Closely shaven hair has a sharp edge that can penetrate the skin, resulting in inflammation and swelling. This reaction—a normal bodily defense mechanism—is similar to the kind of reaction that occurs when you get a splinter in your finger. Although razor bumps can affect everyone, people with curly hair, African Americans, Hispanics and other ethnicities that tend to have darker skin, are particularly affected. It’s because their hair tends to be curly, and with each curl it moves back into the skin once it has been shaved, which is why those with curly hair tend to experience ingrown hairs. In fact, razor bumps are a big problem. They affect 60 percent of African Americans and Hispanics and 20 percent of Caucasians. And, not surprisingly, they’re a bigger problem for men than women because many men shave daily. More recently, people have begun using cortisone and moisturizers and topical antibiotics to eliminate their razor bump, however topical treatments aren’t effective treatment approaches because they don’t penetrate the skin deep enough. Fortunately, however, there are exciting new treatments on the horizon. Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. Laser hair removal, such as the GentleLase laser, provide an exceptional list of benefits for long-term body hair treatment, which also eliminate the chances of razor bumps. Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a [...]
Do your cheeks flush easier when you have a martini or a beer? Maybe the more you drink the redder you become? It’s a natural response the body makes, which is only dangerous when it is experienced on a regular basis. The accumulation of too much acetaldehyde when consuming alcohol produces this condition. Other even more unpleasant symptoms can be experienced when drinking. Because alcohol is a toxin as soon as it enters your bloodstream your body attempts to break it down which results in acetaldehyde production as a side effect. For people without this genetic condition that causes over sensitivity to alcohol their body can properly and efficiently process the acetaldehyde easily. If the breakdown of acetaldehyde reacts in such a way with your body you are inclined to react, the reaction will come in the form of a red-face and other possible symptoms when drinking. Other symptoms a person may experience while drinking with particular focus on the skin, is a prickly sensation of the skin, rapid heartbeat, intense congestion, and nausea. These are negative reactions and warning signs the body produces, which should tell the individual to stop drinking. Acetaldehyde is a known carcinogen as recent research suggests that alcohol flush-afflicted individuals consuming alcohol continually may be at a higher risk for alcohol-related diseases, such as liver and esophageal cancers and digestive tract cancer Considering the fact that your health and life are at stake you must do something to eliminate this condition of your body’s inability to properly metabolize acetaldehyde. You can put an immediate halt to all these symptoms and allow your body to eliminate the acetaldehyde easily. The first method is a prescription which is not recommended as the [...]
I think we can all agree that basking in baby oil under the glow of a foil screen is a bad idea. And most likely, sunglasses and SPF are at the top of your packing list. It is a common misconception that a base tan will prevent a person from burning their skin on vacation, like an easement into sun exposure instead of shocking the skin with UV rays. A common base tan myth is the vacationer is going to Florida and they don’t want to get burned while they’re there, so they commit to the tanning salon to achieve, what they believe is a safe ‘base color.” If that wasn’t bad enough, what happens next is worse: Once they person is on vacation that person thinks they aren’t at risk for burns and they spend their time in the sun unprotected. This is a common and dangerous misconception of invincibility. When in fact the exact opposite is happens. Tan skin is actually the result of the skin’s defenses kicking in. When ultraviolet light hits the skin, it damages the DNA in the skin cells, causing them to send out an emergency signal—melanin, or pigment—to the surface to protect the cells. In other words, when you have a tan, the tan is happening because the DNA has already been damaged. Half of all American adults report experiencing at least one sunburn in the past year. Past damage, such as the base tan, will not protect you from future sunburn. It simply increases an individual’s susceptibility to further effects of sun damage, such as wrinkles and skin cancer and a lot of the times the obvious signs won’t show up right away. Skin cancer is [...]
