area
  • Forehead

Ultherapy Skin Lifting

Ultherapy is a new non-surgical procedure that works below the surface of the skin to firm, tighten, and lift. This option employs the use of medical ultrasound technology to deliver low levels of heat to a specific area. This stimulates the growth of new collagen and gives you natural results, which include a sleeker, more defined jawline and tighter skin around the neck and under the chin.

Ultherapy is the only skin rejuvenation procedure that uses ultrasound and works great if your skin has some sagging and is less firm than it used to be.

Multiple treatments will be necessary, but results can be noticeable after one or two treatments. The full effect will build gradually over the course of about 2-3 months.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to determine the number of visits you’ll need to accomplish your goals.

There is no downtime and the pain level during the procedure depends on the person. Generally, the experience is no worse than momentary prickling or heat beneath the skin. Annual maintenance may be necessary as your skin continues the aging process.

Target areas include:

  • Face
  • Upper neck

Laser Skin Treatments

Laser treatment technology is advancing, and you can experience the benefits of this through facial rejuvenation procedures. Laser treatments treat the skin and correct irregularities with the use of focused light energy. Depending on the type of laser treatment, the light energy is either used to stimulate new collagen growth or cause a controlled burn to nurture new, healthy skin to grow.

These treatments are virtually painless, and there is no downtime, but you may need to have a series of treatments to achieve the desired results.

Target areas of the face include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Relaxed skin
  • Skin irregularities
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Rosacea
  • And more…

Obagi Treatment

Unlike the previous options, the Obagi® Nu-Derm System is a line of physician tested, pharmaceutical skin care products. As you age, cell turnover rate slows down causing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and uneven skin tones. You’ll notice a loss of natural skin hydration and elasticity. The Obagi products are designed to push new, fresh cells to the surface, correct skin tone and pigmentation, increase collagen and elastin, and hydrate your skin.

As with any skin treatment product, this is not the best option for everyone.

Additionally, you may experience some temporary breakouts or irritations that will subside within a couple of weeks. Positive results are usually seen within the first few weeks, and patients found that Obagi® Nu-Derm is six times more effective than the most commonly recommended over-the-counter skin care products.

Target areas of the face include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tones
  • Relaxed skin
  • Mild to moderate sun damage

Are Non-Surgical Facial Treatments Best For You?

As always, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon you trust. Your doctor will be able to help you choose the best procedure for your specific needs to get results you want.

You don’t want to waste your money and time on a product that won’t deliver the results you want. You definitely don’t want to subject yourself to products that will harm you.

If a traditional facelift is not something you want to consider, ask your plastic surgeon about the non-surgical options that could be a good fit for you.

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Yet I have long resisted tampering with my face. As a journalist who has interviewed celebrities for a quarter century, I have witnessed, up close, some truly abysmal work: immobile, glassine foreheads; chipmunk cheeks tumescent with filler; lips plumped like inner tubes. (“My patients want to see their money’s worth,” a celebrity injector once told me with a shrug.) I am likewise disturbed by the needlessly overfilled faces of very young Insta stars, whose images are quickly turning into the new beauty standard. With the exception of a DOT laser on my upper eyelids six years ago, documented in this magazine, I have resisted having any procedures done.

Increasingly, however, as I turn up to photo shoots at which I am older than the crew and models by several decades, I sense the gulf between my inner and outer persona. As a stylist friend of mine eager to stay competitive puts it, “I need to get work done in order to get work.”

And who am I kidding here? Vanity plays a big part, too. Recently I was riding the subway, and a leather-jacketed guy with a man bun kept glancing my way. I reflexively frowned at him and returned to my book. A moment later, when I glanced up and saw that he was still gawking, my scowl deepened: Women don’t like to be ogled, friend! Get the message!

Then I realized that his gaze was actually trained slightly to my left.

I turned to see a 20-year-old sylph with sleeve tattoos and the same Dr. Martens I wore three decades ago, studiously ignoring him but very aware of his presence. I have handbags older than her. Maybe the guy didn’t even know I was scowling, anyway, and simply assumed I had middle-age resting face.

No matter what decision a woman makes, she is in a defensive crouch. We have been mercilessly analyzed and assigned value for our looks since Plutarch picked over Cleopatra’s appearance, writing dismissively that her beauty was “not altogether incomparable, nor such as to strike those who saw her.”

But I must admit I’m intrigued by modern methods of facial rejuvenation. We’ve come a long way from the scarily tight “cut and pull” days (the popularity of face-lifts has been on the decline for the past decade, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).

Instead, the newest way to freshen your face is something L.A.–based cosmetic dermatologist Harold Lancer, M.D., refers to as “composite microtreatments,” employing many different nonsurgical procedures—from needle-delivered radio frequency and fractional lasers to fillers and prescription topicals—in conjunction with one another over time. This multipronged approach is gradual, gentle, tailored to each patient, and requires little if any downtime. The goal: not to obliterate your facial expressions, but to subtly introduce tweaks that banish redness, spots, and lines. In 2017, it’s not about looking decades younger, or visibly “done,” which is something that even a skittish treatment-phobe like myself can appreciate.

