January 22, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

HYDRATE SKINNo matter the season, dehydrated skin is an all-too-common skin complaint—one that can plague just about any skin type at any age. Luckily for those that suffer from extremely dry skin, the condition can be easily cured. Most of us reach for an array of moisturizing lotions, creams and serums to ameliorate dry skin. But, there are several easy-to-adopt lifestyle changes that can hydrate your complexion and keep it that way, like using a humidifier to reduce moisture loss caused by the environment. It’s also a good idea to moisturize immediately after you shower. This is when the skin has the most moisture so it is easier to lock it in rather than replace it. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and squalane, for the face, and petrolatum and silicone for the body. 

Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine helps to prevent dehydration from within.

Ingredients like antioxidants will not only repair dehydrated skin quicker, but will help prevent future dryness.

Oxygen and deep hydrating facials can help alleviate the symptoms of dehydrated skin.


January 21, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

INTRO LUMILASE HEADERIf ‘luminosity’ and ‘radiance’ were last year’s beauty buzz words, in 2013 we want treatments that achieve both of these things – faster and with less downtime than ever before. Regular laser treatments will become the new facials as women seek to maintain glowing, even-toned complexions and radical results with minimum side-effects.

Fast track your fix with LumiLase! LumiLase is a treatment that combines home skin-prepping with a mild laser and microdermabrasion to combat stubborn pigment and sun spots.

LumiLase is an innovative new procedure for melasma, brown spots, sun damage and other brown discoloration of the skin, created by cosmetic physician and laser specialist Dr. Susan Stevens Tanne. This highly effective treatment combines microdermabrasion with laser treatment and a tailored skin care regimen.

Microdermabrasion removes the dead skin cell layer, enabling enhanced laser light penetration, while increasing skin cell turnover. Low energy laser treatment then breaks up the brown skin pigment to smaller particles which are then cleared by the body’s natural healing process. A skin care regimen tailored to your skin is used to prevent hyperpigmentation from recurring. The LumiLase three-pronged approach is pain-free and requires no recovery or down time. More aggressive treatments can worsen melasma and hyperpigmentation by irritating and inflaming the skin but LumiLase is so gentle that it does not stimulate pigment production. Patients are amazed to see their condition begin to drastically clear within 2 to 3 weeks after just one treatment, however a series of 3 to 5 treatments is usually recommended for optimal results.

Many patients notice a tremendous difference in the color and texture of their skin after being treated by LumiLase. “Between the laser treatments and the skin care products, my skin color has improved drastically. I couldn’t be happier with the results”, said one of Dr. Tanne’s patients.

LumiLase is one of the most exciting treatments that I offer, because the results are consistently good in almost every patient treated, even those who have tried aggressive laser treatments with long recovery times. LumiLase is available at Dr. Tanne’s private Livingston-based practice, Cosmetic Laser MD.

How To Reverse Sun Damage

August 16, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News, Special Offers

While sun damage doesn’t happen overnight, it can seem like it visibly affects the skin in a rather short period of time. The more the skin is exposed to the sun, the more the collagen and elastin in the deeper layers is broken down, giving less support to the underlying muscles and the skin’s surface. As a response mechanism, the skin tries to protect itself from the damage, in turn thickening as a means of regeneration.


Treat sun-damaged skin at home:

Peptides and vitamin A need to be used consistently to help strengthen the skin and improve its texture. Retinol is key since it sheds the top layer of skin and strengthens it from inside out. Dr. Tanne’s favorite daytime skincare – Daily Cocktail – is bursting with peptides, antioxidants and other key repair ingredients. Her Tanne MD Medical Skin Care Night Defense is her go-to nighttime anti-aging must-have – a retinol serum blended with hydrating hyaluronic acid.

Free radical-fighting ingredients like green tea and vitamins C and E will help safeguard the skin from future damage. Check out Tanne MD Medical  Skin Care T-Power Pads and CE Ferulic Infusion.

Protection and maintenance are vital-once sun-damaged skin has been transformed, you don’t want it to regress. It is recommended to wear a sunscreen with ingredients that contain primarily physical blockers, which provide protection from all UV rays. Check out our absolute favorite, TIZO (titanium/zinc oxide).

