Hair turns gray because the pigment cells stop making pigment, or color. Melanocytes are cells responsible for skin and hair color and are found everywhere in your skin and in the base of each hair follicle. In everyone, these hair-based melanocytes eventually peter out. For most people this begins around the age of thirty-five. By the time most hit age 50, 50 percent of people are 50 percent gray. The root of every strand of hair is surrounded by a tube of tissue under the skin that is called the hair follicle. Each hair follicle contains a certain number of pigment cells. These pigment cells continuously produce a chemical called melanin that gives the growing shaft of hair its color of brown, blonde, red, and anything in between. Melanin is the same stuff that makes our skin’s color fair or darker. It also helps determine whether a person will burn or tan in the sun. The dark or light color of someone’s hair depends on how much melanin each hair contains. As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color — like gray, silver, or white — as it grows. As people continue to get older, fewer pigment cells will be around to produce melanin. Eventually, the hair will look completely gray. People can get gray hair at any age. Some people go gray at a young age — as early as when they are in high school or college — whereas others may be in their 30’s or 40’s before they see that first gray […]
Staying smooth doesn’t have to stop at hair removal, it can also be applied to perfecting the texture and pigmentation of the skin. Stretch marks typically appear on the inner thighs or the inside of knees, but can also develop on the hips, stomach, arms and chest area from growth spurts during puberty, certain diseases, medications, excessive weight gain or pregnancy. At first, they may appear pink, red or purple because of the broken blood vessels in the top layer of skin, which eventually heal, but if left untreated, will turn into silvery-white indented scars. Laser treatments are effective for diminishing the appearance of both new and old stretch marks. The pulse dye V-Beam laser is used to treat the newly fresh stretch marks by emitting a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength, which destroys the damaged blood vessels that cause red and purple pigment. The only type of treatment that is proven to effectively treat older, deeper stretch marks is Fraxel, a laser therapy procedure that has been the gold-standard in fractional laser technology. The older stretch marks appear white because it disrupts the dermis, where both collagen and pigment production occur, which is precisely why Fraxel laser treatments are a necessary treatment step. Fraxel resurfaces and rejuvenates skin by administering tiny areas of micro-damage to stimulate collagen production and replace the damaged area with new, healthy skin cells. Collagen is the key connective protein found in the dermis, and is responsible for the structure, strength, firmness and overall tightness of the skin.
First, it’s a myth that plucking hairs causes them to grow in darker or thicker. These hairs are coarser and thicker because they are secondary sexual characteristic hairs; that is, they are the result of hormonal changes. They’re not unlike male facial hair, which is also coarse. These hairs appear thicker and darker than fine vellus hairs, also known as peach fuzz. What differentiates them is that they’re actually a different type of hair, not because of tweezing. Most women develop these hairs on the chin, jaw line, and upper lip. Though these hairs can appear at any age, they’re more prominent after menopause. They can also be the result of hormonal changes due to issues ranging from birth control pills and pregnancy to irregular periods and hormonal imbalances. If you’re sick of plucking, waxing and pruning your face of pesky hairs, find a more permanent solution such as GentleLase. Not only used for the face, GentleLase can treat undesirable hair on the legs, bikini area, arms, underarms, back and neck can be the cause of a lot of embarrassment, especially during the summer. Hair removal methods such as shaving or waxing are not only sometimes painful, but are also temporary and require high maintenance. Dr. Cameron Rokhsar utilizes the latest in laser hair removal technology, including the GentleLase Laser, which provides 85 to 90 percent hair reduction after just a few treatments. Because hair grows in cycles, four to six treatments are necessary depending upon the type of skin, hair color, and coarseness of the hair, but will leave patients with long-lasting results.
