Truths About Microneedling – Not as Bad as It Sounds

February 10, 2016 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

dermapen girlMicroneedling 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.
Fact: This couldn’t be further from the truth. Doctors always have access to stronger medical grade versions that aren’t safe and acceptable for at home use. If you have microneedling done at your doctor’s office, expect to get the state-of-the-art new microneedling pens; at home you can only get microneedle rollers. You can amp up your results by adding PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to the treatment for an even greater rejuvenating glow. Check out our BioLift Treatment.

Myth: Microneedling hurts.
Fact: For the most part, microneedling may be uncomfortable but it’s not totally unbearable. Microneedling procedures done in an office setting may be performed with topical anesthesia depending on the depth of the procedure being performed.

Myth: Microneedling leaves holes in the skin.
Fact: While microneedling does create a controlled injury in the skin to incite collagen production and does it by creating microscopic holes, the holes it creates are so tiny that they can’t be seen by the naked eye. You may notice more of a red or pink flush to the skin, which will dissipate soon afterwards, and potentially some bleeding. No need to worry, it’s totally normal. Plus, makeup can easily cover up anything that you don’t want exposed.

Myth: The treatment can’t be done around the eyes or lips.
Fact: Thanks to advancements in both science and skin care, microneedling can safely be done in these areas as long as the right device is used. Microneedling tools, such as DermaPen, which can be adjusted to an appropriate needling depth for different areas, can be used on the upper eyelid, close to the eyelashes of the lower lid, the areas on the side of the nose and the upper lip.

Myth: The only benefit you’ll get from microneedling is an anti-aging one.
Fact: Sure, the treatment works on an anti-aging level to create smoother skin but it has been shown to be effective in correcting acne marks, too. The microneedles stimulate collagen production to help with scarring—when retinoids and other collagen stimulating topicals are applied to the skin after a treatment they are able to penetrate better for more improvement. Applying PRP before microneedling (our BioLift treatment) adds your own growth factors which penetrate the skin giving you an unparalleled rejuvenation.

excerpted from New Beauty

4 Ways to Looking Younger in 2015

January 9, 2015 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

beautiful woman in evening dress wearing diamond earringsNow that 2015 is finally here, it’s time to put your best foot forward and kick it into high gear so that you look your absolute best.

Sleep does a body good. Not only will you feel better, a good night’s rest will leave you with less darkness and puffiness under your eyes and more evenly toned skin that looks fresh come morning. A good night’s sleep can also prevent unnecessary eating. Try to establish a set bedtime every night and never fall asleep with the television on.

Dead skin does nothing for your complexion. In fact, it makes your skin look lackluster and dull and can even make your makeup look muddy. The easiest way to get rid of pore-clogging dead skin is by exfoliating regularly with an exfoliator that’s compatible with your skin type. Treat your skin to the professional version, such as a microdermabrasion or light chemical peel, every four to six weeks.

When your body is void of water, your skin lacks the moisture it needs to look plump and healthy. Hydration is one of the easiest ways to look instantly younger and better—and it’s simple to do. To properly hydrate your body, make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water per day. To keep your skin looking healthy and full, apply moisturizer both day and night.

For stubborn lines and wrinkles that require a little extra help, nothing does the job quite like injectables. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin work wonders on getting rid of hard-to-erase lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, laughing and squinting (think those that live around your eyes, between your brows and on your forehead), whereas hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Perlane and Belotero can fill in hollows, wrinkles and folds for a more rejuvenated look. Collagen stimulating fillers such as Radiesse are excellent for restoring volume to the cheeks and also last longer than the hyaluronic acid fillers (about one year). Platelet rich plasma (PRP) such as Selphyl, uses your own platelets to “fertilize” the skin with your own growth factors. This “all-natural” treatment restores elasticity and makes you glow! For a long lasting result, fat transfer is an excellent, all natural way to restore youthful volume.


October 31, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

Dr. Tanne speaking at the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians


Dr. Tanne was invited to speak at the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cosmetic Physician, held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She presented a talk on Saturday, October 25th about micro-facial fat grafting, which was very well received. 

To learn more about fat transfer and fat grafting, CLICK HERE and read about Fat Transfer with Selphyl. 

You can also watch our excellent video about Fat Transfer with Selphyl.


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.

eye filler


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.

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.

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.


February 18, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

When cheeks are flat and lack definition, they can cause the face to look drawn, which is very aging. Contouring the cheeks by adding volume can give the face natural-looking symmetry, youthful balance, and a more feminine appearance.

