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Flawless Skin For The Holidays


For worry lines and crow’s feet, nothing beats injectables like Botox for a smoother, younger looking face. Results are realized within five to seven days and last about three to six months.


Marionette lines, scars, and areas that have lost volume and collagen can be handled with fillers such as Juve- derm, HylaForm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Restylane. How to choose the right filler for you?

First, “find a doctor [you] trust, and ultimately let the doc decide,” said Anna D. Guanche, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon specializing in cosmetic procedures in Calabasas, California. “It should be someone with proper training, an artistic eye, and experience. An experienced and established injector will have a variety [of fillers] to choose from and will guide you based on your skin thickness, goals, upcoming events, and budget.”


Fraxel lasers help with erasing fine to medium lines, improving skin texture, and brightening your skin, explained Nancy Kim, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Spectrum Dermatology in Scottsdale, Arizona. IPL (IntensePulsed Light) lasers help with darker or tough pigmentation issues and even out your skin tone.


Peels, such as the Jessner peel, are less expensive and less invasive treatment options—but don’t discount their potent ability. “The Jessner peel is a smooth, even peel with beautiful results and virtually no downtime,” said Guanche,who does a Jessner peel once a month on her own face.


Bella FX harnesses radio frequency introduced into the dermis with microneedles. “Almost anyone is a good candidate, and it’s safe and effective in tightening the skin,reducing pore size, and minimizing broken capillaries,”said Guanche.


Aquagold is a first-of-its kind treatment that boasts 24K hypoallergenic, gold-plated needles that inject Botox and filler at the same time in micro doses all over the skin, making the skin look smooth and airbrushed. “Aquagold is the perfect procedure for the holidays!” Guanche said. “My patients say it is the facial that lasts forever.”


Most people know Botox is great for those lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, and between the brows, but did you know that it can help make your neck look smoother and younger? “Botox can help with vertical pull

lines, tiny muscles that we no longer use,” explained Anna D. Guanche, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon specializing in cosmetic procedures in Calabasas, Calif. “When no longer contracting, they lay flat, providing a neck that looks smoother.”


November has been designated as National Healthy Skin Month by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Here are a few skin facts from the AAD—some fun and some a little weird.

  • The average adult has approximately 16 to 22 square feet of skin, which weighs around 20 pounds on average

  • Skin accounts for about 15 percent of your body weight

  • The skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutis

  • Skin is thickest on the palms and soles, and thinnest on the eyelids

  • Your skin completely renews itself every 28 days by constantly shedding dead cells

  • Skin sheds around 30,000 cells per minute

  • A large part of the dust in your home is actually made up of dead skin cells

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