It’s widely known and confirmed by medical professionals that sunscreen is an important solution to protection from the sun. Researchers have found the necessity to protect the skin year round is one of the most important routines of your day-to-day health. Children have much more sensitive and less pigmented skin. Pigment protects and darkens the skin, which is why those of African American or Hispanic heritage sunburn less than Caucasian skin. In a recent study, research found that half of the 360 fifth graders surveyed in 2004 routinely used sunscreen. The numbers worsened when the same age group was surveyed again three years later in 2007 and they found only 25 percent were routinely using sunscreen. During the survey, both groups were also asked if they had experienced sunburns that summer and more than half responded yes. We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need, and repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need, and repeated unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer.
Cellulite is a buildup of fat inside each of the fat cells. When the cells become filled they begin to pucker at the top and create an uneven and bumpy surface that can be noticeable in shorts and bathing suits. Creams and massages are useless treatments when trying to actually get rid of cellulite because neither will remove the fat. VelaShape is an effective and non-surgical answer to the embarrassing areas on the body that many patients cannot treat on their own with diet and exercise. VelaShape is a body contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency and infrared light energy to smooth the skin’s surface to noticeably reduce cellulite and circumference of the treated area. Vacuum and specially designed rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. The net result increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The radiofrequency and infrared light energy precisely heats and treats the skin to reduce or shrink the size of the fat cells and chambers. This decreases the amount of space the body has for storing fat, resulting in a smooth body contouring effect so it will not only decrease cellulite, but also your size. The device has been reported by the FDA to effectively melt fat under the skin, break up the fibrous bands under the skin, and stimulate collagen production. Results are progressive and for most last between 6 to 12 months. In clinical studies, 85 percent of the areas treated showed a circumferential reduction in thighs for at least 1 centimeter.
Cellulite is the lumpy substance commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and butt. You may have heard people say it looks like “cottage cheese.” Cellulite is actually a fancy name for collections of fat that push against the connective tissue beneath a person’s skin. The fat is contained in pockets and push up and outwards when there is pressure. This makes the surface of the skin pucker and look lumpy. That pressure forces the fat right up against the top layers of skin, pushes upward because that’s the only place the fat can move. This creates a visibly dimpled look on the surface. When multiple fat compartments expand, multiple hills pop up and cellulite spreads across a wider surface area. Imagine a room with an elastic, trampoline-like ceiling that’s packed out with as many standard-sized balloons as possible–they’d all fit, albeit snugly within the walls of the room. Now imagine that those same balloons–still within the same room–all doubled in size. You’d have massive amounts of pressure pushing on all 4 walls due to the lack of space. Like the connective tissue between each compartment of fat cells, walls are sturdy and won’t budge, which gives the balloons only one option–to push upwards into the elastic ceiling, stretching it out and creating a “bumpy” roof. You can check to see if you have cellulite by pinching the skin around your upper thigh. If it looks a bit lumpy, you probably have it. If you do have cellulite, you’re definitely not alone: Most girls and women — and some men — have cellulite. Several things influence whether a person has cellulite and how much they have. Your genes, gender, the amount of fat content on your body, [...]
The aging process puts the skin through many changes. A once youthful face becomes more susceptible to gravity’s pull when it ages, causing sagging and wrinkles. Instead of springing back when pulled, the delicate skin below the chin remains drooping down the neck. Along with muscle and tissue composition changes, an inevitable turkey neck look develops. Ulthera can now be provided as a non-surgical alternative that utilizes ultrasound technology to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten the skin beneath the chin, also known as turkey neck. Dr. Rokhsar has been using the patented Ulthera device since 2009 to perform non-invasive brow and facelifts, a technique that has now been FDA approved to treat sagging neck skin. The device utilizes ultrasound technology to administer waves of heat into the deepest layers of the skin. The sound waves then target the tissue layers that could only previously be treated as effectively with surgery. The precise, micro-focused heating and vibration of the dermis and deep fibromuscular supporting layers of the skin, stimulates collagen production. Through the skin, the waves damage microscopic sections of skin at a time. The body responds by naturally creating newer, tighter tissue structures for the skin. Collagen production begins just 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure and continues producing collagen up to two to three months thereafter. The Ultherapy machine will display to Dr. Rokhsar the exact depth and location the ultrasound is emitted into, making this non-invasive neck lifting technique an individually tailored and effective approach to skin tightening. Surgical neck lifts and liposuction have for years been the gold standard for cosmetic surgeons to tighten up loose and sagging skin, as well as reducing double chins. [...]
