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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Five Ways To Look and Feel Your Best At Any Age
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Five Ways To Look and Feel Your Best At Any Age

More men and women who want to conquer the signs of aging are now opting for new non-surgical procedures that give natural-looking results, with little or no down time and no scarring. These options can be fitted into any lifestyle, allow an immediate or very quick return to regular activities, and they give great results if performed properly. You can gain a competitive edge professionally and personally, and project outwardly the youthful vitality and energy that you strive for internally.

Here are five key strategies to look and feel your best at any age.

Select a Qualified Doctor

When you have cosmetic procedures performed, you are entrusting your face and body to the person who performs these procedures. It is essential that this person has been trained as extensively as possible in safety and advanced techniques. Safety and the best results are absolutely essential. It is not a good decision to compromise on either for the sake of a cheaper price, as you may then have to live with results with which you are not happy or, worse, take the risk of complications from the procedure. It is important to select a doctor who has received appropriate training and certifications to perform aesthetic procedures.

The American Board of Medical Specialties oversees board certifications for physicians, and recognizes four types of “core” aesthetic specialists who are appropriately trained to be performing cosmetic procedures dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons. You can check your doctor's qualifications by asking during your consultation if she or he is qualified in one of these four core aesthetic specialties. The most expert doctors are often invited to teach on procedural techniques and safety at Academy conferences including the Annual Meetings of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), as well as other educational programs in the U.S. and globally.

Discover the Latest Techniques

One of the hottest trends this year for your face and body is non-surgical face lifting with Ulthera, a new ultrasound treatment that specifically targets the deep tissues of your face, neck, chest and elsewhere to re-contour your jaw line, tighten and lift your neck and cheeks, and lift sagging eyebrows. It also lifts the buttocks, arms, knees and other areas.

Ulthera or the new Exilis Ultra a more advanced, upgraded version of Exilis Elite or eMatrix sublative radiofrequency lasers can be added for advanced facial lifting, contouring or laser resurfacing. They can also tighten sagging skin, melt unwanted fat, remove a double chin, fade wrinkles, sun spots, scars, prominent pores and other blemishes, improve stretch marks, and give your skin a radiant glow. These lasers can be used to achieve similar results on your body, including your neck, arms, torso and legs.

Another hot trend is microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) the so-called “Vampire Facelift” which harnesses the power of your body's own platelet cells to rejuvenate your face and body. PRP can also be used with a new scientific technique to treat hair loss from your scalp, and restore a healthy pattern of hair growth. For the most advanced techniques, select a clinic where the dermatologist or plastic surgeon is personally performing the PRP treatments, rather than a non-physician.

Natural fillers such as Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, Radiesse and Sculptra can be added to naturally restore youthful contours to your face. These fillers are gently injected just beneath your skin to fill under-eye hollows and lines around your mouth, restore shape and fullness to thinning lips, re-contour your jaw line and improve the shape of your nose with no downtime or scarring. Botox, Dysport or Xeomin can be added to safely smooth out frown lines, worry lines, crow's feet and wrinkles around your mouth and on your neck. For the safest treatment that looks so natural that it is undetectable, it is best to have an expert dermatologist or plastic surgeon with an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy perform these treatments.

Expert treatment doesn't just remove wrinkles it actually reshapes your face, producing non-surgical face lifting, and stimulates your skin to produce new collagen and elastic tissue for long-term results that always keep you looking completely natural. The most experienced cosmetic surgeons are also involved in studies and teaching on new technologies.

Don't Forget Your Body

You want to be in the best shape possible. Vanquish and Exilis Ultra are non-surgical, no-downtime, completely painless lasers to melt stubborn fat deposits from your abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, chin and other areas. A select group of expert doctors in the U.S. are now serving as trainers for Kybella, a revolutionary, non-surgical injectable treatment to dissolve unwanted fat from your chin and neck. All these treatments are performed in your doctor's office, and you can return to regular activities immediately after treatment. LipoLite is a no-downtime laser treatment that safely and comfortably removes fat deposits from your abdomen, thighs, buttocks, chin, arms and elsewhere, and also tightens the overlying skin. Advanced body sculpting combines these fat-busting technologies with lasers to improve cellulite and stretch marks, tighten your skin, and further reduce your thighs, abdomen, arms and other areas. You will typically drop several dress sizes and lose several inches.

Asclera is a new pain-free treatment for spider veins on your legs. It is advisable to start this treatment in the fall and winter, so that your legs are vein-free and ready for next spring and summer.

Be Time and Cost-Effective

The Syneron Triniti, eMatrix and eTwo lasers can rejuvenate all three layers of your skin simultaneously. You can remove sunspots and spider veins, improve wrinkles and tighten your skin during the same treatment session and return to regular activities immediately afterwards.

The CO2RE, eMatrix and eTwo sublative lasers are advanced fractional resurfacing treatments for ultimate skin rejuvenation through removal of wrinkles, acne and other scars, prominent pores and skin discolorations.

Select the Right Office

Advanced dermatology and plastic surgery clinics offer many options, including, multiple, different lasers, the newest equipment and techniques, intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials, radiofrequency and infrared skin rejuvenation. Qualified dermatologists and plastic surgeons are well trained in all these procedures and technologies, and they teach and train other doctors. They also publish scientific papers in plastic surgery and dermatologic surgery journals.

Selection of an expert doctor who is a trainer and teacher of other doctors assures you of a sophisticated action plan that can be individualized to address your own unique pattern of aging.

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