The Wrinkle Fix
July, 2012 - Issue #93
Prevention and Treatment for a Fresher Face
Wrinkle prevention and, if not "elimination" than at least "minimalization," is top of mind for both women and men alike. Looking less than our age has proven to not only be a boost to our confidence but also to our bottom line; many people have undergone dramatic treatments in order to remain competitive in the workplace.

We scoured Santa Clarita for the best in wrinkle prevention and treatment, discovering new twists on old favorites (Microdermabrasion, anyone?) and impressive new technologies. But first we were reminded that when it comes to our outside appearance, it's often what's inside that counts.

"Hydration may not seem closely linked to the health of your skin, but both using a daily moisturizer and drinking water can help make a difference in your skin's elasticity and health," says Dr. Hayavi of Beverly Hills Physicians (800-788-1416). "Our food and lifestyle choices also show on our skin. Refraining from smoking and excess alcohol can add years to the life of your skin. Foods with healthy oils can help your skin flourish and maintain that healthy glow. Fish, avocados, flax seeds and walnuts are a great addition to a healthy diet. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables can also help your body maintain balance, and this balance shows both inside and out," explains the doctor, who also argues for a good night's rest. "Lack of sleep keeps your skin from looking vibrant and healthy. Stress, sleeplessness and pushing yourself too far can all contribute to a haggard looking face."
"Foods with HEALTHY OILS
can help your skin flourish and maintain that healthy glow. Fish, avocados, flax seeds and walnuts are
a great addition,"

~ Dr. Hayavi of Beverly Hills Physicians

Fine lines and wrinkles often begin showing their telltale signs during your late 20s and early 30s. Scars, sun spots, broken blood vessels and hyperpigmentation can add years to your face. "Fortunately," says Dr. Hayavi, "advancements in dermatology have yielded today's treatments, which can go a long way towards rejuvenating your skin and bringing back a youthful appearance. Professional skin treatments like fillers can smooth out wrinkles and laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines and scars. Another popular remedy for aging skin is laser resurfacing. Microdermabrasion treatments are also a gold standard for creating new skin that can flourish and fill in wrinkles and crevices. We offer these services, and more, at Beverly Hills Physicians."

"Prevention is the best defense against photo-aging," says Dr. Ingber of Dermacure (257-8400). "However, as much as we would love everyone to cover up during outdoor activities, and reapply sunblock every two hours, we know that not everyone will comply. Luckily, there are procedures that can be done post-summer to reverse damage caused by the sun."

Options include the Limelight Photofacial. "This treatment effectively reduces freckles, redness and wrinkles with only five treatments. The results we see in our office are nothing short of dramatic. This is the perfect treatment to schedule now - or start in the fall!," says Dr. Ingber. For an even faster show of improvement, consider the Fraxel Re:store Dual, which greatly reduces brown spots and melasma in as little as one treatment. "And everyone loves dermal fillers," says the physician trainer for Restylane, Perlane and Dysport. "These are used to plump fine lines and deep folds. The result is an instantly fresher look." No matter what treatment you choose, maintenance and proper treatment are a must. "I regularly recommend SkinSceuticals Vitamin C serum with phloretin, available for purchase in our office. It's a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, increases your skin's natural ability to protect itself from sun damage and gives the skin a great luminosity."

"Topical antioxidants like Vitamin C also help even out skin tone and stimulate collagen production, which helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," says Dr. Raskin of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care (254-3686). "We offer the Skin Medica line, which makes an elegant 15-percent time-released Vitamin C for $95," says Donna Harrison, a product specialist at Advanced Dermatology.

Also under $100 and highly effective are the new advanced microdermabrasion treatments available at Advanced Dermatology. "Microdermabrasion is an age-defying process that can give a brighter, smoother appearance to the skin. It will improve pigmentation, reduce and smooth fine lines," says Dr. Raskin. "Our Advanced Microdermabrasion uses a brand-new state-of-the-art Microderm system. It includes a free red light for rejuvenation or blue light for acne and a soothing oxygen mist to compliment your treatment. This powerful new system is effective in treating acne, scars, pigmentation and sun damaged skin," says Harrison. "Right now, we're offering each treatment for the introductory price of $80, through June 30, 2012. Also available for a limited time is an awesome price on the Radiesse filler. When you buy one syringe, you get the second 50-percent off. With this kind of pricing, there's never been a better time to try one of the most popular fillers on the market. We rave about Radiesse because it adds such natural volume in a gorgeous, subtle way!"

Smile and the World Smiles with You
"I recently had a client," shares Dr. Irani of Valencia Dental Arts (799-9989), "who, prior to her dental treatments here, couldn't remember the last time she had smiled. She was very embarrassed by her crooked and stained teeth." Over the course of less than a year, using treatments like Powerprox six-month braces and Irani's whitening system, her smile dramatically improved. "Here's the funny thing, though. Everyone kept asking her 'what she had done.' They guessed Botox, they guessed a face lift, they asked if she had lost weight... But nothing had changed except her smile and her confidence! A healthy, white, natural-looking smile takes years off your face. My tip is this: Worry less about wrinkles and find something to smile about."

Three Spa Treatments ready to Impress
You go to the spa to relax and be pampered, so The Ivy Day Spa in Valencia (260-1244) has combined the best in luxury with top-of-the-line treatments that will make you look younger and feel more refreshed.

Microdermabrasion and
Diamond Illuminating Collagen Mask

Diamonds really are a girl's best friend. Microdermabrasion is an effective, non-surgical anti-aging treatment that provides instant results. Using advanced diamond-tip technology, this gentle resurfacing process removes dull, dead layers of skin while softening the appearance of scars, lightening age spots, minimizing fine lines and reducing pore size. After your treatment, the pros will apply their exclusive Diamond Illuminating Collagen Mask that will leave your skin noticeably fresher, rejuvenated and radiant.

The Ivy Day Spa VIP Facial
Pamper yourself and rejuvenate your skin with the ultimate in facials. Utilizing their premier Creation's Garden all-natural products to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize, your skin will feel - and look - refreshed and more youthful. Get ready to show off your new, glowing complexion.

Bahama Mama Body Bliss
Look younger from head to toe! Get prepped, primed and primped for the ultimate sun bathing vacation. First, your entire body is exfoliated with a pineapple coconut sugar scrub to refresh your skin and smooth all your rough spots. Next, your body is wrapped in a cactus toning and firming mask for a total body transformation. And, finally, your now-radiant skin will drink up a Vitamin-E-rich, fruity mango-melon shea butter cream.
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