Everyone develops different amounts of facial hair and at different times in their life. Just as hair color is controlled by genetics, so is the amount and rate of facial hair growth. The length of one’s hair is determined by the duration of the growth phase. For example, your eyebrows have a growth phase that only lasts a few months, while the hair that grows on your scalp can grow for years and years. It’s the reason your eyebrow hair isn’t as long as the locks on your head! Shaving the face for men, and some women, can be a daily morning routine. So, the question is: is it bad for your skin? As it turns out, if you are pay attention and practice the correct shaving techniques, that daily routine can actually be good for the skin, both increasing collagen production and acting as an exfoliant by removing dead skin cells. However, if you shave incorrectly, it could lead you to a range of problems, which can be both unattractive and uncomfortable. Chief among these — as any man who’s ever gotten caught with an empty can of shaving cream on the night of a big date can attest — is razor burn, a condition in which the skin becomes irritated from the friction of the blade scraping across the skin. Normally, time, a cold-water compress and some alcohol-free moisture is enough to soothe the angry facial skin. If redness, itching and small, white-headed pimples develop, this can indicate another shaving-related problem: barber’s rash or folliculitis. This occurs when the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus penetrate the hair follicles. The condition generally goes away on its own, especially if the irritating factor is removed. However, persistent [...]
As we age, several things happen and sometimes it seems like all at once. The hand on your skin seems thinner, the bags under your eyes seem bigger and the skin under your neck is starting to resemble what some people are calling a “turkey neck.” The truth is you are losing collagen, which are the primary building blocks for the skin’s structure. It’s what makes your face so taut and young looking in your 20’s but lack-thereof and it’s also what allows gravity to take hold and loosen, stretch and wrinkle all over. Fortunately, science is discovery new ways to manipulate the body in order to slow the aging process down or correct the damage the aging process has already made on your face. For those that are surgery averse, and most are when they first look for solutions beyond over-the-counter treatments that usually wind up being an ineffective, waste of money and disappointment. Acoustic energy is delivered into the soft tissue which stimulates collagen formation under the epidermis. This new collagen restructures and tightens the skin in a refreshing and natural way. Using ultrasound technology this way is relatively new, however the concept itself has been used in the medical community for over 50 years in diagnostic imaging and therapeutic devices, such as ultrasounds for pregnant women. Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting and tightening of the skin on the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow. While ultrasound does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for [...]
While diet and exercise are the healthiest and most effective way to lose weight, there are some areas where the fat won’t go away, despite your healthy diet and exercise. Fortunately, there is a way to safely eliminate this stubborn fat, so you can feel confident in your own skin. New York Cosmetic, Skin & Laser Surgery Center offers Coolsculpting to provide our patients with cool technology that offers even cooler results. Sometimes fat becomes exercise resistant and frustrating for patients who are trying to lose weight, especially post-menopausal women who have undergone dramatic shifts in their hormones. In this case, talk to your cosmetic surgeon about undergoing a non-surgical fat reduction procedure such as CoolSculpting and other non-invasive procedures such as VelaShape. Both use a technology that allows doctors to manipulate and destroy fat without making any incisions. With the CoolSculpting Procedure, a specially designed cooling applicator is applied to the desired area of fat reduction to extract energy (cooling) from the underlying fat tissue without damage to other tissues. Fat cells are very sensitive to cold temperatures, which is why they solidify under high-intensity cold temperatures. The technology was discovered at Harvard Medical School and has been successfully treating patients with gradual, non-surgical fat reduction for years. If you are seeking a non-invasive approach to reduce cellulite and fat, the VelaShape could be the perfect treatment approach. It is the first FDA approved medical device for cellulite and for circumferential reduction. It accomplished these approvals when other devices failed to receive them. VelaShape contours, shapes and slims the body, giving you the opportunity to improve your lifestyle and boost your self-confidence. Reshape your overall figure with remarkable results, including areas such as thighs, [...]