I book a consultation with several eminent cosmetic dermatologists (we spend hours cross-referencing shoes online; we should be just as diligent about deal-hunting with our doctors). Savvier friends guide me on what to look for when I visit. In the waiting room, they instruct, put your phone away and look around. Watch the faces of those coming in and out: Are they unnaturally taut? Observe the staff, because a derm often treats them to procedures, too. “If they look crazy,” advises one friend, “run.” Oh, and don’t forget: Bring in a photo of yourself from ten or fifteen years ago so the doctor has a visual guide of—here’s a melancholy phrase—the person you used to be.

As the human body ages, there is a loss of subcutaneous fat that leads to fine lines and wrinkles. The other important factor is the sun damage that leads to skin discoloration and fine wrinkles. Eating a healthy diet, keeping hydrated, and drinking water every day can go a long way, but it still cannot combat the symptoms completely. We have put together a list of best anti-aging non-surgical treatments that can be used to keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Best Non-Surgical Anti-aging Treatments

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the five best non-surgical anti-aging treatments that work are:

Injectables

1. Dermal Fillers

These fillers can give effective and immediate results in reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It can fill in deep folds under the skin, create fuller lips and cheeks. It can create the appearance of a fuller skin.

  • Traditionally, collagen was used for dermal fillers. Still, Hyaluronic Acid (Restylane, Juvederm) is more popular now as it has shown some evidence of creating a permanent anti-aging effect by promoting collagen growth.
  • Synthetic fillers such as Radiesse last longer, but they might coagulate under the skin, which will have to be surgically removed.
  • Fat transfer is the process in which an individual’s body fat from thighs or buttocks is extracted and injected into the face. The primary downside of this process is that the body may absorb the fat.

2. Muscle Relaxers

Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport) temporarily paralyzes the muscles, appearing to give a smooth appearance to the fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t help improve the skin tone or texture. It works best on the upper third part of the face.

3. Liquid Facelifts

This is using a combination of dermal filler and muscle relaxers to maximize the treatment process.

4. Fat Melting

Using Deoxycholic acid (Kybella) injection helps the fat break down and absorb into the body. This is used to target the sagging fat under the chin.

Skin Treatments/Dermabrasion

These procedures can give your skin a smoother appearance with reduced fine lines and wrinkles. It is a method of removing the top layer of skin in a controlled manner.

1. Chemical Peel Treatments

The exfoliating chemical is applied directly to the skin. It causes the skin to blister and eventually makes the dead skin cells to peel off. When using a higher concentration of chemicals, it emulates a skin wound causing the body to increase collagen production. The new skin is tighter and helps reduce fine lines, small scars, skin discoloration, and sun damage.
Popular beauty brands make lower concentrations of glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and trichloracetic acid that can be purchased easily online or at beauty stores to be used at home. However, to use stronger chemical peels that have a concentration higher than 30%, it is advisable to go to a dermatologist.

2. Dermarolling

Dermal rollers boost collagen production.

  • Jade facial roller reduces inflammation and boosts collagen production. They have been known to be used in ancient China. The jade stone is believed to have natural healing properties. Recent beauty trends have shown a renewed interest in the jade and rose quartz rollers. The recommended usage is to roll your face after applying night cream and serums on a clean face.
  • Microneedling face roller system has small needles that cause micro-tears in the system, leading the body to promote collagen production to heal the area.

3. Dermaplaning

This is the process of gently scraping off the top layer of skin that contains dead skin cells so that the underneath brighter complexion can be removed. Trained aestheticians use an actual scalpel to perform this process, so this method is not recommended for home use.

4. Microdermabrasion

This is the process of using products with fine crystals that sand the face and remove the dead skin cells. This process can be done at a salon or a spa. Similar to chemical peels, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture. This doesn’t provide as dramatic results as chemical peels.

Laser/Other Treatments

1. Laser Procedures

This procedure is used to improve the overall wellness of the skin, targeting fine lines, skin tone, and texture. The damage caused by lasers promotes collagen promotion that helps plump up the skin. The laser procedures can be used to target the skin at varying depths, depending on the desired result.

Based on the treatment area, the treatment type can be:

  • The continuous laser treats the entire skin area.
  • Fractional laser treatment creates microscopic columns of treated tissue, surrounded by healthy, intact tissue.

Based on the treatment intensity, it can be categorized as:

  • Ablative lasers destroy the skin tissue and allow the body to replace it with new and healthy skin tissue.
    • Continuous ablative laser
    • Fractional ablative (Fraxel Repair, Pearl Fractional) affects the deep tissue layers and requires a longer recovery period
  • Non-ablative lasers (Fraxel Restore, Laser Genesis) has the mildest effect. It heats the skin tissue but doesn’t damage it. It requires multiple sessions for maximum efficacy.

2. IPl & other heat-based treatments

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) uses intense light to heat the epidermis and dermis to stimulate collagen production. It requires a series of treatments that show gradual improvement. It is best for improving skin tone and texture. Other heat-based treatments include the use of:

  • Radio-frequency (Thermage) can smoothen, tighten, and improve the appearance of skin. It is an expensive procedure which can last a couple of years.
  • Ultrasound (Ultherapy) can help lift and tighten skin.
  • Infrared (e.g., Cutera Titan) heats the dermis, which leads to immediate contraction of the collagen, resulting in tighter skin.

