The Difference Between Laser Hair Removal And Electrolysis

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Are you SO OVER shaving and waxing🙄? If you’re anything like me, and would rather be spending your time doing any of the other million and one things you should be doing OTHER than ridding yourself of annoying body hair, you may want to consider a more permanent option.

Laser Hair Removal

I know…permanent hair removal can sound scary and painful. But really, it isn’t that bad. And as far as pain goes, waxing can definitely be worse – and at times slightly embarrassing to those who are more modest.

In this article, let’s check out two of the most popular permanent hair removal methods, and find out what the difference is between the two. By the end of the article, I bet you’ll be rethinking your hair removal methods 😘

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Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis: What’s The Difference?

Permanently removing unwanted body hair is more affordable and easier than ever before. We interviewed board-certified dermatologist Jeanette Black, MD to what the differences are between the two most popular methods: laser hair removal and electrolysis.

Permanently removing unwanted body hair is more affordable and easier than ever before. But before you throw away your razors and cancel your wax appointment, you need to decide which method of hair removal is best for you. We interviewed board-certified dermatologist Jeanette Black, MD to what the differences are between the two most popular methods: laser hair removal and electrolysis.

Laser Hair Removal

What exactly is it and how does it work?

Believe it or not, laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the US. Laser hair removal, which is a similar technique to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) but is not the same, works by pulsating highly concentrated light deep into the skin, which is then absorbed by the hair’s pigment. This creates heat which kills the hair follicle, preventing further hair growth.

Treatments are scheduled around the hair growth cycle, which is why sessions are scheduled every four to six weeks. When the hair is in its active growth cycle, it absorbs more of the laser’s light, which in turn creates sufficient heat to destroy the follicle. Each session targets new follicles until most of the hair has been destroyed.

What does the process look like?

We’re not going to sugar coat it – getting laser hair removal therapy can be uncomfortable. But, so is waxing. Many patients say the laser’s pulse feels like being snapped with a rubber band. While it is mildly uncomfortable, the sessions typically don’t last long. Depending on the area being treated, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes (for a smaller area like the lip or under arms) to an hour or two (for a longer treatment like both full legs.)

“Laser hair removal sessions should be performed after a new cycle of hair growth grows back,” Dr. Black advises. “In areas with dense hair and faster regrowth, treatments can be done monthly. Patients should wait until hair has grown back before re-treating and this might mean that treatments start to become more spread out as hairs start to re-grow slower. Many patients start with treatments every four weeks and progress to treatments every six to eight weeks, and eventually progress to treatments every to eight to 16 weeks.”

Preparation for the procedure is minimal. You should shave one to two days before the session, avoid tanning including sunless tanners, and skip skin care products the day of the treatment. According to Dr. Black, “it is ideal to have short hairs that have been recently shaved or trimmed, but it is important that patients are careful and avoid getting irritation from shaving prior to laser hair removal treatments.”

While it is not mandatory, some patients find taking ibuprofen an hour before the treatment can reduce the pain. If you are especially sensitive to pain, you can even apply a numbing solution to your skin ahead of time, just make sure to run it by the clinician first.

Who is the ideal candidate?

The energy in the laser is attracted to the follicle pigment, which means hair removal works best for patients with darker hair. The ideal laser hair removal patient has fair skin with darker hair.

That is not to say that people with blonde hair cannot see benefits from laser hair removal, but those people might be better off with specific lasers like Diode or Ruby that are specifically designed for people with less pigmentation. As for people with darker skin, they are not recommended to use laser hair removal therapy since the lasers cannot distinguish the pigment in the hair follicle from the pigment in the skin. As a result, the laser can possibly cause permanent discoloration.

Since complexion is a critical factor of the success of the treatment, it is important to get a consultation to discuss your specific skin tone and hair color. If laser hair removal is not for you, they may be able to refer you to a different treatment that would be more suitable for your coloring.

Regardless of your complexion, it is important to note that results are not always guaranteed. Some people see hair regrowth after several months or years whereas others never have to pick up a razer again.

Is there maintenance involved?

After each session, it will take about two weeks for the targeted hair to fall out. While you will see results after your first treatment, it typically takes around six sessions to see significant reduction. “If the skin is more pigmented, the laser settings will need to be decreased for safety reasons and this may mean that the patient will require more treatment sessions,” Dr. Black says.

Most report seeing about a 75% reduction in hair growth after six sessions. That said, the procedure does require maintenance. For best results, it is advised to go in for additional sessions once a year for the first few years.

What to consider when choosing the salon or clinic?
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, price is obviously an important factor, but it should not be the only one. Depending on the area you are looking to treat, laser hair removal can cost anywhere from $100 to $2,00 per session, not including tax. Do your due diligence when researching and remember that you should only work with a board certified dermatologist or a licensed technician.

Electrolysis

What exactly is it and how does it work?

Electrolysis is another type of hair removal procedure that disrupts hair growth. Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis is considered a permanent solution, according to the FDA. Instead of light, it relies on shortwave radio frequencies. A device called an epilator, which is a very fine needle usually thinner than a strand of hair, is placed into the skin through the natural opening of the hair follicle. The epilator emits a small electrical current to destroy the follicle and prevent growth.

What does the process look like?

Each session lasts from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis can provoke mild pain or discomfort. Many patients have described the sensation as a prick or a shock. Precautionary measures are the same as laser hair removal where patients can take ibuprofen or apply numbing cream ahead of time.

Dr. Black also advises that patients avoid any kind of stimulants including caffeine. They “may make sitting through electrolysis sessions more difficult,” Dr. Black says. “It is best to be relaxed and well rested before any kind of hair removal treatment to minimize discomfort.”

Like laser hair removal, there is also a proper procedure for maintaining your hair. “The hairs can be trimmed, but they need to be long enough for the technician to easily pick up the hairs with tweezers,” Dr. Black shares. “It is best to avoid pulling out hairs in any way including tweezing, threading, and waxing between either laser hair removal or electrolysis treatments as these hairs won’t be available to be treated during their next session and will grow back untreated.”

The biggest difference between electrolysis and laser hair loss is the number of sessions required. Electrolysis is a big commitment. Depending on the area and the person, some patients may need up to 30 sessions to remove all hair.

Who is the ideal candidate?

Since electrolysis uses radio frequencies rather than light, it does not rely on pigment. Instead it attacks the follicle itself, making it a viable option for all types of complexions. However, it should be warned that previous tweezing and waxing can make the process a little more difficult. Tweezing and waxing can alter the shape of hair follicles, making it harder to get the epilator into the root. Additionally, electrolysis is only for the committed since it can take around a year and a half to see full results. Talk to your technician ahead of time to understand what you can expect.

Is there maintenance involved?

Like laser hair removal, electrolysis depends on the hair growth cycle. “As only one hair can be treated at a time with electrolysis, the number of treatments required depends on many factors including the amount of hair being treated, the speed of the technician, and the thickness of the hair,” says Dr. Black. “Large areas with dense hairs may require more time to treat and this might mean that these areas are broken into several treatment sessions.” However, once the unwanted hair is gone, it is gone forever.

What to consider when choosing the salon or clinic

Because so many sessions are required for electrolysis, prices run lower than laser hair removal. Depending on the area, each session can range from $30-$200. As with any other cosmetic treatment, it is critical that you work with a board certified dermatologist or trained technician. Always ask for a consultation before committing to a treatment plan.

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What Actions To Take When You Find A Lump In Your Breast

What To Do If You Find A Lump In Your Breast

When You Find A Lump In Your Breast

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There are no two ways about it: noticing a change to your breast can be scary. But that is not an excuse for inaction. Here, The AEDITION speaks to three women who experienced a breast cancer scare and did something about it.

Since 1985, October has served as Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Month — a period devoted to educating the public on the disease that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the second most common form of cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer (albeit at a much lower rate), and The AEDITION is devoting much of its coverage this month to BCA, from expert guides to mastectomies and reconstructive breast surgery to powerful patient perspectives and roundups of products that give back.

Because breast cancer awareness has become so mainstream in recent years with everyone from celebrities to the NFL dedicating time and resources to supporting the cause, men and women alike are increasingly aware of the warning signs. Women especially are encouraged to regularly conduct their own self breast exams and may even ask their partners to let them know if they notice any changes, too.

But happens if/when you find a lump? Because breast cancer has such a high profile and statistics like one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime are well known, people are often fearful to seek medical advice after noticing a change in their breast tissue because they assume the worst.

While it is absolutely essential to get any changes checked out by a medical professional, it is also important to remember that 80 to 85 percent of lumps found in women under the age 40 are benign and caused by fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, or fat necrosis to name a few.

With this in mind, it is important to understand the function and importance of breast exams. We’ve already shared the resilient stories of mastectomy patients (HERE) and those who have undergone breast reconstruction procedures (HERE), and in this article The AEDITION speaks to women who found a lump and decided to do something about it.

BREAST CHECK BASICS

For women with no family history of breast cancer, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises people in their twenties and thirties have a breast examination carried out by a healthcare provider every one or three years. The American Cancer Society, meanwhile,

, recommends annual mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 55. Women over 55 can switch to mammograms every two years or continue with yearly screenings. But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around for your next trip to the gynecologist.

Women are encouraged to conduct a self examination about once a month. Because benign lumps are known to appear over the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it is best to perform the exam at the same time every month — ideally a few days after your period ends.

