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STOP THE FIRST SIGNS OF AGING

September 4, 2015 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

AGING FACE

As early as your mid- to late-20s and into your 30s, you may start to notice the very first signs of aging, which are usually subtle but still bothersome. What was once a smooth complexion may now be home to small sunspots, crow’s-feet, dark under-eye circles and uneven texture. Instead of letting the signs of aging get the best of you, take matters into your own hands and correct the changes that you’re seeing—you may even be able to prevent them from progressing as you get older with the proper plan of attack.

CROW’S FEET
These small fine lines are easy to prevent and even easier to correct. Regular use of a highly moisturizing eye cream helps keep the delicate eye area supple and less prone to lines and wrinkles. To reduce their appearance and prevent new ones from forming, Dr. Tanne can inject the area with Dysport, Botox or Xeomin.

 

UNDER-EYE BAGS, DARKNESS AND PUFFINESS
With age, the area under the eyes becomes dark and puffy. Makeup can help camouflage bags and circles, but injectables and proper skin care can reverse them. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Restylane Silk and Belotero, can fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags. You’ll also want to use retinol and a product with growth factors to thicken thinning skin around the eyes. Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)/FotoFacial, fractional CO2 lasers and eMatrix Sublative Rejuvantion can also help tighten the under-eye area.

HYPERPIGMENTATION
Discolored skin can result from a variety of factors. Protecting your skin from the sun with a mineral based sunscreen is important, but in-office procedures and prescription-strength ingredients can make a difference, too. When treating sun spots, the first line of defense is almost always hydroquinone, which stops the production of pigment in its tracks. If your skin is still discolored, your doctor may choose to use a light laser, like IPL/FotoFacial, or a fractional laser, such as CO2RE fractional CO2, for more severe spots.

NASOLABIAL FOLDS
If you’re starting to notice lines around your mouth that start at the corner of your nose and extend downwards, those are nasolabial folds, which, if not addressed, may worsen with time. Hylauronic acid fillers like Restylane  and Restylane Lyft (previously known as Perlane) are best for filling in these lines, especially among women in their late 20s and early 30s. The next best thing to injectables that doesn’t necessitate the use of a needle are topical products containing hyaluronic acid that temporarily add some volume.



3 Ways to Treat Lines and Wrinkles

August 20, 2015 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

face treatment

Just because you have lines and wrinkles (and are bothered by them), doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Here are 3 treatments that help reduce their appearance:

Fillers
The depth and severity of your lines and wrinkles will dictate what type of  filler Dr. Tanne will use. When there is a loss of volume from shrinking of the bone or fat pads, the skin loses its scaffolding and signs of aging such as sagging skin and wrinkles are created. By using volumizing fillers, Dr. Tanne can help slow down the aging process and maintain a natural, youthful appearance for you. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Restylane Lyft and Belotero stimulate collagen and add volume to plump wrinkles.Collagen stiimulating fillers, such as Radiesse, work on thick folds and wrinkles and stimulate collagen to fill from the inside out. Volumizing fillers are the key ingredient in maintaining a youthful appearance. 

Fractional Lasers
Fractional resurfacing lasers, such as our CO2RE fractional CO2 laser, can be used on wrinkled skin that’s the result of sun damage. These lasers work to help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines by plumping skin, increasing collagen production and removing the rough, aged outer layer to create a more youthful appearance.

Neuromodulators
Injectable toxins (also referred to as “neuromodulators”), like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin work to smooth out the skin’s surface by temporarily stopping the contraction of the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles. Neuromodulators reduce the muscle movement that creates the fold and, over time, often reverse the lines that may already be present in the skin. We recommend Botox or Dysport, Xeomin or Botox when patients start to see a trace of a wrinkle when the face is at rest. This helps prevent etched lines that are more difficult to treat.



ARE YOUR EYES AGING YOU?

October 13, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures

eye filler

Fillers, fat or surgery: Which one should you choose? Each option has its place when correcting the eyes. Base your decision on what bothers you, your budget and the result you are looking to achieve.

Choose  fillers to fix hollowing in the tear troughs if there is no loose skin. Ideal patients are those who have a depression like a tear trough in the lower lids, had too much fat removed during surgery or are hollow under the eyes.  Some physicians prefer fillers (such as Restylane or Belotero Balance) because they are reversible and to not require overcorrection.

Choose fat for longer-lasting results. Your physician will gently remove a very small amount of fat from elsewhere on your body (often the love handles), clean it and then inject it under the eyes for a volumizing effect.  Fat can also be used to blend the area between the lower lid and the cheeks.

Choose surgery to correct loose skin or excessive muscle and/or fat in the lids.



WHEN YOU SHOULD GET LASER RESURFACING

September 9, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

fractional laser treatment eyes

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 COlasers—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.

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STOP THE FIRST SIGNS OF AGING

March 26, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

face agingAs early as your mid- to late-20’s and into your 30’s, you may start to notice the very first signs of aging, which are usually subtle but still bothersome. What was once a smooth complexion may now be home to small sunspots, crow’s-feet, dark under-eye circles and uneven texture. Instead of letting the signs of aging get the best of you, take matters into your own hands and correct the changes that you’re seeing – you may even be able to prevent them from progressing as you get older with the proper plan of attack.

