I had already tried the low and medium settings of the Palovia home laser and barely felt them on my skin– and now was ready to go to the max and try the highest setting. However, these settings while painless had left raised, red splotches which were still around up to eight hours later. The skin also felt a bit tender as if it had been sunburned.
A friend who knew her way around lasers thought she knew the source of the problem. I wasn’t using enough of the gel. The instructions said the enclosed bottle of gel was enough for 60 treatments. It was not that big a bottle, so I just used a light topping of gel before zapping my arm with the laser. I remembered … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. Menopause is more than just the end of your period, much more. This amazing site has the health, diet and fitness info you need to deal with these changes. This time of life can radically alter metabolism. I’ve always had to count calories and could only stare enviously as my skinny friends ate anything they wanted. Menopause now has made us equals. Formerly trim friends now have to learn new ways of eating to keep their weight down– and Menopause Makeover offers the tools they need.
And when you’ve explored Menopause Makeovers ( try her Noble Prize worthy recipe for low carb,high protein waffles), check out a new beauty book by one of the most respected dermtologists in the world. Dr Neil Sadick … 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 … Continue Reading… →
No, I didn’t get attacked by a flock of vampire bats. This is what my neck looked like the day after Dr Marmur removed some freckles, skin tags and red spots. As before, I had applied a lidocaine cream to numb the area, but Dr M felt that I needed a bit of injected lidocaine to be more comfortable. She used a laser on the freckles, cut off the skin tags and eliminated the red spots, called cherry angiomas, with electricalcauterization. Thanks to the lidocaine, the whole procedure was painless. She topped each spot with a dab of Aquaphor and a non-irritating strip to cover them.
The treated spots look alot worse than they feel. In fact, I had far less discomfort with this treatment than I had when … Continue Reading… →
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… →
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… →
Here are the pix I took before and three weeks after my Pelleve procedure. To my eye there is a visible difference in contours of the face. The smile lines are not as deep and my jaw line a little tighter. I don’t look in my twenties or even in my thirties– but to my eye I just look more like the person I remember.
I really like these subtle changes much more than the more drastic changes of a full face CO2 laser. While that bad boy can erase decades of lines, wrinkles and age spots, I find the post -laser face looks waxy with a pale shiny appearance. Its the strange face you see on some of the women on The Real Housewives of You Name the City.
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, … Continue Reading… →