During the exam, it is important to be on the lookout for any changes in the appearance of both the exterior breast (skin, areola, and nipple) and the interior tissue. Things to feel and look for include:

  • A visible change in the shape or size of the breast or nipple
  • A change in how the breast skin looks or feels (think: dimpling or puckering)
  • Soreness, redness, or rashes on the breast or underarm area
  • Any areas that are visibly different compared to the rest of your breast tissue
  • A lump (can be a small as the size of a pea) that persists in the breast or underarm area

If you notice any of these symptoms or something just doesn’t feel like your version of ‘normal,’ it is time to consult a medical professional for a more thorough check. Chances are, it is simple to treat. But if it is breast cancer, early detection is key.

PATIENT PERSPECTIVE

There are no two ways about it: finding a lump in your breast or noticing some other change to the chest can be alarming. But that is not an excuse for inaction. Here, The AEDITION speaks to three women who lived through a breast cancer scare about their experiences and why they encourage everyone to consult a doctor as soon as they notice something isn’t quite right.

Anna, 29, Los Angeles

The AEDITION: What caused you to become concerned about your breasts?

Anna: I was at college and aware that I needed to check myself every so often. I didn’t check as often as I now know I should, but one day I was in the bathroom and found a lump. It was probably around the size of an olive. I panicked and decided I wouldn’t tell anyone. My theory was that if I ignored it, it would go away. I would prove to myself that it wasn’t anything serious. But after a while, it was still there. A family friend had been diagnosed with cancer recently, so I guess it was on my mind. I made an appointment to see my doctor. At that point, I was convinced the only thing it could be was cancer.

The AEDITION: What happened during your doctor’s appointment?

Anna: I explained to the physician that I found this lump and that I thought I might have breast cancer. I was so anxious, but the doctor took the time to listen to me while I gave my garbled version of events. She then checked the lump herself, which was uncomfortable, but it didn’t take too long. She then asked me whether I had any pain, whether it changed during my cycle, and whether or not I’d noticed any other symptoms. I was referred for an ultrasound — my doctor explained it would give her a clearer idea of what was going on — but she also took some time to reassure me that it could very easily be something simple to treat and not cancer at all.

The AEDITION: What did the next steps look like for you?

Anna: First of all, I told a friend, which was probably the best thing I did throughout the process. She was able to reassure me and she also came with me to my other appointments. I had the ultrasound quite soon after the first appointment. Again, it was uncomfortable in that I’m not keen on being naked in front of random people, but, other than that, it wasn’t painful or anything. About a week after that I went back to the primary care doctor, who explained to me that it was a cyst. Because it was filled with liquid and not solid, I didn’t even need to have a biopsy. She told me to keep an eye on it, and if it became painful, they could offer me some other treatment options. That was about four years ago now, and I haven’t had any problems since. I do check my breasts regularly though, and I’m such an advocate for people getting any concerns checked out quickly.

The AEDITION: What advice do you have for someone who finds themselves in a similar situation?

Anna: I would say do the brave, grown-up thing and get it checked. Don’t bury your head in the sand because, if it is cancer, that’s literally the worst thing you could do. I think the awareness we have of breast cancer is amazing now, but it can make finding an issue so scary because the first thing that comes to mind is cancer. I also think people should share their concerns. Chances are a friend has been through a very similar thing — especially by the time you reach your late twenties. I know so many people who have been through the same panic. It’s best to share with both friends and doctors.

Stephanie, 58, Texas

The AEDITION: Would led you to believe you might have breast cancer?

Stephanie: I was checking my breast, which I do regularly now that I’m older. I felt something a bit different on my right side — almost in my underarm area. I had a sinking feeling when I first felt it and managed to calm myself down enough to have a Google, which, in hindsight, was not my best idea. I was pretty sure what I found could be a sign of breast cancer, and, honestly, I was scared. It took me a few days to gather together the courage to get a consult, but I didn’t want to leave it because I know how important it can be to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.

The AEDITION: What pushed you to visit a doctor?

Stephanie: I think breast cancer awareness has reached this amazing level where most of us know to check ourselves and not to mess around with it if we do find something a bit suspicious. I gave myself a couple of days to accept the potential reality of the situation and went to see my doctor. I explained the situation, and he took a look. Fortunately, the office also has an ultrasound room and I was able to sit and wait for it to come available there and then. I was told I had a liquid-filled cyst, and I was booked in for a biopsy. A couple of days after the biopsy, I received a call from my doctor, who explained what it was. He told me that I had an oil cyst, which can happen when fat is damaged. It wasn’t cancer at all. He praised me for being so reactive when I found it and told me to go and get on with my life — but to keep on checking in the future.

The AEDITION: Did you know about fat necrosis when you initially felt the scar tissue in your breast?

Stephanie: I honestly thought I was well informed about all things breasts, but apparently I was not. I hadn’t ever heard of it. I think it’s really important that, as much as we now all learn about checking for cancer, we also get told about other, far less life-altering issues we could develop in that area. I think it can be reassuring — especially for younger people — to know there are other conditions out there. Finding out quickly can save a lot of stress, but it is also important if it is cancer.

Jennifer, 34, Miami

The AEDITION: Could you give us an idea of the symptoms that led to your concern?

Jennifer: It happened not long before I stopped breastfeeding my daughter, so I was kind of acutely aware of what was going on with my breasts. One of them started to get a little painful and, over time, got somewhat swollen and warm. My main concern was getting it seen quickly. Not only was I in pain, but I was scared that if I left it, I could jeopardize my future with my daughter.

The AEDITION: What was your experience like with your doctor?

Jennifer: I went to see my daughter’s pediatrician for an appointment that had been booked for weeks. While I was there, I broke down in tears and explained what was going on. The doctor was so lovely. She told me it sounded like an infection called mastitis, which is super common for new moms. She explained to me that I just needed some antibiotics and to keep an eye on how it progressed. She was so sweet and completely understood why I was so worried about the situation. Since then, I’ve done a fair bit of research just out of curiosity, and it turns out there are so many breast conditions I had no idea even existed. I think it’s so amazing that cancer awareness pushes people to check themselves and to consult quickly. I’m certain it’s helping to save hundreds of lives every year.

The AEDITION: What advice would you give to someone who is feeling worried about consulting a doctor about a concern they have with their breasts?

Jennifer: I think the concern stems more from the fear of it possibly being something ‘big’ as opposed to the fear of consulting in itself. And I do think that people knowing there are other things the symptoms could point to — aside from cancer — is reassuring on that front. That being said, I think the urgency that has been created from awareness is crucial when it actually is cancer. I think, if you’re concerned, ask for help as soon as possible, but hold on to the fact that 85 percent of lumps and bumps that people consult about are not cancer at all.

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The Newest Facelift Technology!

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If you have ever considered getting a facelift, you might be wondering if the payoff is worth the risk…and the pain of procedure😳. New Facelift Techniques

Facelifts address the sagging skin in the face and jowel area, and can help in the maintenance of a youthful appearance. However, with a little research it becomes glaringly apparent that there are drawbacks to traditional facelifts, and the initial effects actually don’t last forever.

Looking for something a little more permanent? Check out the next big thing! You’re gonna love this!👇🏼

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What You Need To Know About The Latest SMAS Facelift Techniques

More than a century after the first recorded rhytidectomy (a.k.a. facelift), surgical techniques have come a long way toward natural, long lasting results.

The technical term for facelift is “rhytidectomy,” which is derived from the Ancient Greek words for “wrinkle” (rhytis) and “excision” (ektome). And, while there remains some debate over what constituted the world’s first-ever rhytidectomy, it occurred at least a century ago in Europe at the request of a female patient. All this is to say, women (and, later, men) have been interested in the surgical removal of wrinkles for at least 100 years. Fortunately, face-lifting techniques have come a long way in that time.

“Traditional facelifts originally only addressed sagging skin,” says board certified plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian, MD. “But the skin isn’t where the issue is. It’s the descent of the tissue deep into the skin, along with facial devolumization, that we’re mostly trying to remedy.”

OG facelifts relied entirely on pulling skin backwards, limiting the amount of correction and resulting in the telltale taut effect. As Dr. Jason explains, the reason tightening the facial skin alone leads to lackluster results is threefold:

  1. The tightened skin starts to stretch again over time
  2. Too much tension in the skin creates more visible scarring
  3. Simply pulling the skin taut “doesn’t restore the volume and convexity” patients lose with age

In an effort to address these shortcomings, facial plastic surgeons in the 1970s coined the term “superficial musculoaponeurotic system” (SMAS) to describe the layer of fat and connective tissue that lies between the skin and the facial muscles and began experimenting with techniques that could lift and firm the face in a more natural way. Today, the evolution of SMAS-based surgeries has become the gold-standard of modern facelifts.

SMAS Plication Facelift

In a face-lifting technique known as plication, plastic surgeons suture the SMAS in a stair-step pattern that is pulled tight and secured to more stable deep tissue for a lifted effect. But there are complicating factors. When the skin is draped back over the sutured SMAS, the bunching of the underlying tissue can sometimes cause visible irregularities in the patient’s lower cheeks. “The whole essence of youth is smoothness,” Dr. Jason says. “Anytime you have a little contour problem, it ruins that. It’s aging.”