Fat is taken from another part of your body, like the abdomen or hips, and combined with Selphyl, a rejuvenating filler which is made from the platelets in a vial of your own blood. The Selphyl increases the longevity of the fat by stimulating new blood vessels to form. We then inject the fat-Selphyl mixture into your face precisely where volume is needed. “FAT TRANSFER” is currently the most popular option for long-term rejuvenating fullness. Using your own fat requires an additional mini lipo-like procedure to be performed. You will have a day or two of downtime in the liposuction area which will feel like you did some serious crunch classes. Best of all, the results are long-lasting and very natural.

Fillers are a good way of test-driving what your cheeks could look like with fat injections. Placing Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse in the upper area of the cheek adds fullness and can also lift the area below the cheek. Results are immediate, and last an average of six months to one year depending on the product used. There is a chance of some mild bruising at the injection site which will subside within a few days.

By lifting the cheeks with one of these methods, other facial features are subtly lifted, too—like the corners of the mouth and the jawline—which gives a nice contour, and restores youthfulness to the face.

The”Vampire”(Selphyl) LipoLift Adds a Bite of Fat

November 22, 2010 / Category: Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

Can a bit of your blood and a bite of your fat give you back a youthful face? The answer, for many, is now yes!  

 Firm, plumped, glowing, healthy looking skin are signs of youth. Hollows, wrinkles, deflated and sagging cheeks and smile lines are not. Synthetic fillers have become the mainstay in the fight against gravity, but now a long-lasting all natural option is available. Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D., is the pioneer of the “Vampire Face Lift” which uses Selphyl to rejuvenate and fill facial lines and hollows. Dr. Tanne is an Aesthetic Medicine specialist and the Medical Director of Cosmetic Laser MD in Livingston, New Jersey.  Recently Dr. Tanne has been performing the “Vampire LipoLift” also known as Selphyl Enhanced Fat Transfer, to rejuvenate the face and give it back its youthful fullness and glow.

Although fat has been used  previously to fill lines and folds (Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting), the success rate wasn’t very exciting. After all, fat is a living tissue, and needs a blood supply to survive. With previous attempts to use fat, patients saw a nice result, but it didn’t last. Dr. Tanne’s patients are all thrilled to give up a bit of belly fat and have it moved up into the face. What has been recently discovered is that fat contains more stem cell than almost any other tissue in the body, even more than in bone marrow. Our own fat is a potent source of rejuvenation.

Recent studies have confirmed that mixing Selphyl into fat allows the re-injected fat to develop a new network of blood vessels. When fat has a good supply of blood feeding it, it becomes a long-lasting part of your body. Rather than having synthetic filler re-injected every 6 months to one year, Dr. Tanne’s patients now have the option to get a long lasting, all natural treatment. Another exciting benefit of Vampire LipoLift (Selphyl enhanced Fat Transfer), is that your skin has a more youthful glow from the growth factors that are being re-injected.  

 After Dr. Tanne gently bathes a small area of the belly with a dilute numbing solution, a small amount of fat is withdrawn and allowed to sit for a short period of time. Then,  she takes a little bit of blood (one vial) from the patient’s arm. The platelets are separated from the red cells, and using a special process that only takes a few minutes, Selphyl is created. Selphyl has the unique advantage of containing your own growth factors that are in your platelets.  Mixing the platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRMF) of Selphyl into the stem cell rich fat that was taken out, now creates a rejuvenation broth ready to be immediately re-injected.  

Dr. Tanne numbs the skin of her patients face, and then using very small tubes gently injects tiny threads of the Selphyl enhanced fat into hollow and deflated areas. This treatment can be used to rejuvenate the hands and other body areas as well.  “The entire procedure is quick and comfortable, the results are instant and down-time is minimal. I love the fact that I am giving my patients back their youthful glow. One of the best outcomes of this treatment  is the renewed sense of self-confidence that my patients now have. They actually like seeing themselves in a mirror”, she says.” Sculpting and re-defining the face is my passion, and I love  giving my patients back a youthful appearance. The immediate wow factor when my  patients look in the mirror is the highlight of my day. The Vampire LipoLift really does turn back the hands of time”, says Dr. Tanne.

“Vampire Facelift”Uses Blood to Get Rid of Wrinkles

August 16, 2010 / Category: Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

Click to see Dr. Tanne’s ABC interview:

“Vampire Facelift” Uses Blood to Get Rid of Wrinkles

This article was picked up by news services worldwide
including Cosmopolitan
(as far away as Thailand and Australia)!

Click here to learn more about Selphyl
and other fillers.

