Beauty Treatments

Review: Skin Tightening Without Surgery Thermage FLX- Five Months After

I had my first Thermage treatment for a loose neckline in 2009, as I was a long way away from any surgery.  Ouch!  The treatment was not only very painful, I saw no results.

So when Dr. Vic Narurkar , San Francisco dermatologist and Laser King asked if I’d like to try the new Thermage treatment for training purposes, I said yes.  For years, Thermage has been called “the gold standard” for skin tightening.

Thermage FLX  delivers radio-frequency energy deep below the surface of the skin were the collagen is produced. The energy heats and smooths out the existing  collagen and creates  new collagen. It also heats up the skin faster. FLX  is the newest version and a big game changer as it produces more predictable results.  The tips are 33% larger so larger treatment surface areas can be treated, allowing for faster treatment times.  A face and neck can be done under 60 minutes, making all the treatment areas more comfortable.  You will see immediate off the table results but optimal results are generally at the 3 to 6 month mark . Retreatment is done every 1 to 3 years.

I’m always a little skeptical about skin tightening devices. Patient selection is key, as not everyone will benefit.  Since my last Thermage in 2009, I’ve had a face and neck lift. However, my neck was never tight enough, so I was willing to give this a try.

I expected to get numbing cream before the treatment, even though I knew it could not hurt as much as the first time.  I was told that I did not need  numbing cream and that it would not hurt. My anxiety level went up 100%. However, I put my faith into Dr. Narurkar’s  skilled hands and trusted him.   Once we started the treatment, I was incredibly surprised to feel almost nothing.  I was dozing off. Amazing!

Dr. Narurkar used a setting of 2.5 to 3.5 on my face and 1.5 to 2 on submentum and 0.5 to 1 on my neck.  900 count tip.  About 4 to 6 passes per anatomic area.

 

 

Right after my treatment, my face had a nice glow and I could see it looked tighter.

It’s been five months since my treatments. I see a little lifting around my jaw line. My brows do look elevated. It’s hard to tell if there is any improvement in my neck, but I was not expecting much.

In conclusion, Thermage FLX is extremely comfortable. As results improve over time, you have to be patient. It’s not a quick fix.  Results take 3-6 months. The treatment is a great adjunct after a facelift. If I had a Thermage treatment soon after my facelift, my  facelift may have lasted longer than it did.  As I said, patient selection is important and you have to manage your expectations.   Combining Thermage FLX  with Botox and Fillers helps in maintaining a youthful appearance.   Keep in mind, if  you really need a facelift and have lots of loose, sagging skin you may not be happy with the results. Results are different with each person.  Before you decide, please seek the advise of a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who has a lot of experience in treating patients of all age groups with Thermage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Know Before You Get Fillers This Holiday Season

You’ve heard about new facial fillers such as Juvederm Volbella® or Restylane Refyne®. Your doctor or nurse injector has many fillers in their tool box. How do they know which ones to use?  What fillers are the longest lasting  and what  should you know about each facial filler. When you’re planning on getting fillers for your lips, smile lines, temples or cheek area its important to be well informed. 

The most common fillers are Hyaluronic acid HA is a natural substance found in your body. These fillers are easily dissolved with Hyaluronidase if you are overfilled, have complications or don’t like the way it looks. However, it’s important your injector knows how to use this product, as too much can dissolve your natural tissue, this is not permanent.

I’ve tried all the Hyaluronic acid  fillers on the market today. I’ve been injected by the most skilled plastic surgeons, dermatologists and nurse injectors.  I still experience swelling, bruising and have had fillers dissolved.  Recently, I tried newer fillers like  Juvederm Vollure ®,  Juvederm Volbella® as well as Restylane Refyne® and Restylane Defyne®. My body breaks down fillers rapidly, therefore some fillers have a shorter duration.  Due to different technologies and your body’s chemistry some fillers  may cause more swelling and bruising than other fillers. Expect swelling and bruising especially with lip and under the eye fillers.

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Product Review: Lumity Life

I was introduced to Lumity Life while attending an aesthetic medical meeting.  I love trying new anti-aging products and was given a 3 month supply.  Lumity recommends that you try the product for 3 months to feel and see the benefits.

Sara Palmer Hussey, Phd is the creator of  Lumity.  “Lumity’s approach is unique in that we are the only supplement to counter all 9 causes of aging from within.”  Oxidative Damage, Cellular Debris, Glycation, Telomere Shortening, DNA Damage, Inflammation, Cellular Energy Decline, Insulin Resistance and Hormonal Decline.

According to Dr. Hussey, Lumity is the first supplement that addresses all 9 causes of aging.  Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, a practicing board-certified dermatologist, conducted an independent double-blind  clinical trial. The trial results indicated that while taking Lumity  for 90 days patients felt improvement in their overall wellness. There are many existing  articles and clinical data  on the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the product. Lumity is manufactured in California.

My first thought upon seeing the product was that the packaging was pretty, the product contained many important vitamins/minerals and the concept intriguing. There are two bottles, one labeled for the morning and one for the evening.  The morning soft-gels are mocha-colored and contain a mix of Vitamins A, E, D and C, selenium, turmeric root extract, iodine, magnesium, zinc, flaxseed oil and Lumity Vita Complex for skin rejuvenation, anti-aging and increased energy. The vanilla-colored soft gels contain a mix of amino acids, flaxseed oil, and the Lumity Renew Complex, for better sleep and cell renewal.  Lumity’s Renew and Vita Complexes contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria and cell regenerating properties plus anti-oxidants, and amino acids.

The morning formula helps to defend against environmental and lifestyle aggressors, support energy production and reduce inflammation.  The night formula promotes repair and recovery, replenishes vital antioxidants and nutrients and supports the clearing of cellular debris. It also helps stimulate the release of HGH.
I’m not very disciplined about taking vitamins so I was not sure that I could commit to taking 3 soft gels in the morning and 3 in the evening.  I’m also a big skeptic when it comes to “manufacturer claims”. As there is so much hype in this crowded anti-aging market. Many claims made by anti-aging products either lack the scientific data or are in a grey zone of efficacy. The FDA does not regulate supplements.

Since I was not taking any multi-vitamins at the time and feeling a little blah.. I decided  this was a perfect time to try Lumity.

To remind myself to take the capsules, I put the AM bottle near my morning coffee and the PM bottle next to my dog’s evening medicine. This worked and eventually became a habit.

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