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Have you been looking for a minimally invasive, non-surgical method to tighten and lift your skin? Dr. Zimmet is now offering Ultherapy®, a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses sound waves instead of scalpels to improve the youthfulness of your skin.

Ultherapy® is a cutting-edge medical treatment that utilizes focused ultrasound energy to tighten and lift skin, and to promote the growth of new collagen. Collagen acts as a support for your skin, keeping it firm so as to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. The Ultherapy® handheld applicator allows for direct, precise targeted treatment. It is able to deliver treatment energy to a level deeper than possible with laser or radiofrequency devices such as Thermage.

Since Ultherapy® is non-surgical, you can resume normal activities immediately.

Ultherapy® is an excellent solution for anyone seeking a non-invasive treatment to tighten and lift their skin. If you’re interested in learning more about Ultherapy®, contact Zimmet Vein and Dermatology today.

When aging cells stop dividing and producing new cells, they build up and promote aging in adjacent cells. However, what happens when the aging, or senescent, cells are efficiently cleared from the body? According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, removing the senescent cells could slow the body’s aging process, resulting in tighter, wrinkle-free skin.

The researchers used two groups of mice and treated one group starting in their youth and treated the other after they aged. The treatment destroyed the senescent cells, which caused them to be discharged from the body. Both groups experienced fewer cataracts, less muscle loss, and less wrinkle-causing fat loss, especially in the group that had been “pre-treated.” According to the researchers, removing the living cells that had stopped dividing allowed for the healthy, reproducing cells to flourish. Additionally, removing senescent cells decreased levels of harmful build-up and inflammation produced by the cells.

All bodies produce senescent cells, but in old age, more are produced and the body does not remove the cells as fast. Many scientists believe that senescent cells are responsible for many aspects of aging. If this is the case, the research could help develop new anti-aging procedures that treat and remove senescent cells.

Though the report is certainly exciting news, Dr. Zimmet advises that his patients only engage in procedures that are approved by the FDA. If you would like to discuss options for smoothing wrinkles or lessening the effects of aging, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

With all the pricey anti-aging creams and serums available on the market, new research shows that the best things you can do to keep your skin youthful are also the most inexpensive things: don’t smoke, and don’t tan.

The chemicals in cigarettes prevent collagen re-growth, decreasing skin tautness and creating wrinkles. And if a smoker is spending too much time in the sun, they are ten times more likely to develop wrinkles in their 20s and 30s than individuals who avoid tobacco and protect themselves against the sun’s rays.

Many young adults choose to be “proactive” about wrinkle prevention by investing in expensive over-the-counter creams. However, in most cases, that approach is as effective as throwing money down the drain–especially if the consumer is a smoker or doesn’t wear sunscreen. Over-the-counter creams that aren’t FDA approved may not be effective, and young non-smokers with undamaged skin should already produce healthy collagen and peptides. Buying over-the-counter anti-aging serums could put a dent in your wallet and trigger acne production.

If you’re a young adult in your twenties and are interested in improving your skin health, avoid anti-aging creams and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmet today.

Need another reason to stay out of the tanning bed? Here’s one: recently, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study concluding that the type of UV rays delivered by tanning beds (UVA1) penetrate layers of skin cells that are particularly vulnerable to developing cancerous mutations. The research is published as several states ban tanning for minors and place restrictions on frequency of use, citing health concerns.

The study compared UVA1 rays that are used by tanning beds with UVB rays that are emitted by the sun. Both are dangerous to the skin, but the study found that UVA1 rays penetrated the skin deeper and caused potentially cancerous lesions. The lesions are very slow to heal, so frequent tanners are particularly at risk; damage can build up and accumulate, increasing the likelihood of skin cancer exponentially. Additionally, since UVA1 rays penetrate skin deeper, they’re often called “aging rays,” because they create more wrinkles. One researcher compared indoor tanning to smoking–it’s one of the main causes of skin cancer, and completely avoidable.

In order to maintain healthy skin, we recommend that you avoid use of tanning beds and wear both sunscreen and protective clothing in the sun. If you’re concerned about your skin health or any abnormal moles or skin spots, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today to make an appointment.

Remember our post about “Vampire Face Lifts”? This new procedure involves taking a small sample of the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrufage to produce platelet-rich plasma, which is made up of protein growth factors instrumental in wound healing. When the platelet-rich plasma is injected into skin, boosting the production of collagen leading to thicker and less saggy skin.

After careful research, Dr. Zimmet has decided to offer a cutting-edge dual treatment combination: BioEssence Therapy. The procedure utilizes both ENDYMED™ 3DEEP radio frequency technology as well as platelet-rich plasma to rejuvenate sun-damaged skin.

