Lasers For Your Body

Laser technology can be used on other areas of the body besides the face. There are now laser treatments for body contouring that aim to help you lose inches in certain areas. If you take courses at the Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics to become a certified laser technician, you could very well be performing these procedures one day. Learn more about laser body contouring in the article below.

Putting in very little work to lose inches off your body may sound like a Christmas miracle, but that’s what Sculpsure?the latest in non-invasive, body contouring?claims can happen in just a 25 minute procedure. After passing countless bus-stop ads for body sculpting and wondering if it’d actually be possible to get peak-Britney Spears abs, I talked to Dr. Dennis Gross, a NYC-based board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, and founder of Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology to learn more. Here’s how it works: The 25-minute procedure uses light-based technology to eliminate fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, under the chin, and love handles through lasers that heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and melt the fat cells under your skin. Once they?re dead, your metabolism works to get rid of them by…eliminating the waste, if you will. Is it worth it? Read on for more about the process straight from the doctor’s mouth.

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Sculpsure is a relatively quick laser treatment

Unlike liposuction, this process “lets you do work on anywhere you have fat build up that doesn’t necessarily have to be excessive,” explains Dr. Gross. “Consider it fine-tuning or tweaking to get rid of fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise.” The fat that you lose is killed and permanently removed from the body.

The ideal candidate is already leading a healthy lifestyle

Since Sculpsure is for getting rid of stubborn fat anyone who eats right, exercises a few times a week, and leads an all-around healthy lifestyle is perfect for the process.

It takes time to see results

“You do it and you?ve got to wait six weeks to two months to see results,” says Dr. Gross. “People do it, they literally forgot they did it, and then all of a sudden they think ‘oh my gosh, I look like I?ve been dieting, but I haven?t been dieting.'”

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How much it hurts is completely subjective

It’s not comfortable, says Gross, but it’s also not horrible. For those who are more sensitive Gross suggests taking a pain killer 30 minutes before the procedure. Otherwise, it’s simply an uncomfortable feeling rather than actual pain. “It feels like a charley horse in your calf,” says Gross.

There’s zero downtime

“If you press on the area where the fat is treated you may feel a little soreness, but it?s normal and goes away in about a week,” says Dr. Gross. “There?s no recovery otherwise. You?re fine to exercise and carry on as normal.”

Sculpsure is an investment, but really works

Two to three sessions are recommended at $1600 per session, which while expensive is worth it if you have the extra cash.


Your Skin and Stress

If you have not thought about it, stress and anxiety can really affect your skin. Have you noticed you get breakouts when you are under pressure or going through something stressful? Other skin ailments besides breakouts can be linked to stress and anxiety too. Learn what they are and more about how your skin is affected by stress in the article below.

If you’ve been feeling super stressed, you are not alone. According to a 2017 survey of stress conducted by the American Psychological Association, over 50 percent of Americans say that now is the worst period of U.S. history in their memories. And many of us are literally losing sleep due to stress: The survey also found that 45 percent of people reported lying awake in the past month because of it.

We’ll be the first to admit that our stress can get the best of us sometimes. It not only trickles from our brains to our bodies: It can show up on our skin, too, or exacerbate existing psychological conditions that can then in turn wreak havoc on our complexions. Here’s what to know about what stress can do to your skin.

Anxiety and stress can be linked to scarring.

Tic behaviors ? for example, pulling your hair or picking at your skin ? can cause serious skin problems, says Abigail Waldman, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women?s Hospital in Boston. Sometimes, those problems can be permanent. ?There are people who cause their own balding from pulling out their hair, which is [a disorder] called trichotillomania,? she says. Waldman says that research suggests between 0.6 percent and 3.6 percent of adults suffer from trichotillomania. Researchers aren’t totally sure what causes trichotillomania, but if you do have it, stress is known to exacerbate it. Subconsciously, you might also pick at or scratch your skin, which could lead to wounds and scars.

Stress can cause flare-ups and worsen pre-existing conditions.

Eczema acting up? Psoriasis flaring again? You might be stressed out, says Waldman. A flood of the hormone cortisol can tank your immune system, a response that takes a toll on your skin and your Zen.

Stress and skin woes also have a bit of a cyclical relationship. ?Patients who have skin conditions have been shown to have higher instances of anxiety and social avoidance,? says Waldman. ?It?s all interconnected in that stress and anxiety can impact skin conditions, and having skin issues can lead to anxiety and negatively affect someone.? For what it?s worth, Waldman notes that skin freak-outs in tense times are usually NBD ? they?ll clear up in due time. But if you have chronic skin concerns that could be linked to mental well-being, check in with both a dermatologist and a psychiatric professional, she suggests.

Lack of sleep makes it worse.

Even small stressors and anxieties can add up and negatively impact the quantity and quality of your sleep. And unfortunately, skipping out on sleep doesn?t just result in you wanting to take a nap under your desk at work. It can lead to swollen eyes and dark circles, Waldman notes.

A daily moisturizer with caffeine can help lighten and tighten the eye area, says Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist in West Islip, New York. But there?s really no solution like getting a good eight hours of quality rest ? and not just on the weekends but through the week. ?Sleep is when our neurons recharge and our brain does its repair,? she says. ?Similarly, it?s a time when we tell patients to use medications that can also work to repair skin.?

Superanxious times can make your hair fall out.

