Truths About Microneedling – Not as Bad as It SoundsFebruary 10, 2016 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
Microneedling is hot these days and for good reason: It stimulates collagen to give you better-looking skin on every level. Whether done at home or in a physicians office, there’s still a lot out there that’s not clear. Here are some truths to remove any misconceptions about this treatment.
Myth: What your doctor uses on your skin is exactly the same as what you can use yourself at home.
Myth: Microneedling hurts.
Myth: Microneedling leaves holes in the skin.
Myth: The treatment can’t be done around the eyes or lips.
Myth: The only benefit you’ll get from microneedling is an anti-aging one.
excerpted from New Beauty
SKIN-SAVING VITAMIN CSeptember 27, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
It possesses a variety of skin-perfecting functions—think lightening discoloration, creating new, healthy collagen (for plumper-looking skin) and warding off free-radical damage, which is why vitamin C has made its mark as a mainstay skin care ingredient. Ranging in strength from light to potent, this active ingredient is a key component in the anti-aging puzzle. But not all vitamin C products are created equal. Those that contain too high of a concentration can potentially irritate the skin—on the flip side, if the formula is weak and unstable, no benefits will be rendered.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and collagen stimulator. It controls oily skin, hydrates and shields against UV rays that sunscreen can’t. All types of vitamin C act similarly, the question is which are the most stable and can best penetrate the skin. For vitamin C to be effective it can’t oxidize. Unstable vitamin C may promote free-radical formation, causing damage.
Not sure what to look for in vitamin C products?
L-Ascorbic Acid: A more natural derivative
L-ascorbic acid is one form of vitamin C in skin care. This is the version found in our diets.
The downside to it: it’s not very stable. Companies don’t start with vitamin C derived from fruits but rather from synthesized production in a manufacturing plant.
Regardless of the source—be it extracted from an orange, plant or other natural element—all extracts of vitamin C need to be “processed” to some degree to make them applicable and usable in skin care. L-ascorbic acid is the closest to a natural form of vitamin C found in skin-care products today.
Vitamin C Esters: Synthetic derivatives
Some skin-care brands choose to use synthetic vitamin C ingredients because they may be more readily available, less expensive or more sustainable in the formula. Synthetic forms of vitamin C tend to break down at a slower rate.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GET LASER RESURFACINGSeptember 9, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
If you have deep lines on and around the eyes, fairly good skin elasticity, are over the age of 40, laser resurfacing is the best option to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the upper eyelids.
What it can’t do: Get rid of loose skin, or lift like surgery would.
What it can do: Stimulate collagen production to give a tightening effect; improve tone & texture
CO2 fractional lasers, such as our CO2RE laser, work to stimulate collagen from within to decrease fine lines and also address crepey (not excess) skin around the eyes. Unlike injectables, which can’t be used on the eyelid but just on the outer corners of the eyes, fractional CO2 lasers—they combine the resurfacing power of more traditional CO2 lasers with the healing and anti-demarcation benefits of a fractional laser—can be used on both areas to rejuvenate skin that’s laden with both lines and wrinkles.
When used properly and on the right patient, lasers can smooth out some of the lines around the eyes, but not correct significant laxity, hollows or bulging fat pads.
Fractional CO2 lasers will also help even out any discoloration around the eyes, like age spots, which may accompany the type of skin that is suitable for this treatment. Lasers work best on surface irregularities from sun damage.
edited from New Beauty
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR LASER RESULTSFebruary 28, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
Once you have gone through a full course of treatment, it is important to protect your skin from the sun and keep it healthy to prolong your results. If not, you are just damaging your skin again.
1. Stay Out of the Sun: The best way to maintain your results is to stay out of the sun and wear a mineral based sunblock daily – rain or shine, and yes, even in winter.
2. Take Care of Your Skin: Now that your skin is healthy, you want to keep it that way. Sunscreen, antioxidants and a moisturizer are essential. Antioxidants repair damage and protect skin to prevent future damage. Moisturizers keep skin hydrated. Let us help you select the best skincare for you.
3. Use a Retinol Regularly: Retinoids (retinols and retin A) reinforce laser results by keeping the skin in repair mode, creating new collagen and exfoliating the surface.
4. Interval Treatments: Nothing lasts forever – not even the results of a laser. Re-treatments every now and then will help maintain the longevity of your results for healthier skin. Depending on what you had done, we usually recommend a single treatment once or twice a year.
CORRECT CHEEK CONCERNS WITH INJECTABLESMarch 19, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
Cheek augmentation is a popular procedure since it reinstates lost volume, making the cheeks look fuller and younger. Depending on the current state of your face, there are multiple ways to enhance your cheeks. If the problem at hand is strictly a loss of fat, then injectables can plump up the cheeks. On the flip side, when the skin on the mid-face is loose and accompanied by more extreme volume loss, surgery, like a facelift, is necessary to address all the concerns.
