So I Got My Vagina Tightened

May 18, 2017 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

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By Emily Wagner
Apr 25, 2016


As a beauty and wellness writer I’m introduced to the latest and greatest, cutting-edge anti-aging and rejuvenating technology on a daily basis. When I got wind of ThermiVa, I perked the heck up. Or should I say, my vagina did.

Any woman who has carried children knows the havoc our offspring has caused on our bodies. While the body can miraculously bounce back, (more of a shuffle in most cases), the spoils of war so often remain forever in tack: stretch marks, saggy, deflated boobs, hemorrhoids, spider veins, melasma, etc. The list goes on. Most of these battle scars remain nicely hidden, tucked within the confines of those skinny jeans we finally fit back into. But one belly laugh at a Louis C.K. joke or dash for a stroller on a loose, and you’ve peed everywhere.

Alas, the pelvic floor muscles, once a stoic dam between your pee and a world of mortification, is now just a distant memory. And remember that cute little vagina that didn’t send your Brazilian waxer running to hang up her Popsicle sticks? Well that little girl is now wearing a monocle and knitting a cat sweater in a rocking chair.

When I heard that there was an easy, peasy, no surgery, no downtime treatment that can perk that tired party girl up in less than 30 minutes guess who said, “Sign my vagina up!”? Yours truly. And you thought Gwyneth was the only bitch dabbling in post-modern vagina care. ThermiVa arrived on the scene months ago and I was now kicking myself for not having hopped on the bandwagon earlier.

When I got to the doctor’s office, a very lovely, pretty young nurse named Sarah was in full charge of my vagina. She had done it herself (all the women in the office had and raved about it) and even though she was quite young and had never had kids, she loved the immediate results and so did her husband. Bud-dum-bum.

My waxer always used to say my vagina was “very organized” and “looked 18,” but this girl looked like she was yet to be Bat Mitzvahed.

ThermiVa, in the most layman terms (I’m no doctor, in case that’s not obvious), uses heat to boost collagen and create tightening. So yes, everything inside tightens up. This means, buh-bye bladder leakage and hello better sex and more lubrication. After Sarah explained it all to me to me in detail, I knew my vagina was in good hands. We were both happy and excited. Me and my vaj, that is.

I hopped onto a table just like I was getting a pap smear. After I straddled up, we took some vagina selfies. Actually, Sarah did. It was the first time my vagina posed for a close up. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t camera shy. After a child or two is pulled out of your pee and sex hole, you soon realize that you give zero fucks who sees what anymore.

(Wow, have you ever taken a close up of your vagina? I don’t recommend it, unless you’re about to get it a ThermiVa. I was mesmerized and semi-traumatized. A vagina is a hell of a lot of anatomy. For all the hot minutes I entertained the notion that I was finally sick of men and would make a really cute lesbian, it was now totally off the table.)

Sarah explained what I would feel: Some warmth while she gently massaged a soft wand and some gel deep inside my vagina for 12 to 14 minutes. After that, she would use the same wand and gel and do the “outside.” Um, what’s the problem officer? My only question, “How soon can we get this vagina party started?”

Sarah inserted the wand and the rest is history. Suffice to say, this was the easiest and most relaxing treatment I’ve ever had in the name of youth. I’ve had lasers, peels, IPLs, fraxels, Ulthera, ThermiLift, PRP and lord knows what else in the name of science and to bring my Groomed LA readers the cutting edge information they crave. This was like the best hot stone  massage ever, only for my inner and outer lady parts. The only hump standing between you and a redefined lady lump, is overcoming any vagina stigma you may have.

Once I was there and in the skilled hands of a professional like Sarah, I was totally relaxed and excited to get going, especially after seeing the before and after photos. Wowza. All I can say is my vagina is like a Michelangelo sculpture compared to some of those. We had some good some laughs (sans the pee) because let’s face it, this was the first time there’s ever been a gorgeous woman massaging my vagina with a smooth, warm wand. At least that I can remember.

