Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Not that long ago, a plastic surgeon had little besides a scalpel to use as a tool. Nowadays skin care professionals can wield a variety of light sabers – actually lasers – that can restore a more youthful appearance and create healthier skin. This laser and other light base technologies are revolutionizing cosmetic treatments for hair removal and an array of skin conditions.
Today’s cosmetic lasers – sometimes called “facelift lasers” – feature specific frequency ranges and other technologies designed for specific applications. For example, the ProWave intense pulsed light device is designed for hair removal, and can permanently reduce hair on large areas of the body, such as the back or legs. The Cutera CoolGlide laser is also used for hair removal, and is also used to remove unsightly spider veins and capillaries in the face and body as well as eliminate blood blisters and port win stains. For patients with brown spots or pigmentation caused by sun damage on the face, neck and chest, or who suffer from rosacea, the LimeLite intense pulsed light device can alleviate skin discoloration. And for overall improvement of complexion, the Pearl Fractional Laser is a new anti-aging skin care breakthrough. Titan and Laser Genesis also target specific areas of the body to remove wrinkles and tighten skin. These procedures are almost like a non-surgical facelift – and of course there are no facelift scars.
A plastic surgeon can help you determine which of these options are best for you. Here at the Peer Laser Center, serving Millburn, Short Hills, Morristown, Essex and Union Counties and all of northern New Jersey, we offer a comprehensive range of light based skin resurfacing and skin care procedures. If you’re interested in having a more youthful appearance, we recommend calling or emailing your skin care professional today to schedule a consultation.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
We recently wrote about an FDA-approved – in fact the only FDA-approved – method of restoring fuller, longer eyelashes. It’s the topical solution Latisse, a skin care product made by Allergen, the same company that developed Botox and Juvederm. In clinical trials Latisse was found to be effective in increasing the length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes in women who’s lashes had lost their fullness through natural aging.
Many of our clients here at The Peer Group have asked for more details about the clinical trial results, so here are some important facts about them. First, most of the women who took part in the study – 91 percent –were 35 or older. So that means the results are applicable for women 35 and older. And the skin care results were clear and dramatic: Longer lashes started to grow as early as week 4. During the trials, patients grew more lashes and there was significant improvement in eyelash prominence, including length, thickness, and darkness. These new lashes were fuller and darker at week 8, and achieved maximum growth at week 16. After 16 weeks of treatment, the fullness of patients’ eyelashes more than doubled. Those are results no plastic surgery can achieve.
Among the best things about Latisse, besides its efficacy, is that it’s a simple topical solution you apply once a day at home. There’s no downtime and minimal potential side effects. We recommend consulting a qualified plastic surgeon before about any cosmetic treatment or cosmetic plastic surgery procedure you have in mind. Here at The Peer Group, we’re been getting questions from a lot of our patients in Warren and Somerset counties, from Mendham, Summit and Livingston and throughout northern New Jersey about Latisse. Our answer: If you’re like many women with thinning eyelashes, Latisse may be the solution you need.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
It began as the answer to a medical problem, and now it’s a breakthrough skin care solution for anyone seeking to restore the long, lustrous eyelashes of their youth. It’s the prescription topical solution Latisse, approved by the FDA for growing longer, fuller eyelashes.
Long, alluring lashes can be among a woman’s most attractive facial features. But like other elements of youth, eyelashes lose their fullness as they age. As we get older, the number of lashes declines, and remaining lashes grow as long, as thick, or as dark as they once did. This is most common in women affected by eyelash hypotrichosis, a condition characterized by sparse eyelashes. One clinical study found a pronounced correlation between increased age and decreased eyelash fullness, length and darkness among patients with eyelash hypotrichosis. Previously, there were no effective skin care products to treat this condition. But Latisse is now proven to be an effective treatment option for these women. And perhaps more important, Latisse can restore lost fullness and length to eyelashes in almost anyone who uses it. It’s made be Allergen, the same company that developed Botox and Juvederm.
The active ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, is a fatty acid that binds to receptors in the lashes. These receptors are believed to be involved in the development and regrowth of hair follicles. Latisse is clinically proven to be a safe and effective skin care product. Applied at home in minutes once a day, longer, thicker and darker eyelashes are noticeable within eight weeks. The full effects of the Latisse treatment are visible in 12 to 16 weeks.
Here at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey, patients from Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties, from Chatham and Denville to Chester and Sparta, and throughout northern New Jersey have had great results with Latisse. We recommend consulting a plastic surgeon before commencing this or any other anti-aging skin care treatment. If you’re anywhere in the northern New Jersey area, we invite you to call us for a free consultation so we can talk about this and other cosmetic procedures that can give you a more youthful appearance.
Friday, August 12th, 2011
We know that a face lift or other plastic surgery procedures can dramatically reduce signs of aging such as winkles and brown spots or other skin blemishes. But you can also achieve dramatic results with effective, non-invasive procedures that require less recovery time and are less expensive. Two popular options many clients here at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey choose are microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical method of exfoliating, or removing the outer skin layers. The procedure is performed in a series of treatments spaced two to three weeks apart. Each microdermabrasion treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. During the procedure, sometimes called a microdermabrasion peel, the outer layer of dead skin cells is gently suctioned off, allowing the healthy skin layer underneath to be brought forth. Photos taken before and after dermabrasion can show you the results of the procedure.
Dermaplaning is a “manual exfoliation” method of skin resurfacing. It is performed with a sterile blade called a dermatome, which is stroked along the skin, just like shaving. This safe, effective and painless skin care and rejuvenation treatment removes the outermost layers of skin cells revealing a smooth, supple and vibrant complexion. Dermaplaning is a quick and easy skin care treatment, suitable for all skin types.
Whatever skin care treatment you pursue, we recommend working with a qualified plastic surgeon who has the training and experience in a variety of procedures as well as the knowledge about skin types and which skin care products are best suited to meet the needs of an individual patient. If you live in Montclair, Boonton, Passaic, or anywhere in northern New Jersey, we invite you to call or email us to schedule an appointment with one of our skin care professionals here at The Peer Group.
Friday, August 5th, 2011
You don’t have to undergo invasive plastic surgery to benefit from skin rejuvenation treatments. Healthy skin can go a long way in making you look younger and more vibrant, and quality skin care products and anti-aging skin care treatments can help keep your skin healthy and looking more youthful for many years to come. More women and men are making skin care a part of their overall health regimens, and it’s easier to find skin care professionals who focus on aesthetic skin treatments, rather than primarily treating skin disorders. Here at the Peer Group in northern New Jersey, for example, our onsite skin care center is devoted to reducing skin damage brought on by age, sun exposure, and other conditions. We find the new generation of prescription skin care products provides excellent results in maintaining skin health. Some of these products are also effective in and reducing wrinkles and skin discoloration. We carry a number of top quality brands, and among those we’ve had great success with is La Roche-Posay.
Recommended by many dermatologists, La Roche-Posay skin care encompasses a range of products to address many common skin conditions. Rosacea, acne skin care, eczema, dry skin, signs of aging and skin damage can be treated with the La Roche-Posay product line. La Roche-Posay uses the effective antioxidant known as selenium to reduce the appearance of skin damage and rejuvenate the face, giving you a more youthful appearance. Another La Roche-Posay product, Biomedic, is a powerful treatment for premature aging. Our plastic surgeons at The Peer Skin Center can provide you with information on all the La Roche-Posay anti-aging skin care products, as well as products from SkinCeuticals and Obagi. If you live in Morristown, Short Hills, Livingston or anywhere in northern New Jersey, call or email us to schedule a free consultation with our skin care specialists.