New Impressive Face Masks

We are all about new products that will boost your beauty and the appearance of your skin. Face masks are a great option to give your skin a much needed break and reset. According to Elle Magazine the products listed below are some of the best mask you can get your hands on these days. Check them out and give them a try!

Our editors share their favorite moisture-packing, pore-shrinking, humanity-restoring face masks that get their skin as close to perfection as possible (or as one editor describes, Cate Blanchett).

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

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“I stan pretty hard for Tatcha. From their cleansing oils to their ACTUAL gold-spun products, they can do no wrong in my eyes. This goes for their masks too, and their latest is a doozy. I love anything with Vitamin C, and this formula brightens up my skin as soon as I do that dramatic yet useless face-splash-over-the-sink thing actresses in commercials always do. This also comes in the most delightful shade of lavender, making it difficult to not post to your stories.”? Justine Carreon, Associate Market Editor

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $68;

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

“I can disembark a 12-hour flight with a face like an old hot dog (as I often do), then slap one of these miracle-workers on for 20 minutes and presto?my humanity is restored. Not only does this mask, which is drenched in the brand’s signature pitera, impart a certain lit-from-within radiance (see: Cate Blanchett), it also moisturizes and firms, making it the ultimate complexion-revitalizing trifecta?and one of my top 5 most-hoardable beauty products ever.”? April Long, Executive Beauty Editor

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $135;

Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask

“This mask is uber hydrating?and since my skin can act like a sad, neglected sponge in the winter, absorbing my daily moisturizer so fast it’s like I never even applied it, uber hydrating is exactly what I need.”? Sally Holmes, Executive Editor

Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask (Set of 2), $9;

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

“When it comes to masking, I’m all about instant gratification. This tingly, menthol-scented charcoal mask targets breakouts and shrinks pores (albeit temporarily) in just 15 minutes with a mix of mandelic, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids.”? Julie Schott, Beauty Director

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $22;

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque

“This mask is pretty, firstly, and smells good. If you saw it out of the jar, I’m pretty sure I could convince you it’s homemade. So many masks I’ve tried have barely noticeable effects (and maybe it’s just a placebo thing), but this one leaves my skin glowing as soon as I rinse it off.”? Leah Melby-Clinton, Senior Editor in Branded Content

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque, $28;

Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask

“For skin that’s starting to look as drab as February feels, nothing works for me like Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask. I smear it on, usually widely blow the 15 minute mark, and let the silky, sticky mask do its thing (it’s thing being, according to the company, increasing oxygen to skin cells and giving a little cellular boost with marine glycogen and vitamin C for glow). Not only does my skin feel uber hydrated, the mask is also gentle enough on my face to use more than once a week.”? Cotton Codinha, Associate Beauty and Fitness Editor

Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask, $175;

Fresh Rose Face Mask

“New York City’s elements are harsh year round, but this mask helps fight whatever it throws my way. In the dead of winter when my skin is looking more tired and dull then ever, the rose infused gel gives it a moisture boost, and reminds me of warmer days. It also has a cooling and calming effect – making it perfect to use after a day at the beach – or Central Park.” ? Mariel Tyler, Photo Editor

Fresh Rose Face Mask, $62;


3 Things That Can Help You Live Longer

Researchers are constantly looking for ways to boost health and improve overall quality of life. Increased longevity is something that people often think is intangible, however new a study shows that doing 3 things might help you live longer. We love sharing research like this because the overall health and well being of our clients is important!

Want to add years to your life expectancy and delay the onset of disability? New research suggests doing so may come down to drinking in moderation, not smoking, and maintaining a non-obese weight.

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan just published a study in the journal Health Affairs that looked at how specific lifestyle choices impacted people’s life expectancy and overall health over time. The researchers analyzed data from over 14,000 people age 50 and older that had been collected since 1992. It turned out that adults who hit age 50 with a BMI never having smoked, who had BMIs under 30 (which is considered the threshold for obesity), and who didn’t currently drink heavily lived seven years longer than their counterparts, six of which years were disability-free. (Heavy drinking is defined as more than 14 drinks per week for men and more than seven drinks per week for women.)