Before I knew it, I was done. We took an “after” close up and wow, my vagina looked like she just came back from a 10-day juice fast at Canyon Ranch. My waxer always used to say my vagina was “very organized” and “looked 18,” but this girl looked like she was yet to be Bat Mitzvahed.

This was only my first treatment and Sarah said it will go back to looking a bit more “normal” mid-month. That’s when I am due back for two more sessions, spaced one month apart. I haven’t been this excited to get naked and spread my legs for someone I hardly knew since I was in college.

My first question was “When can I have sex?” She said “tonight!”

I couldn’t wait for Manboy X to test drive this newer, slicker model. We were all ready to go until my 5 1/2 year old son crawled into my bed and refused to get out. I tried everything and decided to wait until he was in a deep sleep to move him back into his bed. But I was so excited to try this new vaj out, I could hardly wait that long.

“We can do it in his bed!”

“Hell no, I’m not doing it in your son’s bunk bed. That’s totally disgusting.”

We cracked up at how ridiculous it all was and decided to hold out for another night. The good news so far is, I no longer had to hold in the pee.


February 28, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News


beautiful face CROP

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.

Collagen Boosting Foods

June 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.
2. Fish creates stronger cells. Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin.
3. Soy blocks aging. Whether sourced from soymilk, cheese or tofu, soy contains genistein (plant hormones that serve as antioxidants), which prompts collagen production and helps to block enzymes, like MMPs, that can age the skin.
4. Red vegetables are a natural form of SPF. Tomatoes, peppers and beets contain the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene protects the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels, acting as a natural sun block.
5. Dark green vegetables, rich in vitamin C, like spinach and kale, rev up collagen production. In topical products, vitamin C stabilizes messenger enzymes that break down collagen. It also prevents weak collagen by protecting against free radicals.
6. Berries ward off damage. Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.
7. White tea supports structure. According to research conducted by Kingston University and Neal’s Yard Remedies, white tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It’s believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.
8. Orange vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen

Holiday Happenings

December 22, 2011 / Category: Special Offers

The Holidays are upon us, and COSMETIC LASER MD is well into the festive mode.  Those who were here last Thursday evening for our “The Beauty of Giving”  holiday event know firsthand the amazing raffles (and the amazing amount of prizes!) which were handed out.  We also had some very special treats being offered – mini Oxygen facials, makeovers, massages, and more.  Almost every attendee found something on our event-only deeply discounted treatment menu – two of the most popular were our “Luscious Lips” package and our brand new state of the art eTwo laser package.

Best of all, we raised over $1000 dollars for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Tanne remarked how the holidays are really a time to remember those who make a difference.  “Although our focus is on cosmetic procedures and anti-aging breakthroughs, we are truly in awe of the real heroes – the men and women who are so dedicated to children’s health and traumatic issues.  We are so grateful to everyone at St. Jude for their tireless efforts to make sure at-risk children are comfortable and stable,” added Dr. Tanne.

STILL SHOPPING?  Looking for the perfect neighbor, teacher, dog-walker, babysitter, sister-in-law gift?

We’ve put together several amazing and luxurious beauty gifts – all  wrapped up and ready for gifting – and starting at a mere $5!!  You can always stop in for some holiday shopping – no appointment necessary.   Some of our most popular gifts include:

  • Customized make-up kits
  • Spa Socks and Robes
  • Hand Cream
  • Brush Kits
  • Clarisonic Cleansing System
  • Dermal Roller Anti-Aging System

…..and everyone’s favorite, a GIFT CARD in any amount.  Remember, the gift card purchaser can earn DOUBLE  Simply Beautiful Spa Rewards Points so it’s like giving and getting!  (And who doesn’t love a little getting with the giving?)

We want to wish each of you a very Happy Holiday.  We are so thankful for our wonderful patients and want you to know that we are so grateful.

Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D.