You’ve had your coffee and clocked in the right amount of hours for sufficient sleep. So why do you always look so tired? In many cases, women who haven’t even begun to wrinkle will start seeing signs of under-eye hollowness. Whether they have a thinner face that lacks the right amount of fat to give them a full and youthful face, or they’ve started their aging cycle and the first to go was fat from the face. Loosing fat also leads to saggy skin, as gravity pulls down the skin that isn’t held up by the natural fat that most people have. This also leads to dark circles and sometimes fat move down the face and create a pouch out of place. Fillers are an excellent choice for augmenting the face with natural results. Restylane is the filler that works best to contour the face and fill in the lack of fat or support under and around the eyes. Injectable fillers are effective ways to smooth the skin around the eyes and provide subtle, natural looking volume to correct hollow eyes. Belotero is specially designed to diminish both fine lines around the eyes and the upper lip. It’s one of the newest fillers released onto the market that can provide volume while simultaneously hydrating the skin. This effective non-surgical eyelift treatment utilizes Restylane’s ability to create a fuller lower eyelid while filling in lines and folds. This cosmetic dermal filler’s key ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in the body. Because it is naturally produced, there is no chance of an allergic reaction, which also makes it biodegradable. The body will naturally break down the filler substance within six to nine months post injection. The […]
Even with exercise and a healthy diet, stubborn fat pouches can remain, causing frustration and a self-conscious body image. Many believe liposuction, the most common cosmetic operation in the United States to address unwanted fat, is the only way. While under anesthesia, fat is extracted through small incisions using a suction pump. Busy schedules may not permit the inconvenience of recovery time. Although non-invasive options aren’t a replacement for liposuction, there are promising new procedures for treating unwanted fat, allowing patients to see fast results with minimal downtime. CoolSculpting, also known as Zeltiq, is another effective non-invasive, FDA approved procedure that uses a unique technique for destroying unwanted fat. A procedure developed at Wellman Laser Laboratories at Harvard Medical School is based on research that has shown fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperature than any other surrounding tissue. Extreme cold temperatures are emitted through cooling plates that suction the targeted area for an hour, during which time fat cells are turned from a soft to solid form. Literally freezing fat cells through prolonged controlled cooling, allows the body to naturally metabolize frozen fat out of the body. Results begin to show in three weeks with progressive improvements within four months post-treatment. The cryolipolysis technique provides a nonsurgical method for healthy patients who want to target specific, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. With fat cells being naturally more vulnerable to the effects of cooling, the cooling effect from the procedure causes crystallization of the lipids in the fat cells. The cells then begin to break down and are gradually eliminated by the body’s normal metabolic processes, over a period of two to four months. These fat cells are […]
Oily skin is one of the most difficult to care for because it occurs due to the body producing more oil than necessary. Oily skin is prone to breakouts and blackheads, and can change from oily to normal or even dry depending upon the season. Oily skin is also affected by hormones — it affects teens and women with fluctuating hormones the most. Here are ways to control and care for your oily skin. Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that are affected by a variety of stimuli such as hormones, humidity, heat and even stimulation by aggressive scrubbing or washing. The body naturally produces oil to keep the skin moisturized and healthy. However, too much oil can cause breakouts and blemishes, yet stripping the skin of all oil causes the body to overcompensate and produce more oil. Treatment must be a fine balance. Because oily skin is an internal problem, there is little that can be done except for treating it externally with a variety of cleansers and topical products. Like all other skin types, oily skin needs protection from the sun. Unfortunately, traditional sunscreens can cause havoc on oily skin, blocking pores and causing breakouts. Instead, try using a sunscreen gel or one of the new oil-free sunscreens. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all skin types use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher is preferred. You can also look for makeup which contains small amounts of salicylic acid which is anti-inflammatory. Serecite is another ingredient to look for that will help reduce pore size and absorb oil. Be sure to choose a foundation that is one color lighter than your actual skin tone because the oil […]
We’ll spare you the preamble about how difficult rosacea can be, because if you suffer from this chronic skin condition—and 16 million Americans do—then you know already that. You also know that preventing flare-ups is easier than getting rid of them. While individual triggers vary from person to person, experts do know that the warmer months typically worsen symptoms, which can include hard-to-hide redness, rashy bumps, and visible blood vessels. Here’s help for keeping your symptoms in check as summer creeps in: Cool off quick. Rosacea is greatly aggravated by heat. Patients not only cite more frequent bouts of redness, but they also last longer. When you feel your face heating up, grab a cold drink, suck on some ice, or apply a cold compress to your face to bring your skin’s temperature down. Strengthen your sun protection. Everybody needs to shield their skin from the sun, but skin with rosacea is extra sensitive—even the slightest unprotected sun exposure can trigger an outbreak. If you’re going to be spending time outside, wear a hat, find an umbrella, and slather on some broad-spectrum SPF 30. Arm yourself with aloe. Enlist the help of an aloe plant. Many find it beneficial to apply aloe directly from the plant (you just have to snap off a stem) to help quickly reduce inflammation by soothing and cooling the skin. Track your triggers. If you’ve sought treatment for rosacea, you’ve heard that keeping track of flare-ups can help you figure out the best treatment. The National Rosacea Society suggests people suffering from rosacea to follow their patterns with the use of a rosacea diary.