SMASectomy Facelift

  1. The tightened skin starts to stretch again over time
  2. Too much tension in the skin creates more visible scarring
  3. Simply pulling the skin taut “doesn’t restore the volume and convexity” patients lose with age

In an effort to address these shortcomings, facial plastic surgeons in the 1970s coined the term “superficial musculoaponeurotic system” (SMAS) to describe the layer of fat and connective tissue that lies between the skin and the facial muscles and began experimenting with techniques that could lift and firm the face in a more natural way. Today, the evolution of SMAS-based surgeries has become the gold-standard of modern facelifts.

SMAS Plication Facelift

In a face-lifting technique known as plication, plastic surgeons suture the SMAS in a stair-step pattern that is pulled tight and secured to more stable deep tissue for a lifted effect. But there are complicating factors. When the skin is draped back over the sutured SMAS, the bunching of the underlying tissue can sometimes cause visible irregularities in the patient’s lower cheeks. “The whole essence of youth is smoothness,” Dr. Jason says. “Anytime you have a little contour problem, it ruins that. It’s aging.”

SMASectomy Facelift

To eliminate the risk of contour inconsistencies, today’s cosmetic surgeons generally rely on variations of a facelift technique known as SMASectomy, which utilizes both the mobile and immobile portions of the SMAS.

“Over the lateral portion of your face, closer to the ear, the SMAS tends to be stiffer, and, as you move forward toward the center of your face, it gets more mobile,” Dr. Jason says. “To avoid the pincushion effect that spanning sutures often produce, we instead remove a piece of the tissue at the junction of the mobile and immobile SMAS, pull up the mobile portion, and anchor it to the immobile portion near the ear.”

As a result, the sagging tissue and lax skin of the lower face and jowl area is lifted. Surgeons remove any excess skin and are able to hide the sutures in the natural crevices and folds around the ear.

High SMAS Facelift

A Deep Plane Facelift takes the SMASectomy method one step further. Plastic surgeons dissect the underside of the SMAS, separating it from the deeper muscle tissue to mobilize the entire SMAS layer prior to the SMASectomy. Dr. Jason prefers a slightly modified version of this technique known as a High SMAS Facelift.

While other SMAS techniques focus only on the lower face, Dr. Jason likes that this approach “frees up the entire SMAS as one unit — all the way up above the level of the zygomatic arch (cheekbone) — so you can have an effect on the cheek as well as the jawline.”

“If you only work below the cheek, then you’re not going to get an effect on the cheek,” he says, adding that the results are often longer lasting and more stable because the SMAS is thicker near the ear, allowing for a more secure suture.

The Procedure

Dr. Jason tailors each surgical procedure to the unique needs of his patients and says there is no “right age” for a facelift. “How do you know you’re a good candidate? When you first note the signs of aging that are best solved with a facelift,” he explains. “A facelift is the most elegant solution for sagging, loose skin of the lower face.” Generally speaking, facelift conversations begin with patients over 50.

It’s quite common for plastic surgeons to combine a High SMAS Facelift with a neck lift (to alleviate excess neck skin) and procedures like buccal fat pad removal and/or fat grafting (to address the volume distribution issues associated with facial aging). A brow lift, meanwhile, can refresh the upper portion of the face to balance out the lower facelift.

The result? Total facial rejuvenation.

The Recovery

An advantage of a Deep Plane Facelift is that it’s less traumatic to the superficial layers of the skin because the majority of the surgical manipulation occurs deeper. This usually leads to less bruising and better healing.

Dr. Jason’s facelift patients are typically out and about two weeks post-op (though patients who have had fat grafting to restore some of the lost volume in conjunction with their facelift procedure may experience longer recovery times due to the bruising that often accompanies the liposuction). He generally tells patients to allow six weeks before any major events and to expect something very close to a final result at three months. Scars, meanwhile, will grow nearly imperceptible over the course of a year.

It should be noted that, in addition to the risks associated with general anesthesia, facelifts carry a small risk of nerve damage that can create a slight unevenness when a patient smiles. This is due to manipulation of the platysma muscle, which can disrupt the facial nerve, but is rarely permanent.

Of greater concern for facelift patients is the chance of developing a hematoma (i.e. a collection of blood beneath the skin). While a hematoma has no impact on a patient’s long term result when managed properly, it can have a dramatic effect on the recovery process if left untreated.

“The face is very vascular. Whenever you lift up tissue and release all those attachments, you open up a big space into which you can bleed excessively,” says Dr. Jason. “Anesthesia and epinephrine in the operating room lower your blood pressure and constrict your vessels, so when that wears off and the blood vessels open up, we have to be diligent about monitoring your blood pressure.” For this reason, he requires an overnight hospital stay for his facelift patients so they can be monitored and cared for by professionals.

Patient Perspective

So what is it really like to get a facelift? The AEDITION spoke to two of Dr. Jason’s patients to gain more insight into the experience — from pre-op through recovery.

Rosemary, 55

When Rosemary booked a consultation with Dr. Jason to discuss an osteoma (a bony outgrowth) on her forehead, she jokingly asked if it would be possible to “just pull everything up” during the procedure. “He laughed and explained to me that the incisions for facelift surgery were very different,” she recalls. “But we talked about how the lower half of my face — my jawline and neck — was showing signs of aging more than the upper part.”

Dr. Jason pointed out that the BOTOX® and fillers that Rosemary’s dermatologist was injecting couldn’t really address the issues of the lower face, but she was nervous about having a medically necessary surgery — let alone cosmetic one — so she initially held off.

After several months of research, however, Rosemary made a second appointment and decided to go through with the facelift. She combined it with her osteoma removal, which

meant a slightly longer recovery. In addition to her overnight stay at the UCLA Surgery Center, she opted to spend three days at a recovery facility, which she says is “well worth it, if you can afford it.” Rosemary credits her minimal swelling and bruising to the diligent icing by her after-care nurses.

Though she admits to feeling “a little shocked” by her swollen and bruised appearance immediately post-op, Rosemary was able to attend a party at her husband’s office about a month after the surgery. She says she’s gotten very positive feedback about her procedure from friends and family, but no one can guess what she’s had done.

Three years later, she’s still thrilled with her results. “It took off 10 years, and now if I don’t get enough sleep, my face doesn’t show it like it used to,” she says. “It’s been a really good thing.”

Diana

A facelift wasn’t necessarily on Diana’s radar, but she was concerned about looking older. When her close friend and her sister both began looking into facelift surgery, Diana realized she wanted to take the plunge. “I wanted to look better,” she says, “just for myself.”

Her friend referred her to Dr. Jason, who helped her formulate a plan that included a brow, neck, and facelift. She remembers the first week or so following her surgery was emotionally challenging. “After the surgery, it was exciting because I looked really good,” she shares. “And then like a week later, my face started looking really bad — like squared off, a weird shape and kind of yellow. It was depressing.”

But having her sister and friend going through similar experiences was very helpful, as was the reassurance she received from Dr. Jason. The changes she was experiencing were all part of the normal healing process. Two years post-op, Diana couldn’t be happier. “I had a really good experience, and I think I look great,” she says. “I love it.”

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Can Cell Phones Cause Aging? Find Out How To Reverse The Damage

How Your Phone Might Be Aging You and What To Do About It

Blue Light Aging

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The reported negative effects of blue light on the skin is a new concern growing out of our increased dependence on screens: computers, cell phones and televisions among them.

The beauty industry is taking notice.

Skin health isn’t just about protection from UV rays anymore.

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The reported negative effects of blue light on the skin is a new concern growing out of our increased dependance on screens: computers, cell phones and televisions among them. The beauty industry is taking notice. Products and treatments are being formulated specifically to protect and heal skin from the effects of this blue light. So, what exactly is blue light and what harm can it do to our skin? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

What Is Blue Light?

First we need to understand that all light exists on a spectrum, but human eyes can only see rays on the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum of visible light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Light creates EM energy waves that our brains perceive as color. Each wave has a different wavelength, which makes us see a different color. As we move up the spectrum from red to violet, the energy increases. The more energy a wave has, the higher the frequency. Waves with a higher frequency are potentially more damaging to our bodies, which is why infrared rays are good for you and ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful. On this scale of visible light, blue light is high.

All light contains these waves, but it’s the energy they emit that allows us to see color. Blue light is no exception. In fact, the sun is our largest source of blue light and as the sun’s rays collide with air molecules and are scattered through the earth’s atmosphere, the sky appears blue. This is why blue light is evolutionarily significant to humans: it helps us differentiate between day and night, enabling us to regulate our sleep cycles and maintain our circadian rhythm.

How is Blue Light Harmful?

Even though blue light is a high energy visible light, our eyes provide very little protection from it, especially on clear, sunny days. Our LED screens (like computer screens, television screens and phone screens) produce an even higher intensity of this same blue light.

Too much exposure can cause damage to our eyes, affect our sight, and make us feel lethargic and fatigued.

The eye’s frontal membrane (the cornea) naturally absorbs light from lower frequencies (red, orange, green), but high energy light (blue and violet) goes straight through.

The retina at the back of the eye absorbs it and can deteriorate over time with too much exposure. And about that circadian rhythm: since our brains associate blue light with daytime, looking at a screen late at night tricks our bodies into thinking we need to stay awake.

Some studies show that this can affect our mental health and lead to sleep problems.