The procedure combines the plasma procedure with ENDYMED™ 3DEEP technology, which uses radio frequency to heat the skin’s dermis. The waves promote tightening of collagen bundles and generation of new collagen. Following 3DEEP, Dr. Zimmet injects the platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to boost tissue remodeling and regeneration.

If you’ve been looking for an effective way to smooth skin and reduce wrinkles, contact Dr. Zimmet today and ask about BioEssence Therapy!

When most people think of being wrinkle-free, their main concern is aesthetics. However, new research show that more wrinkles can be an indication of poor bone density. The study, part of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, measured the amount and depth of wrinkles in certain areas of the body, and compared them with the bone density of the patients studied. The result was a noticeable association between fewer wrinkles and healthier bones. A lower bone density puts individuals at a higher risk for fractures and osteoporosis. The researchers did not identify the cause of the relationship between wrinkles and bone density, though they suspect it has to do with levels of collagen proteins in the body. While the utility of the results is disputed, perhaps the results of the study will encourage more patients to get their bone densities checked.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, but sometimes it’s the least protected. Those painful sunburns from long summer days at the beach are uncomfortable, wrinkle-causing, and dangerous, but attaining good sunscreen habits can also feel like a chore. Even a quick glance at the sunscreen section of the grocery store can be exhausting: Waterproof or “sport” sunscreen? How much SPF do I need? What is SPF, anyway?  Further, SPF has nothing to do with UVA protection.  SPF gives information about protection from UVB rays. However, UVA rays are just as bad if not worse.  UVA rays cause skin cancer and skin aging.

Luckily, the Food and Drug Administration recently revealed a new set of rules for sunscreen manufacturers to go into effect in 2012. The guidelines are intended mainly to protect sunscreen customers, banning the advertisement of “sunblock,” “waterproof” sunscreen, or sunscreen with SPF 50+. For the first time, the FDA will have an industry-wide test procedure to measure a product’s UVA protection relative to its UVB protection. Products that pass the FDA test may be labeled as Broad Spectrum and their SPF value indicates the amount of overall protection.The new regulations will also ban sunscreen manufacturers from advertising with the phrase “broad spectrum” unless the product protects against UVB and UVA rays. Furthermore, sunscreen bottles will clearly display how long the sunscreen works (either 40 or 80 minutes), encouraging users to re-apply often.

If you’re having trouble choosing a sunscreen that works for you, try following these guidelines:

  • Don’t pay extra for SPF above 50. The FDA has reported that SPF above 50 provides negligible benefits. Reapplying regularly is more important than a sky-high SPF.
  • SPF 30 will protect you from most harmful UV rays.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen is important to protect you against UVA and UVB rays, both of which are cancer-causing.
  • Regardless if your sunscreen is waterproof, water-resistant, or “sport” sunscreen, you need to reapply at least once every two hours, and more if you’re swimming or sweating profusely.

Soon, eliminating expression lines/wrinkles may require no more than a drop in temperature. A new alternative to Botox® and Dysport based on chilling nerves to promote relaxation was recently presented at a meeting for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Grapevine, Texas. The technology, called “cryoneuromodulation,” has not yet been approved by the FDA, but some believe it may be as safe and effective as Botox® .

The technique, introduced in a study by Myoscience, Inc., may have similarities to Botox® : the results last about three to four months, the procedure is quick and involves a few needle pricks, and the patient’s wrinkles and lines diminish. However, rather than injecting Botulinum toxin, the new technology uses probes to freeze nerves in the forehead area. After the procedure, the patient’s forehead returns to normal temperature, but the affected nerves are temporarily “injured.” The cold disrupts the nerve signals and causes the muscles to relax, which makes wrinkles substantially less visible. After the three to four months the cryoneuromodulation is in effect, the nerves should return to their former state.

Some believe that the technology will eventually become as popular as Botox® . The researchers claim that cryoneuromodulation has immediate results, whereas Botox® results become visible after a few days. However, the real selling point of the technology is that, unlike Botox® and Dysport, cryoneuromodulation doesn’t use the Botulinum toxin. Though Botulinum toxin was approved in 2002 by the FDA for cosmetic procedure usage, some people are bothered by the idea of injecting a neurotoxin into their body. Cryoneuromodulation could be a viable alternative for people who want to smooth lines and wrinkles without the injection of chemicals.

Though many dermatologists have expressed excitement over the new technology, the FDA will have the final say regarding approval of cryomodulation. The possibility that the procedure could cause permanent nerve damage is still up for debate, but some researchers and dermatologists are calling the new procedure “promising.”  Before long, a wrinkle-free forehead could be only a freeze away.

