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Do you Really Need a SKINCARE ROUTINE? Part 1 by Madeleine Arena

Do you Really Need a SKINCARE ROUTINE? Part 1

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Madeleine Arena

Absolutely, yes!!! If you want great looking skin, (and who doesn’t?), you need to learn how to take care of it. The essential first step is to find out all about your skin type because different skin types need different formulations to address their individual needs. Once you know that, you’ll learn how to take care of your skin.

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You’ve probably noticed how your skin changes with the weather and the climate; not to mention the effects of stress. The basic categories of oily, dry, and combination skin don’t deal with the various other issues that impact skin type. Skin concerns such as rosacea, acne, and sun damage don’t fit these categories. Just to make your quest more challenging is the realization that you can have more than one skin type: sensitive and oily, sun damaged with acne, oily and blemish-prone. Knowing all you can about what affects your skin type will enable you to choose the right products.

Combining products into an effective skincare regimen can be a daunting task. Choices abound and range from simple to complex. Since both have advantages and disadvantages, it’s essential that you learn about all the product and treatment options before choosing the elements of the skin care routine that’s best for you. Fancy, expensive products are not in and or themselves the answer.

The goal – find the skincare routine that works for you.

Cleansing, preparing and replenishing the skin are the critical first two steps in an effective skincare routine. The following chart details what the cleanser and toner do, why you need them, and the benefits you can expect from using them.

Look for the March issue and the next three important steps – renew, protect, and prevent – in an effective skincare routine.

Madeleine@tscsource.com                www.tscsource.com


Madeleine is the author of the skin care chapter published in

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CAN AUTHENTICITY AND COSMETIC SURGERY CO-EXIST?

Can authenticity and cosmetic surgery co-exist? Jane Fonda renews this conversation.

As a woman ages, “authentic” can mean several different things. To the feminist, the truly authentic woman is the one who just lets physical aging happen without a backward glance in the mirror. Others see “authentic” as being true to oneself, even in the face of negative societal judgments.

Most of us want to look our best and are willing to spend money to enhance our appearance. For some, this might mean coloring away gray hair, investing in porcelain veneers, getting facial treatments to beautify our skin. For others, cosmetic surgery answers the call. No matter the choice, many of us feel the conflict. We are torn between “Authenticity” and “Beauty”. It is not always easy to be true to oneself.

Why such inner conflict? I question how much women support one another as we each draw our own personal line between authenticity and beauty? To me, it means not being judgmental or telling this woman how you think she should have made that call. It means supporting her desire to look as good as she feels and appreciating her resolve to invest in herself. But I do believe there’s another side to authenticity – being true to oneself and avoiding glaringly inconsistent messages. To me this means taking ownership of your choice – not necessarily broadcasting it far and wide, but not being deceitful about it either. When Jane Fonda went on her recent book tour encouraging women to embrace their aging selves while admitting on prime time TV that she has undergone extensive work to defy the effects of her personal aging clock, many criticized that duality of perspective. But I didn’t see it that way.

Although I suspect the debate surrounding the co-existance of authenticity and cosmetic surgery is likely to continue to rage, I would like to shift gears to what I consider a more productive focus – a discussion on what it means to live one’s life being true to oneself.

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ANTI-AGING WITH NEW DERMAL FILLER

voluma2 Juvederm’s  new dermal filler is getting raves from patients and surgeons alike. It’s thicker constancy is said to get better, more long lasting results. Is the result the same as a facelift? Not on your life. It’s not as long lasting, nor is the result as dramatic. But if you are surgery adverse, it might just be enough. 

Check out this video @http://www.realself.com/question/does-voluma-cost

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Addendum:

Cosmetic Surgery consultant, Denise Thomas, just sent me her thoughts on the dermal filler, Belotero. Since I have never tried any of these fillers, I was interested in her experience.
“I am going to share my experience with you after trying, Belotero, as a filler.
Juvederm has been my favorite, but noticing many good reviews on Belotero, I tried it.
To my dismay, after three months the line between my brows has returned. Also, my sister immediately noticed a very slight puff in that area plus a slight darkness.
This is not to say others have not be pleased. I will stick to Juvederm, Belotero is less expensive, but not for me.”