Studies also indicate that blue light can also cause skin damage. Though not as harmful as the higher frequency UVA and UVB rays, blue light rays are found in all LED screens as well as the LED lights in our homes and offices, which means many of us are being exposed to more blue light than UV rays on a daily basis.

The way it affects our skin is similar to UV rays. The high frequency of blue light allows it to pass through the top epidermal and dermal layers of our skin and into the subcutaneous tissues underneath where the rays can cause the production of free radicals. These unstable molecules damage our cell structure, affect protein production and can damage our skin’s DNA.

When the body is unable to fight off free radical damage, this is known as oxidative stress. The long-term effects of oxidative stress include premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and a dull, tired look to our skin.

What Can We Do About It?

As we become more aware of how blue light could be affecting our skin, many people are turning to cosmetic products and treatments to help prevent, slow down or reverse the effects.

We spoke to Payman J. Danielpour, M.D., F.A.C.S, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Beverly Hills, to find out how to combat blue light damage, reduce signs of skin aging, and improve the skin’s appearance.

“Treatments are based on whether we are addressing a problem or trying to avoid problems in the future,” he says. “Having a good aesthetician to provide a structured facial protocol to address skin tone, texture and color is always a good start. In addition, using microneedling, hydrafacials and a variety of lasers and peels can help treat and avoid signs of aging.

Products That Provide First Defense

To combat the effects of blue light on our skin, “the best way is to have a good skin care regimen that addresses a lot of problems that are associated with facial aging,” says Dr. Danielpour. Avoid unprotected exposure, use SPF protection when outside (ideally SPF 50 and make sure it says “broad spectrum”) and use a skin cream that is rich in powerful antioxidants and Vitamin C. Products that are specifically formulated to combat photo aging (aging caused by light expsosure) are particularly useful.

Paula’s Choice creates protective lotions and balms that are specifically formulated to block blue light, encourage the skin’s natural healing process, and provide effective therapy for damaged skin. Their Defense and Resist ranges include products like the Antioxidant Pore Purifier and the Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF50 which guard against blue light damage. Other popular skincare brands like +Care;qpb=1;?bidkw=murad+skincare&dvc=c&ds_rl=1236752&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI35THsYb63gIVGo7ICh3o2Q4GEAAYASAAEgLY0_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>Murad and Dr. Sebagh Cosmetics are leading the charge as well.

Using a Blue Light Screen Protector on your phone could make a difference as well, but to really curb your blue light exposure, limit screen time and use of electronic devices when indoors. Rather than stare at a laptop screen directly before bed, aim to do something that isn’t screen-related for at least an hour before you go to sleep. Reading a book or listening to music won’t expose your skin to LED light and most importantly won’t disrupt your circadian rhythm as you are preparing to go to sleep.

Treatments Can Help Delay the Damage

Putting down the digital devices is a good start, but Dr. Danielpour also recommends treatments to help combat damage and signs of aging that is already apparent.

BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) is one of the most popular cosmetic tools for smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thus making skin appear younger and fuller. The treatment involves injecting the chemical into the specific facial muscles which are creating the wrinkle, causing them to relax and the skin on top of it to become smooth. This is especially popular for reducing the appearance of brow wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines. One set of non-invasive injections takes around 15 minutes with minimal recovery time. Session costs vary, but are typically around $400 on average.

Microneedling can be used to help stimulate regeneration and healing in the skin by increasing the speed at which new skin cells are created (and dead ones released). The process is relatively painless: skin is often numbed with lidocaine gel before small injections are made into the skin’s dermis. It usually take 3-6 sessions of microneedling for the full anti-aging effects to become visible. As with BOTOX®, microneedling has minimal recovery time and one session can cost around $400 or more.

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body which lubricates the joints and helps aid the body’s natural healing process. There are some studies that indicate it can be used to reduce signs of aging in the skin as well. Hyaluronic acid is often used in filler products like Juvéderm Ultra Plus Allergan which can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face when injected and massaged into lines. Results are typically visible after 2-3 weeks and can cost an average of around $600.

HydraFacials are another popular solution for those seeking to reverse signs of aging and the effects of light damage. There are three main steps to a HydraFacial session: cleansing, exfoliating and intensive moisturizing with a special serum. The result is softer, smoother and more youthful-looking skin that is free from impurities. Each treatment takes about half an hour and repeat treatments encouraged. One HydraFacial session typically costs around $150.

Thread Lifts are gaining popularity as an alternative to the classic facelift. Rather than having skin removed from the face to reduce wrinkles and sagging, the doctor carefully inserts threads into the face. These threads suspend the skin in a way that minimizes the effects of time and gravity by reducing sagging and giving the face a lift without the need for a scalpel. Thread lifts are usually performed under local anesthetic and have little recovery time. The cost for a Thread Lift in the US averages around $2,500.

Looking To The Future

In addition to using blue light blocking products as part of a well-rounded skin routine and having anti-aging treatments to address existing signs of aging, we can take steps towards healthier, more youthful-looking skin by adjusting the way we live our lives.

“Avoid sunlight and always use sunscreen,” says Dr. Danielpour. “Don’t smoke and don’t do harmful things to your body. Sleep, exercise and have a good skincare regimen.”

Theories and studies around blue light are still in their relative infancy, so we don’t have data from long term studies to tell us exactly how damaging blue light is to our skin. But since our use of digital devices shows no sign of slowing, we know we need to be prepared. As for the future? Treatments are going to get more advanced. “We are on the forefront of very exciting times to use our own stem cells for wellness and cosmetic medicine but we are not quite there yet,” says Dr. Danielpour. Let’s hope it’s sooner than later.

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Looking Younger WITHOUT Plastic Surgery – Here’s How!

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Ever wondered if it’s ACTUALLY POSSIBLE to improve your look and appear younger and more vibrant WITHOUT going under the knife? Want to know if it’s possible to tweek your look a bit without having plastic surgery?

Look Younger Without Plastic Surgery

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9 Ways to Look Younger Without Surgery

While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, going under the knife comes with considerable risks (and a hefty price tag) that make it undesirable for some. Luckily, it is possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery.

According to The Allure, 56 percent of women are worried about the physical signs of aging.

Fine lines, dark circles, age spots, dry skin, and thinning hair are just a few of the unavoidable aspects of getting older that keep us up at night. While plastic surgery is more popular than ever, going under the knife comes with considerable risks (and a hefty price tag) that make it undesirable for some. Luckily, it is possible to restore a youthful glow without surgery.

What makes us look older?

If you hold two pictures of yourself side by side, taken five years apart, it is indisputable that you look older. However, the changes are so subtle and gradual that you cannot put your finger on exactly why you appear more mature looking. What are these changes? Often, it is the loss of fat in the face. The full, soft look we associate with youth is lost as bone structure changes and facial fat fades away and, as a result, you are left with loose, sagging skin.

Youthful skin also has elasticity. As we age, the fibers responsible for giving our complexions a firm, smooth appearance become weak. Sun damage is another big factor that contributes to an older look. Years of baking in tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure show up on our faces as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmented areas, and rough patches. To make matters worse, the tiny oil glands that keep our skin soft and supple decrease in number and contribute to dry skin as we age.

Qualities that make us appear younger

In a study of Danish and British females between the ages of 45 and 81, researchers found that women who look young for their age have a few things in common. They have large lips, avoid sun exposure, and were blessed with vibrant hair and fewer wrinkles. The study also demonstrated that perceived age is a better indicator of skin, hair, and facial aging than chronological age. In other words, age is nothing but a number.

No matter how many candles are on your birthday cake this year, there are many ways you can reverse the signs of aging for a more youthful, vibrant look. The best part? You do not even need to go under the knife. Here are nine ways to look younger without surgery.

1. Vitamin C

Beauty bloggers and dermatologists are raving about vitamin C for anti-aging. It can improve the appearance and texture of your skin for a more youthful look.
Vitamin C is one of three antioxidants proven to decrease the sun’s harmful effect on the skin and prevent future damage. It also encourages collagen production to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, this miracle antioxidant targets stubborn skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness, and undereye circles.

One of the best ways to add vitamin C to your skincare routine is with a serum. After cleansing and toning, spread a pea-sized amount of vitamin C serum on your face and allow it to absorb for a few minutes before following up with moisturizer and makeup.

2. Dermal Fillers

These anti-aging injectables fill in wrinkles and depressions, replenishing lost volume to smooth your skin and promote an even complexion. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm® use hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in the body, to soften facial wrinkles and restore volume.

“As a general rule, I favor hyaluronic acid fillers because they look the most natural and give me the greatest ability to contour a patient’s face,” says Dr. Davis Nguyen, a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.

When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid swells and causes a smoothing, filling effect where lost volume needs to be restored. The effects of hyaluronic acid last between six and 12 months. It is important to find an experienced injector who understands facial anatomy and can give you the natural results you want. When you start to notice the anti-aging effect wearing off, it is time to schedule a touchup treatment.

3. Microneedling

As the name suggests, microneedling involves pricking the skin with tiny needles

to make the skin look more youthful. The purpose of microneedling is to create microscopic channels for anti-aging products, like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C, to seep through and penetrate the deep layers of the skin.

