Move over laser, here comes the space age!
Every so often a new technology pops up that changes the way we treat patients. I was at an international conference in Paris earlier this year with the great and good of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery when I came across a new device, which changed my whole approach to skin tightening and rejuvenation.
From a dermatologist’s point of view, it was so intuitive in that it combined three cutting edge technologies, radio frequency dermal needling and fractional treatment. Downtime was only a couple of days and the results were stunning.
Instead of burning the superficial skin, it bypasses the epidermis using radio waves and delivers high energy deep to the dermis using an insulated micro needling technique. Spacing between the tiny needles allows the effects to be delivered in a fractional manner sparing healthy tissue to facilitate a rapid healing and regrowth of new tissue.
It was love at first sight. I bought three devices, one for each of my clinics and have treated hundreds of patients so far. My favourite is tightening neck skin, jowls and eradicating those nasty smokers lines on the upper lip. Our big breakthrough is the ‘Radio-frequency Facelift’, a combination of Thermage and INTRAcel, which is hard to beat.
This really is the ‘Holy Grail’ of Cosmetic Medicine.
Dr John Curran.
As summer draws to a close, a season of skin sins — skimping on your SPF’s, baking your skin in the midday sun, too many Mojitos by the pool bar and too many late nights — are written all over your face.
Dry patches, freckles, dullness and under-eye circles are all your skin’s way of saying ‘Save me!”
Months of mistreatment has left your skin feeling unloved and in need of some TLC.
Start with a clean slate. After months of sun exposure, dead skin cells have accumulated on the surface of your skin. . Not to worry, your former glow is just below the surface waiting to be revealed.
First, undo the summer damage, and exfoliate—from head to toe. Look for an exfoliant packed with tiny micro beads to slough off the top layer of dull skin without irritation. You’ll be left with smoother, more even-looking skin — a flashback to your healthy complexion.
For your face, try Health’s ZO’s Skin Exfoliating Polish. It does a great job of scrubbing away the dull, dry skin so that fresh, healthy cells can emerge. It’s more aggressive than most, so if you have weak skin, be gentle at first. You will love the difference in your skin. For your body, use a lotion high in lactic acid—such as ZO’s Body Emulsion. It’s not your typical smell-good body lotion—it will really work hard to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Lighten up! Too much sun exposure can cause blotchiness, brown to grey discoloration and freckles galore. To treat all of that hyper pigmentation, it’s best to wear a sunscreen and use a topical lotion or gel with ingredients that inhibit melanin (like Retin A, or other types of retinoids). We all know that Hydroquinone is the best topical skin lightening ingredient-but make sure that you have a concentration of 4%. It is prescription only medication and it takes about 6-18 weeks to successfully treat hyper pigmentation. But why not try the sensational non -prescription skin lightener form Obagi, Clear FX. It contains the natural plant extract Arbutan and it works! Couple this with ZO Skin Health Radical Night Repair Plus — a high concentration of skin-lightening retinol to work through the night….magic!
You’ve dieted and hit the Zumba circuit so that your body doesn’t wobble, you’ve cleansed toned and moisturized, manicured and pedicured, primped and preened to within an inch of your life and just as you are thinking” God is good” you peer down.
There they are—those pesky little vertical lines creeping up between your
Breasts. When did that happen? Your chest used to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and now there are more ravines down there than the Grand Canyon.
It’s actually quite thin skin like the skin around the eyes. Think how much time, money and luxury creams have been patted onto those peeps and then think of the years of neglect rained down on your chest. The sunbathing, and lack of tender loving care your poor décolletage has had to endure. No wonder it’s frowning!
A wrinkled old décolletage begins to be a problem for most women as they pass 40. Too much sun, hardly any SPF cream on the chest – even when we were on holiday all we ever thought about was our face and neck.
One of the biggest chest crinklers, apart from the sun and the passing years is the way we sleep. The favoured anti-wrinkle position is flat on your back, thereby avoiding the boob squish that causes that early morning parchment paper look.
The problem is that a damaged décolletage is such a distraction from an attractive face.
But, don’t despair. A wide range of treatments is available to reverse the damage and a multilayered approach is required to restore you lackluster cleavage to its former glory
The combination of Fraxel resurfacing and IPL photo rejuvenation therapies work to eradicate pigmentation [sun spots, age spots] eliminate broken capillaries caused by sun damage and ageing and stimulate the production of collagen to tighten, plump up the skin and reduce crepiness and lines.
The Obagi Elastiderm Décolletage System contains a skin lightening cream as well as a wrinkle reducing lotion; that enhances and maintains these results It’s a one of a kind therapy that really works to restore to healthy looking skin on your delicate chest and neck. The system consists of two patent pending technologies that use penetrating therapeutics. A skin-lightening complex, which reduces hyper- pigmentation and sunspots and a wrinkle reducing lotion, which contains a unique bimineral complex. Used twice a day you will see real results within four weeks fabulous new décolleté may just be the boost a woman needs and we are definitely worth it!
So –action stations: start treasuring your chest. Lavish it with love, and some serious dedicated skincare and sun creams. Try the new Sun Shield SPF 50. It is the latest addition to the transformational Nu- Derm skincare range by Obagi combining high UVB absorption and dynamic UVA blockage in an elegant matt non-whitening finish. It will keep your puppies protected, and those pesky little lines at bay. Crêpey cleavage, begone.
In times of financial uncertainty, these treatments may seem a little indulgent, but frankly, a fabulous new décolletage may just be the boost a woman needs and we are definitely worth it!