3. Personal LED anti-aging device

LED light therapy offers a lot of benefits, and their effect varies based on the varying colored lights and their varying wavelengths. There are also handheld LED-based devices that can be used at home. It is painless and requires minimal to no recovery time.

  • Infrared helps reduce inflammation (also known as the root of most, if not all, skincare evils), accelerate healing, and promote circulation.
  • Amber helps build up the two protein pillars of anti-aging: collagen and elastin.
  • Red helps reduce inflammation and promotes circulation.
  • Blue destroys acne bacteria, preventing new breakouts while treating existing ones
    They require multiple treatment sessions before you see start seeing results. There are several handheld LED-based

Learn more about Anti-aging devices

Reference

  1. Chemical Peel Treatments, WebMD

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Unsurprisingly, Botox is the gateway procedure for most men. Unsplash/Kait Loggins

One of the biggest misconceptions and busted myths I see in my office is that cosmetic dermatology only applies to women. This may have been true 10 years ago, but now more and more of my cosmetic patients are men.

In the last decade there’s been a shift in the attitude of men seeking a younger appearance. There’s a spike in interest of treatments that only women have been doing for years. More magazines and websites are educating men about “beauty,” making it socially acceptable for men to be concerned about looking older.

This new trend is rooted in men being practical, not simply vain. In the workforce, youth equates to more productivity and speedy results. Looking younger makes men more professionally desirable. And then there’s social media and dating apps. More technology means we are looking at ourselves a whole lot more—and so are other people. The notion that “men look sexy as they age” is something they no longer believe.

Coinciding with this changing attitude are the advancements in the types of treatments available. Men are looking to dermatologic procedures that offer quick fixes with no downtime and that bring natural results immediately.

Here are my top 6 procedures and products that I recommend for men.

Botox

Unsurprisingly, Botox is the gateway procedure for most men. At first, men were hesitant to try it, fearing they would end up looking stiff as a board—expressionless with eyebrows that jutted up like Jack Nicholson. Men want to look natural above all, and that’s possible. As a man myself, I understand the art of administering Botox to men. I actually have a program in my office, literally called Botox for Men, where I soften wrinkles and lines around the eyes, forehead, and brow. This gives an overall refreshed, five years younger appearance that looks right.

Lasers

Men also want a more tighter and firmer appearance all over their face and neck. They start to see their skin lose radiance and look weather beaten from sun damage. That’s where lasers come in. Rather than Fraxel, which is invasive and requires significant downtime, collagen-firming lasers like the 3D Laser are gentle and give an immediate firming result, while the Alexandrite laser tackles sunspots and redness. Men get redder in the face as they age but they fear it makes them look like excessive drinkers. Once men learn how lasers can help fix so many cosmetic annoyances they say “why not?”

Fillers

Men are generally afraid cosmetic procedures will make them look feminine. That’s why they shy away from injectable filler. However, again there are masculine techniques. Fillers in truth are one of the most versatile and effective tools in the beauty arsenal. We use them in the conventional way for women, but for men a lesser amount is the key to a natural undone appearance. More than ever men use fillers to create a more lifted look, and fill in deep grooves and hollows. Treatment around the eyes is growing in popularity to remedy dark circles or that sunken tired look.

SculpSure Fat Reduction Laser

Men comprise fifty percent of my patients doing SculpSure, a new non-invasive way to destroy fat that is a game changing alternative to liposuction. In two or three sessions, each taking 25 minutes, beer bellies and spare tires are slimmed down. This FDA cleared treatment can destroy up to twenty-four percent of men’s fat per treatment. No wonder men are lining up for SculpSure.

Laser Hair Removal

Men are also doing more laser hair removal than ever. Imagine, treatment began as an exclusive treatment for women with leg hair! But men age get hair on their ears, between their brows, and more hair on their back and chest. The technology for hair removal has vastly improved in recent years. I perform the Candela Gentlemax Pro which I find to be best in class. There’s still one caveat: Unless the hairs are black in color, lasers are not an option.

Products

For men not quite ready to explore cosmetic treatments, and even for those who do, I highly recommend men use anti-aging products. Once upon a time men didn’t use anything on their faces. Then it gradually turned into men using a moisturizer. Now, men are more in tune with this idea of collagen loss and know that a moisturizer won’t address that. So they’ve learned to create an anti-aging regimen to keep their skin looking young.

The two products I always recommend are an eye cream and an anti-aging face serum. The skin on the eye is different from the rest of the face and tends to age faster. Using an eye cream, especially with C+Collagen, is an easy way to look instantly younger. The Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution is another great entry into anti-aging skin care because it’s used similarly to after-shave in terms of application, something they already know how to use. Simply put six drops into your palm, rub your palms together, and rub it all over the face. It’s as easy as that and the result is skin that looks instantly refreshed and radiant.

The bottom line is that more than ever men are exploring their options to look younger. By taking a slow and steady approach they’re seeing natural results. This exciting trend of trying new things has lead to more men being confident and satisfied with what they see in the mirror every day.

