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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.



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.



The Secrets to Removing Dark Under-Eye Circles

April 28, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

eye rejuvenation

Did you know that dark under-eye circles are not caused by a lack of sleep, but by blood that pools in the vessels close to the skin? Dark circles are the result of blood that pools in the vessels that lie close to the skin’s surface, which is why they can be almost impossible to hide. This also happens when fat bulges out: light cannot be reflected properly, casting a shadow under the eye. Additionally, sun exposure can aggravate under-eye darkness by boosting melanin production, as can allergies, since they cause the veins to become congested and enlarged. A lack of sleep, as well as dehydration, can emphasize dark under-eye circles, but almost always sleep is not the culprit.

Some under-eye darkness is genetic, and related to inherently thin skin. The thinner the skin is under the eye, the more pigmentation shows through. Loading up on vitamin K, both internally and with topical products, can help since it strengthens and clots blood vessels to stop the pooling that causes the darkness. When it comes to concealing under-eye circles and bags, reach for a creamy hydrating concealer as opposed to a blemish-fighting one, which may contain drying ingredients like salicylic acid that are usually too harsh for the under-eye area.

Dark under-eye circles can be difficult to fix, especially if there are cultural or genetic ties. Hydroquinone can help to lighten the area to some degree if the problem is more about discoloration than shadowing. If the darkness is related to melasma, you’ll see more of a dramatic difference with a skin lightener. Excessive sun exposure only intensifies dark circles, so always wear a mineral based sunscreen formulated for the eye area and protect your eyes from the sun at all times with sunglasses.

Another way to battle dark under-eye circles  is by injecting hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane or Belotero, into the area. When injected into the shadows under the bag, they can camouflage the darkness by plumping up the area, and give instant results. A more permanent result can be achieved by performing micro fat grafting or fat transfer with Selphyl to this area.

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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. 



PUT AN END TO HOLLOW EYES

August 7, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

HOLLOW EYESWe talk a lot about reducing under-eye puffiness, but we know that some of you suffer from another issue: eyes that look sunken and hollow, especially for those who have more slender faces. However, there is help for those who may be genetically predisposed to hollow eyes or have lost soft tissue and bone density, which can make the eyes appear sunken.

PRODUCT FIX:
Applying products with vitamin C can reduce the dark circles that sometimes accompany eye hollowing. Retinol is a good ingredient to help the fragile skin become stronger, and humectants will add a bit of a plumping effect under the eyes. If you find that you have dark circles too, a prescription of hydroquinone can help to lighten up under-eye shadows.

FILLER FIX:
At the first signs of hollowing, a filler composed of hyaluronic acid such as Restylane or Belotero or fat can help to fill in the spots that appear in the tear troughs. Hyaluronic acid fillers, which last for about 6 months, are effective in filling deficient areas under the eyes when it is injected deep into the tissue.
Fat grafting  involves taking a small amount of fat, usually from your belly. We then mix the fat with Selphyl to promote new blood vessel formation in the grafted fat. This combination is re-injected into the under-eye hollow (tear trough) giving you a long term to permanent improvement.
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How to Treat Under-Eye Circles in Darker Skin Tones

July 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.
To start, it’s important to figure out the cause of your under-eye circles. There are three components to consider. First, if there’s a groove under the eyes, Dr. Tanne prefers to use a hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane to smooth the area. A prominent groove can give shadowing and make it look like there are dark circles.

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!



Is a Liquid Lift Right For You?

July 17, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures

When injectables and fillers were first introduced, they pretty much served one purpose: to fill wrinkles. Over time, and with off-label experimentation, their use has become more widespread as the effects of volume loss are a constant complaint. Today, the “Liquid Lift”—the use of fillers to give a more lifted and youthful look to the face—is gaining popularity as replacing lost volume via injections allows the skin to take on a lifted appearance and redefines the natural contours of the face.

With only a handful of product options available, the main difference between filling and lifting, comes down to where the filler is placed and how deep.



EYES WIDE OPEN

March 30, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures
In the quest for younger-looking eyes, nonsurgical rejuvenation options take you from fatigued to fabulous

