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… →
Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
A picture is worth a thousand words. I took a few photos to show the “before” of my dark circles. That is the area which I am going to work on next and I want to see what works and what doesn’t. You can certainly see the dark circles, but you can also see the amazing improvement from treatments about six weeks into the project. I don’t know if I look younger, but I certainly know my skin looks better. I just followed the standard advice of Retin A and had my age spots fried with a laser. The first photo was taken at the start of this project. Just me and my age spots and deep smile lines.
The second photo was taken after about six weeks on Retin A and following laser removal of age spots. You can see … Continue Reading… →