In life expectancy terms, men and women who followed these guidelines increased their life expectancy to 85 and 89 respectively, as opposed to the current life expectancies of 78 for men and 82 for women.

Alongside these findings, the study highlighted an alarming statistic: Some 80 percent of Americans have smoked, been obese, or both by their fifties. Researchers say this shows the importance of creating policies and programs that tackle these issues sooner. “Our study speaks to the importance of prevention at whatever level that can occur in community health or in public policy,” study co-author Neil Mehta, an assistant professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan, said in a press release.

Mehta also pointed out that investing in prevention could eventually lower the cost of treating disabilities. And on an individual level, while genetics and environment play large roles in your life expectancy and quality of life, it’s helpful to know that behavioral changes can make a difference.

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Don’t Fall Victim to Buying Fake Products

There are more beauty products on the market than one can count. We know that there are skin care products created by different brands that are extremely similar to each other as well as makeup products that mimic one another. However, the dark side of this is that there are brands creating counterfeit products that could potentially give you a reaction and end up costing you more than the price of the product. Learn how to differentiate between counterfeit and real in the article below.

There?s a reason there?s a cottage industry growing up around makeup dupes: the knockoffs of your favorite products can be really and actually good. When you snag a faux version of a high-end highlighter from the drugstore or online, you know (and are cool with the fact) that you?re not getting the real deal?but imagine you thought you were buying the OG product, only to discover something about your purchase was off. Not cool. According to a new consumer report, more people than you’d think are unknowingly buying counterfeit makeup and skincare.

MarkMonitor, a brand protection agency that keeps companies in the know about falsies floating around on the internet, just released survey data from 4,400 respondents across 10 countries that found some pretty disturbing things about our online buying habits. First off, over a quarter of people are unknowingly buying counterfeit goods ? including makeup, skincare, supplements, and even (shudder) medication ?when they buy online. Of the fakes, makeup was cited as the most commonly purchased knockoff item, and the majority of falsies came from online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon where individual sellers have access to the platform.

The scariest part is how consumers reported they finally found out about their counterfeit goods. Receiving a knockoff isn?t just annoying, it can be dangerous ? 34 percent reported they figured out the products in question were fake after experiencing a bad reaction. Yikes.

To be clear, there?s a difference between makeup dupes ? the more affordable versions of popular products we knowingly buy ? and counterfeits ? knockoffs you don?t realize aren?t the real deal until it?s too late. It?s the latter that are way more insidious. A report from Bloomberg Businessweek released earlier this year reported that fake makeup is on the rise and is becoming a major problem, a la fake news.

Considering the sheer amount of goods we get online ($394 billion worth each year, to be exact) it?s scary to think the bottle of shampoo or tube of lip balm you snagged online might actually be from a sketchy warehouse located who knows where. While shopping for your staples and splurges online can save you time and cash, you don?t get to check out the products IRL before you buy. With every online purchase, you?re trusting that you’re getting the real deal unless explicitly being told it?s a dupe. It’s kind of a gamble.

Respondents blame the brands they thought they were purchasing, according to the report ? 34 percent stated it was the brand’s responsibility to keep counterfeits off the market.

Surprisingly, despite the ubiquity of dupes, 83 percent of survey respondents said they wouldn?t knowingly hit purchase on non-genuine products. To be fair, that number lumped makeup, skincare and medications together, and picking up a knockoff lipstick is a lot different than a knockoff pain reliever.

If you don?t want to risk not getting the real deal, buy directly from the brand?s website or a trusted retailer like Sephora or Ulta. And if you do wind up with a dishonest dupe, be prepared to leave a truthful review.

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Wear That SPF

Sunscreen should be used every day no matter where you live or what season it is, but this time of year is especially when sunscreen is extremely important.  Wearing sunscreen can help prevent your skin from things like premature aging, dark spots and fine lines — all things we help treat with lasers at the Clearskin Institute.  Once you have some spf on for the day you can’t forget to reapply.  Here’s how you can reapply to your face without messing up your makeup.