The eyes. There is nothing more powerful on your face: They cry, they laugh; they show disappointment, dreaminess or deceit; they reveal surprise and shock, happiness and honesty. Beyond expressing how you feel, they can even define who you are. With all the importance we place on the eyes, it seems like a cruel twist of fate that they exhibit signs of aging so soon.
“People form opinions of other people based on their eyes, more than any other area on the face,” notes Dr. Susan Stevens Tanne, Medical Director of Cosmetic Laser MD. “People assume that if your eyes look young, it implies that you have more energy, more spunk, and are more of a go-getter.”
You may feel perky, but if your eyes look droopy, tired and sad, your whole demeanor can appear fatigued, depressed and old—all characteristics that appear on the daily “don’t” list. Unlike other facial imperfections, which can be camouflaged with artful makeup, problem areas around eyes are tougher to hide. Makeup and facial creams can’t cover up wrinkles and creases caused by volume loss under the eyes and in the temples.
No need to fret. At Cosmetic Laser MD we have your non-surgical solutions. A youthful, bright-eyed look can be restored—without going under the knife—with a variety of products and nonsurgical procedures.
About 90% of COSMETIC LASER MD’s anti-aging patients have some concern about the aging skin around their eyes. Thankfully, this is one area that we can easily rejuvenate with our arsenal of treatments and products. Minor cosmetic tweaks can go a long way toward improving this critical area. We have identified three major eye-aging culprits, and offer solutions for each concern. For total rejuvenation, a combination of treatments and products usually works best. Good morning bright eyes!
Lighten Up!
Dark circles definitely aren’t a “do” in the quest to maintain youthful-looking eyes. First, you need to determine the cause. As the skin thins with age, underlying blood vessels may show through, appearing as dark circles. Sometimes the pigment of the skin actually changes color as red blood cells break down. In other cases, those circles are actually dark shadows. As facial skin sags and loses volume, the area above the cheeks (the tear trough) hollows out, causing a shadowed effect. And sometimes dark circles have nothing to do with age—you just have them and probably always did, just like your parents and siblings.
Easy fix: An excellent concealer can do the trick for some.
Medical fix: If the dark circles are caused by shadows, injectable fillers in the under-eye hollows can make them disappear. “I get beautiful results with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, as well as with Selphyl enhanced fat from one’s own body,” says Dr. Tanne. “These fillers can fill the hollow areas beneath the eye, restoring that smooth youthful volume.”
Also consider: Products that contain Vitamin K and/or caffeine can improve the appearance of dark circles, says Dr. Tanne, who recommends Circles from her Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare line.
Tighten Up!
Your facial skin and muscles weaken with age—and that includes the skin above and below your eyes. The eyelids stretch, causing the upper lids to droop, while fluid and/or fat begins to fill in the loose space below the eyes, creating bags and puffiness.
Easy fix: Home remedies can be surprisingly effective for under-eye bags. “Sleeping with your head elevated via pillows, icing the areas with cold compresses in the morning, and using a topical cream that contains an ingredient to constrict the underlying blood vessels, such as caffeine – try The Firm from Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare – decreases the amount of excess fluid in the under-eye tissue,” says Dr.Tanne.
Medical fix: The E-Matrix Laser offers remarkable results to this delicate area. It absolutely turns back the hands of time, and with little or no downtime, and little or no discomfort.
Also consider: Botox and Dysport can erase crow’s feet and raise the eyebrows, offering a mini-brow lift for patients with minor eyelid drooping.
Smooth It Out!
Thinning skin, sun damage and facial expressions all conspire to create lines and wrinkles on our aging faces, which show up first and most prominently, around the eyes. This thin, fragile skin is in constant motion, and produces wrinkling long before it appears on other areas of the face.
Easy fix: Our featured eye product, EYE DEFENSE, has been specially formulated to contain a comprehensive system of all-trans retinol, peptides, chelators, antioxidants and moisturizers targeting puffiness, dark circles, lines and wrinkles, firmness and tightness, enhanced skin texture and smoothness. We recently came across a statistic that 90% of cosmetic dermatologists use some form of retinol around their eye area.
Medical fix: “A series of chemical peels – such as Apeele – does an excellent job in tightening lower eyelid crinkles,” Dr. Tanne says. And Botox or Dysport is the go-to remedy for crows-feet and other superficial lines caused by facial expressions (squinting, raising eyebrows, frowning). “I like to smooth out these irritating lines while allowing you to maintain a normal, expressive appearance—without that paralyzed look.”
Also consider: Need an immediate line eraser for an important date or event? Try Instantly Ageless “Facelift in a Bottle” for an 8 – 10 hour quick fix!
Love your Lashes
If your eyelashes are a little sparse, we’ve got the remedy.
Sadly, even our eyelashes age. as hair follicles age, lashes can appear thinner and less dense. The cure is Latisse which “jumpstarts” hair follicles to stimulate growth, increases melanin pigment (resulting in darker lashes) and causes lashes to grow longer than they normally would. Use it once per day before bed. Just place a thin layer of solution along your upper eyelash line with a small brush. With the first tw0 months you will start to see darker, thicker, longer lashes.


Mother-in-Law Makeovers Are a Hot Cosmetic Trend

March 18, 2011 / Category: Cosmetic Procedures
Brides and bridesmaids aren’t the only ones who shine in the spotlight at weddings. The mothers of the bride and groom also fall under the scrutiny from wedding guests, high-definition photography and videography. Anyone who has watched TLC’s popular cable show Say Yes to the Dress knows that her child’s wedding day is a huge event in a mother’s life. Mothers of the happy couple put countless hours of time and effort into finding the ideal dress and perfecting their own wedding look. Now the latest trend in cosmetic medicine – cosmetic makeovers for mothers of the bride and groom. Dubbed “Mother-in-Law Makeovers,” these cosmetic enhancements are designed to help wedding moms look their best on their children’s big day.

