STOP THE FIRST SIGNS OF AGINGMarch 26, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
As 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.
Under-Eye Bags, Darkness and Puffiness
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.
9 Top Cosmetic Treatments for Aging SkinNovember 20, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
This article is based on a recent one in US News and World Report.
Battling the clock
Aesthetic physicians can prescribe skin creams and perform laser skin-resurfacing and chemical peels, and they can administer injections. Surgical procedures, meantime, can be performed by cosmetic and plastic surgeons. When you pick a doctor, ask how often and how frequently he or she performs the procedure that you’re having (weekly is better than monthly.
Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular treatments and procedures.
2. Over-the-counter peptide creams
4. Laser Skin Resurfacing
These treatments can be tailored to specific needs and can be superficial or intermediate and deep. Depending on which treatment and how aggressive, you may see redness from one day to two weeks. The benefits of laser resurfacing usually last between two and five years, however, if you smoke or don’t use sunscreen, it’s likely to be on the shorter end of that spectrum.
5. Chemical Peels
6. Botox or Dysport
7. Filler Injections
8. Cosmetic Surgery
9. Try Prevention
4 Types of Skin Discoloration and How to Stop ThemNovember 8, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
As aggravating as hyperpigmentation can be, understanding why it’s happening and how you can stop it (yes, it can be done) is rule number-one on the path to clear, even skin.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Two Types of Melanin
Types of Discoloration and How to Treat Them
Sunspots (AKA Age or Liver Spots)
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PUT AN END TO HOLLOW EYESAugust 7, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
We 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.
HOW TO IMPROVE SKIN TEXTUREJune 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.
EYES WIDE OPENMarch 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!
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.
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.
Risky Retinol CombinationsFebruary 24, 2011 / Category: Health News
Some doctors say strong ingredients, like retinol, should never be mixed with other strong ingredients and should be used solely on their own; others disagree, saying it’s safe to use them together as long as they’re applied at different times of the day.
Before you attempt to layer, talk to Dr. Tanne. In most cases, we will rule out two particular ingredients if you’re using retinol.Retinol and benzoyl peroxide can each ward off acne and prevent the formation of new blemishes. Used simultaneously, however, they can counteract each other’s effectiveness. Both are drying, exfoliating agents, and when mixed together, they can cause excessive peeling, unwanted pigment, lasting redness, blistering and scarring.
Both retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids can help to generate new collagen, but you should be careful when using them together. Most women with sensitive skin need to alternate, applying the AHA in the morning and retinol at night for the first few weeks to build tolerance.
If you’re using any of these ingredients, it’s essential to use daily sunscreen to counteract increased UV sensitivity.
THE EYES HAVE ITFebruary 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.
EYE DEFENSE – DRY SKIN, FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
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.
THE FIRM – LAX, LOOSE SKIN
The peptide at works is acetyl-hexapeptide-8, which inhibits muscle contraction, thereby promoting a firm, smooth texture.
CIRCLES – DARK CIRCLES
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.
BYE LINES – FINE LINES, DEHYDRATED SKIN AROUND EYES AND LIPS
Banish Your”Raccoon Eyes”June 14, 2010 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures, Special Offers
Wrinkles, crinkles, dark circles, puffy, baggy, saggy eyes. Everyone seems to have issues with the skin around their eyes!
Here are a few simple tips to easily de-puff and correct your under-eye circles, etc. from our skincare specialists.
Tip #1 – Eye Contact Conveys Confidence! Let your confidence shine through with longer lashes.
Tip #2- Use a proper Concealer -Choose a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation. If your circles are very dark go 2 shades lighter.
Tip #3- Invest in a Vitamin K-based eye product –
Tip #4- Wear High Quality Sunscreen and Sunglasses –
Tip #5- Anti-Aging Eye Treatment -At our Simply Beautiful Spa, where we are known for providing state of the art treatments, we are introducing our new Sonic Infusion Treatment: soothing sonic pulse gently massages the choicest ingredients such as vitamin C to lighten, soothe & hydrate immediately reducing fine lines and wrinkles with long-lasting results.
Tip #6- Laser Treatment -eMatrix –
Tip #7- Juvederm Dermal Filler -Hyaluronic Acid filler is the safest non-surgical treatment to restore the “Volume of Youth” to this delicate area. Juvederm flatters and contours the visual impact to the under-eye area, adding volume to your hollow trough and decreasing the look of dark circles. See special offer below.
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