Real Advances in the Science of Beauty

Last week I went to the annual Mount Sinai Advances in Dermatology Conference in NYC.  Begun over a decade ago as a local meeting, doctors now come from all over the world to hear  state of the art developments from the best and brightest in dermatology.  It is the creation of  Park Avenue dermatologist Albert Lefkovits– who by the way  has taken care of my daughters since they were teenagers.  He is such a good derm that I actually got flowers from a co-worker to thank me for recommending him.

By the end of the three day  meeting, I finally understood the difference between Sculptra, Radiesse, and Juvaderm, learned about the new sunscreen guidelines, and heard about  ways to deal with adult acne that  improves both breakouts  and skin aging.  Awesome!

I even found out about two new FDA approved  therapies  that hadn’t even been on my radar.  The first, Photodynamic Therapy, the skin is  pretreated with medication and then exposed to red and blue lights of varying wavelengths.  It is used for aging, acne  and brown age spots.  It sounds great, but I wonder if anyone  has  used it.  I’d love to hear about your experiences.

The second new anti-aging techique goes by the  tongue-numbing name of Sub-Ablative Radio Frequency.  It is a laser that does not affect the surface of the skin, but makes improvements in the lower architecture.  I was so impressed with the results, I made an appointment to get  it done. I’ve always been hesitant to use lasers since the skin looks raw and red for at least a week.  When I  lasered the freckles on my face, a three year old pointed a finger at me and  said ” Clownie?  When I lasered the  brown spots on my hand, a  women asked if they were bed bug bits.    With this new laser, all the effects are below the skin’s surface, so you look better, not redder.

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