December 2007 Blog Archive
Monday, December 31, 2007
Best Skin Care Stories of 2007
As the year comes to an end, let's take a moment to look back at some of the best news, stories and tips that were reported on in 2007:
Celebrity Stories: We're always interested in hearing about which celebrities are doing what for their skin treatments. In January we learned some of J. Lo's skin secrets. Also early in the year we learned about Brangelina's acne concerns and Marcia Cross's work with skin cancer awareness. In more recent months, we have focused on celebrity botox including that done by men like Christian Slater and Simon Cowell.
Botox Stories: Botox hasn't just made the headlines when celebrities have used it. It's also been featured in a number of other reports. These include Botox theft, Botox for earlobes and Botox for charity.
LipoDissolve Stories: One of the most popular new treatments being done by skin care doctors today is the weight loss treatment called LipoDissolve. We saw some myths about it get dispelled, some people report on its success and rumors that Britney Spears was using it to trim up.
Other recent favorites: Some of the other top stories reported on recently were info on skin care charities, books about skin care treatments, and tips for throwing a rejuvenation treatment party.
Look forward to more skin care news and gossip in 2008 - starting tomorrow!
Question of the Day: What was your favorite 2007 skin care rejuvenation story?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Resolve to Start 2008 With a Fresh Face
Are you one of those people who sits down and makes a list of New Year's Resolutions? Are you also one of those people who has lost the list (and lost sight of your goals) by the time that Martin Luther king Jr. Day rolls around? If so, you might want to change your strategy.
The problem with most people when it comes to New Year's Resolutions is that they think too big. They're dissatisfied with their appearance so they vow to go to the gym every day, eat only carrots and lose thirty pounds in the first month. These impossible goals make it difficult to achieve any measure of success which causes most people to feel like they've failed in their resolutions. For that reason, many people stop making them altogether.
The key to making New Year's Resolutions that you'll actually keep is to make ones that aren't difficult. Then you need to break them down into steps to make them even easier to achieve. By doing this, you set yourself up for success which leads to the achievement of bigger goals down the line.
One thing that you can resolve to do this year is to figure out ways to freshen up your skin. We go out into the world each day and show our face to people. When that face is beautiful, we feel our best. This allows us to act and react more confidently and to better climb our own ladders of success. Resolve to start taking better care of your skin today. Make a plan that includes steps like finding a skin care doctor, sorting through your options and starting your first treatment. These easy-to-accomplish goals will set the stage for a fresh new year.
Leave the gym to the gym bunnines. Focus on getting your face freshened up. You can concern yourself with the diet next year.
Question of the Day: Which skin care treatment appeals most to you?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hypocrisy in Reporting: Are Botox and Steroids are the Same Thing?
There was an interesting commentary article published recently in the Huffington Post. It takes a look at the use of steroids and Human Growth Hormone by athletes, a topic of hot debate among many people today. You can read the entire article here. However, the point that's really fascinating is that the author draws a comparison between the use of skin care treatments and plastic surgery by reporters to the use of steroids by baseball players.
The author writes:
"I especially enjoy it when the commentators themselves have obviously had eye jobs, botox injections, follicular implants to enhance and prolong their careers under the unforgiving lens of HDTV."
This is a really interesting take on the choices that are made in any professional career. After all, each of us does things in our line of work to improve how others perceive us. For baseball players, it's performance-enhancing drugs. For sports commentators on television, it's a little help from Botox. We all want to look younger, fresher, stronger ... and we do what we can to make that happen.
The argument against these two things being the same is, of course, that looking better doesn't help the individual do his or her job. Steroids actually enhance performance. Better looks only boost confidence, an important - but tangential - means of doing your work better. So they aren't exactly the same. But they're similar.
Question of the Day: Are reporters who use appearance-enhancing services being hypocritical when criticizing athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The Role of Skin Care in the Presidential Election
When it comes to voting for the president, decisions should be made based on policies and performance. However, this is no idealistic world and we judge our politicians based on the same traits that we judge everyone else. Policies and performance are just pieces of a package deal. We also care about their eloquence and their appearance.