Crow’s-Feet
These small fine lines are easy to prevent and even easier to correct. Regular use of a highly moisturizing eye cream helps keep the delicate eye area supple and less prone to lines and wrinkles. To reduce their appearance and prevent new ones from forming, I like to inject this area with Dysport, Xeomin or Botox.

Under-Eye Bags, Darkness and Puffiness
With age, the area under the eyes becomes dark and puffy. Makeup can help camouflage bags and circles, but injectables and proper skin care can reverse them. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvéderm or Belotero, can fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags. You will also want to use a topical Retinol product to thicken thinning skin around the eyes. Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, FotoFacial RF (Intense Pulsed Light-IPL) or fractional CO2 lasers can also help tighten the under-eye area.

Hyperpigmentation
Discolored skin can result from a variety of factors. Protecting your skin from the sun is important, but in-office procedures and prescription-strength ingredients can make a difference, too. When treating sun spots, the first line of defense is almost always hydroquinone, which stops the production of pigment in its tracks. If your skin is still discolored, your doctor may choose to use a light laser, like IPL, or a fractional laser for more severe spots.

Nasolabial Folds
If you’re starting to notice lines around your mouth that start at the corner of your nose and extend downwards, those are nasolabial folds, which, if not addressed, may worsen with time. Hylauronic acid fillers like Restylane and Perlane, or Radiesse, are best for filling in these lines, especially among women in their late 20s and early 30s. In reality, these lines are due to loss some loss or shrinking of the cheek fat, which makes the skin sag, creating the fold from your nose downward. A bit of filler just below the cheekbone starts lifting the fold, then some filler in the fold completes the rejuvenation.

Sunscreen
Although all of the above tips will correct what time has achieved, the single most important way to prevent the signs of aging is with the diligent daily use of mineral based sunscreen! This should be a dedicated layer which is not part of you moisturizer or makeup. We prefer products with a high percentage of zinc oxide. Wear this as your last layer, over any other skin care, but under makeup. Using a mineral based sunscreen every day, rain or shine, will give you the maximum benefits from these fantastic anti-aging treatments. 



GET RID OF CROW’S FEET FOR GOOD

July 3, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

CROW'S FEETCrow’s feet are those tiny lines that usually extend out from the sides of the eyes, up toward the temples and/or down toward the top of the cheek. Sun exposure is enemy number-one in the formation of crow’s-feet, but smoke, pollution, squinting and smiling all cause the structure deep within the skin to breakdown. Less collagen means less support, making the skin more susceptible to fine lines.

Your at-home plan of attack should consist of a mild exfoliator to help turnover skin, a daily mineral based sunscreen to prevent collagen and elastin breakdown and intensive hydrators that contain hyaluronic acid, to soften dry skin and fill-in and smooth out wrinkles. In addition to these topical problem-solving ingredients, a large pair of sunglasses will also help preventing against squinting and blocking 

Dysport, Xeomin or Botox can treat crow’s-feet, and can even be used to prevent them from forming. They are considered to be the gold standard for preserving youthful-looking eyes because they halt movement of the muscles that lead to these lines and wrinkles. Keep in mind that these injectable neuromodulators only temporarily smooth out wrinkles—they don’t address discoloration, sun damage or incite collagen production. 

To reduce lines, another options is to resurface the skin with lasers. Ablative fractional and CO2 lasers such as CO2RE, and eMatrix are commonly used to address textural changes around the eye. These modalities ablate the top layer of damaged skin, prompting the body to make new, better collagen—the new skin grows in plumper and less laden with lines. These types of treatments also help to give the area a tightening effect.



CAN BOTOX REALLY TREAT DEPRESSION?

January 4, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

botox depressionA time of joy, the holidays can be an exceptionally sad time for those suffering from depression. A new study shows that a popular beauty treatment may actually relieve some of these symptoms. Botox®: the injection of botulinum toxin to decrease the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles in both men and women can now possibly be used to treat depression. The common complaint of Botox consumers is that those injections make it hard to convey feelings on the face. However, it may actually be a good thing for people with treatment-resistant depression.

In an independent study published in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers selected 30 participants who were suffering from long-term drug-resistant depression. Half the participants were given five injections of Botox between and just above the eyebrows while the other half were given placebo injections in the same place. After six weeks, health care professionals noted the patients’ depressive symptoms—such as sullen mood, insomnia, and weight loss—and reported it back to researchers.

What they found was astonishing. While the control group only had a 9 percent reduction in depressive symptoms, those who were injected with Botox saw a whopping 47 percent decrease in the same symptoms. These mood elevations stayed steady throughout the 16-week study period for both groups.

M. Axel Wollmer, a psychiatrist at the University of Basel in Switzerland and the lead author on the study, believes the treatment “interrupts feedback from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions.” Your facial muscles might not just display your feelings to the world; they can tell your brain how to feel, too.

Since Botox relaxes those muscles that convey feelings, it can also trick your brain. Botox is effective in this instance due to the display of emotions. Not only are facial muscles important in communicating how you feel, they are also essential in actually experiencing them. Disrupting the body’s ability to portray the emotion makes it difficult to even feel it.