When performed in a dermatologist’s office, the doctor will apply serum to your face and chest before moving a needling device over the treatment area, allowing for deep penetration. Even if no serum is used, the tiny injuries caused by the needles promote collagen production and builds new elastin.

The anti-aging results of microneedling are most apparent after four to five treatments. The treatment is especially effective at treating large pores, acne scars, neck lines, and wrinkles around the mouth.

4. Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated beams of light to remove layers of the skin for improved texture. Facial flaws like age spots, acne scars, blood vessels, wrinkles, and sun damage respond well to laser resurfacing as it smoothes out your skin for a complexion that not only looks younger, but actually is younger.

“I’m a big proponent of laser resurfacing as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, builds a patient’s own collagen, and can, in some instances, tighten the skin,” says Dr. Nguyen. “This is achieved by harnessing the natural power of the patient’s healing process that generates younger, healthier looking skin.”

In some cases, a single treatment will improve the texture of your skin. However, most lasers require a series of treatments for the best and long-lasting results.

5. Vitamin A (Retinol)

The wrinkles and freckles we associate with aging appear most prominently on skin that has

been exposed to the sun. Vitamin A, which you might also see labeled as retinol, helps fade these dark spots and stimulates the production of new skin cells. And these are just the creams and serums you can get over-the-counter.

Prescription strength retinoids can actually renew the skin by treating acne, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and evening out your skin tone. Not only can retinol boost collagen production and treat the signs of aging that are already there but also it can potentially prevent future sun damage.

Experts recommend applying retinol as part of your nightly skincare routine. Be sure to apply retinol to your eye area, which is often the first to show signs of aging. It takes an average of 12 weeks for retinol to produce noticeable anti-aging benefits, so keep it in your skincare routine for at least that long to see results.

6. BOTOX®/Dysport®/Xeomin®

Among the millions of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed each year, BOTOX® is one of the most popular – and for a good reason. BOTOX® is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face by paralyzing the underlying muscles. When the muscles cannot move, the overlying skin does not crease, which creates a smooth, younger-looking appearance.

BOTOX® is most often used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. The anti-aging effects of BOTOX® last between three and six months, depending on the area treated. It is important to note that BOTOX® will not treat wrinkles caused by sun damage. But, when paired with another treatment like microneedling, BOTOX® can produce fantastic anti-aging results.

7. Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

This quick and comfortable anti-aging treatment has zero downtime and leaves no scars, making it a popular way to get younger-looking skin without surgery. A radiofrequency (RF) treatment involves heating the deepest layers of the skin to encourage new collagen production and cell turnover to help the skin become firmer, thicker, and younger-looking.

While lasers work to improve the skin’s surface, radiofrequency treatments use a lower frequency to safely penetrate to a deeper level. This helps improve skin tone and structure, and it can even lift tissue. Radiofrequency treatments can be performed in tandem with injectables, microneedling, and other minimally invasive treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

8. Makeup

The least invasive option on our list is something you may already have in your cosmetic bag. When applied with technique, makeup can transform your appearance and minimize the physical signs of aging.

To create a smooth complexion, start with primer. It helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and large pores by filling them in before you put on the rest of your makeup. Follow up with tinted moisturizer or foundation using a light touch and a sponge. Be sure to blend along your jaw to avoid an obvious line.

To fake full lips, find a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone and lightly draw over the border of your lips for a fuller pout. Top with a sheer gloss for a finished look. Bold and defined eyebrows can also make you look younger. Look for a brow pencil that is a cross between a pencil and a powder to fill in any gaps and create the illusion of fuller brows. To enhance your eyes, use a cream shadow in a neutral shade and apply powder illuminator to the inner corner of your eyes. Cream and silicone-based cosmetics work best for aging complexions because they “melt” into the skin and offer a flawless, natural-looking finish. Avoid powder, which settles into fine lines and can actually make the signs of aging more apparent.

9. Microblading

Just as your hair thins with age, your eyebrows may start to look sparse as you get older. Microblading is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can give you the appearance of thick, lush brows to lift your face and make you look younger. The technique involves using a hand-controlled device with ultrafine needles to make microscopic strokes in the skin. The strokes are filled in with semi-permanent pigment that resemble your natural eyebrow hair to create a defined shape and fuller look.

About four to six weeks after your initial microblading appointment, you will need to see your technician for a touchup. Other than that, maintenance is minimal. The results of microblading last between one and three years, depending on your skin type. To keep your brows looking fresh and full, experts recommend a touch up every 12 to 18 months.

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IV Nutrient Therapy – Take Your Skin Care To The Next Level

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As the weather cools off and we pull out the extra hydrating moisturizer to ensure our skin stays soft and supple through the cooler (or where I”m from FREEZING) months, we wonder whether or not there is anything else we can do to up our skin care game.

Keeping Skin Hydrated In Winter Months

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Good news: There is a new way to amp up your skin care from the inside out! 

Believe it or not, there are now ways to hydrate your skin using an IV. If you’re not great with needles, you might be thinking this isn’t for you, but take a look to see how easy and painless the procedure actually is!

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IV Nutrient Therapy

Is IV Nutrient Therapy The Next Generation Of Skincare?

For patients brimming with topical serums, lotions, and potions, IV nutrient therapy has emerged as a trendy way to improve skin health from the inside out. But does it work? The AEDITION investigates.

From Botox® to fillers, we’ve grown accustomed to incorporating syringes into our cosmetic dermatology regimen, but what about adding a needle to your skincare routine? For patients who are brimming with serums, lotions, and potions, IV nutrient therapy has emerged as a trendy way to improve skin health from the inside out. But does it work? The AEDITION investigates.

What is IV therapy and how does it work?

You’re likely familiar with IV drips and infusions as they relate to medicine. The method, which delivers an intravenous solution directly into the vein via a syringe or cannula, is regularly used to replenish fluids when patients are dehydrated, correct electrolyte imbalances, and deliver medication. On the wellness front, such treatments have long been marketed to treat hangovers and boost energy (here’s looking at you, vitamin B12 shots), so it was only a matter of time before they made their way into the beauty space, too.

“We use IV therapy for a few reasons,” says Julie Russak, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and founder of Russak Dermatology. “It’s used to detox the body if we have found toxic elements, to decrease inflammation, or to infuse antioxidants. An added benefit is that IVs have the ability to provide instant hydration.”

All of the said uses can have a positive effect on the skin, and the 45-minute procedure is relatively straightford and painless. Patients are hooked up to the IV via a vein in their hand or arm and are simply asked to sit back and relax while the drip gets to work. Once it’s complete, the practitioner will remove the cannula, apply a bandage to the injection site, and perhaps check your blood pressure before sending you on your way.

The hydration benefits of the infusion to kick in almost immediately, and the nutrients begin to work around 12 to 24 hours after treatment.

So, which nutrients are best for intravenous skincare?

In a world increasingly obsessed with customization, beauty products have remained largely one size fits all. IV therapy, however, offers a personalized experience because nutrients can be cocktailed to treat any number of skin or health concerns.

“We specifically use vitamin C, vitamin B, and glutathione to benefit the skin,” says Dr. Russak. And there is more where that came from. IV therapy pioneer David Colbert, MD, founder of New York Dermatology Group and ColbertMD skincare, shares that drips with “magnesium chloride, zinc, vitamin B-complex, vitamin B12, ascorbic acid, and electrolytes” are also common.

What are the benefits of IV therapy vs. topical skincare?

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, stay hydrated, and have a good diet, is there any point in adding IV therapy to the mix? The short answer is yes.

“The benefit of IV nutrient therapy is the direct delivery of nutrients into the body,” says Dr. Russak. “It bypasses the digestive system, which could be decreasing absorption of nutrients due to an inflamed or leaky gut.”

So while eating nutrient-rich foods is obviously paramount to overall health, intravenous delivery is the fastest and most effective way to deliver vitamins straight to where the body needs them. Similar logic can be extended to skincare. When comparing IV therapy to topical skincare, the difference lies in how the body processes the ingredients.

With topicals, there is an active ingredient and a so-called “delivery system” to transport it into the skin. While the blend of ingredients can certainly change the appearance of the complexion, topicals can’t address the root cause of many skin concerns: the gut. IV therapy, meanwhile, can.

Infusions are rich in antioxidants (namely, glutathione) that have the ability to remove toxins from the body (hence, why IV therapy is such a popular hangover treatment!). Without proper detox, such toxins can be linked to skin concerns like acne, dermatitis, eczema, and premature aging. Coupled with the additional vitamins and minerals found in IV nutrient infusions, skin health can be improved from the inside out with routine treatment.

“The ideal IV therapy patient is anyone seeking a solution to chronic problems or simply wanting their body to function at its prime,” says Dr. Russak. “The skin is a mirror of what’s going on in the gut. I see patients with breakouts or chronically irritated skin and, after they opt into our wellness program, we get to the bottom of the cause and create a step-by-step plan to rebalance the system. This plan often includes IV nutrient therapy.”

How should you incorporate IV therapy into your skincare routine?

Because the effects of IV therapy are immediate, Dr. Colbert says it can be used as both a preventative and remedial method for boosting hydration and vitamin levels — whether your concerns involve skincare, hangovers, or anything in between. At his New York Dermatology Group, the aptly named Inbound and Outbound drips, for example, are formulated to relieve the stress put on the body during travel, while the Immunity Infusion is designed to help patients avoid getting sick.

