What’s Hot in Cosmetic Health?
A NEW CROP OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES PROMISES TO ENHANCE YOUR APPEARANCE WITHOUT THE PAIN, COMPLICATIONS OR DOWNTIME OF TRADITIONAL SURGERY.
Non-surgical Multi-Treatment “Face-Lifts”
For those seeking to restore that youthful glow, “stackable” procedures offer near-surgical results at half the price, about US$10,000 (S$12,565), compared with US$20,000.
Dr Julius Few, director of The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago and New York, discovered that he can target the three main culprits of facial ageing – wrinkling, loss of volume and sagging skin – using three minimally invasive procedures during one treatment session.
These non-surgical “facelifts” begin with a silk chemical peel (to open up the skin) followed by an icon laser (to blast brown spots and pigmentation issues) and culminate with Ulthera ultrasound (to plump facial tissue). “Stacking these proven non-invasive procedures stalls the ageing process and provides long-lasting results,” says Dr Few. The entire process takes 90 minutes and requires only two to three days of recovery time.
Hands get the same sun exposure and natural ageing as the face and decolletage, but almost none of the pampering. The result: youthfullooking faces and aged hands. Now, hand-rejuvenation procedures help turn back the clock by stripping unsightly veins, plumping up sagging or crinkling skin and erasing age spots.
Laser treatments can make protruding veins disappear in seconds, says Dr Neil Sadick, founder of Sadick Dermatology in New York and clinical professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. When hands become saggy, myriad llers help restore lost volume. Age spots quickly disappear with a chemical peel or laser treatments. And, for wrinkling, devices like Thermage and Aldara tighten skin.
Procedures range in price from US$350 for sclerotherapy to US$2,500 for skin resurfacing. To protect hands between treatments, Dr Sadick recommends a maintenance routine that includes sunscreen, alpha hydroxy acids and Retin-A.
More than 80 per cent of women are plagued by cellulite, pockets of fat that squeeze between bands of connective tissue, causing your skin to dimple, ripple and divot.
“Topical creams give skin a temporary tightening feeling but they do nothing for the cause of cellulite,” explains Dr Bruce Katz, dermatologist and founder of Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York. Even liposuction, which has been marketed as a treatment for cellulite, can make skin appear dimpled and saggy.
Now, a revolutionary, FDA-approved therapy called Cellulaze promises to light cellulite at its source. Through an incision so small it’s covered with a plaster, the device’s novel laser cuts through stubborn connective tissue, liquefies fat cells between the connective tissue and evens out the surface of the skin. Plus, the laser stimulates collagen production, resulting in tighter, smoother skin over time. Treatments cost a whopping US$5,000-US$7,000, depending on the area being treated. Most patients report a 70-80 per cent improvement within three months. The kicker: They remain cellulite-free for more than three years.
Brighter, Whiter Teeth
A bright smile may be your most important asset. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly 75 per cent of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances of career success, to say nothing of its impact on attracting the opposite sex. And when respondents were asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?”, the most common response was: Whiter and brighter teeth.
Unfortunately, drugstore teeth-whitening strips are not the answer. “These products are classified as cosmetics, so they’re not controlled, and can damage teeth,” explains Dr Bill Dorfman, featured dentist on television shows Extreme Makeover and
The Doctors, whose in-ofce Zoom whitening technology whitens teeth by eight to 10 shades in under an hour. Using advanced LED light technology, dentists can control the amount and intensity of the light, resulting in brighter smiles, whiter teeth and reduced sensitivity than competing technology for just US$350-US$500 a treatment.