Previous studies have shown that Botox weakens a person’s ability to identify other people’s feelings. Piggybacking on that finding, this new study shows that face muscles are just as important for identifying and experiencing emotions as they are for displaying them. This study opens a world of possibilities for modern medicine. If a simple cosmetic procedure can help treat a serious mental disorder, what other opportunities lie in seemingly unconnected areas of the medical field?

Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D., medical director of Cosmetic Laser MD, NJ, treats patients with Botox in Livingston, New Jersey and Bedminster, New Jersey.



A Quick Fix For Bunny Lines

July 12, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures

Think about it: In which area of the face do you normally consider getting neurotoxin injections (better known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin)? Many women will tell you the crow’s feet, forehead and even “the elevens,” which are those pesky lines that form between the eyebrows. But you don’t often hear about bunny lines, the wrinkles that form at the top of your nose when you scrunch it. That’s likely because it’s an area that many of us don’t know can be treated because it hadn’t occurred to us in the first place.

Women put makeup on in the mirror, but they don’t smile in the mirror or scrunch their nose when they do. But when they’re out in public and interacting, that’s when the lines are apparent.

And while bunny lines aren’t bothersome to everyone, for others, they may actually draw attention away from the eyes—an area that Dr. Tanne says should be a focal point of the face. The mid-face is where people wear their sexuality, so you want to soften it and make it beautiful. You want to bring out the most important part of beauty—cheekbones, large eyes, that’s important.

Bunny lines can sometimes contribute to nostril flaring or look unnatural if they’re prominent. Bunny lines might be cute and enhance a happy face in some people, but sometimes those same wrinkles just don’t look right.

Of course, treatment of the bunny lines depends on each person. It’s all in how the individual perceives their own appearance.  But if the lines do bother you, the treatment is fairly simple and delivers subtle results that make a big difference. “It’s interesting that many people never consider bunny lines to be a problem—they just accept the lines as something normal. But when you pose the question about reducing them, surprisingly many patients are pleased that treatment is available,” Dr. Tanne says.



COSMETIC LASER MD IS NJ’S FIRST XEOMIN LOCATION

November 9, 2011 / Category: Beauty Breakthroughs

Cosmetic Laser MD Chosen to Receive the First Limited Shipment of Merz Aesthetics’ New Injectable Wrinkle Relaxer

New Addition to BOTOX and DYSPORT Neuromodulators

LIVINGSTON, NEW JERSEY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 — COSMETIC LASER MD, New Jersey’s premier destination for the most advanced skin and laser treatments, is among the first 100 Aesthetic Medical Practices in the US to receive Xeomin® for cosmetic use beginning November 2011.

Xeomin®, a Merz Aesthetics product, is being referred to as the “naked injectable” by physicians because it does not contain any additives or complex proteins. The benefit of this, according to Dr. Susan Stevens Tanne, Medical Director of COSMETIC LASER MD, and top area aesthetic physician specializing in injectable and laser treatments, is that the body extremely unlikely to have an adverse reaction to the treatment. Aside from this slight molecular difference, XEOMIN is virtually identical to other Neuromodulators BOTOX and DYSPORT.

“We are thrilled to have another highly effective neuromodulator available to treat wrinkles and crows feet, said Dr. Tanne.   “By being selected to offer this cutting edge product to our patients as early as possible COSMETIC LASER MD is once again at the forefront of the latest advancements in skin treatment.  We are expert at all injectables, so we are proud to offer XEOMIN as another treatment option to our patients.  Ultimately, if this introduction creates some friendly price competition among the neuromodulators, then even better for our patients.”

Xeomin® was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines, more commonly known as frown lines between the eyebrows, in adult patients.   Xeomin® will be available in Aesthetic Medical Practices around the United States in the spring of 2012; however, COSMETIC LASER MD is able to offer this treatment to their patients right now.  To kick off the new product introduction, MERZ is offering a $50 rebate for a limited time. Rebate details will be given to patients at the time of their treatment.

For more information about Xeomin or COSMETIC LASER MD please visit www.cosmeticlasermd.com or call 973-716-9000.  Please call to schedule your complimentary consultation; Dr. Tanne and her team will put together a customized plan that will help you achieve your personal aesthetic goals.

 



A New Wrinkle Reducer Set To Debut This Spring

August 3, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

Come this spring, you may have yet another option to choose from in terms of injectables that erase, and prevent, wrinkles. Xeomin, a new botulinum toxin from the makers of Radiesse and Asclera, just received approval by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).

While it’s still unknown how Xeomin will be used differently than Botox or Dysport, we do know that Xeomin is formulated as a more pure form of botulinum toxin without any additives, possibly making it less likely to cause adverse reactions. Xeomin is also the only FDA-approved botulinum toxin that does not require refrigeration. Xeomin is currently used in 14 countries including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain, under the name Bocouture.

While we at COSMETIC LASER MD have not had any experience with XEOMIN yet, we wanted our patients to know that we will stay abreast of every new filler and injectible option as they are approved so that we may always bring you most effective and safest rejuvenating treatments.  


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