Something to keep in mind as we watch the 2012 Summer Olympics!
Yes, it's true. Kim Kardashian has gorgeous skin. Being that she is 31 and has a seemingly limitless amount of resources to keep her face a flawless canvas, no one should be surprised by this fact. But that doesn't mean we don't want to know exactly which products and procedures she is doing to get her skin looking its absolute best, as many a starlet has the means she does, but not quite the complexion.
Well, the cat's out of the bag. She recently told Oprah that she frequently gets Fraxel laser treatments to keep her skin glowing and line-free. She's not the first to admit love for this fractional laser that resurfaces the skin. Jennifer Aniston and Ellen Barker also openly fawn over the treatment, and for good reason. It provides dramatic improvement in the skin with very little downtime (aka stars don't have to hide behind closed doors for up to two weeks like they used to with non-fractionating lasers).
The Fraxel re:pair CO2 laser is a favorite among dermatologist and plastic surgeons alike. "What I love about Fraxel is that it can improve multiple skin issues at once," says Seattle, WA, dermatologist Jennifer Reichel. "It treats spotting, wrinkling, mild jowling and gives us a great foundation to work with so that when we do injectable treatments, the results look even better.”
Patients can see the difference they want after a single treatment and "it's unique in that on a microscopic level, it is basically ablative, so it tends to offer the best of both worlds, a shorter down time with same results as an ablative laser," says Dr. Reichel.
It costs anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for continued session and patients are usually advised to do multiple treatments to get Kim Kardashian-worthy results.
LightSheer® DUET™ Laser Hair Removal Becoming Go-To Summer Treatment, Reports Dr. Jennifer Reichel
Founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a growing number of patients “prepping for summer” with laser hair removal.
Prominent dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Reichel, is seeing a significant new trend at her thriving Seattle practice: more patients choosing laser hair removal for summertime. Utilizing the “gold standard” in permanent hair reduction, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center offers the cutting-edge LightSheer® DUET™ laser.
“Summer is the time we’re hitting the pool, wearing lighter clothing, and out and about for the world to see,” explains Dr. Reichel. “It’s no surprise that laser hair removal would see such a boom this time of year.” Unlike older hair-removal methods like waxing and depilatories, laser hair removal uses special light energy to permanently reduce hair.
“And, since it is summer, patients are looking to treat areas that will be visible at the pool and the beach,” notes Dr. Reichel. “This includes the underarms, the bikini area and the legs.” Other common sites for laser hair removal include the face, the neck, the arms and the back.
Asked to speculate on the particular popularity of the LightSheer DUET, Dr. Reichel offered a few possibilities. “For one, the DUET uses a special vacuum technology that gently draws the skin into the handpiece, making the procedure more efficient for all skin types,” explains Dr. Reichel. “Moreover, the DUET completely eliminates the need for topical anesthetics and messy gels.”
When asked about the future of laser hair removal, Dr. Reichel was optimistic. “Unwanted hair doesn’t just look unattractive, but it can affect a person’s confidence and self esteem,” explains Dr. Reichel. “Now, we have the technology to remove and permanently reduce that hair quickly, easily and comfortably. I can only predict the LightSheer DUET growing even more popular going forward.”
About Dr. Reichel
Dr. Jennifer Reichel is the founder and director of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle. As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Reichel has advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, liposuction, facial rejuvenation, eyelid lifts, BOTOX®, tissue fillers and lasers. Dr. Reichel is also fully trained in leg vein treatment.
After attending the University of Colorado for both her undergraduate degree and her doctorate of medicine, she then underwent residency training in dermatology at the University of Washington. This was followed by a postgraduate fellowship in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Reichel is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), The American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), and the Seattle and Washington Dermatologic Societies.
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center can be reached at 206-859-5777 or https://www.pacificdermcenter.com/
Hi “Mansome”? A New Documentary Highlights the Explosion of Men’s Grooming Market
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Will Arnett (30 Rock) have teamed up in a new documentary called “Mansome” which explores the funny world of men's grooming. But men’s grooming is actually no joke. Major brands are rolling out “for men only” products and creating “dedicated men sections” in their stores to capitalize on this growing market.
Male skincare in particular has become one of the beauty industry's fastest-growing sectors as more men accept the fact that it’s ok to have a grooming routine. According to market research firm NPD Group, about 1 in 4 men use some sort of facial skin-care product - facial wash, moisturizer, lip balm or eye cream.
