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Neck News

For many of you, the neck is a body area that you’d like to improve. Because the skin is so delicate, it’s prone to changes in tautness, smoothness and color, particularly as we age.

 

Some of you may notice little lines or bands that run horizontally around the neck or vertical cords (platysmal bands) that become prominent. Also, when collagen and elastin decrease over time, the skin on your neck may sag and look crepey. Changes in color may include brown spots and pigmentation, particularly on the decolletage, the chest area. Or, you may see red, blotchy or wrinkly skin, most often due to excessive exposure to the sun.

 

At home, remember to moisturize and use SPF and retinol products, as you would on your face. If you are still not happy, come see us. We have many ways to help your neck look beautiful and more youthful. Here are a few:

 

Infini: This radio frequency microneedling treatment tightens the neck and jowls and reduces crepiness, too.

 

Thermage CPT: This tightens skin on the neck and jowls, non-invasively. It’s often called a “Thermal Lift” treatment, and it’s highly effective for many areas of the body.

 

Exilis Ultra 360: Another thermal treatment, Exilis Ultra 360 tightens skin on the neck and jowls and reduces fat, non-invasively.

 

Fraxel Repair: This laser treatment resurfaces and tightens the skin on the neck and jowls and reduces crepiness and hyperpigmentation (brown spots). It is the procedure of choice for deep lines, hard-to-erase lip lines, pronounced photodamage, sagging face and neck skin, facial wrinkles and discolorations, age-related/sun-damaged rough skin texture, acne and surgical scars.

 

SmartLipo Triplex: This laser procedure permanently removes fat by destroying fat cells, removing them and tightening the skin. It is effective for large areas of the body as well as smaller ones, like the neck.

 

Kybella: This series of injections dissolves submental fat permanently and causes some skin contraction, too. Once fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat, so re-treatment is not expected.

 

Call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll devise an individual treatment plan just for you.

 

See you soon.

Men Are Body-Conscious, Too

When people talk about body image, we often assume that they are referring to women. But men experience similar insecurities about their physical appearance, according to many studies published worldwide.

 

Many men worry about beer bellies, love handles, man “boobs” and hair loss, among other issues associated with aging.

 

More than four in five men (80.7 percent) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75 percent of women, according to a study from the University of the West of England. The study also revealed that 23 percent of the surveyed men didn’t go to the gym because they were concerned about their appearance and 63 percent thought that their arms and chests were not muscular enough.

 

A study in 2016 by Chapman University researchers, published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, showed that:

 

  • About 25 percent of the men were dissatisfied with their appearance, compared to about 28.5 percent of women.
  • More than half of the men had gone on diets in the past year, and nearly 42 percent were unhappy with their weight.
  • About 37 percent did not like the condition of their muscle tone.
  • About 69 percent felt judged on their looks and felt pressure from magazines and television to have a slimmer and more muscular body.

 

So, if you are male and concerned about your body shape, you are not alone. It’s likely that you

have dieted and spent hours in the gym. Sometimes, these tactics are not enough for certain trouble spots or for men of certain ages.

 

In our offices, one of the most popular procedures for men is SmartLipo Triplex, particularly for the neck, abdomen and breast area. SmartLipo Triplex is a minimally invasive method for removing unwanted fat and sculpting areas of the body that you’d like to change.

 

We also find that Kybella is effective for reducing the double chin, a common male problem that often resists diet and exercise. This procedure slims and contours the area below and around your chin and neck, without surgery.

 

You may also be concerned about the effects of aging, sun damage and stress, all of which can negatively impact how you feel about yourself at home and at work. Many male patients come see us for Botox, particularly for their foreheads and crow’s feet, and for dermal fillers that minimize the folds around their noses and corners of their mouths. Some of these fillers include BeloteroJuvedermRestylane LyftRestylane Silk and Radiesse. Also, to decrease wrinkles and sagging on the face and around the eyes, many men come to us for Thermage CPTInfini and Fraxel Repair Laser Treatments.