Board-certified dermatologist, dermatological surgeon and native New Yorker, Dennis Gross, M.D., founded his NYC practice in 1990 following extensive research at prestigious institutes, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He and his skin care expertise have been featured in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Find him on Instagram at @dennisgrossmd or www.dennisgrossmd.com.

Types of Skin Treatments

Be nice to your skin!

Like the heart , stomach , and brain , your skin is an organ. In fact, it’s the largest organ in your body, but it’s still easy to take skin for granted. Unless there’s a problem, you may not think about your skin very much. But skin has an important job to do.

Your skin is constantly protecting you. Your skin keeps infections out of your body and keeps you from getting sick. When you take care of your skin, you’re helping your skin do its job. And taking care of your skin today will help prevent future problems, like wrinkles and even skin cancer. Good skin care also has tremendous social and mental benefits. By looking good it makes a great first impression on others in an interview, a date, or even just making new friends. The mental benefits may even be greater – it keeps you feeling good about yourself. Nothing gives you more self-confidence and an extra bounce in your step more than knowing you look good. Proper skin care, being that skin is the most noticeable part of a person’s body is the #1 way to get that feeling.

There are many different types of skin problems – cosmetic and health and many types of solutions. We will focus on skin problems/treatments for cosmetic purposes. Some of the more common issues are acne scars,age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Some of the more common skin treatments are: laser treatmentsfor laser rejuvenation and laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, botox (botulinum toxins), dermal fillers, chemical peels among others.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion works to remove age spots and lighter acne scars. The procedure is one of the favorite wrinkle treatments because it is performed quickly in a facial esthetics office. The physician uses a handheld instrument to spray small crystals onto the surface of the skin. The crystals exfoliate the skin layers, while using suction simultaneously to remove the crystals and dead skin cells. More than one microdermabrasion treatment may be needed for wrinkle removal and other skin treatments it provides.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels, also called chemexfoliation or derma-peeling treatments, are cosmetic treatments performed on the face, typically used as an anti-aging solution to rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels are used to correct skin irregularities in texture, such as fine lines, and color, such as spots caused by sun damage. These peels have varying strengths, characterized by the different kinds of acids used in the applied chemical solution. Chemical-peel solutions use three main acid ingredients to reach varying levels of intensity: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin that are damaged. The laser resurfacingprocedure stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying layers of the skin. Laser resurfacing is now used to eliminate or reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser skin treatment is an advanced wrinkle removal treatment that uses infrared light to tighten the skin without surgery. The laser light delivers heat to layers beneath the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen production and making the skin look tighter. Many patients consider the procedure a good alternative to the traditional face lift, as it requires no anesthesia, no scalpel, and no downtime

Acne Blue Light Therapy

Acne blue light therapy works by targeting the bacteria that causes acne. Moderate acne that has not responded to other facial skin care treatments can be treated with this light-based therapy, which is administered over a span of several weeks. Acne blue light therapy rarely causes side effects, and does not damage skin.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) is a facial rejuvenation treatment that can be used to address the effects of sun damage, heredity, and aging on facial skin. Skin imperfections such as wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, freckles, rosacea, facial veins, brown spots, and enlarged pores can be eliminated or greatly improved withIPL™ Photofacial treatments. There is no “downtime” after the procedure — you can return immediately to your normal daily activities after your IPL™ Photofacial treatment.

Thermage

Thermage is a non-exfoliating facial rejuvenation technique designed to tighten and improve the contours of the face and neck. These aesthetic improvements are achieved with a radio frequency device that is passed over face, with the tip in contact with the skin’s surface. Controlled radio waves from the device heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen development. The result is tighter and often smoother skin. Unlike laser treatments, Thermage can treat all skin types and requires no downtime. The benefits of the procedure are often immediately apparent and long-lasting.

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A Breakdown of the Different Types of Facial Treatments: Part 2

Welcome back to our blog series about professional facial treatments! In part one, we took a look at what a professional facial treatment is and why it’s necessary. In this post, we’ll break down some of the different kinds of facials that we offer at Rejuvenation Medi-Spa. If you’re a resident in or around the La Plata/Prince Frederick areas, you won’t want to miss this run-down of the facials you could be getting today!

Classic European Facial

We’ve said the words “professional facial treatment” many times. Chances are, if somebody who’s familiar with skincare hears that term, they’d probably assume it’s referring to a Classic European Facial. This is the most “classic” type of facial (hence the name), and is often referred to as a “spa facial.” The Classic European Facial is all-encompassing; it’s a nice general treatment that doesn’t put a strong emphasis on any one area. When you get this treatment, expect thorough cleansing and exfoliation, followed by a soothing massage and one or two masks. After all is said and done, we’ll then apply toners and moisturizers that have been hand-picked for your specific skin type.

Are you looking to feel like a queen? We can’t give you the jewels and dresses, but we can sure have you feeling like one when you leave our spa.

Acne Facial

Whether you’re a teenager going through the typical hormonal hell, an adult who hasn’t been able to lock down the right acne treatment, or simply experiencing a sudden and random breakout, you can’t go wrong with an acne facial from Rejuvenation Medi-Spa.

