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.
Patients are increasingly taking advantage of the cutting-edge techniques and tools dermatologic surgeons use to treat cosmetic concerns ranging from wrinkles and unwanted leg veins to sun-damaged skin or a now-regretted tattoo. The number of cosmetic procedures performed by members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery jumped to nearly 6.5 million in 2013 – an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, the ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures shows. Wrinkle-relaxing procedures lead the list at 1.8 million treatments, up 20 percent over the 1.5 million procedures in 2012. These include injectables that temporarily paralyze unnecessary micromovements in the face and around the eyes such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Wrinkle-relaxers held the top spot in 2012 as well. Soft-tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptra and Belotero to soften facial creases and add fullness and volume to the lower portion of the face were the second-most popular cosmetic treatment again in 2013. ASDS member dermatologists performed 995,000 such treatments, up nearly 9 percent over the previous year. Wrinkle-relaxers and soft-tissue fillers also received top satisfaction ratings from the public in the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures. Both treatments received satisfaction ratings of 92 percent. The following procedures were the amount of treatments and their increase in popularity over the year of 2013. -Chemical peels accounted for 517,000 treatments, which was up nearly 25 percent. -Laser hair removal, 464,000 treatments, up nearly 46 percent. -Treating facial redness, 454,000 procedures, up 41 percent. -Treating age spots, 386,000 treatments, up nearly 46 percent. -Phototherapy, 264,000 procedures, up 29 percent. -Vein treatment/sclerotherapy, 224,000, up 53 percent. -Tissue tightening, 161,000 procedures, up 75 percent. -Surgical/traumatic scar removal, 154,000, up 79 percent. -Laser resurfacing, 152,000 treatments, […]
Women of all ages, and sometimes men, become conscious when their eyelashes are falling out and eyes does not seem to stand out with respect to other facial features. The eyelashes become weaker and delicate and result in abnormal falling out. Lack of nutrients in diet, frequent rubbing of the eyes, etc. makes your eyelashes sparse. Latisse is the solution for many to help lengthen, thicken and darken eyelashes. It has the same active ingredient as the drug called Lumigan used for treating glaucoma. It was discovered that some people who were using Lumigan to treat their glaucoma found they had increased length, darkening and thickening of their eyelashes. This accidental but absolutely desirable effect led to the use of this drug for cosmetic purposes. Use this medication once daily in the evening or as directed by Dr. Rokhsar, who has provided Latisse since its FDA-approval. To apply this medication, first wash your hands and face. Remove any makeup and contract lenses. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes after applying this medication. Place one drop of this medication onto the provided applicator. Then immediately draw the applicator carefully across the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the bottom of the eyelashes going from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Blot any excess solution that is applied beyond the eyelid margin. Throw away the applicator after applying the medication. Repeat with a new applicator for the other upper eyelid. This medication is not for use on the lower eyelids. If any medication gets into the eye, do not rinse your eye. It is not likely to cause any harm if this medication gets into the eye, because it is […]
An inflamed blemish happens when the pore becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. When you squeeze a pimple, you may inadvertently force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle. That can cause the follicle wall to rupture and spill infected material into the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin, just beneath the epidermis. Not only do you run the risk of scarring if you pick at or pop your pimples, but you can also worsen the blemish and make it last longer on your face than it would originally have stayed. Don’t be fooled if you are able to coax pus and debris from the pore opening, you are most likely pushing some of the infected material deeper into the dermis. Squeezing a pimple can lead to a nodule, which is a hard, red, painful blemish deep within the skin; or a cyst, which is a buildup of tissue that may feel like a pea beneath your skin and can be filled with air, fluid, or pus. A cyst is the most serious form of a blemish and may become a large and painfully inflamed lesion. They develop when a membrane forms around the infection in the dermis, creating a soft, fluid-filled lump and must by treated and drained by a physician. Picking at your blemishes can spread infection, and ultimately worsen any level of acne you may have. It is apparent that the only way to truly avoid worsening a breakout is a hands-off policy is the best choice when it comes to taking care of your skin. Acne scars are typically classified into boxcar, ice pick and rolling scars. Lasers are a commonly used modality in […]