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2015 Aesthetic Trends: The Year of Tighten, Lift, Sculpt

It’s that time of year again when many magazines and bloggers write articles on what was hot in fashion and beauty for 2015 and some predictions for 2016.

For my end of year episode on The NipTuck Talk Show, I recently asked several medical experts in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology to weigh in on what the hottest trends were in 2015 and what we can expect in 2016.  Non-surgical treatments won in all the categories.

Cellulite Treatment and Killing Underarm Sweat and Oder

Cellfina is the first and only FDA approved device for long-term treatment of Cellulite!  We have seen results lasting over 3 years with no end in sight!  It is easy with no down time, local anesthesia and minimal discomfort.

Mirday, a permanent, non-invasive solution to eliminate underarm sweat is another technology that created a lot of buzz. “Throw away your deodorant. Miradry is a safe and easy way to stop underarm smell and sweat! ”  The other technology that remains popular for skin tightening is Ultherapy.  “Ultherapy lifts and tightens the face, neck, brow, and chest.  It’s the only device with FDA approval for non-surgical lifting and tightening of the face and neck.  In 2016 Cellfina will surge ahead of all cellulite treatments.  Miradry treatments will gain in popularity.  Ultherapy will dominate all non surgical treatments for lifting and tightening of the face, neck, forehead and chest.” –Dr. Grant Stevens, Clinical Professor of Surgery, USC School of Medicine, division of Plastic Surgery, Director of the Marina-USC Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, Marina Del Ray, CA

Skin Tightening, Body Sculpting  and Vaginal Tightening 

“In 2015, energy-based contouring devices stormed the aesthetic marketplace with CoolSculpting and ThermiRF .  They were strong game-changers in the world of non-surgical body sculpting, offering treatments with little downtime.  ThermiRF, in particular, proved itself in not only the neck area but also in the knees, the arms, and in other previously challenging body areas before which we had very few options.  For those patients wanting improvement in their sexual function following children or the aging process, the ThermiVA procedure showed women how to tighten, brighten, and dramatically improve the appearance and function of their vaginas.  2016 should be an even more exciting year as those of us who use these devices push the boundaries and learn how to harness the power of energy-based body sculpting and take it to a new level. ”  –Dr. Gregory Buford, Medical Director of  Beauty By Buford, Denver Colorado.


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.



What will be the most popular trends in 2012?

With new shows like Bridalplasty and media coverage on Mommy Makeovers.  I  predict that there will be an increase in Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation; all trending younger.  The 30- something and 40- something group is already trying Botox, Dsyport and  Xeomin and using fillers especially for lip plumping.

For nonsurgial facial rejuvenation HA Fillers, such as JuvedermPerlane, Resytane will continue to be popular. Since HA fillers are temporary, consider them a great alternative to permanent fillers. If you don’t like the look, you can always have it dissolved with a product called Hyaluronidase, which is safe to use.


Is Pearl Fusion worth it??.. update

It has been 2 months since my laser treatment on my chest, neck and peri-oral area.  Is it worth it??

I am not going to give a definitive answer yet, however, these are my observations.

1. My chest area is still slightly bumpy, slightly pink and in the light you can still see the vertical lines from sleeping all these years on my side. It does look a little better and smoother.

2. Hardly any pink around my mouth area. I really so not see much difference here in the vertical lines. The technician was agressive in this area using both YAg and Ablative. I will discuss setting and depth in another blog post. I developed a very small hypotropic scar above my lip line, which I hope resolves. I am not sure why this happened- however, I apparently healed too quickly in this area. I also noticed that my lips looked flatter, consequently I felt like a needed to plump them.

3. My initial reaction is that Co2 Lasers are more effective in building collagen and go deeper.  This seems to be the gold standard. Cutera ( is the manufacturer of the Pearl Fusion and it is not a Co2 Laser.  There is much controversy in the laser resurfacing arena.

So far I am not impressed with Cutera’s Pearl Fusion.  If anyone has had any laser resurfacing experience, I welcome your comments.