An acne facial is, of course, exactly what it sounds like — a professional facial treatment that’s aimed at targeting your acne. Our special enzymatic exfoliation will soften the skin and clear debris from your delicate follicles, and then we’ll apply a mask that draws out excess oil. These methods combined ultimately reduce bacteria by a large degree and soothe irritation.

The best part about an acne facial? It not only helps existing acne to clear up and heal, it also works as an effective preventative measure that will reduce the likelihood and potency of future breakouts.

Vitamin C Facial

Did you know that the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C help your skin to produce collagen, which is a chemical that helps your skin age better? If you want to look forever young, you’ll want as much collagen as you can get, as it reduces the rate at which your skin ages, preventing unwanted wrinkles.

When you get a Vitamin C Facial at Rejuvenation Medi-Spa, you’ll be treated to a potent blend of antioxidants, brighteners, and agents that will treat your skin from the inside out, making tired dull skin happy and healthy. You’ll also get gentle exfoliation, a refreshing mask, and a heavenly massage.

Anti-Aging Facial

Like the acne facial, it’s not hard to tell from the name what an anti-aging facial does. Indeed, we’ve done an incredible amount of research into how to help the skin age well, and our findings culminated into this professional treatment that utilizes plant stem cell technology.

Similar to the other facials, you’ll get an exfoliating treatment, which is followed by a relaxing massage that’s packed with vitamins and botanicals that are targeted at preserving your skin’s youthful beauty. After then receiving a serum and a mask that promotes elasticity and plumpness, you’ll feel like you just walked out of a time machine.

Fire and Ice Facial

The final professional facial on our list is the Fire and Ice Facial. Made popular by Hollywood celebrities that use it as their preferred treatment, the Fire and Ice Facial utilizes elements of hot and cold to leave your skin basking in complexion perfection.
Our most popular facial, this treatment rapidly and safely resurfaces the skin through a treatment of warm products that’s followed by a cooler, rejuvenating face mask. This is an intensive treatment that’s great for all skin types and ages. The best part? It leaves no side effects or peeling. If you want a true “red carpet treatment,” come in to Rejuvenation Medi-Spa today for a Fire and Ice Facial!

We Have Your Skin Care Needs In Mind

We hope that this two-part blog series has helped to elucidate the importance of facial spa treatments, and how you can benefit from them. At Rejuvenation Medi-Spa, we’ve made it our mission to provide superb facial spa treatments to anyone and everyone in the La Plata and Prince Frederick areas. Do you want your face to feel heavenly and your skin to sing songs of praise? Stop by today, or contact us to set up an appointment!

You may merely enjoy the pampering and relaxation you feel when receiving a facial treatment, but there are a multitude of other benefits that offer you and your skin health and wellness.

4 Benefits of getting a facial:

  1. Cleansing
  2. Increased Circulation
  3. Emotional Benefits
  4. Anti-Aging

Choosing the right type of facial you want depends on what your skin care goals are. Some facial treatments are designed to deep-clean the skin, while others offer moisturizing benefits, and still others help to relieve stress, which often causes acne.
Below are six different types of facial treatments:

#1: HydraFacial MD®

Few medical devices can offer so much as the HydraFacial MD. This FDA-cleared device offers both immediate as well as long term benefits for many skin conditions including smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles including the creases of the nasolabial folds, hyperpigmentation and other skin discolorations, enlarged skin pores, and skin hydration. The HydraFacial MD is safe for all skin types, effective, and very well tolerated.

The HydraFacial MD is a five step treatment than can be tailored to your specific needs by your Pura Vida Medical Spa aesthetician. Your skin is as unique as you are, so your treatment should be designed specifically for you.

The first step exfoliates superficial dead skin cells, followed by the Vortex-Peel which provides the rewards of a peel without subsequent scaling skin. The third step cleans out pores with a comfortable vortex-suction. Next the Vortex-Fusion indulges the skin with a combination of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Lastly, a protective application of nourishing products will be applied.

After your 30-60 minute treatment is complete, your skin will be rejuvenated, fortified, and refreshed. Even better, there is no post-treatment downtime.

Experience why the HydraFacial MD is so popular, and call for a free consultation today.

#2: Basic Facial

Includes cleansing, exfoliation with a steamer, extractions if needed, mask according to your skin condition, facial massage and a cream with sun screen.

#3: Nature Signature Facial

A rich and hydrating treatment with a deep pore cleansing using charcoal to help detoxify your skin and refine your pores, extractions if needed, facial massage, a variety selection of masks to choose from: Chocolate, Vanilla, Green Tea, Blue berry, beet root power, strawberries, or pure seaweed mask followed by collagen or vitamins cream. A true nature delight!

#4: Dermawave and Dermaplaning

The Signature DermaWave facial adds dermaplaning to the Ultrasonic Fountain of Youth, which removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the face. A light peel stimulates your skin’s natural collagen and elastin production for a tighter, more youthful look.

