Author: Michele Garber

Blogger, Social Media Consultant and Wholesale Distributor. Beauty Publicist and Founder of dMK Communications, Lifestyle PR firm. Independent Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Consultant

Sublative Laser Rejuvenation : What To Expect

Laser Resurfacing – Heres’s the Scoop

After having  two Ablative laser resurfacing treatments over the past several years, I opted to try  Syneron’s Elos Sublative  Rejuvenation Treatment for fine lines, skin tone and texture. Sublative Rejuvenation is the newest, safest laser technology with less downtime than other laser procedures.

According to Syneron’s website, Sublative lasers deliver B-polar Radio Frequency energy  deep into the dermal layer to build collagen, treat mild to moderate wrinkles and textual irregularity with minimum down time. The treatment protocol  is for 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart.

My Experience:

LA Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer invited me to participate in his Sublative treatment study at the Menkes Clinic in Northern California.

I had been treated before by Dr. Emer, so I the utmost trust that my face was in skilled hands.

Sublative Treatment

After Treatment

With BioShield on My Face

With BioShield on My Face

Elos Sublative Tip

Elos Sublative Tip

After numbing for about 45-minute to 1 hour, my 1st Sublative treatment was tolerable. As part of the study, Dr. Emer used an aggressive setting and preformed 5 passes over my entire facial region. During the treatment, I held a cooling hose ( see above) to cool my face as Dr. Emer was preforming the treatment with the tip seen in the photo above. Some areas of my face were more sensitive than others during the first sublative treatment. On a scale of 1-10, the discomfort was about 34. Afterwards my face felt like I had a very bad sunburn. Not too bad, as I knew what to expect from previous treatments. If you are a newbie, be prepared to feel
a strong burning sensation on your face. Total treatment time from prep to post-laser about 1.5-2 hours. Don’t plan to go back to work after sublative rejuvenation treatments, unless the treatment is on a lower settings with less passes. But then what’s the point?

As I was driving home with a greasy face full of Aquafore, I iced my face in the car and then afterwards for the first 24-48 hours. The burning sensation does lessen over the next several hours.

Minimum downtime- no not really. If you have an aggressive treatment be prepared to be red, and slightly swollen for 2-3 days then pink and peely up to 7 days.  Peeling time was less than my other ablative laser treatments, Mixto and Pearl and healing time was faster. I could wear make-up by day 3 and face the world on day 4.  But I was still crusty and pink in some areas. Underneath my eyes I was slightly puffy for about 10 days.

My second treatment was a little more uncomfortable, especially on my forehead, temple and chin area.  There were a few times that it really hurt despite the numbing cream. Post treatment I was given a Skinceutical cooling mask, which I absolutely loved. It felt soothing, cool and fabulous. It made my drive home much more comfortable.  I also applied Jan Marini Skin Research, BioShield. I love, love this post laser product.  My healing time was shortened by a couple of days. It’s a little tricky to apply, but a must for any post-laser treatments. Worth the price of $130.00.

My third treatment felt the worst. I’m not sure why. I felt a couple of zingers that were extremely painful in the area of my forehead and chin. Had I felt these zingers during treatment #1, I may not have continued. Perhaps my skin was more sensitive in those areas, I’m not sure. Dr. Emer was not sure either what caused this. Afterwards, my skin looked and felt like all the other treatments. My recovery time for treatment #3 seemed shorter than the first two treatments. I was not as swollen as the first time, with the exception my of  mouth area which was treated more aggressively for fine lines, as part of the study.

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Filling Hollow Eyes Part 2: What are the risks?

In 2011, I wrote a blog about Filling Your Eye Hollows with dermal filler; my experience and the risks.

I thought it was time to update this post, since so many of my readers have sent me questions  over the years.

I first had Juvederm injected in my eye hollows causing lumps, bumps, swelling and much bruising. The Juvederm was dissolved with Filling Eye HollowsWydaise and replaced with Restylane which worked beautifully.  The Restylane lasted  around 12 months in my tear trough area.   Note that the duration of fillers will differ from one patient to the next.

Filling Hollow Eyes- What’s new?

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC

Since the FDA approval this year of  Allergan’s  JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC  there is shift  in the philosophy among some dermatologists and plastic surgeons about how to treat the tear trough area.

Volumna is the latest FDA approved filler product in the family of HYALURONIC ACID. What’s new and exciting about this filler is that is it lasts up to 24 months  it can be dissolved if necessary.  Volumna gives you instant volume to the cheek area, therefore in some cases eliminating the need to fill the eye hollows. By injecting Volumna is the upper cheek area, the doctor can place it close to the bony orbital rim that is usually volume depleted in hollow eyes. This is great option because it lasts for up  to 24 months and not only are you plumping and lifting your cheeks, but it may eliminate the hollow area under eyes as well.

Volumna costs more than a one syringe of Juvederm, however over the long-term it ends being less expensive due to its longevity. A syringe of Volumna costs on an average of $1,000 per syringe as compared to $625 for one syringe of Juvederm or Restylane.

Restylane is still used for filling the tear troughs and works better for this area than Juvederm Ultra- not to be confused with Volumna. (more…)

The Truth About Aging: One Woman’s Confessions

I recently published an article on About.com Senior Living about how I feel about aging.

Here is an excerpt.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Aging

Aging Gracefully

By Michele Garber

The Big Six Oh!

Last year when I turned 60 I really didn’t feel any different because in my mind 60 was just a number. But I did ponder what turning 60 meant and whether or not I should feel different than when I’d turned 50.  I recognize I’m entering a new stage of life, but I’ve yet to get my arms around what that actually means.  Is 60 the new 40?  Will 80 be the new 60?  Or, is 60 just 60?  I don’t really know with any clarity.

To read the entire article click here.

If you have thoughts about aging, I’d love to hear to hear from you.Michele Garber

Latest UpDate: Hot Trends in Beauty

The Latest In Hot Beauty Trends

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I’ve been meaning to write this post after I had the pleasure of attending  the  American Academy of Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) meeting in San Francisco several weeks a ago.

I attended many interesting  lectures, sampled products, had a skin tightening treatment and brought home a bag of skincare products to try. Here are my highlights from the meeting:

The Most Talked About Procedures

By far the most buzz was about  Zeltiq’s CoolsculptingA non-surgical F.D.A. approved body contouring treatment that freezes your fat. Patent’s before and after pictures were quite impressive. In fact some surgeons are saying they are getting better results than with traditional liposuction. As with any treatment, patient selection is important. This is one treatment, I’m anxious to try.  You can listen to my interview with Dr. Grant Stevens on NipTuck Coach Radio to learn more about this procedure.

Along with Body Contouring Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) was another hot topic. Curvy bodies are in; thin and lanky bodies are out. Women across different cultures are seeking a big tush. In some parts of the world the bigger the better.  As trends come and go. I’ll be keeping a close eye on BBLs. (more…)