Rennie, Nicole, Lauren, Suzanne & Jeanna

WRINKLE FILLERS – The Easiest Way to Erase 10 Years!

November 21, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures

Wrinkle Fillers!
Still… the quickest, easiest way to erase 10 years!

You wake up one morning and look in the mirror. Suddenly, you notice facial lines that just weren’t there yesterday. Are fine lines and wrinkles getting you down? With each and every look in the mirror, do you concentrate on them so much that you would love for them to instantaneously disappear, but you are not sure about your options are or what your cost would be to reduce them?

Studies have shown that wrinkles can have a profound impact on self-esteem, so much so that over 16 billion dollars is spent each year simply on camouflage make-up to hide the signs of aging. If you are tired of wrinkles, worry no more. Education is the first step to making the best decision, and education about your options is what we are here to provide.

Facial wrinkles and creases begin to appear as the under-lying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.

As people live longer and healthier lives, more and more of them are looking for ways to look young without surgery.  Because the aging process causes the face to lose underlying fat volume and collagen, the skin starts to look deflated and droops, sags, and wrinkles. The result is the permanent tired and aged face look we hate to look at in the mirror.

Fillers or injectables have become a popular means of wrinkle corrections and addressing loss of facial volume that results from aging, sun damage, stress, age related hormonal decline, weight loss, chronic illness, trauma and or scarring, and lip enhancement. The results are instantaneous and the easiest way to erase 10 years, just like that!  No surgery, minimal down time and natural results.

Because there are so many filler options, Dr. Tanne at Cosmetic Laser MD always consults with patients first, and after a careful examination and discussion recommends the filler(s) that is/are best suited to best address each patients’ unique issues.

There are many types of fillers, including the following that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and widely available at Cosmetic Laser MD.

Hyaluronic acid gels such as Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane may be used to treat lines around the mouth, under the eyes and to plump lips  or to provide a 5 Minute  “Non-Surgical” Nose-Job.  Results last 6-12 months depending on which injectable filler used and which area is filled.

Radiesse which is made of Calcium-based microspheres in a carrier gel is longer lasting than the hyaluronic acid fillers mentioned above and is used to fill deeper folds and lines or to add volume to the face.  Radiesse can also be used to fix dents and divets in the face and to provide a 5 Minute “Non-Surgical” Nose-Job

Select a filler that best suits your particular needs!  Selecting the proper filler is an important part of the process.  Some fillers are intended for superficial wrinkles and some work best for deeper folds and wrinkles.  Others are better for deep cheek hollows and more generalized facial fat loss.

A consultation with Dr. Tanne is your next step for a more youthful look which is only one phone call away.  Call us at 973.716.9000.

What causes wrinkles

  • Smiling, frowning, squinting and other habitual facial expressions cause wrinkles to become more prominent. · Your facial muscles degrade over time and weaken. · Some muscles weaken sooner than others due to the way one sleeps.
  •  Small muscle contractions are believed to develop frown lines (lines between eyes) and crow’s feet (lines jutting from the corners of the eyes)
  • With age the ability to repair itself weakens.
  • Cells divide more slowly and the inner layer of skin starts to thin, causing wrinkles.
  • Elastin and Collagen fibers loosen and unravel and can no longer spring back to their initial position.
  • The sweat and oil secreting glands atrophy, depriving the skin from water-lipid emulsions, which enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  • Time, using gravity and stress, continually pull the muscles downward.
  • Smoking is one of the worst causes of wrinkles. · Exposure to the sun can be another culprit.

Options for Wrinkle Reduction.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin (neuromodulators) treat wrinkles, those little annoyances known as frown lines, worry lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. These neuromodulators relax the muscles so your wrinkles begin to smooth away.

Wrinkle Fillers or injectables are injected underneath the skin, underneath the wrinkle itself, and act as a physical support system for the skin. Fillers are treatments for deep wrinkles, or lines for smoother skin as well as volumizing and plumping up areas on the face such as hallows under the eyes or cheek.