How to Reapply Your Sunscreen While Wearing Makeup

By Sarah Kinonen May 25, 2017

We all know how important it is to slather on sunscreen every day (quick refresher: it’s like, really important. A few dollops a day can potentially shield skin from damage brought on by the sun’s powerful UV rays). But did you know that reapplying your SPF is just ? if not more ? crucial? Yep. According to dermatologists, you should be re-administering your SPF every two to three hours, which means that full face beat you put together early in the A.M. may get a little disheveled after the second slathering. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Turns out, there are foolproof techniques to reapply your sun protection without smudging or smearing your early-morning makeup masterpiece. Here, the top six tricks, plucked from top dermatologists and makeup artists.

Start strong: Apply sunscreen under your makeup.

Before you kickstart your makeup routine, prep your skin with protection ? and not just in the major areas of your face, like the cheeks and forehead, says Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “One of the reasons that the top of the forehead ? near the hairline and the sides of the cheeks, jawline, and neck ? get more sun is because everyone starts their sunscreen [application] in the middle of the face and neck,” Waldorf says. “Be sure to apply ? and reapply ? to those areas. Extra sun damage tends to occur on the upper cheek bones, too.”

Or, try a moisturizer with built-in SPF.

If your skin is on the sensitive side, streamline your product lineup with a multitasking moisturizer ? but only sometimes. “In the cooler months, it’s acceptable to “cheat” [your sunscreen game] by using a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it instead of two separate products,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center. “When products are asked to multi-task, make sure you are using enough of the product in order to get the SPF on the label.”

Even better, make it a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Swap out your heavy foundation for a lighter formula, like a BB cream ? but with a hint of tint and added SPF. “If you invest the time to find the perfect match for your skin, you are much more likely to use the two products every day, which is a major investment in the long-term health and beauty of the skin,” says Tanzi.

Finish your look with a setting spray ? packed with sunscreen.

Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh sets her clients’ red-carpet looks with setting sprays that offer built-in sun protection. “They’re clear, so there’s no white film, and they go on lightly as a fine mist,” she says. Her favorite? The just-launched Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50, which can be spritzed on before, during, and after makeup application. It’s also made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate as it shields skin from the sun.

Brush it on.

If you don’t want to mess, smudge, or smear your makeup during a mid-day SPF touchup, Quynh recommends sweeping on a powder sunscreen to the face. “The powders can be in a loose powder or a pressed powder form,” says Quynh. For a loose powder formula with water-resistant protection, we (along with Tanzi and Waldorf) recommend Colorescience Sunforgettable Very Water Resistant Powder Sun Protection SPF 30. “The loose powder is easy to use, you can just brush it on directly to the face, as the powder is built into the brush.”

Adds Tanzi: “These are the absolute purest form of powder sunscreen with colors that blend with all skin tones. The [sunscreen powder] is an excellent, water-resistant formula that looks like photo-perfect makeup, but is actually a great sunscreen. The powder locks my makeup in place, cuts down on facial oil on a humid day, and provides excellent sun protection.”

Touch it up with a compact.

If you’re not big on powders ? whether it’s a texture thing or you worry about handbag spillage ? we’ve found a happy medium. The Eau Thermale Avène Mineral High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50, which comes in two different shades. “It allows you to touch up your makeup and [apply sunscreen] at the same time,” says Waldorf. “It’s great to keep in your purse, desk, or even car for touchups.”


Stop Picking At Pimples

Pimples can pop up on your face at any given time, and when they do the temptation to pick at them is at an all time high.  Unfortunately picking or popping zits can create further problems.  We see a lot of patients at Clearskin Institute that have concerns about marks and scars left from pimples.  If you need an awakening to stop picking at pesky pimples immediately, read the article below.