 

A NEW SMARTPHONE APP FOR BEAUTY – by Lois W. Stern

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Here is a  cosmetic surgery visualization app for the iPhone which allows users to upload a photo, then manipulate it to see how they might look after their preferred cosmetic surgery procedure. This app, designed by BodyPlastika, simulates the results of a range of facial and body contouring procedures, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation and lip augmentation, to name a few. It gives a general idea of how results might appear.

This app was created to be a more convenient way of envisioning plastic surgery results, although it should be noted that they are approximate.

Does it take the place of a face-to-face cosmetic surgery consultation? Absolutely not! But it might just give the ‘thinking-about-cosmetic-surgery’ prospective patient some points for discussion before starting that round of consultations.

To read Lois’s article: The Cosmetic Surgery Consultation – A Two-Way Street,

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BodyPlastika, a cosmetic surgery app designed by Think Basis, has been named one of the top ten apps by Healthcare Global.

A MAGIC WAND TO GET RID OF BODY FAT – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

Modern science is making it possible to get rid of body fat without surgery, needles or cannulas. But how effective is this procedure? 

An Interview with Dr. Vic Narurkar

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After watching Dr. Vic Narurkar’s Coolsculpting video I asked him for an update on Zeltiqu’s Coolsculpting technology, a non-invasive, procedure for getting rid of body fat.

According to Dr. Narurkar, Coolsculpting is now the number one procedure for non-invasive fat reduction. The procedure has been available for the last 6 – 7 years. Since its introduction, its treatment parameters have changed. Coolsculpting now offers several adapters designed to conform to specific body areas where fatty deposits persist, allowing doctors to customize treatments. Through experience with this procedure, doctors have discovered ways to refine treatments to make the results even more effective and long lasting. coolsculpting-belly-before-after-photos

LWS: What treatment changes have made the results more effective.

Dr. V.N: One major change is that of application. We now overlap treatment areas. A second change is one of technique.  By offering patients two treatment cycles, we find we are able to substantially increase the effectiveness of Coolsculpting.

LWS: How do you compare the results of Coolsculpting with Liposuction?

Dr. V.N: These simple changes have allowed for optimal results and in many instances, results comparable to liposuction. Unlike liposuction, the fat is permanently gone.  It does not redistribute to other areas.

LWS: How does the body rid itself of that unwanted fat?

Dr. V.N: Following treatment, the fat gradually is eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system

LWS: What areas of the body are the primary targets for Coolsculpting?

Dr. V.N: For women, the most popular areas are the central abdomen and bra fat. For men, the most popular areas are love handles and male breasts.

LWS: You speak about male love handles and male breasts. Have many men entered this cosmetic surgery arena of lunch hour, non-invasive procedures?

Dr. V.N: About forty percent of Coolsculpting procedures are sought out by men. This is very different than most of our other aesthetic procedures, where women clearly predominate.

LWS: Is the procedure painful? Any side effects readers should know about?

Dr. V.N: The most common side effects are numbness and bruising. Pain rarely occurs, but when it does it is short lasting.

LWS: Are there any conditions, skin types or other situations that would make this treatment ineffective or not recommended?

Dr. V.N: In the three plus years Coolsculpting has been an  available treatment, patient satisfaction approaches over ninety-five percent, and the treatment is safe for all skin types. The optimal patient is somebody who is at their ideal weight and has stubborn areas of fat that do not improve with diet and exercise.

LWS: You mentioned that Zeltiq continues to develop new technologies. What changes do you foresee in the near future?

Dr. V.N: Several more adapters are in development for treatment of additional body areas.

LWS: Are there any published studies attesting to the effectiveness of these treatments.

Dr. V.N: Several peer reviewed publication studies indicate treatment results to last at least five years.

Since I have never undergone a Coolsculpting procedure,

I’m unable to comment on a personal level.

Want to read comments, pro and con, from those who have?

Check out this Real Self article.

SIX SECRETS TO GORGEOUS SKIN – Some Basic Skin Care Solutions from Web MD

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A team of experts analyzed photographs of the faces of 186 pairs of identical twins, taken at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. The twins had also filled out detailed questionnaires about their lives and daily habits. Those who smoked and spent lots of time outdoors without wearing sunscreen looked years older than the twin who avoided those habits.  They had more fine lines, more and deeper wrinkles, and more mottled skin.