Cleansing and moisturizing are an important first step but in our practice we are seeing a growing trend among our male patients for anti-aging solutions – award-winning serums from Skinceuticals, wrinkle-relaxers such as Botox & Dysport, and long lasting fillers such as Restylane, Perlane & Radiesse - all to address those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. And these patients range in age - younger male professionals looking to get a head start on the aging process to more mature males who want to re-evaluate their grooming habits now that they have started to experience the signs of aging – grey hair, hair loss, and wrinkles.
With summer upon us, it’s a great time to take the plunge. Not sure where to start?
Give us a call at (206) 859-5777 and one of our experienced physicians can walk you through all the options. And remember Father’s Day is June 17th – a gift certificate is a great option for the husband, father or brother who may need a little motivation to get started.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and L’Oréal said Monday they will collaborate on a $1.2 million research project funded by the cosmetic giant that is aimed at testing 20 chemicals critical in manufacturing cosmetic products in order to create alternatives to traditional animal-based toxicity tests.
The new research project, unveiled at a news conference at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in San Francisco, follows an initial smaller collaboration the EPA did with L’Oréal in 2007 and is directed at the potential impact chemicals have on processes in the human body that lead to adverse health effects, said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
Blumenfeld said the EPA has to date tested 1,000 of the 80,0000 chemicals produced worldwide.
“It is amazing that there are about 80,000 chemicals in production worldwide,” said Blumenfeld. “We have very little information on them, so in an effort to move away from animal testing as the main way of determining the response of chemicals and what they will likely be on humans, we created a computer prediction model called ToxCast.”
The EPA launched the computer model and chemical toxicity forecaster in 2007 to test the impact of chemicals on the human body, Blumenfeld said in a phone interview.
So far, the federal government has spent more than $30 million to develop the computer model and test the safety of chemicals, he said.
One of the objectives in partnering with L’Oréal is to determine whether the ToxCast can be used in systemic toxicity tests. L’Oréal is also providing “robust safety data” from a set of chemicals in the cosmetics sector that will expand the types of chemicals assessed by the system.
Laurent Attal, executive vice president at L’Oréal research and innovation, said the company has invested in animal-free toxicology research for more than 30 years.
“Our new L’Oréal Predictive Evaluation Center’s activity is based on new-generation tests, using reconstructed human tissues and automated platforms and will help us to predict earlier the safety of substances for our products,” Attal said.
Patricia Pineau, scientific communications director at L’Oréal, said at the news conference that L’Oréal has invested roughly $800 million in finding new science and technology to replace animal testing over the decades.
“The ToxCast program is really something powerful for what we are requiring” to fully replace animal testing, Pineau said. “The factual data [it provides] we hope will validate the fact that ToxCast will be really one of the tools we need to have in order to end animal testing for chemical toxicology in particular for the cosmetics industry.”
The European Union instituted an animal-testing ban on finished cosmetics products in 2004, followed by a ban on animal testing on ingredients in 2009 and a final ban on marketing animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients in those cosmetics by March 2013. Pineau stressed that L’Oréal committed to moving away from animal testing on finished cosmetics in 1989. “There is a reason large companies still do animal testing, because up until this point, computer models haven’t been sophisticated enough to replace it,” Blumenfeld said. “We hope that ToxCast can finally be that model.”
Blumenfeld said once the testing is done on the computer model, the findings will be made public and will not have to be analyzed again by other companies.
Unfortunately, we see this happen too often in Hollywood. Most recently, we've noticed it on Ashley Judd, who, though not having noticeably gained weight in any other part of her body, inexplicably has a puffy, swollen-looking face. She has a case of the "fat" face. While we don't know for fact whether Judd has had injections of fat or filler into her face, her puffed-up cheeks and chin would imply she's had too much of something.
Fat and fillers are a good way to add volume to the face in anti-aging efforts, but if either is used over aggressively in too large amounts, you end up with an unnatural look. Also, if filler is injected into the apples of the cheeks, not above the cheekbones, or filler is injected over and over in a short amount of time, the result can be "chipmunky" or leave you with a pillowy and doughy face.
So how can the side effects be avoided? "The physician must be judicious in the volume injected and meticulous in technique. Patients should stay at a steady weight too, as if you take in more calories than you burn, any transplanted fat may grow," says New York plastic surgeon Sherrell J. Aston, MD.