There’s a new anti-aging laser in town and its called Clear and Brilliant. Its from the same company that developed Thermage and Fraxel— and sometimes Clear and Brilliant is described as ‘babyFraxel”. I’m already a big fan of “baby botox” so this laser is right in my comfort zone. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, this new anti-aging tool reduces age spots and some types of acne scars.
Like its big sister Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant is an anti-aging laser that delivers energy in a grid pattern. However true Fraxel goes deeper, can be uncomfortable and requires 3-5 days of healing. By contrast this new rejuvenating laser is never painful and the skin recovers within hours. Since baby steps might as well be my middle name, I was eager to try it out with my super derm, Dr Ellen Marmur. ( Before proceedure pix below)
One of my pet peeves are fashion layouts that show you how to use the same pair of shoes in three different outfits– but each outfit then requires more than $1000 in additional clothing and accessories. Money is money and if you are trying to cut fashion or beauty costs, the choices need to be genuinely affordable AND effective. To bottomline it, I’m not going to use supermarket bar soap to buy a $300 moisturizer.
With the steady stream of bad economic news and at least one friend laid off every week, I decided to get serious about cutting skin care costs but without compromising results. So here is the first section of my anti-aging budget beauty guide. My goal: to deliver cleansing, exfoliation renewal and protection at less than one dollar a day.
It sounds like something that you would see on the Sci-Fi Channel. Injections of fat and stem cells are “harvested” from your butt and love handles and injected into areas of your face that need rejuvenation. Not only does the fat fill out areas that lost volume (eg cheecks and under eye hollows) the adult stem cells are supposed to generate healthy new collagen. Really?
Here’s how its done. Fat is extracted from your body and is processed with chemicals or lasers to concentrate the stem cells– in a process that is news to the FDA. Then this stuff is injected into the face. You can see immediate resuts from the fat while the new collagen growth is supposed to show firmer skin over the next few months.
Does the stem cell face lift work? According to just about every expert, the stem cell facelift is not a facelift nor does it … Continue Reading… →