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When you want to plump up lines and furrows or restore facial volume that’s declined with age, look no further than hyaluronic acid (HA). A naturally-occurring component of our skin, this skin-rejuvenating molecule is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a superior hydrator when injected into the skin or slathered on it. Whether you want to start slow or hit the doctor’s office ASAP, here’s your guide to hopping on the HA bandwagon.
The mist: Skin Inc. Pure Serum-Mist ($55)
Packed with low molecular weight HA (i.e. smaller molecules that have an easier time getting into the skin), moisture-holding humectants and mineral-rich Onsen water, this multitasking
Facial plastic surgeon Dilip D. Madnani, MD, FACS, the owner of Madnani Facial Plastics, divides his time between offices in Manhattan and Smithtown, NY. He’s known for his meticulous attention to detail, holistic approach to anti-aging and the natural-looking results that they sire. His mark is largely invisible – and that’s just the way he wants it.
“Facial aesthetics have shifted to more natural and un-operated look. I believe the key to successful facial plastic surgery procedure is the ability to rejuvenate and beautify without anyone knowing you were there,” says Madnani, also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have evolved as a mainstay for lip augmentation. In fact, in Europe, there are literally 70 or more of them on offer, yet only a few top brands you should care about. But the disconnect about lip enhancement is the dreaded trout pout, bee sting, sausage roll, and duck lips look that gets pointed out on the Red Carpet and stared at in malls all too often. (Think Courtney Love circa 2007).
So Allergan, the BOTOX® and Juvederm® people, set out to put an end to the stigma of overblown, swollen lips for good. They have developed a new variation with characteristics especially suited for creating and enhancing soft, lovely lips. Juvederm® Volbella® with Lidoca
Dr. Oscar Hevia, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist practicing in Coral Gables, Florida, knows the importance of at-home skincare as well in-office procedures to keep skin looking youthful and radiant. After his patients expressed disappointment with their skincare options, he founded The Hevia Center for Research, dedicated to researching, discovering, and developing new applications, products, and treatments in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aging. As a result, he created HEVIA MD SKIN SCIENCE™, an eight-product line that features Red Mangrove extract, which has more antioxidant potency than vitamin C.
Here, Dr. Hevia shares with us his most in-demand procedures at his