If you have flat, sunken cheeks, then choose fillers like Perlane or Radiesse. Both hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen-stimulating fillers can add dimension and definition to cheeks that have become flat and sunken over time. After injections, your cheeks will be instantly fuller with a natural contour to them. Collagen-stimulating fillers (Radiesse) last longer (12 to 18 months) than hyaluronic acid fillers (Perlane), but neither is permanent.
Dr. Tanne is a specialist in facial revolumizing using injectable fillers, and uses her artistic eye and medical skills to give her patients youthful, natural-looking results.
New Wrinkle EraserMarch 6, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
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The latest youth enhancing procedure involves minimal pain and downtime but delivers big anti-aging results.
Doubly swaddled in a white robe and a plush blanket, New York handbag designer Brett Heyman lies back in the Manhattan office of plastic surgeon Jon Turk, peacefully awaiting a younger complexion. There’s little need to be anxious because, unlike most visitors to Turk’s renowned Fifth Avenue practice, the 32-year-old founder of Edie Parker is not here to go under the knife. In fact, Heyman has never had even a single Botox injection or filler. She is preparing for her second Dermapen treatment, the newest in-office procedure that promises to soften facial wrinkles, minimize pores, fade scars, and leave patients with brighter, tighter, and younger skin — all courtesy of 11 tiny needles. “In my opinion, anyone ages 35 to 60 should be getting these treatments,” Turk says. “We are not looking at it as a separate procedure like laser but as something that should be incorporated into a person’s skin care.”
The minimally invasive Dermapen treatment began popping up in doctors’ offices nationwide early this year and is now being hailed as “the best recent innovation in skin rejuvenation,” says Richard Anderson, a cosmetic surgeon in Salt Lake City. The electronically driven, pen-shaped device is an updated take on manual derma-rollers, a more painful and less precise way of puncturing tiny holes in the skin to stimulate healing below the surface, which in turn jump-starts collagen and elastin production. However, unlike derma-rollers, Dermapen is equipped with fine, vibrating needles that pierce the skin at a predetermined speed and depth, resulting in little damage to the epidermis. Downtime is minimal; patients can hide redness with mineral makeup and resume their normal activities immediately.
But perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of Dermapen is its ability to act as a “dermal infusion device,” says Turk, meaning that prior to treatment your practitioner can apply a blend of active ingredients onto your face (think vitamin C and hyaluronic acid), which are then driven deep below the skin’s surface through channels created by the needles. Using Dermapen in conjunction with topical ingredients, Turk adds, allows them to be absorbed 100 to 1,000 times more effectively, which is a huge advantage when you’re fighting the clock.
The procedure itself is quick, lasting about 20 minutes, as the device is moved across the skin in six areas: the forehead, cheeks, nose, upper lip, chin, and neck. Though Heyman doesn’t bleed during the procedure (some patients do), she clenches her fists when the needles reach her forehead and upper lip.
Most Dermapen patients describe the treatment as feeling like pinpricks or, as Heyman puts it, “unpleasant but tolerable.” For maximum results, doctors recommend three to four appointments spaced two to four weeks apart. (Cost per session ranges from $250 to $650.) Amalia Spinardi, owner of Jo de Mar beachwear (her customers include model Gisele Bündchen), travels all the way from her home in Brazil for Dermapen treatments in Turk’s office. “I come to New York for business, but my Dermapen appointments are always the first thing I do,” says Spinardi, 42. “When I turned 40, my skin started feeling saggy, and I wanted to get a lift without surgery or lasers,” she says, adding, “I don’t want a Botoxed face. I want to recognize myself.” After two treatments, she reports “tighter, younger, and more glowy skin.” Before trying Dermapen, Spinardi experimented with lasers but found them too painful to endure more than one session.
Spinardi is not alone. Many Dermapen devotees, including Heyman, are former laser patients, and according to Turk, Dermapen can produce results similar to those of Fraxel lasers but without the prolonged redness and pain. “Fraxel laser is a state-of-the-art treatment, but it’s difficult to use on dark-skinned patients, and the downtime is often greater than advertised,” Turk explains. “So if you can find a device that can do everything that Fraxel can do, or close to it, and can take away some of the negatives, then you have a very appealing product.”
Not all doctors feel this way, however. Eric Bernstein, a dermatologic laser surgeon and founder of the Main Line Center for Laser Surgery in Philadelphia, disagrees with this analysis. He claims that although Dermapen will cause a small healing response, “when you create holes in the skin with energy from a laser, more collagen will be stimulated. I don’t think Dermapen accomplishes the same end results,” Bernstein concludes.
The folks at Dermapen acknowledge that they are not reinventing the wheel. “The technology is not groundbreaking,” says Chad Milton, CEO and co-founder of the company. “We just innovated something that needed an update.” Milton hints that he wants the next generation of the device to do exactly what doctors are hoping for: inject ingredients simultaneously during the needle use.
In the end, “Dermapen is not going to put surgeons or lasers out of business. It’s another weapon in our anti-aging armamentarium,” says Anderson. For Heyman, Dermapen yields results. “My skin is smoother, my pores look smaller, and I’m not as blotchy,” she says. She happily gathers her things from Turk’s office, applies some mineral powder, and is off to a meeting, certain that no one will know she’s just come from a plastic surgeon’s office.
