Question: My Mom reads your blog and has been talking about getting Botox or the “lunchtime laser.” I want to get her a treatment for Christmas but don’t know which one to choose. I can afford only one and I want her to see the biggest results.
Answer: What a great question and you’re a great daughter! Both Botox and Intense Pulsed Light laser ( also known as the lunchtime laser) will make a major difference in her appearance. The choice depends on the condition of her skin. If she has spent many happy hours in the sun, its likely that she has lots of freckles and dark patches. An Intense Pulsed Light treatment will literally vaporize this aging pigmentation and leave her skin younger and refreshed. The results are permanent but brown spots will return if she goes out without sun protection. … Continue Reading… →
It sounds like a plot of a new Steven Spielberg movie, but its real. Turns out that our fat is loaded with stem cells and that when injected into the face, stem cells actually encourage regrowth for healthy fuller contours. I learned about this and other anti-aging techniques that are just on the horizon at a press event hosted by cosmetic surgery expert Wendy Lewis. One of the smartest women I’ve ever met, she assembled a blue ribbon panel of dermatologists and surgeons to explain these new wrinkle busters at Waldorf Astoria press conference.
Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr Z. Paul Lorenc explored new fillers that actually stimulated the growth of new healthy collagen. So when the filler is gradually absorbed, the skin stays smooth and young because of strong fresh skin cell growth that restores youthful contours. Dr David Golderg, director of Laser Research at Mount … Continue Reading… →
Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that bad, but in a strapless dress or cami top, it … Continue Reading… →
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of photorejuvenation that uses a blast of light to remove freckles, unwanted hair and little red lines on the skin. Often called the “lunchtime laser” it does not burn off the top layers of the skin like a tradtional laser and the skin looks beautiful and smooth within a week. I had IPL last year in June with Dr Marmur and was so pleased with the results. I thought it made my skin look tighter and fresher and I posted before and after pics on the blog. My BFF ( best friend with freckles) liked the changes so much that she went for her own IPL date. I think her results were even better. Not only does she look 10 years younger, her skin has a new radiance. She is so pleased with the … Continue Reading… →
Watching the celebs walk the red carpet during awards season, I began to focus on the flawless chests and creamy shoulders of the stars in their strapless gowns. Was I the last woman in America with age spots on my upper body?
The short answer is no. This is an often overlooked spot until a dress or bathing suit suddenly reminds you that sun damage doesn’t stop at the chin. That’s the bad news. The good news? There a buffet of spots removers including skin bleaches, IPL, lasers, Fraxel, peels and microdermabrasion. The question is which one is the best. According to Dr Marmur, I have several different types of discolorations that require different types of treatments. For example the true freckles can be easily treated with a YAG or Ruby laser– the same type that I used on the freckles ( aka age … 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.
And as an additional bonus, IPL took care of the fine lines which made her hands fresh and young. Dr Lefkovits has scheduled another visit to totally erase the remaining shadows of the old … Continue Reading… →
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 athlete who spent many happy hours on tennis courts and sunny beaches– … Continue Reading… →
I get frequent questions from Asian and Latina readers who are interested in using Retin A , but are concerned about the side effects. On one hand Retin A has the ability to lighten dark patches and make the skin look fresher and brighter. On the other hand Retin A can be very irritating– and deeper skin tones tend to develop darkened areas when inflamed.
There’s a boatload of conflicting advice about the topic and I needed an expert to provide answers. Asking my colleagues in beauty for the best source of information, I was referred to the noted Chicago-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Seven Dayan. In addition to seeing patients, Dr Dayan is the founder of DeNova Research, a center that has extensive experience studying skin care in women of color. According to Dr Dayan, Latina, Asian and African American … Continue Reading… →