In some elections, this isn't as big of a deal as it is in others. However, it's a matter of importance in the upcoming election as a result of the fact that Hillary Clinton is a serious contender for president. Where there are women, there are concerns about appearance. Just take a look at this recent article for more information about how Hillary's appearance has been picked apart by ogling eyes. (Sneak peek: some say she needs Botox.)
One of the main issues of concern over Hillary is whether or not she looks "too old". Although we expect our politicians to be of a certain age, we don't necessarily want them to look like they're headed to the nursing home. Think it's only a problem for the gals? Think back to JFK and you might think again. Although it doesn't always hold true, we're a country that wants our president to look like he (or she) can play the part.
Skin care rejuvenation can play a terrific role in boosting the appearance of any professional, including the president. When you take care to improve the appearance of your skin, you help yourself to look younger and healthier. It simply looks like you care about taking care of yourself. A president who can't take care of himself (or herself) doesn't exude the confident sentiment that he (or she) can take care of the country.
Question of the Day: Are Hillary's looks important to you?
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Skin Care Charities
You love going to your skin care rejuvenation doctor. You're happy to spend the money on treatments ranging from laser hair removal to Botox injections. You believe that the benefits you receive from feeling better about your skin's appearance are well worth the cost that comes out of your pocket. But what about those people who can't afford to get skin care rejuvenation treatments?
Sure, dermal fillers are no necessity. But there are people out there who are suffering from skin conditions and who could greatly benefit from being able to receive treatments that allow them to take care of the problems that they have. After all, we always do better in life if we can put our best face forward.
This holiday season, you might consider giving to a charity that can assist these people in getting the treatments that you so often take for granted. Here are a few examples of charities that you might consider:
- American Skin Association. This organization helps in all areas of skin disorder including skin cancers.
- Scleroderma Foundation. Scleroderma is a skin disease that causes redness of the skin and other issues. This foundation helps treat it.
- Acne.org. This is a peer support group for people suffering from acne, a condition which many people think is only for teens but which plagues adults across the nation.
If you're more interested in giving a gift that gives back to you, you could do some research into donating money to funding research for the development of new skin care rejuvenation procedures. In this way, your dollars help yourself while you help others.
Question of the Day: Are you familiar with any other skin care charities that are worth noting here?
Monday, December 24, 2007
Don't Forget Your Skin Care Doctor This Christmas
It's Christmas Eve and you're running through your mental list of the people that you bought gifts for. You're pretty sure that you took care of everyone that was important to you this year. After all, that last-minute stop at your skin care rejuvenation specialist's office let you get a bunch of great gift certificates and knock tons of people off that list.
Ouch. You just realized that you were so busy buying those gift certificates that you didn't even remember to wish a Merry Christmas to your skin care rejuvenation specialist. How could you have been so careless? You spend a significant amount of your time with this person who beautifies your life.
It's not too late.
Your doctor wasn't expecting anything from you this holiday season anyway so it's not as if there's a real deadline. Just take some time this week to do something nice that will brighten up his day in the same way that he brightens up your skin. Write a letter of thanks for the treatments that you've received this year, add a testimonial to his professional social networking profile or refer a new client his way.
The Christmas season is about giving back to those people who have given something to you during the year. Sure, you pay good money for the treatments that you receive. But if you're happy about the good work that you're getting in exchange, it's nice to let your doctor know that you're more-than-satisfied.
Question of the Day: What has your skin care doctor given to you this year that deserves some recognition?
Friday, December 21, 2007
Give the Gift of Skin Rejuvenation
You've only got a few more days of shopping left before it's time for everyone to reach into their stockings and unwrap their presents. Do you still have a whole line of people left that you didn't get anything for yet? If so, you might want to do some one-stop shopping with your skin care rejuvenation specialist.
There are treatments available for everyone on your list. That's because there's always something that we want to improve about ourselves. Mom may not have ever told you that she wanted to get rid of her age spots but she might go quietly do so if you give her a gift certificate and half a chance. Laser hair removal, dermal fillers and chemical peels are also high on the list of treatments that the average person might be interested in checking out.
Think that the people on your list wouldn't be interested in the treatments that are available? Those people who wouldn't bother to check out a skin care rejuvenation specialist on their own are often the people who benefit the msot from this type of gift. That's because they get to experience something that they've thought about in passing but then dismissed. These new experiences can open up their worlds and improve their appearance at the same time.