At Cosmetic Laser MD we treat patients with a series of Dermapen procedures – usually 4 – 6 treatments, for maximum results. We start with topical numbing cream to make the treatment comfortable. Our patients leave the office a bit pink, but usually the next day look back to normal or slightly puffy. Patients return telling us how much they love the results. CLICK HERE to learn more about DermaPen treatment at Cosmetic Laser MD.
How to Treat Under-Eye Circles in Darker Skin TonesJuly 24, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
No one likes to deal with under-eye circles and bags. But the problem can be especially hard to deal with for those who have dark skin tones because treatments that cosmetic physicians might normally suggest like lasers or chemical peels aren’t always suitable. Luckily, there is hope.
Next, if you have dark pigmentation around your eyes, especially in the lower eyelids, then your best bet is to use an at-home cream, or a combination of ingredients. We like our patients to use products from our Tanne MD Medical Skin Care line including hydroquinone (found in our Brighten Pads), sometimes with a vitamin C or an antioxidant, which can lighten the skin. Retinol can help and also a light bleach like kojic acid. We recommend a variety of skin care options for each patient during a personal skin care consultation.
Last, if you have a loss of skin tissue and sagging under the eyes, it can cause blood vessels to show through and look like pigmentation. In that case using products that contain caffeine to constrict blood vessels and vitamin K to reduce redness are helpful. Or you can opt for an in-office laser treatment like eMatrix or CO2RE to promote collagen growth in the skin.
Of course, a little makeup can also go a long way. Our makeup artists, Lauren and Nicole, suggest avoiding light concealers that tend to come in a wand or twist applicator and opt for thicker ones that are usually in pans or compacts. They will recommend the right products for you from our Simply Beautiful Makeup Line. As for the application process, they recommend patting concealer on, after applying foundation, using your finger or a brush. They stress not to forget the inner corner of your eye and the inside bridge of your nose. That area tends to have darkness that we forget about and it’s important to cover it as well!
Simple Steps to Improve Elasticity in The SkinJuly 18, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
As we age not only do we experience a loss of collagen in the skin but reduced skin elasticity too, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. Fortunately, there a few ways to improve elasticity so that you can maintain a more youthful appearance and keep your skin functioning at a younger age too.
First, let’s test your skin’s functional age to find out if its aging younger, older or the same rate as your biological age. Here’s what to do. Lay your hand on a flat surface, palm down. Then pinch the skin on the back of your hand for five seconds. Let go and count how many seconds it takes for your skin to flatten back out. If it took one to two seconds your functional age is under 30; three to four seconds and it’s about 30 to 44; five to nine seconds and it’s about 45 to 50; and ten to 15 seconds it’s about 60 and so on.
TIME: FUNCTIONAL AGE:
1 – 2 sec Under 30
There are cosmetic procedures that help with skin’s elasticity like dermal fillers which help stimulate collagen as well as lift and contour your features. Laser and other energy based treatments such as eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation, Fractora Fractional Skin Resurfacing and CO2RE CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing (a newer, better version of Fraxel Repair) create significantly improved texture and firming. Fractora Firm and ReFirme/Sublime are non-invasive technologies to tighten the skin. Ingredient driven skin care such as our Tanne MD Medical Skin Care give you a twice a day at-home opportunity to nourish and hydrate your skin. Ask us about the right treatments for you, so you can look as good as you feel.
Collagen Boosting FoodsJune 18, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News
What is collagen? Collagen, which is found in our skin, bones, cartilage, tendons and tissues, is a tough, almost rubbery protein that is created by cells known as fibroblasts. Packed together as bundles, the fibrous bands of collagen serve as the main support system of the dermis, the deepest layer of skin. Collagen also gives skin its strength, but it’s a combination of healthy and ample amounts of collagen and elastin that makes skin firm and flexible.
As we age, our natural collagen reserves begin to deplete, and the result is saggy skin and wrinkles. COSMETIC LASER MD treats lax skin and wrinkles daily with the use of lasers for laxity wrinkles. Several of our patients have also asked how they hold on to their collagen, and even boost their reserves.
Boost your body’s collagen with the following eight foods:
1. Water-rich vegetables like cucumber and celery have a high sulfur content, which is important in collagen production. Collagen can’t be produced if sulfur isn’t present.
Getting Back Your Pre-Baby BodyAugust 9, 2010 / Category: Cosmetic Procedures
For most women, stretch marks are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. Despite all of the advances doctors have made over the past few decades, there’s still no surefire way to prevent them; likewise, there’s nothing you can do to get rid of them completely.
However, you can fade their appearance and shrink their width with eMatrix™! eMatrix™ helps your body create new collagen. Stretch marks form partially because they’ve lost healthy collagen and eMatrix™ can help restore that.
Call us at 973.716.9000 to schedule a complimentary consultation or click the button below. We will discuss your concerns and establish a treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.