 

The results of this study should be no surprise! We have heard it over and over again. So secrets number one and two are wake-up reminders:

 

NUMBER ONE: NO SMOKING

Do not smoke — for the sake of your overall health as well as your appearance.

 

 NUMBER TWO: SUNSCREEN

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.

  • Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours you’re outdoors.  

 NUMBER THREE: RETINOIDS

Consider the use of Retinoids. Retinoids are sold by prescription only under names that include Renova, Retin-A, and in its generic form, Tretinoin.

Retinoids unplug pores, help clear up acne, reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, lighten brown spots and freckles, and improve skin texture. They can even help treat precancerous lesions. The downside to Retinoids is that they can cause dryness, flaking, and redness at first. So start out slowly by applying a pea-sized amount of retinoid every second or third night until your skin adjusts to it. If your skin continues to overreact, Web MD suggests trying an over-the-counter cream, gel, or serum containing retinol. Although the non-prescriptive version works more gradually and gently, it is still effective in rejuvenating your skin.

NUMBER FOUR: SIMPLIFY

Noted dermatologist, Dr. Vic Narurkar, introduced me to the KISS philosophy (Keep it Simple Stupid) when writing his chapter in my book, Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. WebMD reiterates the importance of sticking to a simple routine in its current article. Not only can using a lot of different ingredients be irritating to the skin, some ingredients actually cancel out the benefits of others.

  • Examples they provide include, the acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down ingredients like retinol, hydroquinone or vitamin C. The products we need for beautiful skin are a simple cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, and a retinoid or retinol.

The simpler your skincare regimen, the more likely you are to stick with it.

NUMBER FIVE: PATIENCE

Give your products a chance to work. Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare product before evaluating its effectiveness. Changing your products every couple of weeks can actually be counterproductive.  But if your skin reacts to a new product with swelling, redness, or burning, stop using it immediately.

You might, however consider adjusting your beauty regimen seasonally. For example, your skin might do better with an oil-free moisturizer in the summer and a more emollient one during the winter when frigid temperatures and indoor heating can rob moisture from your skin.

NUMBER SIX: LIVE HEALTHY

Practice healthy daily habits in your diet and exercise regime. 

Healthy habits include regular exercise and at least seven hours of sleep each night.

A healthy diet is rich in fruits (especially berries), vegetables (especially spinach, raw veggies and salads), oily fish as salmon, and plenty of water throughout the day. 

 

Now if you’ve already “been there done that”,  and want to step up to the next level in minimally invasive professional treatments, read my article, “How Cosmetic Dermatology Can Enhance the Appearance of Your Skin” .

Enjoy the read and please let me know 

 

Ageless Beauty Through DermaSculpt

After reading a bit about DermaSculpt, but not understanding the difference between dermal filler injections and those administered through a cannula, I watched this video for a little education. I’d love to hear from other plastic surgeons, derms and patients about their experiences with this technique.http://dermasculpt.net/demonstration_videos/Dr_Karimi

From what I gather, DermaSculpt is a new technique for injecting cosmetic facial fillers using a blunt tip rather than hypodermic needles.  According to the surrounding chatter on this technique, it provides excellent results using the same facial fillers and autologous fats through microcannulas of various sizes.

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What are the advantages? Again, I have no first hand experience with dermal fillers, but from what I read, there is less discomfort and bruising than  with needle injections, less risk of trauma to nerves and injury to blood vessels.  You can see in this video how, without removing the cannula, it can be guided quite precisely while under the skin to treat multiple areas of the face. One insertion can treat a much wider area.

I am told that after the procedure, normal activity can be resumed very quickly and that there is virtually no bruising or swelling.

Now I’ll bet my readers would like to hear from other plastic surgeons, dermatologists and patients with personal experience with this procedure.

AGELESS BEAUTY THROUGH LIP AUGMENTATION by Lois W. Stern

Unhappy with the shape of your lips? Do your lips seem to lose volume as you age? Like many other parts of the body, lips lose their smooth, full appearance as we get older. Natural substances in our bodies decrease with age, causing our skin to sag, dry, wrinkle, and crease. The lips are no exception, but they can be especially bothersome because they are such a prominent feature on the face.

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Well, modern science might have just the solution for you, and it doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia. It’s lip augmentation to the rescue, a cosmetic procedure that can give you fuller, plumper lips.

