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All I want for Christmas is a stocking full of luxe beauty gadgets to primp, polish, and preen my hair, skin, and nails. The at home professional category has been exploding for the past few years and each exciting new launch grabs our interest. As luck would have it, there is so much to choose from this season—perfect for gifting and also for treating yourself. These are some of our best picks.
1- Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase: For the ultimate multitasker on your gift list, we love the idea of fighting wrinkles while you sleep. This novel silky pillowcase is constructed with special fibers that are embedded with Copper Oxide and it’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles in as little as 4 weeks of nightly usage. All you have to do is sleep—which for some of us is a challenge at times. It is also machine washable and can go in the dryer, so no special care is needed. $60 at Neimanmarcus.com.
2 – JeNu™: The JeNu Active-Youth System combines the power of gentle ultrasound wave technology with topical treatment products for the eyes and lips. The wand that is included works to drive the products deeper into the skin through ultrasound to increase hydration and reduce fine lines. It is stunningly simple to use, lightweight, comfortable, and takes only three minutes per day. We love this innovative concept that is a big trend in medical aesthetic treatments right now at high end medspas and doctor’s offices. $249 for the kit at jenu.com.
3 – Clarisonic Pedi Foot Transformation System: By now if you haven’t heard of Clarisonic, you must be living under a rock somewhere. This sonic mega brand just keeps getting better and better. They’ve got your skin covered from the face to the body, and now your feet can benefit from the smoothing effects of an intense buffing. This handy kit comes with everything you need to wear sandals or go barefoot beautifully; Smoothing Disc & Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head, and Pedi-Buff, Pedi-Balm, Pedi-Boost. $199 at clarisonic.com.
4 – me smooth Professional At Home Laser Hair Removal System: FDA approved for all skin tones and the widest range of hair types, the me smooth system is easy to use in just a few minutes per treatment. You can treat arms, legs, underarms, and bikini fast, and you whole body in 32 minutes! The best part is there is no pain. $395 at mepower.com.
5 – Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set: This professional style curling wand comes with four clip-free barrels to make everything from smooth curls to movie star waves for most hair types. It heats up in lightning speed and the barrels are easy to change out. Once you get the hang of this set, you can create your own salon style in minutes. $175 at sephora.com.
6 – Silk’n Blu: What girl doesn’t suffer from breakouts even occasionally? Silk’n Blu offers a home solution for acne eruptions in the form of a blue light device, like the kind you will find in your dermatologist’s office. The device destroys both acne causing bacteria plus it prevents new pimples from forming. It comes with its own Swirl facial cleansing brush. $179 at silkn.com.
7 – Air-O-Swiss 7147 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier: To combat dry or hot air, this digital ultrasonic humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine mist when blown into a room which immediately evaporates. Choose cool or warm humidification and save your skin from feeling tight and parched every morning. $169 at airoswiss.net.
8- Thairapy 365 Wet/Dry Styling Iron: In a hurry in the morning, no problem with this little wand that works on damp or dry hair. It saves your strands because it needs less heat to get the job done and has 4 temperature settings to choose from so you don’t fry your hair. The 1.5 inch wide plates make the whole process go even faster. It’s light enough for travel or throwing into your work bag for a touch up. $250 at neimanmarcus.com
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BODY 2013, now in its fifth year, is the sister conference to FACE, which is the UK’s largest scientific conference on facial aesthetics. Held at the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine in London, BODY attracts a faculty of international speakers on every aspect of body treatments, from surgery post massive weight loss, breast lifting, and traditional liposuction to non-surgical body shaping and fat and cellulite reduction. So if you want to get a handle on what is on the market that melts, freezes, and pulverizes fat deposits and dimples, BODY is right up your alley.
Almost 200 plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dermatologists, and aesthetic nurses attended this year’s BODY, which welcomed an international faculty from the US, Italy, the Emirates, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, and all over the UK. There were several live surgical demonstrations and case presentations from the London Wellbeck Hopsital on the two-day agenda. Professor Luiz Toledo, originally from Sao Paulo and now practicing in Dubai, demonstrated his personal technique for fat transfer for buttock augmentation, better known in the vernacular as the “Brazilian butt lift.”