#5: Oxygen Facial

Nue Skin Oxygen Infusion System will brighten, lift, calm, and infuse essential nutrients for healthier skin, no matter what skin type, color, or condition. Our professional will use a machine that introduces oxygen directly into the skin’s pores. The oxygen is usually treated with a number of supplements to help the skin retain its firmness and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

#6: Ultrasonic Fountain of Youth Facials

Ultrsonic facials are a relaxing, rejuvenating facial treatment that will nourish, moisturize, and exfoliate tired skin! Ultrasonic Fountain of Youth and HGF Youth serum deliver moisture deep into the skin to enhance its natural, healthy glow.

Questions about Facials?

Let Pura Vida Medical Spa help you reach your skin carre goals. Call us at 239-919-7872 and schedule a free skin care consultation. On the web, visit puravidanaples.com to learn more about us and our med spa services.

We are conveniently located in Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue South with ample free parking nearby. After (or before your appointment) visit some of the nearby great restaurants and shopping in our neighborhood.

The Best Minimally Invasive Anti-Aging Treatments To Look 10 Years Younger

40 might be the new 20 thanks to celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, but when it comes to skin, the clock’s still ticking. Fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles can creep up on you, causing your face to give away secrets about your age, but don’t worry! Now it’s easier than ever to look as young as you feel.

Fourty might be the new 20 thanks to celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker, but when it comes to skin, the clock’s still ticking. Fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles can creep up on you, causing your face to give away secrets about your age, but don’t worry! Now it’s easier than ever to look as young as you feel. Traditional plastic surgery procedures like facelifts and brow lifts can do wonders to improve your appearance, but if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, or if your problem areas are just beginning and don’t necessarily require the commitment of a facelift, there are treatment alternatives you should investigate.

Often called non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures, these sophisticated skin treatments can eliminate lines, improve skin texture, and make you look years younger.

Botox – Used to produce a smoother-looking brow, Botox (a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin) is given via tiny injections directly in to the muscle. As the nerves are restricted, muscle movement is diminished until facial lines begin to fade. Botox is effective on moderate to severe creases but is not a permanent solution. Treatment will need to be repeated usually every 3-4 months to keep lines from returning.

Chemical Peel – Often used in conjunction with facial surgery for total rejuvenation, chemical peels work quite well on their own to improve sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines and even acne scarring. Peels contain one or a combination of lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acid to slough away dead skin and improve skin tone.

Injectables – If you want to see immediate results that can be achieved over your lunch hour, consider an injectable treatment. Also called “soft tissue fillers,” injectable treatments are used directly under the surface of the skin to smooth out common wrinkle areas such as the frown lines, laugh lines and even lips. Popular injectable products are Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite-based) and Restylane, Perlane and JUVEDERM (hyaluronic acid-based). Your surgeon will discuss their differences in greater detail and whether a skin test is needed to check for allergies before treatment, which is rarely necessary with the current products on the market.

Don’t forget the hands!

Hand Lift – Our hands put up with a lot of abuse and often the resulting dry skin, wrinkles and sunspots are a dead giveaway about our age. If our faces can be rejuvenated why shouldn’t our hands? Well, now they can. Although it’s a fairly new procedure, some plastic surgeons are using a combination peel and soft tissue filler or fat injectable treatment to revitalize aging hands. The chemical peel softens the skin and eliminates brown spots, and then filler is injected in to the hands right below the skin, making them appear more youthful and wrinkle-free.

Minimally invasive treatments can be an affordable and effective alternative to plastic surgery procedures, but care is needed in choosing the right provider. Day spas around the country offer chemical peels and injections as part of their service menu but their training and knowledge of the product and technical expertise, if any, is often unknown. Cheeseburgers and fries should be listed on a menu, not Botox! Do research on your health care provider and make sure they’re board certified in a core specialty like plastic surgery, dermatology, or ENT before proceeding with any of these services.

  • By Dr. Jennifer Walden for SurgeriesToday.com

Plastic surgery options for younger-looking skin

Who doesn’t want bright, clear and younger-looking skin that glows? Dull, dry and pigmented skin is a clear tell sign of one’s age. It is, therefore, important to maintain good skin health to minimize the effects of the sun and aging. Additional skin procedures exist that can then improve your skin quality and make your skin look younger, including chemical peels, lasers, microneedling, and microdermabrasion, to name a few.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is constantly damaged by the effects of sun and smoke. This results in skin that is dull and dry with lines and sun spots or other discoloration. Additionally, aging and the repetitive movements on the face from the underlying muscles can result in lines and wrinkles. A good skin care regimen is key in maintaining skin health. Two key products in achieving this are sunscreen and vitamin A (retinol) derivatives. Sunscreen protects skin from ultraviolet A and B radiation which degrades collagen, increases pigment and decreases cell turnover. This, ultimately, results in fine lines and pigment changes. Vitamin A derivatives help increase collagen content in the skin to minimize fine lines and increase cell turnover. They can also be used to treat acne by clearing cell debris from pores.

Once a good foundation has been established, it can be built upon with additional noninvasive procedures.

