Question: I am a 45 year old South Asian women. I now live near Chicago and the weather is usually grey and very cold. My cousin says I still need to use a sunscreen and I think its unnecesary at this time of year. Who is right?
Answer: Umm, I tend to stay out of family arguments, but in this case I have to say your cousin is right. The UV rays are hitting our skin all year round. While your melanin rich complexion provides protection from sun aging and skin cancers, even weak UV rays can provoke unwanted patches of darker pigmentation known as hyperpigmentation or melasma. Brown spots and splotches are an increasing problem for skin of color. Rather than spend a good part of your beauty dollar on products that promise to brighten and even out the skin tones, prevent hyperpigmentation … Continue Reading… →
I recently watched a video that helped me finally understand how human growth factors actually work. At an excellent breakfest presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, Dr Alex Khadavi explained how this type of anti-aging moisturizer can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Let me walk you through it:
Collagen is produced by fibroblasts and naturally occurring human growth factors trigger fibroblsts into action. As we get older, the levels of human growth factors fall and the fibroblasts seem to go into hibernation. THat’s the bad news. The good news? Human growth factors in face and eye treatment products wake up the fibroblasts to start doing their job making new collagen. With healthy new tissue, the skin is firmer and less lined.
Keep in mind that lines are just one of over a dozen signs of facial aging. Growth factors does … Continue Reading… →
Before my Hydro-Facial at the office of aesthetic surgeon Dr Paul Lorenc, his technician Carissa took a series of before and after photos that were brutally honest. In the first pix, the dark spots all over most of my face were signs of sun damage below the skin. And here’s the scary part– according to their calculation I had mild-minimal damage. I’ve got to see what significant damage looks like. Note that my forehead is pretty clear of dark spots. I’ve worn full bangs for 30 years which has apparently protected the skin from sun damage. Imagine how good my skin would look with a full beard. Around my eyes you can see dark melanin pigment on the lids as well as under the eyes. Now I know what’s driving my dark circles and … Continue Reading… →
Judith’s hands healed rapidly after her IPL treatment. On Day One ( top left) the freckles looked a bit red, but were not painful. Other than a sunscreen, Judith did not need to put anything on them or to wear a bandage. Over the next week (bottom left ) her hand developed numerous small brown spots which were exploded freckles. These soon rubbed off revealing fresh new skin. The bigger freckles developed crusted over, which then fell off to reveal pale spots. After three weeks( bottom right) her hands had a brighter, softer surface with just a few freckles that were much lighter than before.
I had my freckles ( aka age spots) lasered off the top of my hands and posted the progress on my blog. I was very happy with the results, but wondered how IPL ( also called photo rejuvenation) would have worked. To answer that question, Dr Lefkovits offered to use IPL on the freckles of a friend.
I knew just who to call. Judith has had my back since we worked together in advertising. Dealing with some pretty difficult clients, she was always the island of calm in any storm. Since I started my blog, Judith has been an enthusiastic supporter and when Dr Lefkovits made the offer, I punched in her number on my cell. Tall and slim, she is a terriffic … Continue Reading… →
On Day 6 after the YAG laser treatment, the spots on my hands are totally painless, a bit less red, but still attract shock and awe. ( I think its part of the fear of bed bugs thing) The big boy bandaids that I bought at CVS covered my hands, but the adhesive edges irritated the lasered areas. The dressings provided by Dr Marmur after the procedure did a much better job, but turned out to be hard to find. Finally located them at a local surgical supply store. Dr M had tried to give me a supply of these Telfa dressings, but I choose that moment to go macho– and waved off the need for a covering.Continue Reading… →
The day fter the laserering of my hands, the spots feel totally healed. They still look pretty red, but they are not at all painful. Rather than cover them up with the dressings Dr M gave me, I decided to use the same concealer that worked so well when I lasered the age spots on my face– and off I went for the day.
The no- bandaid decision was probably not my best idea. The concealer quickly wore off and I realized that my raw laser treated hands were getting way to much exposure to UV rays. I ducked into Hampton Chutney, an UWS restaurant for lunch and was halfway thru my sandwich and perfect Indian ice coffee when a preganat woman stopped by my table.
When it comes to lasers, by this time I know the drill. If I had been using Retin A or Triluma on my hands, I would have had to stop 2-3 days earlier. One hour before the treatment I dabbed on a numbing cream made with lidocaine. ( Its available only with a prescription). Dr Marmur slipped on a pair of red goggles, gave me a pair to put on and aimed a YAG laser at the top of my hands. I hardly felt a thing. I’ve got a pretty low tolorance to pain, so if I say somethings doen’t hurt, trust me, it doesn’t hurt.
As I sat in the treatment chair, the spots turned white and crusty. Dr Marmur gave me tubes of Aquaphot to put on the fried spots and a packet of large, self adhesive bandaids to cover the tops of the hands. By the time I was at the … Continue Reading… →