Chemical Peels can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, scars, age spots, and other signs of premature aging.

DiamondTip™ Microdermabrasion gently and painlessly exfoliates your skin while vacuum suction removes the crystals with the dead skin cells. It revitalizes your skin’s appearance, promotes production of new cells in the deepest skin layers, cleanses pores, and stimulates collagen.

There are a wide variety of Laser and/or Light Treatments such as eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation, ReFirme/Sublime Skin Tightening, or FotoFacial that offer everything, from those that stimulate collagen to replenish itself improving skin tone, to those that encourage the elastic fibers to tighten, resulting in vibrant skin.

Treatments can soften the appearance of wrinkles, giving youthful-looking skin. Some also kill acne-causing bacteria, healing blemishes and preventing future eruptions. We have applied our quality professional skills in choosing only the latest in technology, offering the finest results.

How long do wrinkle treatments take?
A typical procedure will take about 45 minutes, but the length of time may vary depending on the amount of filler you require.

Will my treatment hurt?
Although most people find the treatment relatively painless, you may notice a slight pricking sensation while the injection is given.  Depending on what area you are correcting, (lips or folds) Dr. Tanne will provide a topical and/or injected numbing medication.

What can I expect following my treatment?
Reactions are rare, but mild side effects may include swelling, tenderness, pain itching and discomfort around the injection site, and minor bruising, which will all disappear within a few days.  You will notice a visible change immediately that will last several months, but depends on several factors including the filler being used, skin structure, lifestyle and age.  Most people choose to repeat treatments every six months, except Radiesse which usually lasts longer.

Please call 973.716.9000 today to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out which injectable filler is right for you.


October 25, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs

Fall in love with your skin!  COSMETIC LASER MD introduces ALLUMERA, a brand new treatment specifically formulated to improve the overall appearance of skin, reduce the outward signs of aging and minimize the appearance of pores with minimal downtime and results that last!  ALLUMERA is a topical solution used in conjunction with the power of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation.  IPL is a non-invasive light-based technology used to improve rosacea, broken capillaries, pigmentation and skin texture.  When used in combination with ALLUMERA, a cosmetic photosensitizer, results are dramatically improved.   After a series of ALLUMERA and IPL, you will see a reduction in the appearance of pores, improved skin tone and texture, and an overall brightening to your skin.

Don’t take our word for it – check out these impressive statistics:

  • 93% of people said their skin felt softer
  • 91% said their skin felt more hydrated, moisturized and smoother
  • 89% said their skin texture was improved
  • 86% said their skin and felt healthier

The reviews are in:

-It was amazing to see my pores shrink. They’ve almost disappeared.”

“It makes you look light and fresh and airy. Now I have more confidence in my skin.”

“My pores were very large. Now my pores are smaller and tighter.”

On the continuum of skin rejuvenation procedures. ALLUMERA falls directly between chemical peels (less aggressive) and Laser Treatments (more aggressive).  ALLUMERA is suitable for virtually all skin types.  For optimal results, a series of three Allumera treatments are performed at four week intervals.  Please call our office at 973-716-9000 for more ALLUMERA package details and to schedule your treatment.

Join us on Thursday November 10th for our Fall Open House; we will have a representative from ALLUMERA on hand to talk about this exciting rejuvenating procedure. RSVP 973-716-9000.


June 16, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

Over time, the texture of our skin naturally changes. Hydration, collagen and elastin are all important factors for smooth, soft, young-looking skin. When hormones, pollution and lifestyle come into play, they can diminish these key factors, causing dramatic changes in how your skin feels. I’ve listened to some of your most common complaints about your skin’s texture and have some answers on how to treat it.

Does your skin feel thin and look translucent? Collagen loss tends to cause the skin to become thin. And it’s especially prevalent in fairer skin tones. How do you treat it? “A combination of fillers and collagen-stimulating lasers, like eMatrix, Portrait PSR and fractionated CO2 lasers, is best for plumping up thin skin. The skin needs to be built up from underneath, as well as stimulated on the surface.