 

If you’re not entirely happy with how you look, don’t hesitate to call our office for a complimentary consultation. We’ll try to help you look and feel your best.

 

See you soon.

 

Perfecting our Treatments

First, a thank you to all of you who attended our Spring Beauty Seminar this past Wednesday. We had a full house of former, current and future patients, all eager to hear about the latest in cosmetic treatments. We talked about the newest and most effective dermal fillers, the best techniques for removing excess fat, and had live Kybella and Liquid Facelift treatments. Glad that you all could come and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in my office in the coming weeks.

 

When it comes to new treatments and procedures, we don’t simply provide them merely because they are available. My staff and I evaluate their merits, work with them at length and offer them to you only if we believe they are proven and valuable. You’ll know that any treatment that we provide has gone through a battery of testing in our office before we add it to our repertoire.

 

Kybella, which many of you witnessed this weekend, is a perfect example. We experimented with this fat-melting double chin procedure until we developed an optimal way to increase comfort and results. Many of you have come in for the treatment, and we are pleased with how great you all look. Kybella significantly decreases the submental fat under your chin and jaw line, and the results are dramatic and noticeable. Incidentally, now is a terrific time for starting Kybella—a couple of treatments are usually necessary and the improvements continue to happen week after week.

 

Meantime, come in for a complimentary consultation, and we’ll talk about how we can help you look and feel your best.

 

See you soon.

Rescue Those Aging Eyes

So much of your appearance–how young or old, happy or sad, or refreshed or worn out–begins with your eyes. If you feel you’ve lost the sparkle that you used to have, you’ll be happy to know that we can help.

 

The delicate skin in this area is extremely thin and becomes thinner with time. Because it contains little subcutaneous fat, it is vulnerable to conditions such as dark circles, bags or swelling, hollowing, and drooping lids and brows. Also, it is especially sensitive to stress from facial movements such as laughing, squinting and frowning, repeated motions that contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet.

 

Also, the thick collagen network that gives skin structural support begins to break down with time. Your body’s internal processes and external factors such as sun exposure increase the levels of enzymes that break down collagen.

 

What can help: We have a repertoire of nonsurgical treatments that are safe and effective. Here is a quick run-down:

 

Dermal fillers, such as BeloteroJuvederm, and Restylane will plump up crow’s feet, lines and wrinkles under the eye and hollowing that may result as we age.

 

Injectables such as Botox and Dysport will help minimize crow’s feet and lines caused by normal facial expression.

 

Lasers, including Fraxel RepairFraxel DUAL, Laser Wrinkle Reduction and Clear & Brilliant, will help add smoothness, glow and luminosity to the area around your eyes.

 

Finally, Microdermabrasion and GentleWaves Photomodulation are two more useful techniques for brightening your eyes by restoring vigor to the delicate skin surrounding them.

 

We’re confident that all of our treatments will help you look happy and younger and feel that way, too.

 

Call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation. I’ll develop a treatment plan just for you.

 

Meantime, remember to save the date for our upcoming Spring Beauty Seminar, where you’ll hear about the newest procedures, and see some of them in action. You’ll learn about Infini, the revolutionary nonsurgical treatment that dramatically reduces sagging skin and wrinkles on the neck. You’ll get to see a live Liquid Facelift treatment and a KYBELLA procedure that melts fat and reduces the “double chin.” You will even be able to “glimpse the new you” on our computer imaging system and take a peek at how restored and fresh you’ll look after treatment.

 

So, save WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th AT 6:00 PM, and come see us at the Atlantis Banquet & Events Seastar Ballroom, located next to the Long Island Aquarium at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead.  Free Valet Parking available. Register Online.

 

Portion of proceeds of the seminar to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® breast cancer organization.

 

See you soon.

 

And Now, Your Neck: Option 3 – Thermage CPT

Last week, you heard about Kybella, one of the latest nonsurgical options for an aging neck. This week, I’ll tell you about another successful option, Thermage CPT.

