Did the Forever Young Laser Reverse Aging? by Deb Chase

Skin before Forever BeautifulMy first treatment  with the Forever Young laser made a big difference in my summer freckles  But amazing esthetician Carissa  wanted to go for gold.  So I had a second treatment to even out the remaining red and brown areas as well as tighten the skin to shrink pores on my  cheeks.

Carissa,  who works with the Park Avenue cosmetic surgeo Dr Paul Lorenc,  started by massaging in a mixture of ultrasound gel and lidocaine.  She then waited  for twenty minutes for my skin to become numb. ( Because time is money, some  skin care  practitioners  do not give the skin a  chance to get numb and  even these lower level lasers can be quite uncomfortable. If this ever happens to you, insist on sufficient numbing time!)   When the lidocaine  kicked in, Carissa fired up the Forever Young laser and made … Continue Reading…

Can Hormones Make Me Look Younger?

Q&A about hormonesQuestion:  My sister started taking  hormones during menopause and she says its  keeping her young.  She says she  has more energy, better moods  and  is delighted that her hair seems  less dry and fragile. She does looks great, but I’ m afraid of risks like blood clots and breast cancer.   What would you advise?  And did I mention how great she looked?

Answer:  October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its the right time to answer this question. When estrogen  is given during menopause, it can have a definate  impact on the skin. Estrogen stimulates collagen production and during  menopause, estrogen naturally declines.  In fact certain types of collagen decrease as much as 50% in the few  three years  of  menopause.  Estrogen also regulates melanin production and a decline fo this  hormone increases brown spots and irregular pigmentation.

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A Guy’s Guide to Anti- Aging Skin Care.

Anti-Aging menIt should be no big surprise that  men’s skin  ages differently than a woman’s.  Their stronger muscles ( yes even in the face) develops deeper wrinkles.  Men have more sun damage on the face and neck  and develop more non-melanoma skin cancers.  Men’s skin tends to be thicker oiler and then there is that beard to take into account.

Tretinoin ( eg Retin-A cream) along with a sunscreen is the foundation  of an anti-aging skin care for women and it works equally well for men.  According to  New York City dermatologist Dr Gary Goldenberg, Retin A can be used on the  cheecks, chin, nose and forehead to deal  with sun damage and stimulate collagen. Both Botox and fillers  are also in his anti-aging skin care tool kit, although the guidelines differ.  … Continue Reading…

Can Women of Color Use Lasers? by Deb Chase

Women of ColorQuestion: Can a South Asian women use Forever Beautiful  laser to get rid of dark patches? Answer: According to Carissa, the amazing esthetician who works with Dr Z.Paul Lorenc, the short answer is— no.  The heat of  this  milder laser  could trigger new darkened areas and leave the skin with  irregular pigmentation.  To clarify  and brighten South Asian  skin  Carissa uses a two step  process.  First she pre-treats the skin with  for a few weeks with hydroquinone to put the melanin producing cells into sleep mode.   Then she exposes the skin to  a  Q switch YAG laser which was developed originally to remove black pigment in a tattoo.  The proceedure needs to be done very very carefully  and after treatment  sunscreens are essential.  To keep the skin smooth and clear  a 50SPF sunscreen should … Continue Reading…

Health Benefits of A Laser by Deb Chase

Laser Before and AfterThe Forever Beautful  BBL laser  made a visible difference in the quality of my skin.   At parties and conferences, friends and co-workers  mentioned that  my skin  looked good.  But what they could not see were the health benefits below the skin.  Lasers like Forever Beautiful  not only clarify the surface of the skin they break up the melanin clumps in the layers below.  And thanks to the imaging  instruments like  TruVu,  we can actually see these changes.

Laser Benefits Below the Skin

The photo on the  left is the a woman before  laser treatment.  The dark spots and spotches  are all indications of sun damage.  Not only does it make the skin look dull and older than its years,  the darkened areas are more likely … Continue Reading…

Aging Gracefully in Public Eye- Diane Keaton

Aging Gracefully is hardAging gracefully  is  never easy.  Aging gracefully in the public eye, in HD, can be harrowing.  Like most women of my tribe, Diane Keaton  will always be  the Annie Hall style icon.  Her big shirt, topped with a man’s vest , over a  full skirt and boots is a look that still works today.  Seeing her wrinkled, grey and sporting dark framed glasses was  disconcerting– but then that commercial came on.  Most of the buzz has been paid to the difference in the appearance in the commercial and and  Keaton IRL.

Diane Keaton L'Oreal adYes, the blurry, rosy image in the commercial showed a Diane Keaton that was smoother and decades younger than the live, on-stage woman.  Its not as if  this is the first time we heard of … Continue Reading…

Mid-Fall Makeover- Part 2

Three years go,  I started  my No-Nonsense Makeover with IPL( Intense Pulsed Light)   and it made a huge difference in my skin.  I was diligent about using sunscreens every morning, but  rarely reapplied  sun  protection during the day.   Darker spots  and redness  gradually crept back and after  a sun filled weekend at the beach with my grandchildren,  my freckles came back in full force.   This mid-fall makeover is using   a second generation of broad  band laser ( Sciton Joule laser) combined with infrared skin tightening– a treatment called Forever Beautiful BBL.   Two days before my date with this laser treatment, I stopped using  Retin A, glycolic acid and  even my  Clarisonic.   I will avoid them  for two days after  treatment.

Just after MakeoverWhen  Carissa finished  working on my skin,  my face felt tight and warm  like I had spent the day in the sun.  My … Continue Reading…

It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week our forever young expert, Jackie  of JackieSilverStyle is hosting Fashion Flash.  Jackie is one of those incredibly wise people who seem to know the best way to do anything.  She is a natural athlete, makes the best cinnamon buns you ever tasted, and is a skilled videographer.   When I needed to do some  videos, I will never forget her  turning my dining room into a perfect studio.

Fashion Flash Giveaway to Fight MS

Over the past year more than 15,000 people have entered our Rafflecopter giveaways for a chance to win a piece of beautiful  Nancy Davis Peace and Love jewelry.  This week we are starting … Continue Reading…