Does your skin feel dry and dehydrated? Dry, dehydrated skin is a common change that comes along with aging, since moisture levels drop and water is lost. Diminished blood circulation, harsh ingredients, moisture stripping products, and less-active oil and sweat glands can all lead to dryness. Try treating it by restoring moisture with deep hydrating creams and masks. A consultation with our skincare advisor will put you on the right track. Also, hyaluronic acid fillers (which bind moisture to the skin) such as Juvederm, Restylane-L and Perlane-L may minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and reintroduce moisture to the skin.

Does your skin feel rough and weathered? Rough, weathered, leathery-looking skin is the price we pay for spending years in the sun. It damages the skin by causing inflammation, in turn making it look and feel thick. Weathered skin is usually laden with deep wrinkles, too. Protect your skin from the sun with a mineral based sunscreen every day. Prevent further damage to weathered skin with antioxidative and reparative topical products (we love our Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare), and fractional resurfacing (such as eMatrix) or pulsed light treatments (such as Fotofacial RF) to stimulate collagen production.

Does your skin feel like sandpaper? Skin that feels like sandpaper often has a dull and muddy complexion. Dull skin is caused by a buildup of dead skin that stays on the surface for long periods of time. It’s important to rev up the skin’s natural shedding process to remove dead skin and expose fresh skin. A retinol product such as our Night Defense or a prescription topical retinoid, Chemical Peels (we love the Apeele Peel), laser treatments, SilkPeel™ DermalInfusion and DiamondTip™ Microdermabrasioncan increase cell turnover.

The Liquid Eyelift

April 15, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures
Out of the popularity of the “liquid facelift”comes another option to rejuvenate your appearance. This one is being called the “liquid eyelift.” To set the record straight, neither one is a true lift because the results are temporary. However, for those individuals who are looking for a non-surgical rejuvenation, the “liquid eyelift” can be a welcome option.Using injectable fillers (such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse), Botox or Dysport, and eMatrix, Dr. Tanne rejuvenates the entire eye area, giving you a refreshed, more youthful appearance. Filler is used for delicate crinkly skin under the eye to reduce the appearance of hollows and lines, and to gently re-inflate the sunken area in the temple. Crow’s feet are erased with Botox/Dysport and a bit of filler. The brow is re-supported to reduce droop with filler and gets a subtle lift from Botox/Dysport to minimize sagging lids.  It is important to note, however, that if there is significant sagging, fillers and Botox won’t do the job and you would most likely be a better candidate for surgery. There are pros and cons to each option. Dr. Tanne would be happy to give you an evaluation regarding your specific concerns and answer any questions you may have during a private consultation with her. As always, consultations are complimentary.
To complete the rejuvenation of the eye area, gentle resurfacing of that delicate skin with eMatrix Fractional Sublative Rejuvenation will give you a firmer, more youthful appearance with minimal to no downtown.
Cosmetic Laser MD also carries a complete line of firming, lightening, hydrating and repairing eye products.  Speaking of VA-VA-VOOM eyes, April 30th is the last day of our amazing LATISSE EYELASH ENHANCER BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) promotion.  Ask our Front Desk for details.

Update: Skin Rejuvenation Contest!

September 10, 2010 / Category: Special Offers

This week’s Cosmetic Laser MD Skin Rejuvenation Contest is officially over!

A big thanks to all those who entered!

This week’s question was: Dr. Tanne uses state-of-the-art ELOS Laser Hair Removal System. What does ELOS stand for?

The acceptable answer was: 


The three winners of the FREE Airbrush Makeup Application will be announced next week! Be sure to look for your names! 

Keep your eye out for your name on our Facebook and Twitter!
Stay tuned in the upcoming week to hear details about the next Skin Rejuvenation Contest!

New Skin Rejuvenation Contest!

September 1, 2010 / Category: Special Offers



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