New ways to firm your skin
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AS IF SAGGING SKIN IS GOING TO GET YOU DOWN!
For a solution more potent than a cream, but less invasive than a traditional face-lift, Dr. Patricia Wexler has the answer. “I’m a great fan of Ultherapy because it works,” says the famed New York-based derm to the stars. The treatment uses ultrasound wave technology to encourage collagen production (the building blocks of plumpness), and Dr. Wexler’s also sworn by it personally for a decade. “It’s a precise non-surgical procedure, the only one I know of where you can visualize the exact placement of the energy and the level of skin where you’re placing it,” she says.
Applied to the neck, jawline, eye and brow area, the subtle results develop slowly as the dermis tightens and lifts for a structural upgrade inside and out. Anyone who has noticed a loss of elasticity — or wants to prevent it — is a candidate.
With costs ranging from $1,195 to $2,900 for a full face, it pays to protect your investment. “You have to use the right products every day,” Dr. Wexler says. Broadspectrum sunscreen is imperative and rounding out a collagen-boosting squad with ingredients such as retinol, vitamins C and E, green tea, antioxidants and peptides will keep things on the up.
THE PATIENT: Beth Thompson, Editor-in-Chief THE PRO: Dr. Sheetal Sapra of ICLS Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, in Oakville, Ont. “Think of this procedure as a tool in your maintenance kit, rather than a full-on neck lift,” he says.
TREATMENT TAKEAWAY: You feel a series of zaps, like the snap of a rubber band (mild) to a needle jab (worstcase scenario). It takes about two hours for the lower face/neck area, but there is no downtime. You can carry on with regular activities but might experience swelling, muscle soreness and bruising, all of which I did.
CHECK UP: It takes six months to see full changes, though I can say one-month in that my skin is softer and more responsive to creams. A peptide-rich shot at reducing sagging lids, with no petrolatum, mineral oil or silicone in sight. KORRES BLACK PINE D SCULPTING, FIRMING & LIFTING SUPER EYE SERUM,
Designed to redefine, a microemulsion sinks into deep layers of the epidermis. BIOTHERM BLUE THERAPY RED ALGAE UPLIFT INTENSIVE DAILY FIRMING CURE DAY VISIBLE AGING REPAIR,
Formulated to actively enhance skin’s tension and volume while deeply hydrating. LIERAC LIFT INTEGRAL SCULPTING LIFT CREAM,
Equal parts refreshing and rejuvenating, a cold foam melts into a firming gel. KATE SOMERVILLE TIGHT ‘N CRYOGENIC TIGHTENING GEL,
Root extracts of ginger, ginseng and ruscus create a 99 percent natural blend to help plump skin. THE BODY SHOP ROOTS OF STRENGTH FIRMING SHAPING SERUM,