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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Feel Your Best At Any Age
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Feel Your Best At Any Age

Feel Your Best At Any Age

If you ever look in the mirror and realize that what you see doesn’t reflect the real you, you may wish to check out some new strategies that can balance how we look with how we feel and empower us to feel our best at any age.

The secrets are three innovative technologies – radiofrequency, ultrasound and laser resurfacing. And the key is to select the right technology for the right purpose.

You may be familiar with older or original radiofrequency treatments such as Thermage and Exilis Elite. Now, there are next-generation lasers such as Exilis Ultra, Ultherapy or Sofwave, CORE (CO2RE)  Laser and GentleMax. They feature an innovative combination of laser energies to tighten your skin, smooth wrinkles, fade sunspots, scars and spider veins, and remove unwanted hair. Some can even remove unwanted fat to re-contour your chin and body, and treat cellulite. The results are stunning, scar-free, typically take only minutes, and require little or no down time.

The science behind this breakthrough technology is fascinating. The Exilis Ultra is the first laser to combine radiofrequency and ultrasound energies, to give better and faster results. The Exilis Ultra has a unique, dual-treatment capability to tighten skin and stimulate formation of new collagen and elastic tissue – and also removes unwanted fat. Exilis Ultra achieves dramatic re-contouring of your face, jawline, arms, abdomen, legs including knees, buttocks, and any other areas where restoring your skin’s youthful resilience and removing unwanted fatty deposits is needed. Treatment is completely painless and feels like a hot stone massage. The combination of Exilis Ultra with lasers for cellulite, stretch marks and skin tightening, or with liposuction can give significant improvement and drop clothing sizes in key areas such as your abdomen, waistline, hips and thighs.

Ultherapy and Sofwave are revolutionary lasers, which harness the power of ultrasound for non-surgical lifting of your face, chin, chest, buttocks, arms and other regions. Ultherapy and Sofwave specifically target the muscles as well as the deep layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen, tightening and lifting. Results are typically achieved after only one treatment session. Customized combinations of these treatments offer advanced body sculpting.

The CORE (CO2RE) laser is a unique fractional resurfacing laser that can be specifically customized for all face and body types to treat wrinkles, sunspots and other pigmentation, scars including acne scars, prominent pores and stretch marks. The Syneron Triniti and Elos systems rejuvenate all three layers of your skin on your face, neck, chest, arms and other areas during the same session by targeting wrinkles, loose skin, skin discolorations and broken blood vessels. These systems combine intense pulsed light (IPL) and infrared energy with radiofrequency. The advantage of combining those treatments is faster and much more precise than with older lasers – and it is more comfortable, often not even requiring numbing cream. The combination also allows all skin types, from lighter to darker skin, to be treated without risk of burning or scarring. You can usually return to regular activities immediately, including social events. The eMatrix, the world’s first radiofrequency fractional laser, is used to treat deeper wrinkles and scars. It is precisely individualized to address your own unique pattern of aging more efficiently and at a lower cost than with older fractional lasers. The GentleMax is a versatile laser that offers quick, painless hair removal for all skin types and can be set to also tighten skin and improve its tone and texture.

These treatments are designed to look completely natural, prevent deepening of wrinkles and stimulate long-term collagen and elastin production. They are effective, long lasting and cost-efficient. Patients are often amazed at how young they look after these treatments. Their skin is not only lifted, smoother and tighter, but also has a beautiful glow.

A new and important area of wellness is feminine rejuvenation. Today’s woman in her 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond has every expectation that the second half of her life will be as vibrant, active and productive as the first. Childbirth, the years leading up to menopause or menopause itself can cause concerns that impact quality of life, such as leaking of urine when coughing or sneezing, vaginal dryness or less satisfying sexual activity. These concerns were rarely discussed previously, but now can be addressed in many women by non-surgical treatment with the CORE Intima laser. There is no recovery time, and patients typically report dramatic improvements in their sense of wellbeing and quality of life. The difference between the CORE Intima and radiofrequency treatments that are advertised for feminine rejuvenation is that the CORE Intima is a quicker, longer-lasting treatment with fuller results due to its being a true laser. The first step is to have a consultation with an expert in feminine rejuvenation with lasers, who will then devise the most appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with your gynecologist.

The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes four core aesthetic specialties that are properly qualified to perform cosmetic procedures such as these, as well as fillers and Botox. These core four specialties are dermatology, plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, and oculoplastic surgery. Some core aesthetic specialists evolve to the point of serving as researchers, international trainers and teachers for these technologies. They may also be selected to serve as principal investigators for FDA studies of new technologies, and to create educational programs for doctors worldwide.

Qualifications matter. For the best and safest results, select a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has specific training in these procedures and with whom you feel comfortable. A board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon understands how to use the most modern technologies to lift your face and how to combine your face and body laser treatments with other treatments, including skin-lifting fillers like Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane and Sculptra – or even your own natural fat.

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