PS – Do you have an idea for an article, or do you need advice? Please write to me at info@cosmeticlasermd.com!

Top Ten Beauty Treatments for 2010

April 5, 2010 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures
So you’ve decided you want cosmetic laser treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance — but which one do you choose? 
Well, you’ve come to the right place. To answer questions just like that one, we compiled a list of the  ‘Top Ten’ Cosmetic Laser Face and Body Rejuvenation Treatments that are clinically proven highly-effective and provide the most satisfying results.  Sought after as much for ‘beauty maintenance’ as for dramatic improvements by woman and men of all ages and all skin types, these treatments are available to anyone at a fraction of the cost of traditional cosmetic surgery.

1. eMatrix Fractional Sublative Rejuvenation – Designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks, improve textural irregularities and broken blood vessels, treat brown spots and sun damage, and tighten skin–all in one sitting.   Ideal for the face, neck, chest, arms and hands, it provides for a smoother, tighter and improved skin texture. eMatrix requires little- to-no downtime and is clinically proven for ALL skin types.
2. Fotofacial RF Skin Rejuvenation –FotoFacial RF (also known as photorejuvenation or IPL) is the first and only device to combine intense pulsed light with radiofrequency for maximum safety, effectiveness, and comfort. FotoFacial RF safely and comfortably treats rosacea, spider veins, sun damage, age spots, as well as uneven skin tone created by brown and red spots. In addition, because it uses bipolar radiofrequency, FotoFacial RF will simultaneously stimulate collagen production leading to softer wrinkles and tighter pores. The end result is smoother, healthier, younger looking skin.

3. VelaShape Laser Body Contouring – VelaShape™ features the revolutionary ELOS™ technology, and is FDA–cleared for Body Reshaping and Cellulite Treatment, enabling you to comfortably achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body. VelaShape treats both the deeper tissue and the upper layers of the skin resulting in a measurable reduction in fat layers, circumference and the appearance of cellulite. VelaShape™ offers a non–surgical, no downtime and virtually painless treatment for Body Reshaping and Cellulite Treatment, with proven results in as few as five treatment sessions.      

4. Dermal Fillers – Safe and simple biocompatible dermal fillers including Radiesse®, Juvederm® and the exciting new Selphyl™. Used to achieve the Liquid Face Lift, these fillers are injected to increase volume, fill lines and lift hollows in the face, taking years off of your appearance and restoring the Volume of Youth.
5. Botox® – A perennial favorite for its consistent, almost instantaneous results, Botox® relaxes the tiny facial muscles that cause worry lines in the forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines and laugh lines. Botox is also used to elevate and re-shape the brow and turn up the corners of the mouth, resulting in a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

6. ELOS Laser Hair Removal – ELOS Laser Hair Removal combines Bi–Polar RF (Radio Frequency) and a high power Diode LASER, requiring lower overall energy levels for superior results and maximum safety, and is the fastest, most effective hair removal laser available. One of the most important benefits of ELOS technology is that it safely achieves permanent and effective reduction of most hair colors on all skin types including patients with darker skin tones.

7. Melanage Skin Lightening Peel – Designed to treat uneven skin tone, deep pigment issues and melasma. The Melanage Skin Lightening Peel is a superficial peel designed to improve the texture and appearance of hyperpigmented skin, which involves a medicate masque and an at–home regimen. This peel is safe and effective for ALL skin types including dark skin.

8. SilkPeel™– SilkPeel combines precision non–invasive exfoliation with Dermalinfusion™, a deep delivery of skin–specific solutions, to restore, brighten, clarify, hydrate and revitalize your skin without the use of crystal or other chemical exfoliants.  The patented SilkPeel™ handpiece deeply delivers the vitamins, antioxidants, and other therapeutic ingredients that your skin needs most.9. VI Peel Treatment™ – Painless, quick and designed to reverse the signs of aging and sun damage on the skin, the VI Peel improves the texture of the skin, reduces age spots, and softens lines and wrinkles. The unique blend of ingredients in our Peel produces powerful results with no pain, no skin preparation and very little downtime.

10. Clarisonic PRO – The Clarisonic PRO is the latest model from Clarisonic. Created by the primary inventor of the Sonicare® toothbrush, Clarisonic’s gentle sonic vibrations cleanse deeply, clearing pores for better absorption of skincare products; reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; creates softer, smoother skin; helps reduce oily areas,dry skin patches and blemishes; and is gentle enough for cleansing sensitive skin.

Of course, all the above treatments are available at Cosmetic Laser MD’s office in Livingston, NJ.
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