Treat sun-damaged skin professionally:

Before starting any in-office treatment for sun damage, Dr. Tanne recommends all patients begin a 3 product at home regimen to pre-treat their skin, including:

  • Brighten Pads -These custom blended pads contain 4% hydroquinone to “shut down” unwanted pigment cells.
  • Night Defense – to help shed these unwanted pigment cells
  • TIZO – to protect your beautiful rejuvenated skin

Laser and light-based treatments, like FotoFacial RF (which combines Intense Pulsed Light with bi-polar Radiofrequency) and both ablative and nonablative resurfacing procedures, work to reinstate the skin. FotoFacial can help eliminate brown and red spots on the face and body. A downtime-free treatment, although several sessions are required, FotoFacial  helps to rejuvenate the skin so that it looks younger and fresher.

Treatments that tackle sun-damaged skin, including chemical peels – our hands down favorite is Apeele – can improve the skin, too. Acid-based peels buffer the skin, making it more sensitive to the sun. We also love DiamondTip™ Microdermabrasion to gently buff away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving you polished and glowing.

Our new fractional CO2 resurfacing laser, CO2RE, reverses years of sun damage. Unlike older versions of the laser, which used a solid beam, this revolutionary device uses a fractionated beam so there are zones of normal skin, allowing for a shorter recovery period – less than one week, as opposed to two or three. It’s excellent for restoring skin to its natural state without all of the sun damage.  CO2RE gets rid of discoloration while improving the skin’s texture. Instead of employing light, fractional resurfacing lasers create microscopic wounds in the skin-as the skin heals, the sun-damaged areas flake off, and collagen is increased – all in ONE treatment!


September 20, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Special Offers


In addition to state-of-the-art fillers and laser therapies, we are committed to teaching our patients about excellent skincare.  The basic building blocks, for almost everyone, include: proper cleanser, Vitamin C and Retinol, antioxidant moisturizer and chemical-free sunscreen.
What then, are all of those “other” products on our shelves?  Our building blocks are really just the beginning!  In addition to the basics, we have some stellar, ingredient-driven products that can aid dramatically in your anti-aging regime.  These products are “Medical Grade” meaning that they contain much higher concentration and superior quality of active ingredients than anything you can purchase at CVC, Nordstrom and even Sephora.  Our product lines can be compared to Obagi and TNS, but through examining scientific studies and comparisons, we have found that ours are more effective, and usually at much better prices.



August 2, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

Need a reason to enjoy a glass of wine this summer? Good news! A glass of wine can offer several benefits to your health.While we’ve heard of its effects on the heart and brain, we haven’t heard too much about its benefits for the skin. Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a new study from The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council found that eating grapes and drinking wine might actually be able to protect the skin from sunburn and possibly skin cancer.

According to the research, a chemical found in grapes can protect skin from sunburn by protecting cells. Researchers discovered that the flavonoids found in grapes can stop the chemical reaction that kills cells and causes damage to the skin. As you know, such damage from the sun not only can cause skin cancer but also premature aging.

COSMETIC LASER MD toasts this excellent news! We hope you’re enjoying your summer (and wearing your chemical-free sunscreen!).

F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims

June 16, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News


Terms like “sunblock,” “waterproof” and “sweatproof”
will be banned under tougher standards.

Published: June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administrationtook steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof.

The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering “broad spectrum” protection. UVB rays cause burning; UVA rays cause wrinkling; and both cause cancer.

The rules, which go into effect in a year, will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false. Instead, they will be allowed to claim in minutes the amount of time in which the product is water resistant, depending upon test results.

And only sunscreens that have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or higher will be allowed to maintain that they help prevent sunburn and reduce the risks of skin cancer and early skin aging.
The rules have been under consideration since 1978….CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE….

Diet Secrets that Make Your Skin Glow

March 29, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging

Of course if you know by now that at COSMETIC LASER MD we are chemical-free sunscreen fanatics (by the way our new spring products just came in, including a fabulous custom-color block which our makeup artists create just for you), but even we aren’t always thrilled with the Caspar-like pallor. While most people think the best way to improve their skin color is by sun tanning, a recent study shows that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is actually more efficient.

According to new research, people who eat larger portions of fruit and veggies a day have a more golden hue to their skin tone due to consuming more carotenoids. Responsible for the red coloring in fruits and vegetables like carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are antioxidants that assist in soaking up damaging compounds produced by everyday stress, especially while the body is fighting disease.

Interestingly enough, the study also found that given the choice between skin color caused by sun tan and skin color caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin color. So it looks like if you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off turning to fruits and veggies than UV rays.

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