Skin procedures to look younger

  • Microneedling: small needles are introduced into the skin created channels or holes. This can stimulate collagen and elastin production. Skin care products can also be used in conjunction with micro needling to increase penetration of the product.
  • Microdermabrasion: an abrasive treatment that “sands” the skin improving its texture. It can help improve scarring, pigment and fine lines.
  • Chemical peels: A chemical peel is a solution that is applied to the skin at varying depths in order to remove its outer layers. The type of chemical peel and the length of time it is left on the skin determines it’s depth of penetration. Fine lines, discoloration, acne, and skin quality can be improved using this technique.
  • Laser: A technique that concentrates light through an energy source so that it is absorbed by the water located within the skin. This can remove the outer layers of skin in a targeted and precise way while stimulating the growth of the remaining collagen. This can also improve wrinkles, pigment scarring, and overall skin quality.

Plastic surgeons offer an array of procedures to make skin look younger and healthier. It is commonly a combination of multiple treatments that provide the best results. Neuromodulators, fillers, and other skin tightening procedures using ultrasound and radiofrequency also exist that can be used simultaneously with newer technologies constantly being introduced into the market. It is important to consult with your board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss these options and find the best skin care plan for you.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Our Favorite Facial Fillers to Look Younger

Real Self Most Loved Injector Sari Katz, PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology Group on her favorite injectable cosmetic procedures.

To be or not to be – injected? As a cosmetic dermatology physician assistant specializing in injectables, this is the question I am often asked within minutes of revealing my profession. You see, my favorite part of being a cosmetic PA in Manhattan is that most patients coming in for a cosmetic procedure are happy to obtain natural-looking results without a drastic difference or significant downtime. So what procedures pack the biggest “punch,” without the literal bruising?

In my opinion a face can take off years and not look puffy with a little Botox, cheek lift, lip plump, and under-eye correction. As the face ages, expression lines in the skin become fixed and the inner tissues and fat pads underneath the skin start to lose volume, structure, and descend with gravity. How can we subtly fix this without looking “done”?

Cosmetic Neurotoxins (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)

As we all know, New Yorkers can be considered pretty animated characters with big smiles, expressive brows, disgusted frowns, and gesturing hands. While our audiences may love our expressions, our skin does not. For example, the lines created by our brows furrowing with deep thought or raising in surprise eventually become stuck in the skin and earn the title of the dreadful “forehead wrinkles” and “‘11 lines.” Botox is a quick and easy procedure with close to zero downtime that can relax our expressive muscles and help iron out our wrinkles. While Botox to the forehead, 11s, and crows-feet has become pretty mainstream, an area that, in my experience, is largely under-Botox-ed is the area around the mouth. Years of frowning and pursing our lips have a habit of creasing our faces but with just a little bit of restriction on the muscles above our upper lip or below the corners, we wipe those years away and the distress lines that came with them. If you haven’t started Botox yet, ask yourself “What am I waiting for?!?!”

Cheek Augmentation (Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse, Restylane Lyft)

Probably one of my favorite procedures to perform is cheek augmentation. Why? Even the smallest amount of filler in the cheeks, if placed strategically, can make the biggest difference in the aging face. As we age, both men and women alike, lose volume in their mid-face as fatty and connective tissues shrink and lose structure. What results from the tissue descent is the presence of the largely feared hanging “jowl,” the deepening of the folds around the mouth, and the sunken under-eye circles. Providing a little filler to the cheeks can help lift the tissues back into place, taking the added weight off of the folds around the mouth, pulling up the sagging tissues at the lower face, and providing structure to the volume-depleted under-eyes. Now filling the cheeks can be tricky because if too much filler is placed in the apples of the cheeks, it can result in a face looking over-filled with closed-in eyes. I prefer to fill the side cheek bones and accentuate the contour of the cheek arches as opposed to the apples. We all love the Big Apple, just not on our faces.

Lip Injections for Wrinkles (Juvederm, Restylane, Volbella, Belotero)

What is the injectable procedure everyone is lining up for?? Lip filler! Thanks to Kylie Jenner, business has never been so good! All jokes aside, lips are not an area of the face that are only injected for fun. Do you look back at old pictures of yourself and wonder where your young plump lips have gone? Over time our lips not only lose volume and thin out, but also start to “invert” or curl in and become frowny at the corners. Lip filler is used to volumize the shriveled lip, support the droopy lip, and bring out the hidden lip. In giving extra volume to the upper lip, filler can also be used to mask a gummy smile. A natural-looking “lip job” creates a youthful, sexy face. Be careful though; in the wrong hands lips can lose their natural proportion, become asymmetric, and appear lumpy. Choose your injector wisely as nothing screams “overfilled” more than an over-injected set of lips. If you don’t want a “duck lips” outcome, make sure your injector isn’t a quack. Read more on lip fillers.

Tear Trough Injections (Belotero, Volbella, Restylane Silk)

When was the last time you thought “I look so tired”? If you live in New York, probably at least twice in the last hour. Unfortunately, our undereye circles, called “tear troughs,” cannot be fixed by simply quitting our day jobs and catching up on sleep. Another result of the aging face, our undereye circles become more noticeable in our 30s and 40s as the structures that once gave volume to the area start to shrivel and fall. Our underlying vascular and bony anatomy cast a shadow that can be perceived through the thin skin as “dark circles.” Luckily for us, fillers do a great job filling in the “dead space” and lifting the tissues back up to give us a more bright-eyed, well-rested look. Another tip here: make sure you go to a skilled injector as use of the wrong thickness or quantity of filling product in this area can result in worse looking under-eye circles, or a puffy looking under-eye bag we call “tindle effect”. More importantly, there are vascular structures below the lower lids that feed blood flow to the eyes and if compromised by filler can result in blindness! Now that I’ve really got your attention, my advice to you is: Don’t turn a blind eye when it comes to your face! Consider under-eye fillers.