 

Many of you worry about wrinkling on your neck as the years tick by and don’t like the crepey appearance that occurs on this delicate skin. You may have friends who have had traditional plastic surgery to tighten sags and folds, but procedures as invasive as this are not always necessary. An aging neck presents numerous nonsurgical treatment options, all of which yield effective and safe results.

 

Definitive improvement is possible, with minimally invasive FDA-approved procedures that we perform routinely in our offices. One of the most popular is Thermage CPT, a thermal lift that yields dramatic results without recuperation and downtime. (You can return to your normal routine right away.) Using controlled radio frequency energy to tighten tissue and collagen, we can reduce skin laxity and wrinkles after just one treatment. Initial results are visible within a few weeks as tightening, smoothing and improved tone and texture are seen in the treated areas. The long-term results occur over time as the healthier collagen tightens and wrinkles lessen. Studies show that the results can last from several months to several years, depending upon the individual aging process. 

 

As with all of our treatments, a specific plan will be developed just for you, depending on your individual needs and concerns. Call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Next week, we’ll talk about another safe and effective procedure for your neck…Exilis Ultra 360.

 

See you soon.

And Now, Your Neck: Option 2 – Kybella

Last week, you heard about the radiofrequency microneedling treatment, Infini. This week, we’ll talk about Kybella, one of the latest nonsurgical options for an aging neck. Clearly, one of the most pressing cosmetic concerns for women and men, a wrinkling neck presents numerous treatment options, all of which yield effective and safe results.

 

Despite what you may have read about drinking extra water, doing neck exercises and rubbing retinoids into your skin, superficial efforts such as these really can’t reverse the signs of aging. Definitive improvement is possible, though, with minimally invasive FDA-approved procedures that we perform routinely in our offices.

 

In fact, I’m proud to be one of the first physicians in the area to offer Kybella, a nonsurgical treatment that slims and contours the area below and around your chin and neck. It’s the first and only FDA-approved treatment to reduce submental fullness, more commonly known as “double chin.” Submental fullness affects both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain. A double chin is often resistant to diet and exercise and can detract from a balanced facial appearance, resulting in an older and heavier look.

 

After a series of injections, the fat cells under your chin will be permanently destroyed. Once this happens, they can’t accumulate or store more fat, so your new thin contour is expected to remain over time. In the end, your double chin will be minimized, and lines and wrinkles will have been decreased.

 

As with all of our treatments, a specific plan will be developed just for you, depending on your individual needs and concerns. Call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Next week, we’ll talk about another safe and effective procedure for your neck…Thermage CPT.

 

See you soon.

And Now, Your Neck: Option 1 – Infini

It may not be the first place where you look for signs of aging, but once you notice it, it may become your biggest concern. The neck–and how it wrinkles and sags–produces all sorts of angst in both women and men.

 

You may be doing flexing and stretching exercises, lifting your head to the sky and pulsing your chin, and you may be slathering on one lotion after another, hoping to tighten what used to be beautiful smooth skin. Unfortunately, many of these techniques produce no results. They just make you feel that you are taking action.

 

Definitive improvement is possible, though. In the next few blogs, I’ll be telling you about several options for tightening the skin on your neck, all of which yield dramatic results.

 

First, there is Infini, a radiofrequency (RF) device that smooths wrinkles and firms and plumps skin that has been damaged by routine aging, overexposure to the sun or other stressful conditions. It requires little recuperation time while offering the results of a nonsurgical facelift. Also, it may be used on all types and colors of skin, even that which is dark or tanned.

 

Using a patented 3-dimensional wrinkle reduction technology system, Infini delivers focused heat energy beneath the skin (epidermis), where wrinkles originate. Through tiny microneedles, RF energy is placed precisely where it needs to go to boost the production of collagen, which is the support tissue that keeps skin looking youthful, full and smooth. The outer skin is left cool and untouched.

 

In the end, your neck will appear plump and elastic, and lines and wrinkles will be minimized.