Why Definitely Shouldn’t Pick At That Pimple, According to Dermatologists

By Macaela Mackenzie June 13, 2017

There?s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper?s sickly satisfying videos have racked up millions of views: Pimple popping feels freaking great. Yes, yes, you know it?s not good for your skin but getting rid of those suckers just feels So. Damn. Good. Even when you have the best intentions for leaving it alone, there it is every time you look in the mirror, taunting you, just daring you to give it a little squeeze. Of course, there will be the pesky red mark that lasts for weeks after, but you can?t think about that now. You?re in pursuit of the pimple popping high.

?When performed properly, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can be a recipe for disaster,? Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, tells Allure. Allow us to deflate your destructive habit with some facts.

1. You?re preventing your body from healing

Acne is your body?s response to blocked pores and bacteria ? that bump means your bod is doing something about it. ?If you think of pimples as areas of skin where your body is trying to heal itself, it should deter the urge to pick,? Erin Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Vichy consulting dermatologist and celebrity skin expert, tells Allure.

2. You?ll tear your skin

?When you pop a pimple, you are forcefully pushing the contents ? bacteria, oil, debris ? of the acne bump out,? Sejal Shah, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, tells Allure. To do that, you actually tear the skin. So best case scenario, you?re left with an open wound instead of a bump.

3. You might make the pimple worse

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and oil down even further into the skin leading to an even larger pimple. ?As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit,? says Shah. ?That can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected.?

4. You might create more pimples

Ever notice that a second pimple often pops up in the place of one you just popped? Popping a pimple ? whether you?re successful or not can spawn more spots. ?The bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne,? Shah says. No one wants to play Whack-a-Mole with their skin.

5. You might cause a scar

All these things can also up your risk of leaving a scar. ?Scarring is also a risk for people with deeper cystic pimples. These scars are difficult to treat once they?ve occurred,? says Gilbert. ?Save yourself the money you?ll have to invest in laser or filler treatment by avoiding the urge to pick.?

To fight that urge, the first step is to understand the all these downsides accompanying your popping habit, says Shah. ?If you are armed with this knowledge, you may be less likely to try to pop them.?

Secondly, treat your pimples properly. ?Rather than picking, apply a product with two percent salicylic acid to draw out extra oil and dry the pimple,? says Zeichner. ?To help overnight, you can try a hydrocolloid bandage which both allows the skin to heal itself and prevents you from picking or scratching.?

If all else fails, replace the urge to pop with something else. ?Popping a pimple is often an impulse move, so when you have the urge, try to come up with a method to divert it,? says Shah. ?For example, try wearing a rubber band around your wrist and gently snapping it when you feel the need the pop.?

Excuse us while we stock up on salicylic acid products and rubber bands.


Make Your Legs Look Great This Summer

If you are worried about the appearance of your legs when wearing shorts, dresses or rompers have no fear because there are simple adjustments you can make to your routine. These changes will help the skin on your legs look naturally beautiful. You can also consider various laser treatments we offer to improve your skin’s appearance, too!

Friendly reminder: Your skin does not stop at your neck.Which means, that diligent regimen you’re doing on the regular up top should absolutelyextend to the rest of your body. The first place to start? Your legs, says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD. You see your face in the mirror all the time, but you rarely look at your legs and are more likely to neglect them.Pretty much. Here, a play-by-play of exactly what to do in and out of the shower.

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1. Don’t forget protection.

Daily sunscreen is pretty obvious when you’re trying to prevent facial wrinkles, but for full body anti-aging, you need to protect every sliver of skin that sees the sun?legs included, says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Rebecca Kazin , M.D.. “Especially in warmer weather when we start wearing clothes that leave them exposed.” Get in the habit of applying a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day; if you really can’t be bothered with another step, choose a formula that doubles as a moisturizer like Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate SPF 50. Be sure to use a quarter-size amount per leg and pay extra attention to the backs of your legs, toes, and the soles of your feet, says Dr. Sobel, where “skin cancers frequently turn up.” And if you’re outside or sweating a lot, reapply every two hours.