Whereas years past, Collagen and fat injections were the most commonly used dermal fillers, they are used less often today because the newer options are both safer and offer longer  lasting results. There are many types of dermal fillers that can be injected in your lips and around your mouth. But the most common fillers today are products that contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body. There are several hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today including various forms of Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. These products all are injected the same way and give you similar results. Each product also contains lidocain, a local anesthetic that renders the procedure nearly painless.

Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips. The  physician has control over the amount of lip volume, and for the patient who prefers to see a gradual change, injections can be given during a series of appointments until the desired results are achieved. The effects typically last around six months to a year. After that more injections are needed to keep the volume of your lips.

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Are there any downsides to these hyaluronic acids? Actually very few.  Occasionally, movement of the lips creates lumps, but these can easily be dissolved. Allergic reactions are unlikely because hyaluronic acid fillers are replicated from substances similar to those found in the body. Of course these dermal fillers come at a price and as a cosmetic procedure, will not be covered by your medical insurance.

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Which Is Better for Skin Tightening – Ulthera or Thermage?

I recently saw this question posted on Dr. Rod Rohrich’s Facebook page, which in turn linked me to a RealSelf posting of opinions provided by other noted plastic surgeons.

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Although Thermage wins kudos for being on the forefront for non-invasive skin tightening devices, most of the plastic surgeons who weighed in on this topic voted Ulthera as their preferred choice for face and neck skin tightening. Here are a few of their expressed opinions:

Although none of the noninvasive technologies will give the same results as surgery, they do provide a subtle, yet noticeable improvement without much downtime or cost. Ulthera is my choice for skin tightening in the face and neck, since I have seen a definite improvement in the face and neck of the the patients…

Angela Sturm, MD

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

 “I have followed both technologies since their inception, Thermage for about the last 10 to 12 years, and Ultherapy by Ulthera for the past 2 years.  Based on the science behind them and the patient satisfaction results, Ultherapy by Ulthera is a superior treatment.”

Rian Maercks, MD

Miami Plastic Surgeon

And finally, the statement that to me is most significant of all.

“Keep in mind these are only tools and by themselves are neither good nor bad.  A scalpel is neither good nor bad but can be used to perform beautiful surgery or make a terrible mess.  That being said, these devices are commonly used by practitioners with no formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery and thus no understanding of what interventions, forces structures …”

 Michael A. Persky, MD

You’ll find informative articles on most every non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure at http://www.ticktockstoptheclock.com.

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19 Best Hair Care Secrets

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As soon as summer arrives, with its high humidity here on Long Island, my hair fights back with more than its natural curl. Shall I be honest and say the dreaded word? Okay, here it is – frizz.

All summer  I have been going to the Local Access Cable TV studio to do live shootings of intros for my Tales2Inspire™ authors’ inspiring stories. This is a good thing, except that unfortunately for me and my hair, these shootings are scheduled for Tuesday mornings. Now, here’s the rub! My hair salon is closed on Sundays and Mondays and doesn’t open again until 9:00 AM on Tuesdays. I’m already on the road by 9:00 AM. This means that the best I can do for my hair is get it washed and blow dried – flat ironed with lots of products and spray – late Saturday afternoon. In the winter, my hair would still look pretty decent three days later. But in the summer, it’s a disaster waiting to happen! And to be quite honest, I was a bit appalled by my fly-away topsy hair on some of those videos!

Yes, I tried Keratin once, but for reasons I won’t go into now, decided it wasn’t for me. I’ve begun to read about amino acid hair straightening products and will investigate that further. In the meantime, I love to learn from the experts, and often find Web MD a great source of information. Here is a slideshow quiz they have put together not just for those with frizzy hair, but to address many hair problems and solutions. Take the quiz here. One additional tip I can add to their quiz is the use of a ceramic hair brush. I recently bought one (after watching the video runs) and see a noticeable difference.

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But nonetheless,  I’m so proud of my authors that if you promise not to make fun of my hair, you can watch their video introductions to their winning stories: The Man From Nowhere by  Cami Ann Hofstadter and Garden of Miracles by Heidi DuPree.  Look for their story titles on the Winning Tales channel.

And if you enjoy them, please leave a quick comment to let them know!