New decade, new you. And thanks to the wonders of modern science and technology, it’s not just a catch phrase. Exciting innovations and improvements in laser therapies, cosmetic injectables, and in-office treatments make reinvention via beauty an attainable reality. The magic of filters and Photoshop aside, your favorite celebs, models, and influencers don’t just “wake up like this”―they’ve definitely been blessed by the plastic surgeon and cosmetic derm’s wand. Here, everything you need to know straight from the cutting-edge experts who keep the beautiful people looking even more beautiful.
LASERS and RADIOFREQUENCY
PICOSECOND LASER RESURFACING
Picosecond technology is ideal for skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal, and improving acne scars. “We helped develop the very first version, the PicoSure laser, which can be used for tattoo and pigment removal as well as for collagen enhancement,” Dr. Robert Anolik of Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York tells CR. “Picosecond laser resurfacing is wonderful for people needing no-downtime collagen rejuvenation. And the new wavelengths might be more helpful for people with different skin tones, both lighter and darker.” A quick glance at Dr. Anolik’s Instagram shows the likes of numerous models and TV personalities in his practice waiting to get beamed up―model Jessica Hart, for example, appears on video receiving the PicoSure Laser Treatment to build collagen stimulation and boost radiance.
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“We are seeing a huge wave in radiofrequency with microneedling technology, and the Vivace is amazing for treating fine lines and wrinkles, skin tightening, acne, acne scarring, texture, and pore improvement with minimal downtime,” says Dr. Rita Linkner of Spring Street Dermatology. “With the Vivace, the addition of red and blue LED technology has made the anti-acne and brightening effects apparent in a quicker time frame.” Delivering radiofrequency through microneedles entering the skin at very precise depths allows for better control of how much skin damage you’re causing in order to stimulate new collagen growth and remodel skin tone, texture, and laxity.
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“EMTONE is the most advanced cellulite treatment on the market, a first-of-its-kind, non-invasive treatment to improve the appearance of dimpling on the skin,” says Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, Chief Medical Officer and Founder of the PFRANKMD Brand. “Utilizing a revolutionary combination of powerful thermal radiofrequency and targeted pressure energy, it’s the only device that addresses all five causes of cellulite with no downtime and immediately visible results.” It can be used on all body types with no BMI or skin color restrictions, and is best for targeting the buttocks, posterior and outer thighs, and abdomen. Initial treatments are performed within a two-week period, and with maintenance treatments spaced out three to six months for continued results.
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The makers of Botox are developing a new neuromodulator that has a very quick onset, but is short-lived. “It will be a great option for first timers who want to test out the effects before committing to a product that will last for several months,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.“ Think of it like temporary hair color versus semi-permanent color. And it will be especially useful for people who need a last-minute treatment before a big event.”
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Daxi is a new botulinum toxin being developed by Revance Therapeutics that has the advantage of giving more prolonged results, for at least six months. “While current botulinum toxins are effective, their effects typically last only three to five months,” continues Dr. Zeichner. “This treatment will give patients longer lasting results which means fewer trips to the office and less discomfort overall.”
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“This filler is currently used in Europe and has a very high concentration of hyaluronic acid, allowing it to lift more than other fillers,” says Dr. Zeichner. “It’s designed as a structural filler gel to improve the definition of the chin and jawline.” It utilizes a similar Vycross technology as Juvéderm Voluma and Volbella, which can provide for a longer lasting effect, even up to 18 months, and produce a more natural look.
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Enhancing existing treatments within microneedling strategies is super beneficial for addressing stubborn lines. “One of the best options is our use of customized blends of both [Botox and filler] within the Aquagold Microneedling strategy where which the material can pass down the needles and blend into the surfacing skin,” says Dr. Anolik. “This is very helpful for fine lines and pores. And the Botox is often blended in because there is evidence to support it not only helps relax muscles that create lines on our face, but it may also help promote collagen and elastic fiber quality to help reduce those texture issues when the face is at rest.”
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“Subnovii, a wrinkle eraser device, will be one of the hottest and exciting technologies for 2020,” says Dr. Frank. The first FDA-approved plasma pen, this unique device offers a patented wavelength and power combination that works to erase wrinkles, tighten skin, and remove benign lesions safely and effectively. “With the ability to treat small localized areas, the Subnovii enables us to treat skin safely without the need for other laser-based technologies that would otherwise require full face treatments, more extensive anesthesia and prolonged recoveries,” says Dr. Frank. “Subnovii will benefit those who suffer with crepe-y wrinkles, and those who are seeking non-surgical, minimally invasive options.”
A NEW LIP FILLER
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“A new filler is currently being developed by Galderma, the makers of Restylane,” says Dr. Zeichner. “Developed specifically for use in the lips, its characteristics provide a balance between plumping, filling, and flexibility. This new filler will use the same type of XpresHAn Technology found in products like Restylane Refyne and Defyne, and will have a consistency somewhere in between the two.”
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“I'm fairly excited at the prospect of dermal microcoring. We are participants in the clinical trials, so can't say much yet, but we are proud to be key contributors to the development of most groundbreaking dermatology technologies in our research department, and I believe this is one of them,” says Dr. Anolik. While not yet FDA-approved, the doctor explains that the concept is the ability to core out, or cut out, a fraction of a millimeter without leaving a scar. And doing this thousands of times in a treatment allows for tightening of the skin surface. “I’m hopeful it will be helpful for patients battling skin laxity and acne scarring, and one more step toward the reduced need for facelifts.”
Here’s to looking more well rested, refreshed, and tighter all over.