2. Prep legs for shaving.

Starting with steam is the simplest pre-shave move you cando. And all it takes is hopping in a hot (not scalding) shower for five minutes, says Dr. Kazin. Warming up your skin loosenspores and softens skin, makingitless irritating to shave.Now, you’re going to want to slough off all the dead skin that would otherwise build up, potentially causing ingrown hairs post-shave. Dr. Sobel suggests reaching for a glycolic acid-based exfoliator (grainy scrubs can be too abrasive before shaving) like DDF Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash to get rid of flakes gently. A heads up that “the knees can accumulate thicker dead skin sells,” so let the formula sit a few extra minutes before rinsing.

3. Take your time.

Don’t rush, especially over tricky spots like ankles, knees, and shins. Using hydrating products like Skintimate Signture Scents Raspberry Rain Shave Gel and the Schick Hydro Silk Razor will also help you get a close shave (the latter can keep skin moisturized for up to two hours post-shave).

4. Load up on lotion.

This is the point where you need to douse your legs in glorious hydration, since “the skin on the body has fewer sebaceous glands and tends to be much drier than the skin on the face,” explains Dr. Kazin. Plus, “hydrated legs will look and feel smoother.”Choosinga rich cream with hyaluronic acidlike PCA Skin Body Therapy helps, but the real trick is to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower when skin’s still damp.Allowing the water to evaporate off the skin without adding moisture will lead to dehydration and scaliness,” she warns.


Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal

Did you know that there are things you should do and things you should avoid before laser hair removal?  This article is here to tell you what those are.  If you have never had laser hair removal done or simply need a refresher of what to avoid in order to keep your skin in good shape, read the tips below.  Your laser tech and your body will thank you.

9 Things You Should Absolutely Avoid Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Celebrities Get Tattoo Removal Too

Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) has been spotted with faded tattoos in place of what used to be perfect tattoos. This leads to speculation that she is getting the tattoos removed. Tattoos are typically removed using a laser and don’t require much downtime. We know that laser treatments are on the rise and that includes tattoo removal. If you become a certified laser technician through the Clearskin Institute would you want to learn laser tattoo removal?

Victoria Beckham is queen of the style renaissance?the endlessly chic designer has come a long way since her pleather-clad Posh Spice days, cultivating a much more covered up signature look in recent years. Making her grown up aesthetic even clearer, Beckham appears to be having some ? and possibly all ? of her famous ink removed.

In a recent appearance at the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party, the designer strutted the pink carpet looking perfectly posh (as usual) wearing a backless black jumpsuit, neck-baring updo and megawatt earrings. But one accessory was notably missing: her famous back tattoo.

In her pre-runway days, before launching her eponymous womenswear label in 2008 or bringing her chic style to the masses via Victoria Beckham x Target, VB was known for her collection of sentimental ink dedicated to husband David Beckham, including wrist tattoos commemorating their wedding date and move to America. But her most-photographed tattoo was the one running down her spine ? an elegant Hebrew etching that read, ?I am my beloved?s and my beloved is mine.? To up the aww factor, David has the same ink etched on his arm.


Here she is in 2012 at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, and then in 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to eagle-eyed photographers, Beckham’s back ink has been slowly fading for some time, presumably due to laser removal treatments, which erase ink over a period of several sessions, reports New Beauty. The whole process can take several months depending on the size of the tat. Here’s a more recent image of her tattoo, almost completely gone:

It looks as though she?s not stopping at the spine ? Victoria Beckham is reportedly removing all of her sentimental ink to fit her more minimalist aesthetic, according to several UK newspapers including The Mirror. Ink or no ink, her latest appearance only confirms the designer is chicer than ever.

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Scared of Injectables?

There is a good chance we all know someone or know of someone who has had injectables or fillers. We all most likely know about a filler nightmare, too or can picture someone with too much work done. This might make one anxious or afraid to try fillers for themselves. However, the commonality of these procedures and the advancing of technology really help diminish anxiety or fear. Read the article below from Elle Magazine that explains just how easy injectables are to take away some of the intimidation.