The last decade has witnessed new and effective options for fat reduction, cellulite treatments, skin tightening, hair removal, and décolletage and hand rejuvenation. Almost anything that can be done to improve the face is now being practiced below the neck as well. Some of the hot technologies that attracted major buzz at BODY 2013 were radiofrequency, ultrasound, and cryolipolysis or fat freezing, all of which continue to expand the category with new and improved variations. Non-surgical technologies featured included Coolsculpting® from Zeltiq, CoolTech® Fat Cooling, VelaShape® III, UltraShape V3, a new ultra-fast spot size for the Gentle Pro lasers from Syneron-Candela, Vanquish™ and Exilis™ from BTL Aesthetics, Lipsonix® from Solta Medical, Cellulaze® and Picosure® lasers from Cynosure-Palomar, i-LipoXcell from Chromogenex™, LipoGlaze by LoveLite, Proshock Ice Fat and Cellulite Removal by ProXpert, 3D-lipo, SweatX from Alma Lasers for hyperhidrosis, Ultherapy®, the InMode multimodality platform from Invasix®, and Lipotripsy Radial Wave Therapy for Cellulite. The program also included 10 hands-on exhibitor workshops featuring leading practitioners.
London and Athens plastic surgeon Alex Karidis, speaking about the new Syneron Velashape III that was introduced at BODY 2013 in the UK, had this to say; “VelaShape III has many improvements over previous versions, most notably that there is much less treatment time needed for multiple treatments. It has a built in temperature control and you get a more consistent delivery of energy. You will get some skin tightening in addition from the radiofrequency energy. I also like Velshape III after liposuction to treat pre-existing cellulite and to improve skin tone, and for post liposuction contour irregularities.“
There was a robust panel debate on, “What is the best approach to treating cellulite?” featuring four UK practitioners: Drs. Hassan Shaaban, Askari Townshend, Alex Karidis, and Phillippe Hamida-Pisal. UK Consultant Plastic Surgeon Miles Berry presented an update on the PIP breast implant, which has had a significant impact across the EU and has terrified women about their breast implants. He noted that the problems associated with the PIP implants were alarming. In the case of implant rupture, explantation or implant removal is recommended and the occurrence of ruptures is reported to be much higher with PIP implants than with other breast implants.
Luiz Toledo, an internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon considered to be one of the fathers of modern liposuction techniques, has served as a professional photographer and writer contributing to Brazilian VOGUE and other fashion magazines. In a special evening presentation, Toledo walked the audience through his family background while growing up in Brazil, to his career in plastic surgery that spans four decades and two continents. He began his career in Sao Paulo assisting Dr. William Callia, who was the inventor of a horizontal abdominoplasty technique. In 1980, Toledo heard a lecture from Dr. Yves Illouz, the French surgeon who invented liposuction, at a Brazilian congress. In 1982, he started doing liposuction himself. In 1985, he began to do fat grafting to the face and the body, and in 1989, his signature technique, syringe liposuction was born. His Dubai office, located at the Medical Arts Clinic receives patients from around the world, and he continues to serve on the Education Council of ISAPS.,
To round out the program, the second day of the conference focused on commonly annoying aesthetic conditions such as leg veins, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, tattoo removal, hair removal, cellulite, and stretch marks.
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If you’re sick and tired of taking antibiotics that kill your stomach, benzoyl peroxide that dries out your skin, and trying to hide your breakouts with mounds of concealer, Silk’n Blue offers an alternative way to treat acne. This home-care device harnesses a combination of energies that not only kill the nasty acne-causing bacteria on your skin, but it also helps heal pimples quickly, and attacks oil-producing glands to prevent future breakouts. The result is visibly clearer skin in just 3 to 7 weeks of use, without irritation.
Simple to operate, Silk’n Blue is supposed to be used daily during the course of your acne breakout for about 6 to 8 weeks. You just direct the blue light to each of your pimples for 3 or 4 minutes. After your acne has cleared up, maintenance treatments are recommended weekly to keep breakouts under control. You can use it on your face, chest, back, or anywhere pimples plague you. As with most home light therapy devices, your skin may feel a slight warmth and mild redness may occur but it is not painful and fades quickly.
The key, according to New York City Dermatologist Judith Hellman, is to follow directions and stick with Silk’n Blue to reap the benefits. “I am very impressed with the results my patients have achieved with Silk’n Blue. This is a unique at-home device that uses dual energy therapy to treat acne through blue light energy to target acne causing bacteria, coupled with dermal heating to reach overactive oil glands. It is easy to use for only a few minutes on the affected area. With continued use, Silk’n Blue can clear acne lesions for mild to moderate acne sufferers.”
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