The good news is that there many ways to zap, shrink, melt or smooth away your trouble spots and leave you looking toned, trim and fabulous before Spring has officially sprung.
Chuck the Chicken Skin
Concerned about chicken skin or keratosis pilaris (KP) on your upper arms? It's Silkpeel to the rescue, says Omaha-Nebraska based dermatologist Joel Schlessinger MD, president of LovelySkin.com. SilkPeel DermalinfusionTM (http://www.envymedical.com) combines exfoliation with an under-the-cover delivery of individualized solutions directly to the skin. These solutions can be mixed and matched based on the skin condition, body part and desired effect.
"Many people find that chicken skin makes their arms look discolored or damaged in appearance, and Silkpeel helps achieve a better luster and smoother feel," he says. Silkpeel can help jumpstart any topical therapies for KP. "The time to get ready for spring or summer is a month or two before they start," he says. SilkPeel is also ideal for getting rid of the debris in your pores and sloughing off dry skin cells.
Silkpeel typically involves series that can be done over a period of several months. There is no downtime after the 30-minute procedure, and your skin will feel as smooth as glass after each session. Silkpeel costs between $100-$200 per treatment.
Another popular Pre-Springtime procedure helps put fat on ice, for good. CoolSculpting® (http://www.coolsculpting.com) uses freezing technology(cryotherapy) to get rid of fat pockets around your mid section, such as muffin tops or tummy bulges. "There is no downtime, and the treatment is painless," he says. A Coolsculpting session costs about $1,500, and the results will appear gradually.
If your nemesis is cellulite and laxity, Velashape® (http://www.velashape.com) is a better choice, says Jennifer L MacGregor, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "It is really fantastic for smoothing cellulite and skin tightening."
Velashape poses a triple threat to dimples. The system uses radiofrequency energy to heat the skin, infrared light energy to boost collagen remodeling. Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin, and its supply tends to dwindle with age. Velashape's vacuum and mechanical massage smoothes the skin and helps get rid of dimply cottage-cheese skin or cellulite.
It's great for thighs, butts, hips, abs and arms, she says. "I recommend one treatment every week to every other week for four to six weeks," she says. Results are not permanent and maintenance treatments are needed every three months "If you can pinch an inch or more, Coolsculpting or liposuction may make sense, but if your arms look looser and dimplier than you like and you have an inch or less of fat, think Velashape."
The procedure itself is spa-like and pleasant. "We roll the device over the area and it feels like a hot massage. There is no pain. It just feels a little warm," she says. "It's the ideal lunchtime procedure." Velashape costs between from $500 to $2,000, depending on the area being treated and the amount of sessions required, which is typically four.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?
Stubble can be a nuisance in winter, spring, summer and fall, but when you want to start show more skin, unwanted hair can be a real deal breaker. The newest entry in at-home hair removal is mē smooth from Syneron Beauty (http://www.mepower.com). It uses patented elōs technology, combines Intense Pulse Light and radiofrequency energy for hair removal. The device is safe for all skin types and tones, and it reduces hair by almost 50% after just two treatments. mē smooth will retail for $395.00.
Another at home treatment making a splash in time for Spring is ZO® Skin Health's Oraser® Body Emulsion (http://www.zoskinhealth). Rich in antioxidant powerhouses such as vitamin C and Co-Q10 as well as other ingredients, Oraser can help exfoliate rough skin patches and retexturize the skin for firmer, smoother looking skin. Apply it all over your body after showering, while your skin is slightly damp. Available through physicians' offices for $80.
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 books and Founder/Editor in Chief of http://www.beautyinthebag.com
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