Water: The high water content in cucumbers helps flush out toxins and also helps hydrate skin and reduces puffiness and inflammation. Vitamin C and caffeic acid: These two nutrients — also found in abundance in zucchini and pumpkin — are thought to thwart water retention and soothe inflamed, irritated skin. Magnesium, potassium, and fiber: You’ll want to keep the peels on your cucumbers to get these nutrients, which may help lower blood pressure. And that’s good for your appearance, because high blood pressure can push fluid out of the blood and into other tissues, like your skin, leaving you with a puffy, inflamed face. The benefits of cucumber juice can also be found in the nails, hair and skin. Many women have tried or heard of the beauty regimen that involves applying cucumber slices to the eyes in order to reduce puffiness. The astringent properties that are found in cucumbers will draw out dirt, cleansing the pores. Cucumber is actually a popular ingredient in acne skincare products. A cucumber also contains silica. Silica is a trace mineral which contributes to the strengthening of the body’s connective tissues. This will result in stronger nails and hair. Silica: Also found in the peel, silica makes up an important part of connective tissue and can help tighten and firm loose, sagging skin. You can enjoy the benefits of cucumber by applying the juice on your skin or by consuming twelve ounces of it on a daily basis. Cucumbers contain a large amount of water, which is why they are an excellent food choice when it comes to cleansing the system of toxins. Toxins in the body are often stored in the fat cells and can cause inflammation. Aside from the water content, […]
When the weather warms up, more patients look to miraDry for help their excessive sweating, Continued…
MiraDry emits electromagnetic energy into the underarm treatment area, using a hand piece treated repeatedly into the numbed area. The device vacuums the skin and stabilizes it into place, which brings the sweat glands closer to the surface. The system then administers focused electromagnetic energy through the skin, deep into the region where the sweat glands reside. No incisions are made throughout the process. A cooling system is simultaneously released to protect the skin and help keep the heat energy at the same temperature as the sweat glands. The heat ultimately ablates the glands that cause the excessive sweating. Destroying sweat glands does not mean the body will struggle or lose its ability to cool itself down because underarm sweat glands account for only two percent of the body’s sweat glands. Excessive sweating occurs when overactive sweat glands produce more sweat than is necessary to cool the body. Sweating is a natural and necessary bodily function used to cool off and get rid of excess heat from working muscles and warm temperatures. In fact, the human body has over four million sweat glands, which can be found virtually anywhere on the body except the lips. There are two different kinds of sweat glands. The most common sweat gland is the eccrine glands, which cover most of the body, but are concentrated in the hands, feet and forehead and secrete clear, odorless sweat glands controlled by the hypothalamus. These glands are primarily activated by emotional stimuli and stressors that increase the body’s temperature. When the body’s thermoregulation system fails to proportionately excrete and distribute sweat for cooling, many suffer from stained clothes and complications in social and professional interactions. The apocrine gland develops during puberty and […]
Excessive sweating can put people in embarrassing social and professional situations while ruining clothes and confidence, but a technology utilizing microwave energy can provide patients with a reliable long-lasting solution. Sweating is a natural cooling system, designed by the body’s gland system. But for some, too much sweating will not only interfere with daily routines, but sabotage socializing. One in five adults in the United States is burdened by their underarm sweat. The scientific term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis, a medical condition known for causing uncontrollable sweating through sweat glands. Prescription antiperspirants, Botox and surgery have been the most widely used treatments for excessive sweating, but without surgery, no treatments have proven as long-lasting and effective. MiraDry is a non-invasive microwave-based technology for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. The effectiveness of the technology was developed by Miramar Labs in 2006 and has since been FDA-approved in 2011. In a clinical study conducted by Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, medical director of New York Cosmetic Skin & Laser Surgery Center, the treatment of underarm sweating with miraDry decreased excessive sweating by over 50 percent after the first treatment, with over 60 percent decrease in odor. After the second treatment, patients reported over 95 percent decrease in the severity of their hyperhidrosis. The study entitled “A Retrospective Analysis of the Treatment of Axillary Hyperhidrosis with Novel Microwave Technology” was be presented at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery annual meeting in Boston. Sweat glands are non-regenerative, which means miraDry results will last, unlike other treatment options such as antiperspirants and prescriptions that temporarily disable the glands for a limited time.