Most skin care rejuvenation specialists offer some sort of gift certificate for their services. If your doctor doesn't offer such a thing, you can always create your own coupon for payment of the treatments. Make sure that you spend enough to get people a decent treatment so they'll actually follow through and reap the benefits!
Question of the Day: Which skin rejuvenation treatment do you wish someone would get you this holiday season?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
3 Skin Care Rejuvenation Books
One of the best ways to make sure that you're getting the right treatments is to arm yourself with knowledge. There are many ways to do this. You can start by reading blogs like this one that provide you with the latest news and information about skin care rejuvenation. To get additional information, you might want to move on from blogs to books.
Here are three books about skin care rejuvenation that might be good for you to add to your reading list:
1. The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets. This book provides insider tips from all sorts of different celebrities about tricks that you can use to improve the appearance of your skin. Learn more about the book here.
2. Secrets of Great Skin: The Definitive Guide to Anti-Aging Skin Care. From moisturizing to Botox, this book breaks it down.
3. Nurse Jamie's Botox Diaries: Real Stories from a Fake World. This one is just plain fun reading about celebrities and others who are really out there getting procedures done from the perspective of a nurse who is doing them.
In addition to reading about skin care rejuvenation (whether that reading is done online or from a book), you should make sure to talk to your doctor about the latest treatment news and how it might apply to you.
Question of the Day: What other books should be on this list?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Issue of Race in Skin Rejuvenation
Not all skin care rejuvenation treatments are the same. In fact, each treatment is tailored specifically to the needs to the individual. Think of it kind of like sunless tanning - the amount of time that you spend in the tanning booth, the types of tanning lotions that you use and the results that you will achieve all depend greatly on the tone and texture of your skin. This is true not just for sunless tanning but for many other skin care treatments that are done today.
The Chicago Sun Times recently reported on the fact that more doctors need to be aware of the importance of attending to the needs of different patients with attention to their skin tone and texture. Many people, including doctors, are uncomfortable bringing up the issue of race in relation to beauty. It can be a loaded topic. However, when brought up in a professional manner, it holds the key to making sure that your treatments are right for your skin type as well as for your beauty goals.
Different pigmentation in skin may react differently to treatments. In order for a treatment to be successful, a doctor must be aware of these potential different reactions. This is particularly true in treatments related to the pigmentation of the skin (such as removal of age spots and treatment of melasma or rosacea). However, it may be true in other types of skin care treatment as well. Speak with a qualified doctor about the way that your skin type will be affected by your treatments so that you can find solutions that work for you.
Question of the Day: Are you uncomfortable with discussing the connection between race and beauty treatments?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Doctors Win Out Over Med Spas For Rejuvenation Treatments
We can't tell you enough about the importance of going to a qualifed doctor for getting your skin care rejuvenation treatments done. As more and more med spas open up in every city across the nation, it can be tempting to stop in at the closest spot to get a common treatment like Botox injections or LipoDissolve for weight loss. However, an unqualified doctor can do more harm than good to the appearance of your body.
Luckily, it seems that an increasing number of people are beginning to understand the importance of using a qualified doctor for these types of treatments. The St. Louis Business Journal recently reported on the fact that many med spas are starting to close as people turn to doctors for their cosmetic care. People are beginning to realize that if they're going to take their cosmetic care seriously, they need to work with professionals who are able to safely provide them with the results that they are seeking.
You want to make sure that you look for the RN or M.D. after the names of the doctors that you are using for your skin care treatments. You'll also want to make sure that you find a doctor who is going to have the same goals that you do in your treatment. By taking the time to search out the right doctor, you save yourself a lot of trouble when it comes to getting your treatments done right.
Question of the Day: How did you locate your first skin care doctor?
Monday, December 17, 2007
Cosmetic Acupuncture vs. Dermal Fillers
Many people have fears about using dermal fillers to improve the appearance of their face. We understand; even though these minimally invasive procedures are low-risk, starting them when you're new to them can be a little bit nerve-wracking. But are alternative procedures really a better way to go? Many people who want to avoid injections, even minimally-invasive ones, are turning to the latest trend in cosmetic acupuncture to improve the appearance of their faces. Is it the way to go?
