It’s a known fact that women tend to take good care of their face and delicate eye area, but we get lazy when it comes to the skin below our chins. The all important neck and decollete are often neglected—not receiving their fair share of rejuvenating anti-aging creams, serums, and a daily dose of SPF50. The result is not so pretty. Lines, wrinkles, creases between the breasts, and premature skin sagging are the consequences, especially in an area that is so often exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Just as your hands can give away your age, so too goes your chest.
Ultherapy has made a big splash as the first and only FDA cleared non-invasive treatment for the neck, eyebrow, and under-chin lift. Now Ultherapy is poised to tackle the chest area too. It has recently received an FDA nod to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolleté.
The Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment uses the same signature imaging and focused ultrasound technology that delivers energy deep below the skin. It stimulates the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin’s foundation to gradually smooth chest wrinkles to make them less noticeable.
According to New York Plastic Surgeon Bryan G. Forley, “Results from Ultherapy are typically visible after about three months, and in some cases, a second treatment is advisable at that time. The treatment takes less than an hour for the full face and neck, and you can go back to work or resume your normal routine right away. I think it will be a great addition to treat the decolletage as well.”
As with the FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure for lifting the neck, eyebrow, and under the chin, results for the décolleté can be achieved with a single treatment with no downtime. “There is a high patient demand for a safe and effective solution to treat the chest, but the only options available involved needles, multiple treatments, recovery time, and/or restricted sun exposure,” said principal investigator Sabrina Fabi, MD of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. “Now, with the Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment, I can offer women a solution that consistently works and can be done on their lunch hour, at any time of year.”
The Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment will soon be available at more than 1,500 dermatology and plastic surgery practices across the U.S. Find an ultherapist near you at ultherapy.com.
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In our tech-obsessed world, it was only a matter of time until beauty gadgets actually delivered on their promises. With the right tools in our hands we can now be perfectly groomed, smoothed, and rejuvenated, without stepping foot in a salon, spa, or doctor’s office. Check out these game changers!
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Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 ($300) just might be the last hair dryer you’ll ever have to buy! This professional quality dryer comes in a pretty mint-green shade, is on the smaller side (i.e. lightweight) and is well-loved for its durability and shelf-life. It’s also energy efficient, using 70% less energy than other hair dryers and dries hair in a fraction of the time as well. Add in the fact that it has ION technology, which reduces frizz and static electricity and increases shine, softness, and manageability and you’re starting to see why it’s a must-have.
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Emjoi Micro-Pedi Power ($70) is a miracle find for anyone who has ever suffered from dry, scaly, calloused soles. This hand-held device gently and easily turns feet silky and is much safer and more effective than blades and metal scrapers, which can lead to cuts. Simply plug into the wall and the unique micro-mineral particle roller spins 360 degrees, at an incredible 47 times a second, effectively and painlessly buffing away hard, dead skin in seconds. After just one use your feet will be softer than you ever thought possible. Use once or twice a week for maintenance.
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Tria Age-Defying Laser ($495) sends targeted beams of light beneath the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production and improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your complexion. To use, gently cleanse face to completely remove all traces of makeup and oil residue that can block the laser’s beam. Pat skin dry. Select from 1-3 levels on the laser and use over your entire face. Finish with a hydrating serum. This Cosmetic Executive Women 2014 Beauty Awards Winner has a cumulative effect—you’ll start to see its benefits in as little as two weeks.
Selfies are all the rage these days and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, ensuring a #stellarselfie as you age was the theme at a recent media event held at the posh Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel in Manhattan. Hosted by Inmode Aesthetic Solutions, beauty experts discussed the role that many noninvasive technologies can, and should play, in ensuring a #stellarselfie.
“When treating aging skin, there is a role for many different treatment options—both surgical and non surgical,” says New York City plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso, MD. Put another way: Surgery may affect quantity, but non-surgical procedures address quality.
Likening it to purchasing a new pair of pants, Matarasso said that if the pants are too long, they need to be hemmed by a tailor, but they will still need to be ironed to get rid of wrinkles and folds. “Where we fall short surgically is that it doesn’t do anything for the quality of the tissue that remains, with non surgery we are making the skin more youthful.”
To that end, Inmode’s Fractora system delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy beneath the skin, where it stimulates collagen remodeling. Collagen, the main structural protein found in skin, is responsible for the supple elastic properties we associate with youth. Procedures like Fractora help our collagen stash stay firm, tight, and youthful as we age. Up to six Fractora sessions are needed for the full rejuvenating results.
“The key thing with a lot of these treatment is early intervention. If you begin early, there are no radical changes and you can maintain it,” Matarraso says. “I like the concept that Inmode has by combining these three modalities on the face for tremendous benefit.” The three modalities include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for getting rid of age spots, RF for collagen synthesis, and a Diode Laser for hair removal.
Mitchell Mandel, MD, a dermatologist with offices in New York City and Jericho, NY, discussed trends in bodyscaping. Inmode’s BodyFX system uses RF energy to selectively and painlessly destroy fat cells. About eight weekly treatments are needed for full body shaping benefits. “I look for safety and ease of use and patient comfort,” he says. “The results are permanent but it’s not a license to discard your gym membership and eat what you want. If you maintain your lifestyle, you can maintain your results.”