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 … 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 … 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 … Continue Reading… →
Here is a pix of my neck ten days after removing the various bumps and splotches. The scabs are gone and the redness is slowly fading. To avoid awkward stares questions, I am still wearing scarves and chuncky necklaces to cover them up. I found that powder mineral foundation does hide them, but then rubs off and stains my tees and blouses, soI’m sticking to camouflage rather than make-up. Now that I’ve worked so hard to polish up my neck and chest I want to protect it from new problems. I had three types of spots:
Brown spots: These are a combination of age and sunlight. The former I can’t so anything about– the latter just needs a daily sunscreen. Done.
The first time I went for a Pelleve treatment with Dr Prasad, I was anxious that it would be painful. I’m just not a “no pain, no gain” type of person. I was delighted that Pelleve was a very comfortable, even relaxing procedure– and was even more pleased with the improvements I could see. This time I was pretty mellow when I went to my second Pelleve appointment. It was just as painless and I saw even more improvement. In the pair of photos above, the profile on the left was before any treatment and the profile on the right was just after my second Pelleve treatment. My cheeks and chin are clearly firmer and less flabby. Its not nearly as extensive a change as I would see with a surgical lift, but I don’t want to go there. What you can also … Continue Reading… →
Nothing screams “old lady” like a couple of white hairs on your chin. I had started my anti-aging plan with laser hair removal and was delighted with the results. It hurt, took several sessions, was expensive but the dark hairs were gone. But in the last few months I was not pleased to see the arrival of about six, tough white chin hairs. (The photo is an extreme close-up) I was even less happy to learn that lasers and IPL don’t work on light colored hairs. What did? The answer is old fashioned electrolysis.
I have always been afraid of electrolysis. I’ve heard its painful and not that effective. My college roomate went frequently for electroysis and I remember her sitting all night with an ice pack on her upper lip. Now it was was … 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 … Continue Reading… →
When I started exploring anti-aging options I really wasn’t aware that my neck looked, well looked old. After I used tools like Retin A and IPL, I could see a big difference between the texture and color between my neck and face– as if I was wearing a heavy foundation. On the neck there was that bumpy “chicken skin”, thick horizontal lines and lots of fine lines. I’ve been using Retin A and sunscreen on my neck but apparently its nowhere near as effective for the neck. Not good news.
There is a short list of anti-aging tools for the neck. Top of the list is the full facelift ( Check out recent pix of Madonna. Some experts believe that she has had a facelift because her neck is … Continue Reading… →