Some things are best left to the pro­fes­sion­als.

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LASER QUEST Tra­di­tional resur­fac­ing lasers are great at tar­get­ing wrin­kles, but down­time can last three months. At DLK on Av­enue, Dr. Lisa Kel­lett’s Laser Peel (from $500) uses mod­i­fied ProFrac­tional and ResurFX lasers that op­er­ate at a lower fre­quency, re­duc­ing re­cov­ery time to only about two or three days—the same as a typ­i­cal chem­i­cal peel. “In­stead of do­ing a tra­di­tional skin peel with acids, we use the laser, which heats the skin,” says the Toronto-based der­ma­tol­o­gist. Though the treat­ments have com­pa­ra­ble down­times, the heat from the laser peel helps to pro­duce col­la­gen—one of the build­ing blocks of flaw­less-look­ing skin.

FREEZE- FRAME Even as ef­fec­tive new pro­fes­sional and top­i­cal anti-aging treat­ments come to mar­ket, Botox and fillers are still go­ing strong. “They are the gold stan­dard in non-in­va­sive treat­ments,” says Dr. Fredric Brandt, a New York­based der­ma­tol­o­gist, of their en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity, not least be­cause they can be used to re­store vol­ume and struc­ture to the face. Docs in the know are us­ing Botox to con­tour the face by in­ject­ing it into the mas­seter mus­cle, which re­laxes a tense jaw­line and em­pha­sizes cheek­bones. Lon­don-based Dr. Michael Prager is anti-“big pil­low cheeks and ex­pres­sion­less faces” and a spe­cial­ist when it comes to us­ing Botox in the lower half of the face be­cause if this area sags, it ages the face more than any fore­head wrin­kle. “In­ject­ing Botox into the jaw will stop the mus­cle move­ment that pulls cheeks down,” he says. Prager also doesn’t ad­vo­cate the one-size-fit­sall ap­proach to Botox: “When it’s not done right, you look dif­fer­ent, not nec­es­sar­ily younger.”

HOME­WARD BOUND Pro­fes­sional an­ti­ag­ing treat­ments are not sub­sti­tutes for daily pre­ven­tive care. Dr. Macrene Alex­i­ades, a der­ma­tol­o­gist based in New York, likens pro­fes­sional laser treat­ments to go­ing to the den­tist to get your teeth deep-cleaned—for good-look­ing teeth, you still need to brush them ev­ery day. “I tell all my pa­tients that lasers are not go­ing to work on their own,” she says. “Post-pro­ce­dure, you need to feed the skin in or­der to max­i­mize the re­sults. If you stim­u­late stem cells with a treat­ment but they don’t have the raw ma­te­ri­als for syn­the­siz­ing col­la­gen, you won’t see re­sults.” Alex­i­ades rec­om­mends the daily use of an anti-aging prod­uct that con­tains amino acids, col­la­gen co­fac­tors and a high con­cen­tra­tion of or­ganic pep­tides. “I be­lieve that us­ing a good anti-aging prod­uct ev­ery day, twice a day, at home is su­pe­rior to do­ing pro­ce­dures ev­ery so of­ten,” she says. Duly noted.

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