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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Look and Feel Your Best: New Lasers and the Latest No-Downtime Procedures
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Look and Feel Your Best: New Lasers and the Latest No-Downtime Procedures

How do you view midlife? If you’re like most, you probably have every expectation that the second half of your life will be fulfilling, active and productive.

Our skin is a mirror of everything inside. It’s natural to want your skin to reflect externally the youthful vigor and vitality you strive for internally. This life philosophy is redefining midlife, and revolutionizing skin health and cosmetic dermatology. We are especially inspired by our patients in their 90’s who are living life to its fullest, and typically mistaken for being 20-30 years younger than they actually are!

The idea of looking and feeling good at any age has inspired groundbreaking non-surgical strategies that naturally rejuvenate you, while preserving your individuality and avoiding the “done look.” For the state-of-the-art thinking and techniques from the world’s cosmetic experts, read the new article “Your Best Shot” in the March issue of Shape magazine.

Recent academy teachings for dermatologists and plastic surgeons have focused on the science and research behind state-of-the-art techniques and technology. The latest concept is to rejuvenate your skin layer by layer by harnessing your body’s own capacity to renew itself. This approach reflects an advanced understanding of the aging process and, if started in time, can save you from ever having to go under the surgical knife.

The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes four types of specialist as being appropriately qualified and trained to perform cosmetic procedures – board certified dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons.

The uppermost layer of your skin can be treated with Elos Plus photofacials, VBeam pulse dye laser, micro-laser and chemical peels, to fade discolorations, spider veins, prominent pores, acne and rosacea and give your skin a beautiful glow.

Photofacials can be alternated with DermaSweep MD, a more effective, aluminum-free alternative to microdermabrasion, which painlessly polishes your skin and then infuses it with customized therapies to fade discolorations, tighten pores and make your skin radiant and youthful.

The upper and middle skin layers can be stimulated to create new collagen with fractional resurfacing lasers like the new eMatrix Sublative, eTwo, Co2RE or Fraxel. These are breakthrough technologies that remove wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and other blemishes with no scarring and little or no down time.

Voluma, Volbella, Juvederm, Restylane, Juvederm and RHA resilient fillers are pure, synthetic forms of natural hyaluronic acid that precisely replace the support that your skin has lost with time. Radiesse is a natural calcium-based filler. Sculptra is another volumizer. These fillers, and also your own natural fat containing stem cells, can fill “smoker’s lines” around the mouth, gaunt cheeks and under-eye hollows, shape your brows, and sculpt your profile. Truly expert technique doesn’t just fill wrinkles – it actually reshapes your face, to restore youthful contours and lift your face subtly and beautifully with no scarring or down time. Recent research shows that targeted filler placement can also stimulate your skin to produce new collagen and elastin, for longer lasting results.

A recent addition is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with microneedling the so-called “vampire face lift” that harnesses the regenerative power of your body’s own healing processes to restore smooth, radiant skin. Studies show that PRP is also effective for hair restoration.

The lowest layer of your skin can be treated with Ultherapy, Exilis Ultra or Sublime lasers, the newest no-downtime, no-surgery face lifting and tightening treatments. Ultherapy tightens collagen and elastic tissue, to lift your brows and cheeks, define your chin and jawline, and tighten and lift your neck, chest, abdomen, buttocks, arms and elsewhere. You will see prompt results that improve even more over time. Stimulation of your skin’s self-tightening is long lasting and completely natural looking.

These revolutionary lasers not only tighten and lift; they can also improve loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks on areas such as your stomach, arms, buttocks and legs.

Kybella injections or LipoLite laser treatments can remove unwanted fat with no down time and no anesthesia to chisel your jawline. You can also melt fat away painlessly from your hips, abdomen, waistline, buttocks, arms and other areas.

Precise doses of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin or Jeuveau (Newtox) can be injected in the right places to gently and safely relax overactive muscles, smooth frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, lines around the mouth and neck wrinkles, while preserving your natural facial expressions and avoiding a telltale frozen look.

Rather than focusing on individual procedures, this multi-level makeover integrates state-of-the-art techniques to achieve natural-looking results with no surgery, scarring or recovery time.

This highly sophisticated approach doesn’t change you into the cliched “new you.” Better yet, it empowers you to re-discover the real you, balancing how you feel inside with how you look outside. Scientific studies show that a youthful and aesthetically harmonious appearance maximizes the first impression we make on others, and our personal and professional success at any age.

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