Posted in Q&A, tagged anti-aging skin, anti-wrinkle, Botox, eye wrinkle, foto facial, laser clinic, laser facial, photo facial, retinal a, skin beauty, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening treatments, skincare, wrinkle, wrinkle free on December 21, 2012 |
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Question: My Mom reads your blog and has been talking about getting Botox or the “lunchtime laser.” I want to get her a treatment for Christmas but don’t know which one to choose. I can afford only one and I want her to see the biggest results.
Answer: What a great question and you’re a great daughter! Both Botox and Intense Pulsed Light laser ( also known as the lunchtime laser) will make a major difference in her appearance. The choice depends on the condition of her skin. If she has spent many happy hours in the sun, its likely that she has lots of freckles and dark patches. An Intense Pulsed Light treatment will literally vaporize this aging pigmentation and leave her skin younger and refreshed. The results are permanent but brown spots will return if she goes out without sun protection. If she was not a beach bunny and her skin has lines along the cheeks, forehead and and around the eyes, Botox will erase them– for about 3-4 months. Because lasers leave the skin extra sensitive for a few days, you can also give her a stocking filled with a gentle cleanser ( eg Cetaphil), sunscreen ( Neutrogena for Sensitive Skin) and soothing water spray ( eg Dermalogica UltraCalming Spray).
The Right Tool at the Right Time
Which anti-aging tool to use and when to use it was the fundamental question behind the No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Initially, I planned to start with Retin A to reve up the circulation and skin growth, add Botox to reduce lines and polish things up by removing large freckles and age spots with a laser. But as it turned out, lasers work best on darkest spots, so I started the anti-aging journey by removing them with a traditional laser and then continuing with my plan.
But in the past few years since I started, there have been so many new options that my new plan has become an exploration of new forms of Retin A, new lasers and new machines that deal both singly and in combination with a slew of aging issues. At a recent dermatology conference at Mount Sinai, the experts came up with an effective anti-aging game plan that started with gentle lasers like Intense Pulsed Light to brighten and Botox to smooth the skin.
I’d love to hear which treatment you chose. Happy holidays!
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Posted in Q&A, tagged a retin, anti-aging, anti-aging skin, Botox, botox injections, exfoliant, exfoliating, how to exfoliate, microdermabrasion, retin, retinal a, retinol, retinol a on February 24, 2012 |
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Question– In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer– Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
Botox injections at problem areas can erase fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and forehead. It can change contours of the face, while microdermabrasion changes the texture and color of the surface of the skin. The two tools actually work very well together– microdermabrasion to improve the texture and color of the skin and Botox to deal with contours that are a half a century old.
Your question actually gets to the heart of my anti-aging journey– which tools and techniques work and how to combine them to get the best possible results. I decided to start on the dark spots and splotches from sun damage- first with Retin A and then with microdermabrasion. When the skin’s surface looked smooth and fresh, I added Botox to erase the lines at the sides of my mouth and around my eyes. You can see these results on the No-Nonsense Beauty BLog Facebook Page. Just click on the Facebook icon.
Microdermabrasion, as much as I love the immediate results, lasts only a few days. For long lasting results, I suggest starting with a low dose nightly Retin A cream. You should see very nice results within six weeks. The skin will look fresher and clearer. Then try the Botox to deal with the after effects fifty years of laughing and talking. And here’s to another wonderful fifty years.
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A picture is worth a thousand words. I took a few photos to show the “before” of my dark circles. That is the area which I am going to work on next and I want to see what works and what doesn’t. You can certainly see the dark circles, but you can also see the amazing improvement from treatments about six weeks into the project. I don’t know if I look younger, but I certainly know my skin looks better. I just followed the standard advice of Retin A and had my age spots fried with a laser. The first photo was taken at the start of this project. Just me and my age spots and deep smile lines.
The second photo was taken after about six weeks on Retin A and following laser removal of age spots. You can see that the skin texture looks fresher with more even skin color. What blew me away me the most was the decline in the depth of the smile lines. I really have something new to smile about. Now about those dark circles…
Close-Up: GABA ( gamma-aminobutyric acid)
What a mouthful! GABA is a chemical in the body that is known to relax muscles. In a cosmetic cream or serum it is designed to act like a low-rent Botox, relaxing facial muces to reduce frowns or wrinkle. But doctor are dubious that GABA can be absorbed by the skin and then find it way to the right muscles.
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