BlueRidgeNow recently reported on the case of a woman who once used Botox and then decided to switch to cosmetic acupuncture. She says that she's paying the price in terms of money spent but is pleased with the results of her treatment. However, the article also points out that no studies have been done improving the effectiveness of the procedure. And when you think about it, you still have to worry about the fear of putting needles into your face.
What these people are replacing with cosmetic acupuncture is the use of dermal fillers. Botox, Restylane and Radiesse are all dermal fillers that are used to plump up the cheeks, the eyes and the lips to improve the appearance of the face. They smooth out wrinkles and reduce the appearance of aging. If you have hesitations about using these chemical injections but don't particularly want to go to an acupuncturist for your skin rejuvenation, consider asking your doctor about a treatment like the Titan Non-Surgical Facelift which provides a happy medium for your concerns.
Question of the Day: What is your take on cosmetic acupuncture?
Friday, December 14, 2007
Recognition for Laser Resurfacing Device
Reliant Technologies is the creator of the Fraxel re:pair laser system which is used by many skin rejuvenation specialists for laser resurfacing. The company has just announced that this systems has received the only FDA 510(K) clearance by the FDA for specific indications of use. What this means is that the laser system, which is already in use for treating problems like wrinkles, has now received recognition for its effectiveness in treating very specific skin problems. Those problems include pigmented lesions on the skin, certain vein problems and brow furrowing.
Laser resurfacing is a term which describes the use of lasers on the skin to improve cosmetic flaws. It is frequently used for getting rid of wrinkles. Another common use is to get rid of the appearance of sun damage on the skin. However, the lasers can be used for other specific treatments such as those indicated by the award received by Reliant.
This particular tool is appreciated in the industry because of its effectiveness as well as the convenience associated with its use. The tool is small and can be easily held in the hand of a qualified doctor to perform laser resurfacing with minimal difficulty. It is also associated with reduction of adverse effects in comparison with other types of laser resurfacing tools.
Question of the Day: What skin problems could laser resurfacing resolve for you?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Frankinsence vs. Cosmetic Treatments for Christmas Beauty
It's the holiday season and Christmas is all around you. Many people are making their last-minute appointments with skin rejuvenation doctors to get their faces presentable for their holiday parties. But what did people do to prepare their faces before the days when they had doctors to help? If you were friends with one of the old wise men, you probably adorned yourself with gold accessories, dabbed the scent of myrrh on your body and used frankincense to smooth out your wrinkles.
In fact, frankincense is still used today by holistic healers who use natural ingredients to obtain medical results. (An example of this can be seen in a story from Vermont News about a local apothecary.) The product which is most commonly associated with the three wise men of old-fashioned Christmas tales is believed to be able to reduce wrinkling on the face.
Of course, if you want to make sure that you get the results that you're seeking this Christmas, you'll probably want to stick with the normal treatments that you get from your doctor. Whether or not frankincense gets rid of wrinkles is debatable. Whether or not Botox gets rid of wrinkles is not. But during this holiday season it's always nice to take a look at how things were done in the past.
Question of the Day: What other natural treatments for wrinkles have you tried?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Radiesse Creator Holding Webcast Tomorrow
If you use dermal fillers, or just happen to like learning more about them, you're probably familiar with Radiesse. Like other dermal fillers, Radiesse is used to plump up the lips and smooth out wrinkles in the face. The product has established itself well in the market. Perhaps we're about to hear additional news about this product or others like it from the products' makers.
BioForm Medical Inc., the company that lists Radiesse among its many medical treatments, is holding a conference call with investors tomorrow that should hint at where the company is going in the year to come. They will be releasing their earnings information as well as predictions for developments in 2008.
"The conference call will be webcast live on the Investor Relations section of BioForm's website at www.bioform.com. The online archive of the broadcast will be available approximately 90 minutes after the live call and will continue to be available for two weeks." (Source)
Despite the fact that this is a financial report, it should point to some of the plans that the company has in store. Developments in areas as diverse as sclerotherapy treament and plastic surgery assistance are expected to be seen from the company in upcoming months.