 

As with all of our treatments, a specific plan will be developed just for you, depending on your individual needs and concerns. Call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Next week, we’ll talk about one of the latest procedures for your neck…Kybella.

 

See you soon.

 

Cosmetic Procedures, More Popular than Ever

The market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and lasers is expected to practically double in size between 2016 and 2022, according to iData Research, a pharmaceutical market research firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Estimates suggest that people will spend nearly $3 billion during that time, testament to the safe and effective results that cosmetic treatments provide.

 

I am excited by all of the possibilities that exist now and by the technological advancements that will continue to emerge. Take, for instance, the range of fillers that we now have to keep you looking your natural best. There are products for fine lines, deep lines, wrinkles around your nose and your mouth, hollowed areas of your cheeks and eyes, and even different ones for your hands. Some fillers add volume; some create structure. We have the ability to address different planes of the skin with different treatments. The options are numerous, and the ultimate effects are more subtle than ever.

 

When it comes to unwanted fat, we now can remove it with SmartLipo Triplex and also tighten skin afterwards with assorted lasers. In addition to popular areas such as the abdomen, love handles and thighs, we can also treat smaller areas like the chin, inner knees and ankles.

 

Advancements abound, and we are proud to offer you the latest state-of-the-art treatments as they arrive.

 

Meantime, remember to save the date for our upcoming Fall Beauty Seminar, where you’ll hear about the newest procedures, and see some of them in action. You’ll learn about Infini, the revolutionary nonsurgical treatment that dramatically reduces sagging skin and wrinkles on the neck. You’ll get to see a live Liquid Facelift treatment and a KYBELLA procedure that melts fat and reduces the “double chin.” You will even be able to “glimpse the new you” on our computer imaging system and take a peek at how restored and fresh you’ll look after treatment.

 

So, save THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th AT 6:00 PM, and come see us at the Atlantis Banquet & Events Seastar Ballroom, located next to the Long Island Aquarium at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead.  Free Valet Parking available. Register Online.

 

Portion of proceeds of the seminar to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® breast cancer organization.

 

See you soon.

Save the Date

Be sure to join me and my staff on Thursday, October 18 for our latest Fall Beauty Seminar. You’ll find out about the newest cosmetic procedures and discover how to look and feel your best–easily. Without surgery, downtime and the stress that comes with them, our revolutionary treatments have the capacity to transform how you feel about yourself.

 

I’ve always said that looking good is not only about looking good. It is about the power that your appearance has to affect your mood, your esteem and your happiness. As the world takes notice, you will, too, and it will feel wonderful.

 

At the seminar, we’ll be talking about many treatments, doing live demonstrations on real patients and showing you results with computer imaging. Specifically, you’ll learn about Infini, the revolutionary nonsurgical treatment that dramatically reduces sagging skin and wrinkles on the neck. Also, you’ll hear about KYBELLA, the latest fat-melting strategy for minimizing double chins, and even get to see one performed, along with a liquid facelift.

 

In short, if you want to know about what’s new in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, this is your chance to find out.  All attendees will receive free gifts and special discounts and drawings will be held for free procedures.

 

Call (631) 878-9200 to register. Don’t wait, as seating is limited.

 

When: Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm

Where: Atlantis Banquets and Events Sea Star Ballroom, 431 East Main St., Riverhead

(next to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center)

 

Wine and cheese will be served.

 

Neck News: Toss Those Scarves and Turtlenecks

Just as the skin on your face ages and endures the elements, the delicate neck area is prone to changes in color and tautness that many of us don’t like.

 

You may notice brown spots and pigmentation, particularly on the decolletage. Or, this chest area may appear red, blotchy or wrinkly, most often due to excessive exposure to the sun. Some people develop little lines or bands that run horizontally around the neck, and others have vertical cords (platysmal bands) that become prominent. Also, when collagen and elastin decreases over time, the skin on the neck may sag and look crepey.