Mother-in-Law Makeovers ensure that moms feel comfortable with their appearance and look fabulous in high-definition wedding photos and videos. Like Mommy Makeovers that help new moms regain their pre-pregnancy shape, Mother-in-Law Makeovers are individually tailored to meet the specific goals of each individual woman. During your customized consultation, Dr. Tanne addresses your areas of concern so that you feel confident, beautiful and picture-perfect on the day of the wedding. Many moms choose to refresh their face with non-invasive procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers for a Liquid Facelift, which elicit amazing but natural looking results. Laser treatments and chemical peels give the skin a refreshed, rejuvenated, smooth look. Body shaping with VelaShape is a common procedure chosen by moms who want to look slim and elegant in their dresses.

When considering a Mother-in-Law Makeover, talk to Dr. Tanne well in advance about when to schedule treatments. For a quick fix, injectible fillers are a fantastic option to have you looking your best before the wedding. You may just need a little bit of Botox or dermal filler to smoothen out any wrinkles or get rid of the dark circles under the eyes and some laser treatments to give your face a glowing look. Please allow at least 3 weeks before the wedding for Botox and fillers, to avoid any chance of lingering bruising or swelling on the wedding day, and to ensure that you get the results you desire. For this once in a lifetime event, you want to put your best face forward for photos that will capture your beauty and immortalize this joyous occasion forever!

We want your skin to be glowing for the special wedding day that will be cherished in photographs forever. At Cosmetic Laser MD we recommends that you use products with active ingredients to achieve smoother, radiant skin. To achieve results, medical grade skincare products that can only be found in a physician’s office, such as own Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare, are recommended. In addition, Facials, DiamondTip Microdermabrasion, and SilkPeel treatments should be performed closer to the wedding day. We are confident that you will achieve smoother, radiant skin for your special day.

With so many cosmetic options available to you, go ahead and treat yourself to a rejuvenated, younger, radiant look and make a lasting impression for everyone to admire.



THE EYES HAVE IT

February 9, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Special Offers

Cosmetic Laser MD offers our patients a full line of eye-specific products, addressing every skincare concern. There are three distinct product-types for each specific undereye concern: Fine lines and wrinkles, laxity, and dark circles. Our products are Medical Grade, meaning that they are much higher in active ingredient concentration than over-the-counter products, including expensive department store brands. Our products can be dispensed only under a doctor’s guidance. We invite you to come in and learn about our extensive Tanne MD Skincare product line. We put together a comprehensive skincare “protocol” for each patient based on your individual needs, goals, and preferences.
During the month of February, we’re offering $5.00 OFF any of our four eye products.

EYE DEFENSE – DRY SKIN, FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
This retinol-based eye cream has been specially formulated to contain a comprehensive system of all-trans retinol, peptides, chelators, antioxidants and moisturizers for the reduction in the appearance of under-eye fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. You will immediately notice an increase in the firmness and tightness of the delicate skin around the eyes, and enhanced skin texture and smoothness.

All-trans retinol based product for fine lines and wrinkles, antioxidants that can stimulate proper lymphatic drainage and tissue fluid balance, and PAL-GQPR a peptide that can enhance skin firmness and elasticity. Also contains Green Tea and Emblica, antioxidants that can inhibit collagen breakdown and stimulate GAG production. Contains Vitamin K which is a key vitamin that can reduce bruising and promote healing in closed wounds.
PRICE: $75

THE FIRM – LAX, LOOSE SKIN
This peptide-based emollient restorative complex is a potent combination of peptides and Vitamin C ester to encourage skin-firming collagen production. Natural botanicals help to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. Barrier repair technology treats moisture loss that causes dry and crepey skin. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the only Vitamin C compound clinically demonstrated to increase collage production, provide anti-oxidant protective activity and provide skin clarifying action.

The peptide at works is acetyl-hexapeptide-8, which inhibits muscle contraction, thereby promoting a firm, smooth texture.
PRICE: $55

CIRCLES – DARK CIRCLES
Targets the two main causes of dark circles with a combination of brighteners, peptides and flavonoids. Helps brighten pigmented skin with a gentle Kojic acid ester, and the antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Green Tea. Helps reduce the appearance of hemoglobin accumulation (dark circles) using Vitamin K. Highly moisturizing super emollient formula.

A potent combination of skin brighteners also combat the discoloration of the eye area. Under-eye skin will appear lighter, smoother and brighter. Continued use is recommended for best result.
PRICE: $58

BYE LINES – FINE LINES, DEHYDRATED SKIN AROUND EYES AND LIPS
Formulated for the delicate area around the eyes, this nourishing serum delivers the super hydration benefits of hyaluronic acid to soothe, smooth and plump the eye area while restoring a natural desired appearance. Hyaluronic acid together with Vitamins A, C, E, Co-Enzyme Q and Green Tea Extract plump and soothe the delicate skin around the lips and eyes. This is a perfect treatment for post-Botox patients. Hyaluronic acid is a potent moisturizer, and is found in every cell of the human body. This treatment contains no retinol or glycolic ingredients, making it a highly moisturizing veil to be layered on top of active treatment products.
PRICE: $45



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