Question of the Day: Do you normally follow the news about your favorite dermal fillers?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
New Comsetic Enhancement Trend: "Lobe Jobs"
What part of your body do you think about when you hear the words "Botox" or "Restylane"? Most likely, you either think about plumping up your lips or lifting the wrinkles from around your eyes. But the latest trend in plastic surgery moves a little left of this traditional center ... and a little to the right as well. In fact, it moves these injections off to the side of your face and into your ears.
Earlobe injections are becoming an increasingly popular request at doctor's offices and med spas around the nation. The New York Observer reports that it's particularly popular among aging socialites whose ears betray the age that their faces do not. Over time, earlobes may become thinner and begin to sag. This is particularly true on women who wear earrings a significant amount of the time. The earlobe injections plump those ears back up to complete the youthful appearance of the face.
"If a woman is using fillers in her face to clean up things like naso-labial folds and forehead lines, making her face appear more youthful, then aging ears may stand out even more. Put another way, you want the handles to complement the vase-kind of like making sure your accessories match your outfit." (Source)
The injections used are the same basic dermal fillers that are used on the rest of the face. Ask your doctor about whether or not this trend has been picked up in his (or her) office yet.
Question of the Day: How much does the appearance of your ears concern you?
Monday, December 10, 2007
Caffeine Creams May Slim Thighs
About a month ago, we reported on the fact that a number of different cellulite-busting creams have hit the market with caffeine as their main ingredient. As we pointed out then, the caffeine-based creams don't actually get rid of cellulite but may improve the appearance of the skin. A new study indicates that this is probably true; caffeine could be a key ingredient in tightening and toning the skin. In fact, the caffeine might actually make your legs noticeable thinner.
The study, done in Brazil, followed a group of women who used a caffeine-based cream on their legs twice daily for a full month. At the end of the month, it was discovered that over three fourths of the women had lost weight in their thighs. The weight loss was enough to make a measurable difference. Some of the women also saw weight loss in their hips after using the caffeine-based treatment.
However, the findings of the study support the original theories that no cellulite is actually removed as a result of the cream. This was determined using imaging equipment that examines fat tissue in the body. Despite the fact that the women's thighs got thinner, their amount of cellulite remained the same. So, if you're just looking to tone up and trim a bit, the caffeine-based creams could be for you. If you're truly looking to get rid of the cellulite, you'll probably need to consider other rejuvenation treatments.
Question of the Day: Where on your body does cellulite bother you most?
Friday, December 07, 2007
Aging Male Celebrities and Skin Care
There was an interesting article last week on Ohio.com which took an in-depth look at aging male celebrities and how they have made their aging work for them. It addressed the fact that men in Hollywood are able to show their age more comfortably than their female co-stars. However, it also brings up the fact that aging gracefully and aging naturally are not necessarily the same thing.
The article cites numerous examples of men in the industry (Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Redford, George Clooney) who have let their hair go grey and their wrinkles get deeper. The signs of aging are said to give the actors some depth and richness as well as some believeability in the roles that the play as older characters. However, it's also pointed out that the aging might not be totally up to how nature would have it:
"Partly, that's the benefit of great facial structure (it's always the bones that go last). More than that, though, it's a suspiciously unlined dullness around the eyes that makes him look (there's no polite way to put this) weird. Is it Botox? Lighting? Makeup? Nipping and tucking?" (source)
A little bit of subtle skin care rejuvenation can give an older man a more refreshed appearance even if he does choose to let some parts of himself age more naturally. You can leave some of the wrinkles even as you get others removed with the use of dermal fillers. Of course, to achieve this subtle balance between aging and age-defying, you'll have to find a good doctor!
Question of the Day: Which male stars do you think have aged best?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Mom Mystified by Magical Skin Rejuvenation Prize
A columnist with The Detroit News recently wrote about an unfortunate experience that she had with a spa in her hometown. She had received a phone call notifying her that she had won a prize package at their offices. She was thrilled, excitedly mulling over her treatment options with her kids. However, she misunderstood the call. She thought that she had won a treatment that was worth $300 when what she had really won was $300 off the total cost of a treatment package.
It's only a slight difference but the misunderstanding made the difference to her. Although she had considered laser hair removal and really wanted skin rejuvenation to remove her age spots and wrinkles, she didn't want to pay anything for the procedure. She would've been willing to reap the benefits at no cost but didn't feel that she could afford to pay the remaining amount of the treatment balance.