 

At home, remember to moisturize and use SPF and retinol products, as you would on your face. If you are still not happy, come see us. We have many ways to help your neck look beautiful and more youthful.

 

SmartLipo Triplex: permanently removes fat by destroying fat cells and tightens the delicate skin on the neck

 

Kybella: dissolves submental fat permanently with injections and causes some skin contraction, too

 

Infini: tightens the neck and jowls using microneedling and radio frequency and reduces the crepiness, too

 

Thermage CPT: tightens skin on the neck and jowls, non-invasively

 

Exilis Ultra 360: tightens skin on the neck and jowls and reduces fat, non-invasively

 

Fraxel Repair: resurfaces and tightens the skin on the neck and jowls and reduces crepiness and hyperpigmentation (red and brown spots)

 

Call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll devise an individual treatment plan just for you.

 

See you soon.

 

What Do I Do With an Empty House? Come See Us

In the upcoming weeks, many of you will be sending your college kids back to campus, some of you for the first time. Whatever stage you find yourself in, the maiden launch or the latest of many, you’ll no doubt feel a mix of emotions. It is hard to see your children go, but that is, after all, what we want them to do.

 

Their independence gives you a bit more time to yourself, and why not direct your energies toward your own care and feeding. Moms are famous for living on the back burner. Now is a good time to ease yourself forward.

 

We offer many super-parent beauty treatments that are easy to accomplish, convenient and stress-free.

 

Here are a few conditions that you may be concerned about and treatments for helping you feel better about how you look:

• For unwanted fat: SmartLipo Triplex, Exilis Ultra 360
• For unwanted hair growth:Laser Hair Removal, IPL Hair Removal
• For loose skin: Infini, Thermage CPT, Exilis Ultra 360, Fraxel lasers, SmartLipo Triplex
• For brown spots: Fraxel DUAL laser, IPL (intense pulsed light), Diolite (KTP532) laser, chemical peels
• For cellulite: Cellulaze, Exilis Ultra 360
• For double chin: Kybella

 

Please call our office for a complimentary consultation. New seasons are a time for positive change, and we are ready to help you transform, physically and emotionally.

 

See you soon.

 

Beware the Dreaded Droop

It is not something that you write in your calendar: “Skin sagging, July 30.” It is something that creeps up over time, sneakily, until one day, you notice.

 

The skin that used to appear taut and firm has begun to droop. You know that your body’s production of collagen has slowed, but you didn’t realize what exactly this process would do. Collagen, the natural anchoring substance under the skin, gives you a youthful and lifted appearance. But as it depletes, whether by simple aging or hereditary and environmental factors, your skin may begin to sag. Combined with the gradual decrease in elastin, the material that provides suppleness and resilience, your skin loses its tension and spring.

 

No area of your body, it seems, is safe. You may experience sagging in the face, neck, eyelids, abdomen, arms, legs and buttocks. While no nonsurgical treatment can reverse the condition entirely, many can drastically improve your appearance. We offer safe and effective treatments that will help your skin look younger and tighter.

 

Here are a few:

 

Thermage CPT is a thermal lift that is particularly effective for reducing loose skin around the eyes.

 

Exilis Ultra 360 is a treatment that combines radiofrequency and ultrasound to offer maximum power and targeted control, so that we focus on only the areas that need help.

 

INFINI is a high-energy radiofrequency device that smooths wrinkles and plumps skin. It is also particularly helpful for minimizing acne scarring.

 

Fraxel Repair is a laser that works on reducing deep lines, hard-to-erase lip lines, pronounced photodamage, sagging face and neck skin, facial wrinkles and discolorations, age-related/sun-damaged rough skin texture, acne scars and surgical scars.

 

SmartLipo Triplex is a laser treatment that removes fat and tightens skin at the same time.

 

Kybella is a treatment that we use to minimize submental fat, more commonly known as the “double chin.”

 

If sagging skin is a concern for you, come in and talk with us about how we can help you feel better. Our consultations are complimentary, so call today to schedule an appointment.

 

See you soon.

 

 

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