Clear and Brilliant– New Laser, New Skin

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)

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Budget Beauty Guide– Anti-Aging Options

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. 

Cleansing:

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The Stem Cell Facelift

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…