Patients may utilize a one-off drip to counterbalance jet lag, get a pre-event boost, or ward off illness, but, especially as it relates to the complexion, regular compliance will yield the best results.

“We use IV therapy as part of our Comprehensive Wellness Analysis program — not as a one-time quick fix. Our program is designed with long term benefits in mind,” says Dr. Russak. “Patients notice results the very next day, and we recommend they come in once every three weeks.”

How long the effects of an infusion last depends on a person’s lifestyle and metabolism, but glowier skin is typically enjoyed for at least two weeks. Treatments cost $100 or more, and it is important to ensure you are being cared for by a trained professional.

“IVs must be administered only under a doctor’s monitoring and, ideally, with pre-blood work completed first to ensure the right ingredients are included for the patient’s individual needs,” Dr. Russak shares. “Some patients can have allergic reactions due to certain IV medications, so its vital to have a professional supervise.”

The Takeaway

Intravenous therapy cannot replace a healthy lifestyle and good skincare routine, but it can be a worthy addition to a beauty and wellness regimen that is looking to address the cause of skin health and concerns from the inside out. Whether you’re looking for a burst of hydration, multivitamin boost, or detox, IVs can offer customized solutions with benefits that go far beyond complexion perfection.

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12 Foundations To Fall In Love With This Season!

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Welcome back!💋 Today let’s talk about amazing coverage, shades that ACTUALLY MATCH your unique skin tone, and smooth, beautiful results. Let’s talk fall foundations! 

Fall Foundation Favorites

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12 Fall Foundations That Are So Much More Than Makeup

From hydrating tinted moisturizers to skin-soothing full-coverage sticks (and everything in between!), The AEDITION rounds up the best foundations for fall 2019 that offer makeup *and* skincare benefits.

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans sought to even out their complexions with a poisonous white chalk.

Queen Elizabeth I covered up her smallpox scars with a similarly toxic combination of lead and vinegar that caused irreversible skin discoloration, hair loss, and, yes, death.

Actors in the 19th and early 20th centuries relied on a mixture of powdered mineral pigments and grease to form the skin darkening agent they used to counteract the ghostly effects of stage lighting.

By the 1930s, makeup maestro Max Factor developed the first loose powder foundation (aptly named Pan-Cake) using a blend of water, oil, and pigments.

Modernized liquid foundation soon followed. After long-wearing formulas were created to be worn on the legs in place of stockings after World War II, Coty debuted its “Instant Beauty” tinted fluid for face in 1952 — and the rest of the industry followed suit.

All of this is to say that people have long sought complexion perfection, and today’s formulas have, fortunately, come a long way.

In fact, the latest crop of foundation promises to do far more than even skin tone and conceal blemishes. The makeup-skincare hybrids combine active ingredients (think: soothing chamomile, brightening grapefruit extract, and moisture-boosting grape seed oil to name a few) with high-tech pigment for both immediate and long-term benefits.

From hydrating tinted moisturizers to smoothing powders, keep scrolling to see our favorite foundations for fall 2019!

RMS Un Cover Foundation

RMS Un Cover-Up Cream Foundation

Think of this coconut oil-based pot as skincare first, makeup second. Inspired by the cult-status of the brand’s Un Cover-Up Concealer, this 16-shade tinted formula combines organic cold centrifuged coconut oil with nourishing jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils, detoxifying sasparilla, and anti-inflammatory turmeric (🌿 Check out this article to see the AMAZING benefits of Turmeric!) for a dewy — but not greasy — finish.

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Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation

The makeup artist’s cult-favorite line (finally!) expands into complexion — and it’s worth the wait. The 36-shade range offers buildable, radiant coverage (sheer to medium) with a serum-like weightlessness. A proprietary blend dubbed the “Vita-Serum Complex” improves skin’s barrier function and hydration levels by activating the body’s own hyaluronic acid and ceramide production.

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Milk Makeup

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

This on-the-go stick covers and calms. The medium to full coverage formula comes in 36 shades and promises not to crease or cake due to the elasticity of marshmallow root powder. A cocktail of blue lotus, chamomile, and lavender (check out this article to see why you need Lavender in your life NOW!), meanwhile, works to reduce redness by hydrating and soothing skin.

🌿Full Coverage With No Caking? Um, YES! Try It Here!

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Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

After changing the complexion market with her OG 40-shade foundation launch in 2017, Rihanna is back with a lightweight, stay-all-day medium to full coverage formula that boasts a natural finish — and 50 shades. Moisture-boosting grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate ensure the sweat- and humidity-resistant fluid won’t settle into fine lines.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Inspired by the ease of French-girl beauty, the makeup-skincare hybrid — which has been a staple since it first launched in 1996 — just got an update. In addition to upping the SPF quotient from 20 to 30, the new version removes parabens and certain kinds of silicone, expands the shade range, and improves the hydration claims (up to 24 hours thanks to macadamia and kukui seed oils), all while maintaining the beloved veil-like finish.

🌿So Much SPF. No Sun Damage With This Moisturizer! Try It Here!

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Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation

Not your grandmother’s powder, shea butter extract gives this super smooth matte formula a creamy (read: not cakey) quality. Available in 12 shades, the compact comes with both a brush and sponge applicator for a customizable finish — and easy touch ups!

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Nudestix Tinted Cover Foundation

The travel-friendly brand expands beyond its namesake sticks with this K-beauty-inspired, 14-shade fluid that provides light, natural coverage. Aromatic lavender oil helps to relieve stress, while tea tree fights environmental stressors and a blend of 18 natural extracts (think: peppermint, grapefruit, and rosemary) offers long-term brightening benefits. $35, sephora.com

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Flesh Pure Flesh Liquid Foundation

After first hitting the market with its portable sticks in 2018, Flesh is back with a your-skin-but-better fluid in 40 shades, divided among seven undertones. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, and talc (to name a few), the medium-coverage foundation features soothing and hydrating aloe vera, glycerin, squalene, and sodium hyaluronate for a natural finish. $32, ulta.com

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Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

This lightweight liquid comes in 30 budge-proof and buildable shades that impart a stain finish. Give the bottle a shake (007 style!) to activate the complexion-perfecting ingredient mix of firming vegetable extracts, pollution-fighting baobab seed extract, and hydrating Irish sea moss.

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Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation

The Instagram-famous brand is here with — you guessed it — a filter-like, highly pigmented matte foundation that has a blurring effect to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. The 42 shades are divided into six categories (fair, light, light medium, medium tan, dark, and deep), and, to eliminate the trials and tribulations of shade matching online, swatch cards of the tones within each category are available for testing. $36, ulta.com

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

You need just half a pump (yes, you read that correctly) of this vegan, 24-hour wear formula for a full-coverage, matte finish — no primer required. In fact, the highly concentrated coated pigments (which come in 32 shades) actually work best when applied to freshly moisturized skin that is otherwise bare. How’s that for tightening up your makeup routine?

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Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

A delicate balance of water and richly coated pigments gives this long-wearing formula a natural finish that hydrates while it covers. Ideal for concealing skin concerns like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation, the buildable liquid is now available in 42 shades (up from the original 24).

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Well, there you have it ladies! I hope this article helps you to find your new BFF foundation – because when all else fails….makeup. 💋💅💁

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you again soon!

How To Unwind With Anxiety

So, you’re finally home from work – or in my case you’re already home and just deciding to be finished for the day😴 – and you collapse onto the sofa.

You have only just begun to get comfy when something that happened hours ago slides into your mind, seemingly unnoticed for the first few minutes.

Maybe you said something to a coworker that wasn’t taken the right way, or you didn’t finish something you know you should’ve, or your child is giving you a run for your money lately and you know tomorrow you have got to run errands with said child in tow.

OR, my all time favorite…something that happened say, 15 years ago, keeps running through your mind like an annoying broken record🤦.

The oh-so-pleasant reminders that you suffer from anxiety. Things people ordinarily don’t think about – you do.

So – how to unwind with anxiety?

It can be difficult, and I’ve been through a frustrating amount of trail and error. But if you intend to get up the next morning with more than 3 hours of sleep, unwinding is a necessity.

In this article, I’ve included 4 ways to unwind that have proven effective for myself – and they just might be worth a try for you as well!

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1. Close The Door On Work

For some of you, this may mean figuratively – but for me, it’s literal, and it lets your brain know that you’re FINISHED.

Unwinding With Anxiety

My living room sofa faces the door to my office. It’s right in front of me at the end of the day.

If I leave the door to my office open, I think about all the projects that I left unfinished, all the things that didn’t go my way that day as I was working, and everything I’m going to have staring me in the face the next morning.

One of my favorite verses to meditate on at the end of the day when I am ruminating (something I’ll address shortly), is this:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

-Matthew 6:34 ESV

Not only does it pertain directly to my anxious thoughts most of the time, but it rests on a foundation of common sense. There is absolutely nothing we can do about anything that happens tomorrow. Worrying about tasks for the next day works to steal the peace that you could have TODAY.

By closing the door to my office, I shut down any notion that might arise about re-entering and finishing something up, or about rethinking something I have already spent hours doing. Not today Satan.

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For you, closing the door might mean allowing an email to sit in your inbox until the next morning. Turning your phone to silent. Leaving all devices out of reach so that you can interact with your family without distraction.