It goes without saying that no one wants to look done. Still, we’ve all seen it, or maybe it’s even happened to us: the brow too high, too low, too frozen; the balloonish lips or Angelina-Jolie-in-Maleficent cheekbones that give the game away. Here is a person, these all-too-obvious needle- assisted interventions say, who hoped to look younger, prettier?someone who strove to arrest aging, à la Blake Lively’s magical imperviousness to time in The Age of Adaline, or even to reverse it, like Benjamin Button?and overshot the mark.

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Thankfully, as dermatologists have grown more sophisticated in their methods and the array of fillers, neurotoxins, and fat dissolvers like Kybella has become more diverse and specialized, patently obvious nonsurgical work is becoming the exception rather than the rule. (And surely, if the 9 million-plus injections done in the United States in 2015 had made us a nation of funny- faced freaks, we’d know it.) The best needle wielders now recognize that the most natural-looking effects are achieved incrementally, with tiny, almost imperceptible adjustments.

“I’m a big believer in ‘You don’t fill up the gas tank in one try,’ ” says Los Angeles-based dermatologist Annie Chiu, MD. “Softly adjusting gives the most beautiful results, and budget-wise it’s more reasonable as well. You can always add, but it’s harder to take away. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible, but you obviously don’t want to do that unless absolutely necessary.”

“I call them little tweak-bits,” says New York-based derm Dendy Engelman, MD. “This is the secret behind all the celebrities who the layperson thinks are just genetic phenoms. They are able to age beautifully because they’re not doing major overhauls. They’re not changing their faces, adding tons of volume, or erasing their expressions. They’re just focusing on tiny changes that really fly under the radar. They’re not so perceptible that it’s like, ‘Oh, she went and got her eyes done’ or ‘She’s changed her lips.’ Nobody can tell.”

With injectables, small hits can have a big impact?and not necessarily in the places one might expect. Engelman, for example, sometimes uses “a tiny bit of Botox at the base of the columella, which is that divider between the nostrils,” to lift the tip of the nose. “There are a lot of small physiological changes that people don’t really notice as signs of aging, which we can address,” she says. Another trick: making the eyes look bigger by injecting a baby dose of neurotoxin just underneath the eye. “If you just put one unit of Botox there,” Engelman says, “it drops the lower eyelid about one or two millimeters and opens up the aperture of the eye. So you look a little more awake, a little younger or prettier?but not noticeably different.”

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In more traditionally treated areas, derms tend to stay with standard doses of Botox and fillers?”I believe that if you use too little between the eyebrows, you’re not going to prevent those etched lines from getting deeper over time,”says New York?based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD.

“And I find that I need to put in .1 to .2 ccs?the more traditional doses of filler?along the cheekbone in order to get the lifting effect I’m after.” But for the rest of the face, Bowe says, “I’ve completely changed my injection technique.”

To address crow’s feet, for example, Bowe “wraps” microdoses of neurotoxin?delivered with an ultrathin tuberculin needle?around the eye, starting from the tail of the eyebrow and finishing under the lower eyelid.”Instead of hitting that area with just three injections on each side, which is what was studied during FDA trials, I actually do a series of about six or seven injection sites,” she says. “That way, I get a very gentle, natural, widespread effect that opens up the eye and lightens up heavy lids. It also changes the texture of the skin in a way that traditional deeper injections don’t, because I’m actually affecting only the very superficial muscle fibers. So when people complain that they have crepey or cigarette-paper skin around the eye, it helps to smooth that out.”