This is one of those cases that shows that it's important to read the fine print and ask the important questions up front. Some people would still consider $300 off of a treatment something that was worth their time and effort. For people who are interested in the benefits of skin rejuvenation, the question really isn't "will I pay for this?" so much as it is "how will I pay for this?" Many doctors will work with you on payment plans to make sure that you get the skin rejuvenation treatment that you desire at a rate that you can afford.
Question of the Day: Would $300 off be enough to encourage you to get a treatment you'd been considering?
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Botox Relieves Men's Wrinkles and Prostate Problems
It's no secret that men these days are getting Botox injections. From celebrities like Simon Cowell to the guy in the cubicle over from yours, men everywhere are making use of the treatments to give their skin a smoother appearance. And now a different segment of society's men might start looking at the treatment for an entirely different reason. A new study has shown that Botox might have the potential to reduce the effects of an enlarged prostate.
This isn't surprising considering that Botox was originally intended more for medicinal purposes than cosmetic enhancements. It only became a well-known household name after it went cosmetic but Botox was being used years ago to treat neuromuscular problems. It's still used in cutting-edge surgery today such as a recent case in which a nearly-decapitated woman received Botox treatments to resolve lingering damage to her eye muscle function.
This new study may encourage doctors to do more research into using Botox to relieve enlarged prostate problems. But just because Botox might be returning to this kind of medicinal use doesn't mean that you shouldn't be using it for cosmetic reasons. In fact, most men are probably more comfortable asking their doctor about Botox for wrinkles than Botox for this other kind of problem.
Related link: Botox Seller Looks Into Eyelash Enhancement
Question of the Day: What can you tell us about your experience with Botox?
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The Business Behind Being Beautiful
An interesting article was recently published by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. It took a look at the business of cosmetic procedures ranging from botox to laser hair removal. Discussing statistics about the rising number of practitioners in this field, it made the point that a good number of doctors whose area of expertise is elsewhere are now trying to move into this aspect of medicine because of the terrific amount of business that it can bring them.
Essentially it says that medical doctors are feeling the crunch of financial needs and are starting to try to go where the money is which happens to be in skin rejuvenation and other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. It suggests that even neurosurgeons are turning their eyes towards this industry as a way to earn more money. You can read the complete SFVBJ article here.
If you're going to go to a doctor to get your skin rejuvenation treatments, you want to go to one who specializes in this area. You wouldn't take your Japanese car to an auto repair shop that only works only on American cars. Sure, a car is a car but the specialty for repairing it is different. So why would you take your body to a doctor that doesn't specialize in the service that you're seeking?
Make sure you ask any new doctors how long they have been practicing this kind of medicine. Clarify that you're interested not just in their years of medical experience but their actual familiarity with skin rejuvenation. You can find doctors qualified in skin rejuvenation through our network using this online tool.
Question of the Day: If you had to choose a doctor who wasn't a cosmetic surgeon to do your skin rejuvenation, which type of doctor would you choose?
Monday, December 03, 2007
Celebrity Botox: Christian Slater
Celebrity gossip hounds went crazy last week with negative comments about Christian Slater's possible Botox injections. Mollygood.com, PrettyBoring.com and yeeeah! all had something none-too-nice to say about Slater's current appearance. What they're thinking is that he got the kind of bad Botox that leaves you with a frozen face.
There's no confirmation either way about whether or not Slater got the treatments. But the most common scenario in cases like this is that the celebrity took a bad picture that made them get that wide-eyed deer-in-the-headlights look and that the look was then mistaken for bad Botox. If Slater is getting the treatments done, perhaps he just needs to work with a better doctor to make the look appear just a tad more subtle.
Many men avoid getting Botox because they don't want people to know that they're concerned about the effects of aging on their appearance. When Botox injections are done correctly, they enhance the appearance rather than making the treatment obvious to everyone around you. If you're having concerns about the way that Botox will work on you, you should find a doctor that you can talk over the issue with. If you want subtle, a doctor should work with you to create a subtle look.
Question of the Day: Do you think Slater got bad Botox?