Cryoneuromodulation vs. Botox®

  • More natural for the body – no botulism toxin
  • Cold disrupts the nerve signals and causes the muscle to relax
  • Results may last the same timeframe as Botox®

Potential advantages of Botox®

  • Proven track record of safety and efficacy when properly used
  • Very quick and easy to undergo with virtually no recovery
  • Very versatile- used for forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet, mouth frown, and other areas

Cautions about Cryoneuromodulation

  • New technologies are often received with a very positive bias by physicians conducting the research, companies marketing a product, and patients looking for the latest.
  • Complications of a new treatment may not be fully recognized until a large number of patients are treated
  • Cryoneuromodulation may be more painful than Botox®
  • Thermal-based nerve injury may have a higher risk of injury to surrounding tissue than Botox®

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As of February 2011, the unemployment rate for adult men was 8.7%.  With more male candidates fighting over fewer job opportunities, landing work in today’s economy is more than a resume boasting professional experience and a college degree. Economists Daniel Hamermesh and Jeff Biddle discovered that attractive men and women enjoy hourly earnings 5% higher than those with average looks in a paper entitled, “Beauty and the Labour Market”.  Simply put, looking good pays.

In 2010, 1.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men according to a recent report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  The number of cosmetic procedures is up 2% from 2009 and experts believe fierce job market competition is driving men to seek everything from Botox® to chemical peels to Ultrashape.  Men in their forties, fifties, and sixties are getting passed over for job raises that are going to their younger colleagues.

Below are the five most popular male minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for 2010:

1. Botox® (337,000)

2. Laser Hair Removal (165,000)

3. Microdermabrasion (158,000)

4. Chemical Peel (90,000)

5. Soft Tissue Fillers (78,000)

Males account for 5-10% of patients Dr. Zimmet sees each year, with the number of visits growing.  The top reasons male patients seek out Dr. Zimmet are Botox® and pulsed light rejuvenation.

Women are quick to forget that men, too, are judged by their appearance and physique.  Whether a trimmer waistline, a wrinkle-free forehead, or a rejuvenated face, a more youthful appearance has been proven to boost a man’s salary level, self-esteem, and love life.

Photo:  Noii

Women are increasingly initiating Botox® treatments at an earlier age.  It’s not uncommon for women in their twenties or thirties to seek treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the brow area.  What’s the reason behind younger women visiting the cosmetic dermatologist?  Blackberry Botox® .  It’s a new term referring to the rise in women seeking Botox® treatments due to overuse of mobile phones.

The pervasive use of smartphones means women are spending more and more time squinting at smaller screens to browse the latest celebrity gossip, watch YouTube videos, check Facebook news feeds or read text messages.  Focusing on small text on Blackberry, iPhone, or Android screens for extended periods of time builds tension in the facial muscles, typically resulting in premature wrinkling.

Cosmetic dermatologists are divided over Blackberry Botox® .  Some feel it’s premature for young women to get Botox® while others feel that a light Botox® treatment (approximately 15 to 20 units) does wonders to erase crows feet as well as fine surface lines around the brow and forehead.

Dr. Zimmet treats patients in their twenties and thirties, provided they have no contraindications and understand the potential benefits, risks and alternatives.  Botox® not only improves women’s appearance but helps prevent the worsening of lines over time.  In his experience, Botox® is very well tolerated with significant side effects being very rare.

Geek Squad’s Stephanie Albertina provided some tips to help women prevent the mobile phone wrinkle blues:

1. Take a break – It’s important to put down or at least glance up from your smartphone regularly so that your eyes can rest. Though squinting is necessary when using a smartphone, taking time to relax your eyes can significantly reduce this new type of strain on your facial muscles.

2. Turn the light down low – Too much light and contrast can have cause you to narrow the eyes to take in the brightness; a no-no for fresh-looking eye contours. Combat the dreaded ‘crow’s feet’ effect by dimming the screen in your ‘settings’ options – and see how low you can go on the light emission. The less, the better (as a bonus, this will also help preserve your phone’s battery life!)

3. Enlarge the text – If you find yourself struggling to read the small text on your smartphone and holding it so close you wrinkle your nose so much it hurts, just enlarge the text by simply going to your settings and altering the text size. Also, the zoom function can be a fantastic thing.  Use it to focus in on images on your device so you can see much more clearly and avoid pulling the inner eye.

4. Looking after your eyes – If you can bear it, spend less time glued to your iPhone or Blackberry. During this timeout, take some deep breaths to relax the face into a more natural expression, and gently  massage the area around the eyes.  It’s a simple thing that can make a big difference to preventing those lines that starts subtly, but can get deeper and more pronounced. Not only will your face be serene looking, you will feel more serene – and in a much better state to deal with any inbox horrors.

5. Don’t forget to smile! If you are experiencing stress from being constantly attached to your smartphone, just think about the potentially negative effect this is having on your youthful appearance. Then, take some time to do something to relieve the tension, like playing on a fun app, like TomCat or Angry Birds; this will help relax your face, soften your expression and prevent long term frown lines.

Photo:  Ed Yourdon

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