Similarly, Bowe uses minuscule doses of hyaluronic acid fillers in marionette lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds, placing them shallowly into the dermis “to gently hydrate the skin from beneath the surface.” This imparts an immediate dewy glow but also, she says, galvanizes a longer-term benefit: “It triggers your own body to make more collagen. I’m deliberately wounding the skin in tiny points down and along those lines in order to tell your body to start healing itself. I find that by doing this injection technique, I’m able to get a much more powerful preventive effect from the filler, because I’m creating ten- sion on the fibroblast cells, making them create more collagen. Again, it’s very off-label, but if I see people every three months and I use very low doses distributed in a lot of different areas, I’m able to get healthier-looking skin over time. So even after the enzymes in our bodies break down that hyaluronic acid filler, the skin looks tighter and firmer.”


Men and Cosmetic Procedures

Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures like laser treatments and fillers are not just for women. More and more men are dipping their toes in the cosmetic pool these days. So why is this all-of-a-sudden being pointed out and what treatments are men trying? Elle Magazine did the story below answering these questions. Read on and find out for yourself!

Dr. Stafford Broumand, who is based in Manhattan, cites shifting expectations around aging as one of the main motivating factors. “Sixty is the new 40,” he says. “I’m in my fifties and feel like I’m in my thirties.” Like many women, “men don’t feel their age and don’t want to look their age, and now they know what they can do to improve their appearance.”

He said, ‘My wife has been on me for five years.’ So I asked, ‘What motivated you now?’ and he said, ‘My mistress started giving me a hard time.’

“I get men in their forties who have young kids and want to treat the wrinkles between their eyebrows,” says Dr. Doft. “They say, ‘I feel like I look angry when I speak to my children or my wife.” For them, she continues, it’s “not so much the prevention of wrinkles, like, ‘I can see how this will benefit me, and this is what I can get done.'”

Of course, plenty of men come in purely to improve their appearance. Dr. Doft had a French patient who came in for his sagging neck. “‘He said, ‘My wife has been on me for five years.’ So I asked, ‘What motivated you now?’ and he said, ‘My mistress started giving me a hard time.'”

“Look, I never thought I would be that guy,” says Rich, a New York City?based 33-year-old manager for a rental-car company and marathon runner who asked that we not use his last name. He went in for liposuction a year and a half ago for fat on his lower abdomen. “I told my wife and my sister, but I didn’t go broadcasting it to my friends. But I was more embarrassed about that little bulge in my stomach area than anyone finding out. I’m a super competitive person and I don’t want to look like someone who is out of shape.”

“I’ve never had a female patient pass out on me. I have had a handful of men [pass out].”

Though there are the obvious, non-gender-related reasons why men and women pursue these procedures?vanity, competition, some grasping at an ineffable edge in our perpetually measured world?several of the doctors I spoke with noted differences in the way that men and women approach the procedures. “A lot of my female patients almost want me to be a friend, a confidant. Sometimes they want to come in and talk about the decision two or three times,” says Dr. Doft. Men, she says, tend to be more businesslike about it. “I know the gender of a caller in one question: ‘How long do I have to be there?'” Dr. Stevens says.

Male patients, Doft says, “want to hear about the technology, like Vaser-assisted liposuction,” a technique that uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat cells before they’re suctioned out. Doctors also say that male patients need more reassurance about pain. “Men in general have a lower pain threshold than women,” says Dr. Daniel Maman, who practices in New York City. (Science is on the fence about this, fwiw.) “I’ve never had a female patient pass out on me. I have had a handful of men [pass out] and they’re less than 10 percent of my practice.” Another difference: “Men do not bring in pictures,” says Dr. Broumand. Another crucial division: Women face more criticism for this kind of alteration, at least for now. “Men’s faces aren’t as scrutinized for imperfections or modifications,” says Alex, “and so our decision is maybe a little less embattled.”

But if the trend lines continue, will the scales equalize? Will men, too, find themselves subject to the kind of endless dissection of laugh lines and stretch marks that can torment women? Or will we all be just a bit happier to let the doctors do their job? Either way, nothing distracts from the sting of the needle like faux snakeskin walls and an endless loop of the Swimsuit Edition. Says Dr. Stevens: “It’s a palpable, smellable difference.”

Marisa Meltzer is a freelance writer based in New York City and a frequent contributor to ELLE.

*Some names have been changed.