Telogen effluvium is a condition in which the number of hair follicles that are growing hair drops, which results in hair loss. Normally, hair has a predictable pattern of growing and falling out and growing again, Waldman says. But in cases of TE, less of the hair follows this pattern and the hair on the scalp thins. The cause is not completely understood, but there appears to be a link between chronic stress and TE. Doctors speculate that if your body is perceiving anxiety as a threat, it may not view growing hair as worth the energy, Waldman notes.

Of course, on a less extreme scale, many of us have seen clumps of hair in the drain before (then gone straight to WebMD and diagnosed ourselves with anemia or bubonic plague ? or convinced ourselves we?re pregnant). But thinning and shedding hair can be normal when you’re experiencing heightened anxiety or stress. Fortunately, the effect reverses itself in calmer times, says Waldman. To help with hair growth, make sure you?re eating enough protein, Mariwalla says.


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‘Tis the Season for Plastic Surgery?

Many plastic surgeons report that business increases during the holiday season. So, why is that? The article below explains that and talks more about the most common procedures that are desired. On the other side of the coin, however, what if all those people knew that there were some alternatives that were less invasive if not completely noninvasive altogether? That’s what places like the Clearskin Institute can do. From laser treatments to facial injections, you could look like you got a facelift without going under the knife!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year?to visit the plastic surgeon. Seriously. According to plastic surgeons around the country, requests to go under the needle or knife spike during the holiday season.

“The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas definitely is a busy time of year for my practice. Patients want to look freshened-up for holiday parties,” Marina Peredo, a New York City-based dermatologist, tells Allure. “They want to look their best for the pictures and selfies that are taken during the holiday season.”

Besides the never-ending parade of holiday party photo booths, the season is also an oddly practical time of year to have a procedure, Min S. Ahn, a Boston-based facial plastic surgeon, adds. “A lot of companies shut down and people take vacation time right around the holidays,” he tells Allure. “This not only provides people with a good excuse to be away from work, but it also is the perfect amount of time to recover from a surgical procedure, which is about one to two weeks.”

So, what are the most popular holiday procedures? According to the doctors we spoke with, patients prioritize putting their best face forward during the holidays ?
face-lifts are a big pre-New Year’s trend. The kind of facelift on patients’ wish lists, however, totally depends on their yuletide schedule.

If you’re taking some much-needed time off?

Once you decide to go under the knife, find the perfect surgeon, and write the check, there’s still a major hurdle to getting any cosmetic surgery procedure: blocking off enough recovery time. “One of the most difficult parts about surgery is finding the time to recover. You have a lot of the time during the holidays, so that tends to be one of the main reasons why people do it,” Rady Rahban, a Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon, tells Allure. “There is also the added boon of using your holiday bonus on the surgery.”

While no-downtime-needed injectables are quick, easy, and relatively affordable, going under the knife is a whole new ballgame.

Face-lifts are a holiday miracle for patients who aren’t into fillers, according to docs. “Many of my patients are tired of looking over-plumped and somewhat distorted by fillers, opting for a face-lift instead,” Melissa Doft, a plastic surgeon in New York City, tells Allure. “The procedure is performed in a surgical suite as an out-patient procedure that typically takes three to four hours.” After an incision is made in the folds of your ear, the surgeon lifts the inner layer of your face and neck muscles, giving you a more sculpted jawline.

“Patients are swollen and have some bruising after surgery,” says Ahn. “One day after the procedure, we have them come to the office to remove their dressing and after a week, they return to the office and have their sutures removed.” Typically, it takes that full week to start feeling like yourself again, he says.

While results can be dramatic ? and worth saving all year for ? the recovery for the procedure takes a full two weeks. Sipping hot cocoa on the couch while binge-watching your favorite holiday movies is advised.

If you have more holiday parties than Santa?

For some of us, however, the holidays are non-stop ? an office party here, a brunch gift exchange there. Read: No downtime to recover from the swelling, bruising, or redness that comes with a surgical procedure. In-office plumping and tightening procedures (which include ever-popular injectables) offer instant results and zero downtime ? theoretically, you could get a little plump and tighten on your way to your Secret Santa.

Peredo says she performs a lot of non-surgical face-lifts (a.k.a. the Silhouette InstaLift) during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. “This treatment gets the job done, redefines the face and is fast becoming a very popular solution for men and women who don’t want a [surgical] face-lift,” she says. “It offers little downtime and immediate results, and takes only 30 minutes to perform ? if a party is coming up, the patient is ready and feeling and looking great.”

How to book a holiday procedure

“One of the things that we see besides an uptick in procedures, is the fact people want to get procedures done immediately,” says Rahban. But, “one of things that is most important while undergoing procedures during the holidays is planning in advance. I can’t stress that enough,” he adds.

Fitting a procedure to make you feel merry and bright into a calendar that resembles a game of Tetris is fine as long as you’re not rushing your decision or your recovery. “You never want to have surgery under the gun or in a compromised fashion,” says Rahban.

Just because time off over the holidays might be convenient, it doesn’t mean it’s the only time you can book a procedure. “Remember, this is elective surgery,” says Rahban. “I would stress not to choose timing over skill set or talent. The idea is that your research tells you that this is your preferred surgeon ? if the timing doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean you should go to your second or third choice.”

Considering the increased popularity holiday procedures, it’s perhaps not surprising that surgeons are also reporting a rise in an interesting gift: plastic surgery gift cards. But before you stuff a loved one’s stocking with the gift of a face-lift, make sure it’s something they’ve expressed interest in.

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