Coming from someone with tendencies to work all the time, you have to place boundaries on your time – and with the people who don’t respect it- or your chances of being able to kick back and unwind are basically nonexistent.

You’ve got to set boundaries for yourself while you are feeling strong and able so that when you have a weak moment and are NOT feeling that way, you can follow your previously set rules and enjoy the benefits of being able to relax and reset for the next day.

When I was self-employed as a cosmetologist and LMT, I did not answer any texts or calls to make clients’ appointments after a certain time in the evening. If someone found that annoying, I was perfectly fine with them choosing to try to book with someone else. My personal peace is not worth giving up to satisfy someone else.

Whatever anyone is needing or wanting or demanding CAN WAIT. What’s more important? Your mental health, or their opinion of you?

Try to find what works for you as far as closing the door on work in the evenings. Trust me, it works, and you will find a new-found peace in the boundaries you set for yourself and others.

2. Taking Every Thought Captive

While this may seem like an elementary practice, it absolutely is NOT for someone with anxiety.

BUT, we DO have the power to stop thinking about what we don’t want to think about. To push out the bad and allow in the good.

It takes much practice – it certainly won’t happen overnight – but once you’ve begun to master the concept, it becomes much more of an instant instinct, and you begin to do it without thinking.

Take Every Thought Captive

So, what exactly do I mean by “taking every thought captive”?

Simply this: When something enters your mind like, “I’m going to do a horrible job of handling tomorrow’s situation. I’ll mess it up. They won’t like how I handle it. I’ll get fired.”

You recognize that this is simply an anxious thought. Nothing more. And you push it out and replace it with a positive thought – “I know I’m going to do great tomorrow! I’ll do the best I can, and it will be wonderful to be done with it and know that I did my best!”

When you consistently replace the negative with the positive, you are creating new neuro-pathways in your brain. You are TRAINING your brain to think differently. And the more you do it, the less negative, UNTRUE thoughts you will have.

It can seem difficult at first (I thought I would never get the hang of it). But it’s one of the best decisions you can make when you are struggling with anxiety and you can’t shut your mind off at the end of the day.

Contrary to what you might believe, you do not have to think whatever pops into your mind. You can replace the thoughts and live a happier life.

Rumination is typical with people that struggle with anxiety. It means to repetitively go over a though or a problem without completion.

Whether you think thoughts of not being able to perform correctly at work, being inadequate, being stuck in a situation with no way out, etc, all of these thoughts can be taken captive and replaced with positive ones.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind has helped me TREMENDOUSLY in this area. She is great at explaining what to do when you have a negative thought, and how to replace it quickly and effectively.

You don’t have to sit at home in the evening paralyzed by negative and foreboding thoughts. You have the power to change that.

If you’d like to learn more about how to remove negative thoughts, take a look at this message. It will get you started!

3. Natural Sedatives

While I myself struggle heavily with anxiety and am on a medication to assist with that, I also rely on natural options such as herbal teas and supplements to help shut my mind off at night so that I am able to replenish myself for the next day.

Dandelion Tea Instead Of Caffeine

I’ve discovered – the hard way, of course- that caffeine is not my friend. When I would chug 3-4 cups of coffee on any given day in an attempt to run my three businesses and keep up with my little ones, I was having EXTREME anxiety problems.😬

I’m talking physical manifestations such as trouble breathing, tight chest, shaking, irritability to the max, jumpiness, thoughts bouncing off the walls in my head constantly, and even horrible headaches. I wasn’t able to continue on with that much caffeine.

Now I drink about a half cup of coffee per day. I know. It seems undo able, but it actually isn’t that bad if you supplement.

For me, drinking Dandelion tea and Cinnamon tea has helped. I hate the taste of herbal tea, I won’t lie. Tastes a bit like…well…herbs. Haha.

So, I load it up with about a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon or so of raw agave syrup. This makes it taste rich and creamy and with ice in it it’s become one of my favorite beverages!

Also. Melatonin. Melatonin has been a real life saver in this whole being-able-to-unwind situation.

I take a dissolvable tablet before jumping in a bubble bath, and by the time I’m out and ready for bed, it has kicked in and I can fall asleep almost instantly. It also helps to keep you asleep for those of us that had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. with thoughts of the next day.

Chamomile tea is great just before bed, though this one is the hardest in my opinion to tolerate in the taste department.

Finally, I will use CBD oil under my tongue at night for a little bit of relaxation. It doesn’t get you “high”, it just helps to ease your tension. Myfoli.com has a great article about using CBD oil in the evenings to unwind and you can find that article here:

https://myfoli.com/article/instead-of-wine-unwind-with-cannabis/aa6eb4fa-4db6-4cb7-a4a2-75d4f8a7e453

4. Prayer And Meditation

Meditation is not something that has to be done cross-legged on the ground outside for an entire day.

I have found some wonderful videos on YouTube that lead you through a guided meditation, or just play really great relaxing music while you do your own meditation to center yourself and escape from the hectic day that you just had.

Here is an example of a guided meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlPDjrOlJUQ

There are also apps that you can download that will lead you through meditations.

And yes, prayer. You guys. Prayer works wonders.

Psalm 55:22 (MSG) Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.

When I am lying in bed at night and have failed to be able to let go of my troubles from that day, I pray. God asks us to cast our cares on Him, and he means it.

It’s also a great idea to create a prayer box. This will help you to realize how many situations and problems God has helped you through and that your prayers don’t stop at the ceiling.

Use an old shoe box, or any box you have lying around, and anytime you are worried in the evening and can’t get a problem off of your mind, write it down on a piece of paper and toss it into the box. Then it’s God’s. If you want to keep worrying about it, you have to take it back out of the box and explain to God that you don’t trust him with it.

When you think about it, every once in a while, look through the papers in your box. See for yourself how many troubles God has seen to. How many prayers he has answered.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised 😘

Well, friends, I hope this article has helped you. Anxiety doesn’t have to rule you. These tips have helped me to be able to shut it off at night and unwind, preparing myself for the next day with a restful sleep, and I hope they will help you as well!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back with you!

Need prayer? Send me an email at darci@mykissandmakeup.com

Have a beautiful day!

How To Tell The Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles!

Hello, Beautiful, and welcome back!

In my practice, I noticed a growing trend in clients that would come to me for a facial service (usually a chemical peel), wanting to erase or diminish sun spots.

Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles

Interestingly, though, what some of them were dealing with was NOT in fact a sun spot, but freckles! Sometimes they would have small clusters of freckles, giving the impression of a sun spot.

Telling the difference can sometimes be tricky, so if you’d like some tips and advice on distinguishing between sun spots and freckles, keep reading!

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What’s The Difference Between Freckles And Sun Spots?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

Samantha Stone

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Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

What Are Freckles?

Freckles are small dark spots, usually less than 5mm in diameter, where the skin cells have produced extra pigmentation. Most freckles are uniform in color, but it varies depending on skin tone. They can be red, tan, light brown, dark brown, black, or any color that is darker than the person’s skin color. That is typically why people with pale skin have a more reddish hue to their freckles.

A person’s ability to make freckles is due to genetics. For instance, if your parents have freckles, it is likely that you will have freckles too. Although freckles are hereditary, they are activated by sun exposure. If someone that has the freckle gene (MC1R), they must spend time in the sun in order to produce freckles. A person without the freckles genes will not produce freckles regardless of if they are in the sun or not.

Freckles actually serve a purpose. In a way, they act like sun screens and are a natural way to block the UV rays from penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. They are not a sign of sun damage, but rather protect areas of the skin that are particularly sensitive to ultraviolet light. With that in mind, if you have a lot of freckles, that is a good indicator that you should be applying sunscreen regularly and generously to prevent sun damage.

What Are Sun Spots?

The quickest way to tell if a brown spot is a freckle or sun spot is that that sun spots are typically larger in size (.2-2.0 centimeters) and are most commonly found on the hands, face, shoulders, back, arms, and tops of feet. They are also more common with aging, which is why they’re also called age spots, senile lentigines, and liver spots. They are larger because they involve multiple pigmented cells lumped together.

The good news about sun spots is that they are not always permanent. Sometimes they can fade if the sun is avoided for a long enough period of time. Prevention is always better than curing, though. Limiting sun exposure, using sunscreen liberally, and avoiding artificial tanning like sun beds, is recommended to avoid sun spots.

What’s The Differences Between Freckles and Sun Spots?

While freckles are more visible against lighter skin types, they are actually linked to the same gene responsible for complexion. The MC1R gene not only controls the likelihood of freckles but also it is responsible for skin color and hair color, particularly for red hair. Similarly, people with lighter complexions are also most susceptible to develop sun spots. The key difference is that sun spots are more common among older populations and can start forming in the mid-thirties. With repeated sun exposure over years, the skin cells start to produce melanin, forming the sun spots.

Additionally, the lifespan of freckles and sun spots is different. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to stick around longer. Because of this, sun spots can require skin treatments for removal.

Are They Harmful?

Fortunately, neither freckles or sun spots are harmful. Even though they are benign, it is still important to monitor their appearance to make sure there are no irregularities or changes which could indicate malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Should you notice any changes, it is important to schedule a visit with your board-certified dermatologist to be on the safe side.

Removing Sun Spots

Should you have unwanted sun spots that have not gone away over time, in-office skin treatments like IPL , laser therapy, chemical peels, or micro needling and topical applications have proven to be effective in diminishing their appearance.