There are a ton more tricks that I have up my cosmetic sleeve, but the procedures listed above are the ones I find most rewarding and appropriate for the aging face. Certain filler and toxin techniques can reverse the tell-tale signs of an aged face while still maintaining a natural look. So in answering the question, “To be or not to be injected?” my answer to you is always, “BE injected!”

Sari Katz, PA-C (@SkinBySari) practices cosmetic dermatology at Schweiger Dermatology Group Upper East Side and Financial District locations. Call 844-DERM-DOC for an appointment with Sari.

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Using Botox to Prevent Wrinkles from Forming

Using Botox to Prevent Wrinkles from Forming

Find yourself unable to ignore the visible signs of aging on your face? Restore your youthful glow with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that don’t involve going under the knife! Here at Innova Dermatology, we strive not only to make you feel great on the inside, but also on the outside! We offer a variety of treatments and packages to improve signs of aging, skin tone and your overall appearance.

Here are a few options we offer to help your outer appearance look as young as you feel on the inside.

Probably the best known noninvasive procedure to fight off aging, botox involves a small painless injection that relaxes the muscle tension that causes wrinkles. It’s a fairly simple procedure and could have you looking younger in as little as a couple of days. While the effect does fade, you’ll only have to go in two or three times a year to keep up the appearance. A little botox can go a long way to making your face and neck looking smoother, younger, and wrinkle-free.

The full effects of botox can take 2-14 days to fully develop and can last up to 6 months.

Patients may resume all normal activities immediately after treatment. Common side effects, as with all injectable products, include swelling, bruising, bleeding, and itching at the injection site. Most side effects resolve themselves naturally within 24 hours.

Juvederm and Other Cosmetic Fillers

As we age, significant volume loss in the face causes drooping, sagging, and wrinkles. Facial fillers can help replace this volume, giving you a youthful and refreshed look while diminishing facial lines and wrinkles. Fillers are injected into key spots to help provide some volume that fills out sags and reduces wrinkles. This is great for adding some perk to your cheeks and filling out your lips.

A Juvederm injection can often take less than an hour, has very few side effects, and the results are both quick and long lasting—sometimes up to two years. Think of what you could do with two extra years of youth.

Beyond Juvederm, there are other cosmetic fillers designed to produce collagen around your eyes and lips, reducing eye bags and leaving your smile looking full and plump.

If you miss the radiant glow of your youthful self, then a chemical peel might be right for you. A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of your skin. The peel gently removes the outermost layer of the skin, leaving you with completely fresh, untouched skin. Results include even-toned, smooth, tightened, and refreshed skin. Peels are most often done on the face, but can also be used on the neck, chest, and hands. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne scars, uneven pigmentation, rough skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots/damage.

While patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment, the skin is sensitive and should be makeup free and protected from the sun for at least 2-4 days. Most patients begin to experience peeling after 48 hours, which resolves itself in 2-5 days.

You don’t have to let age and time win. Youthful looks don’t have to be wasted on the young. If you have an energetic, vibrant soul, then let your appearance reflect that joy and charm. Set up an appointment with us today and get started on making a younger you.

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Does a facial really help you look younger?

How facials can help tackle the signs of ageing

A facial can make you look younger through deep exfoliation and re-hydration of the skin. The massage techniques used in a facial can also improve circulation and encourage plumping of the skin, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Facemasks used can draw impurities from the skin and give you a fresh glow.

Even those of us with oily skin find that the oil is just a surface problem and that your skin is actually dry deeper down. Hydration is important for all skin types.

By removing the old layer of top skin through exfoliation, stimulating blood flow through massage and using products beneficial for your skin type you will soon notice positive changes. We also look younger when we are relaxed and who doesn’t feel more relaxed after being pampered?

What facial?

A facial is a beauty treatment designed to exfoliate, cleanse and tone the skin on your face and neck. It also incorporates massage techniques on the face, neck and shoulders which enable you to relax and get rid of tension in those areas.

There are a wide range of facials to choose from and it’s impossible to mention them all here but many follow the same format and achieve the same results. Some facials are more for relaxation purposes while others are designed to deal with problem skin. The best advice is to check out what is on offer in your local area and speak to a local therapist about your requirements – they are always happy to help.

If you suffer from acne, oily or dry skin, dark circles under your eyes, or your skin just generally looks dull then a facial might be just the thing you need.

How often should I have a facial?

If you can, time and money permitting, you should aim to have a facial at least once a month. This is particularly relevant if you suffer from problem skin which needs regular attention.

How much do facials cost?

The cost of a facial varies considerably from £20 – £100. The cost depends on the area the spa is located in, the type of facial you are looking for and the length of time it takes, 30min – 1hr 30min.

Procedures to look younger

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