For in-office treatments, New York-based board-certified dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD recommends intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) or Q Tara XLV, a laser treatment the targets the pigment. “The Q Tara XLV will target the individual sunspot,” she says. “IPL can target the individual sunspot but can also do the entire face arms or legs. Both treatments have some downtime and the patient cannot get sun two weeks before the treatment or two weeks after the treatment.”

While over-the-counter skin care products and prescription topical remedies have worked for some, their results usually cannot match those of in-office treatments. If you would prefer to use a cream or lotion to treat age spots, see a board-certified dermatologist first. “Hydroquinone creams and creams with Kojic acid have been found very useful in feeding sun spots,” Dr. Cheryl Karcher says. “It can take a long time, but they can lighten the spots. Again, if a patient gets any sun on those spots it will take months for the spot to lighten.”

Each of these treatments vary in price and may require multiple sessions to see desired results. Regardless of which treatment you choose, age spots can reappear, so it is important to protect your skin from the sun. To properly protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, that is water resistant and over SPF 30. Apply a liberal amount of lotion daily and re-apply every couple of hours to ensure you are fully protected.

Thanks for stopping in, friends! I hope this article was helpful to you.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them below and i’ll be happy to get back with you!

Have a blessed day!

What Are The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Your Sun Damage?

Hey, Friends! Welcome Back! 

Today, I’d like to address a common skincare issue – the dreaded sun damage😳

Sn Damage Correction

Though a great many people suffer from hyperpigmentation and other negative effects of sun damage, most of those people do not know exactly what to do to prevent and/or reverse the issue once they begin to experience it. 

In this article, let’s look at a few procedures that are great ways to correct sun damage, and what to expect from each one!

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The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Sun Damage

Sun Damage Correction

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With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, it’s time to atone for those summer skin sins.

Here, The AEDITION breaks down the best minimally invasive treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of the damage caused by the sun.

Sholeen Damarwala

Labor Day has come and gone, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us.

And whether your warm weather plans included beach days, farmer’s market jaunts, camping trips, or outdoor runs, there is little doubt you’ve soaked up a bit of sun.

While lathering up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a necessary first-line of defense, most people don’t apply enough and/or forget to reapply throughout the day.

The result? DNA-altering damage that persists well after the sun goes down.

A 2015 Yale University study found that sunlight can continue to affect the skin whether you’re back inside or not.

UV rays from the sun or tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes (the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color), and that danger lingers for hours after exposure.

The damage is a major cause of skin cancer (i.e. the most common form of cancer in the U.S.), and it can also cause an overproduction of melanin that leads to dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

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Even more alarming? The visible sun damage that begins to manifest as said dark spots in your thirties and forties may be the byproduct of childhood fun in the sun.

“Sun damage occurs very early on, and we know now through research, that you could have had a sunburn as a child and years later it could show up as a melanoma,” says Philadelphia-based plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD, who recommends daily sunscreen application and a yearly skin check with a dermatologist as precautions.

Sun Damage Prevention

During a skin cancer screening, a dermatologist will look for any new spots or changes to existing ones, but you can be vigilant at home, too. “Pay attention to a mole that’s getting bigger, or darker or changing, or itchy, or bleeding,” says Dr. Bloom, for the abnormalities could be warning signs.

While first establishing that hyperpigmentation is benign is paramount, cosmetic concerns related to sunspots may endure. The 2018 Survey on Dermatologic Procedures from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) found that sun damage treatments were up 63 percent in the last two years alone.

Jonathan Cabin, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, says that the visible damage caused by UV rays presents as “areas of hyperpigmentation or sunspots that are typically shades of brown and red.” But that’s not all. Dr. Cabin says that “poor skin quality” in the form of “thin or inelastic skin” and “wrinkling” is also common.

So, what are the best ways to restore even skin tone and texture? Here, a guide to the best treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of sun damage.

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In-Office Procedures

Chemical Peels
Used to treat everything from acne to wrinkles, chemical peels work by employing a blend of acids to chemically exfoliate the skin. The entire process is relatively simple and can be customized for more tailored results.

During the treatment, your provider will determine the solution strength best suited for your skin type and concern. Formulas range from relatively mild alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid cocktails to deeper trichloroacetic and carbolic acids, and patients may experience tingling and/or burning sensations during the treatment.

 

While a strong peel may only require one session (but months of downtime), milder versions often call for multiple visits, and professional sessions cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000 depending on the strength. In the days following the peel, dead skin cells will begin to flake off, leaving behind a smoother and brighter complexion.

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While the tried-and-true treatment is great for improving skin tone for patients of all ages, Dr. Bloom is particularly fond of the preventative benefits of peeling. “I encourage my millennial patients to start early on getting glycolic, fruit, and salicylic peels,” says. Dr. Bloom. “It helps maintain a healthy visage and takes off any signs of early sun damage and aging.”

 

Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Commonly known as the “vampire facial,” this ever-popular treatment option can correct sun damage — in addition to all its other anti-aging benefits. “With one or more treatments, we can make fine lines and wrinkles fade,” says Dr. Bloom. “The result is glowing, healthy, and even skin.”

A standard microneedling session involves a practitioner rolling a handheld device covered in fine needles over the surface of the skin to create micro-punctures.

While that process alone stimulates collagen production and improves skin health, the addition of platelet-rich plasma (a.k.a. PRP) only improves the results.

The two-part microneedling with PRP procedure first involves a medical professional drawing five to 15 milliliters of blood from the patient (Dr. Bloom says the collection is done in the office) that is put into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets that will form the PRP solution.

After microneedling the affected area, the practitioner will massage the PRP blend into the skin so that it can penetrate the microwounds created by the dermaroller.

The treatment lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and a bit of redness or swelling may persist for a few days. Sessions cost around $750 each.

Lasers
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective corrective procedures available, but, since the laser market runs deep, it can be confusing to know where to start. While consulting with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure that you get the right treatment for your skin type and the severity of your concern, Sejal Shah, MD, of Manhattan’s SmarterSkin Dermatology, says CO2, Fraxel, and picosecond lasers are among the most popular for targeting the “wrinkles, textural changes, and pigmentation” caused by UV damage.

 

  • CO2 Lasers: A popular laser for skin resurfacing, carbon dioxide lasers are used to tackle deep wrinkles, age spots, and enlarged pores caused by sun exposure. The latest generation of the technology uses either short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams to remove thin layers of skin with minimal impact to the surrounding tissue. While recovery can take several weeks, the results can last several years. “A single treatment cost $3,500, but I do recommend maintenance with a lighter laser,” says Dr. Shah.
  • Erbium Lasers: Safer for darker skin tones than their CO2 counterparts, erbium lasers can treat superficial to moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest. “A non-ablative fractionated 2940nm erbium laser is a powerful device for skin rejuvenation, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars,” says Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in NYC. Post-procedure downtime usually lasts no longer than a week with minimal swelling and/or bruising possible.
  • Fraxel Lasers: With the ability to address everything from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to acne scars all over the body, the energy from a Fraxel laser creates microscopic beams of energy that target only a fraction (hence, the name) of skin at a time. “I usually recommend three to five sessions, and then yearly maintenance,” says Dr. Shah. Each treatment costs an average of $1,000 with up to a week of downtime.
  • Picosecond Lasers: While the laser type is most commonly associated with tattoo removal thanks to its ability to shatter pigment in all skin types, it can also be used to target specific dark spots on the skin. Picosecond lasers release energy in short nanosecond bursts without cooling the skin’s surface, so the energy reaches multiples layers of skin. “I usually recommend three to six sessions,” says Dr. Shah, who adds that each can cost about $750. The quick visits last 15 to 20 minutes, and it can take up to a week for the treated brown spots to flake off.
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Ultherapy
If you are looking for a procedure that can address skin laxity — not just tone and texture — Ultherapy is a popular non-invasive option for lifting and tightening loose skin without downtime.

“Ultrasound energy heats the deep layers of the skin, creating micro-injuries to the same layer that is lifted during a facelift,” explains Dr. Jaber. “As the skin heals, new collagen is produced creating a lift.”

In addition to providing on firming effect on parts of the face (think: brow and chin) and neck, Ultherapy can also improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment area, and starts around $1,000.

It can take up to six months for the full effects to become visible, and patients may opt for maintenance treatments every one to two years.

At-Home Care

Not every sun damage treatment requires a trip to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

A good skincare regimen not only complements whatever professional procedures you have opted to have done but also helps to prevent future damage. Oh, and it all starts with — you guessed it — sunscreen.

 

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“I can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is for everyday use,” says Dr. Bloom, who recommends applying a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher to all visible skin (think: shoulders, legs, hands, tops of feet) — not just the face.

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And there’s a lot more where that came from. Topical antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E are known for their brightening effect, in addition to providing a much-needed line of defense against free radical damage. A vitamin A derivative like retinol is also great for treating visible signs of aging like hyperpigmentation, lines, and wrinkles, and keeping skin hydrated is also a must.

“I encourage the use of topical antioxidants, moisturizers, and retinoids,” says Dr. Shah, to address skin tone and texture.

 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this article has helped you in considering how to address hyperpigmentation!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back to you!

Have a beautiful day, friends! 

 

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