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Hema Sundaram, MA, MD, FAAD
Forget the “New You” and Focus on the Real You
Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center
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Forget the “New You” and Focus on the Real You

<strong>Forget the “New You” and Focus on the Real You</strong>

Look Naturally Refreshed and As Good As You Feel

How do you view midlife? If you’re like most members of this modern generation, you probably have every expectation that this stage of your life will be fulfilling, inspiring and productive. This year, that goal may be even stronger as we emerge from recent challenges and into the future.

Today’s 30- to 70-somethings and beyond want to reflect externally the youthful vigor and vitality that they strive for internally. In doing so, they are redefining midlife and revolutionizing health and wellness for women and men of all ages. Even clinic patients in their 90’s are living life to its fullest, and typically mistaken for being 20-30 years younger than they actually are!

This positive life philosophy has led to the development of new, non-surgical makeover techniques that harness our skin’s natural repair processes. Recent academy teaching for dermatologists and plastic surgeons has focused on state-of-the-art techniques and technology that preserve our individuality and avoid the “done” look. The goal is to look as healthy and vibrant as we feel inside.

To achieve the best and safest results, it’s critical to find a properly qualified doctor. The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons as having the right qualifications to perform cosmetic procedures. If in doubt, ask your doctor what specialty they are board certified in. The most respected experts serve as principal investigators for the FDA studies that bring new technologies to our country, and write scientific publications about this important research. You can check your doctor’s publications by Googling their name plus “Pubmed”.

The latest concept is to renew your skin layer by layer. This approach reflects an advanced understanding of the aging process and treats the root causes of aging. If started in time, this can save you from ever having to consider the surgical knife.

The uppermost layer of your skin can be restored with Elos Plus photofacials (actually a sophisticated combination of two lasers), micropeels, VBeam pulse dye laser, and other advanced technologies, to fade discolorations, spider veins, acne and rosacea, minimize pores, and give your skin a beautiful glow. There is typically little or no recovery time.

Photofacials can be alternated with DermaSweep MD, a physician-strength, aluminum-free and more effective version of microdermabrasion, which painlessly polishes your skin and then infuses it with customized therapies to fade discolorations, tighten pores, improve acne, and restore skin radiance.

The middle skin layer can be stimulated to produce new collagen and elastin with lasers for fractional and skin tightening such as the new eMatrix Sublative, eTwo, CO2RE or Fraxel resurfacing laser. These are breakthrough technologies that remove wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and other blemishes with no scarring and little or no down time.

Fillers like Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane and RHA are pure synthetic forms of the hyaluronic acid that naturally supports your skin and is lost with time. Radiesse is a natural calcium-based filler. Sculptra is another effective volumizing treatment. The key to undetectable results with fillers is expert understanding of facial anatomy and dynamics. An expert dermatologist or plastic surgeon can also use your own natural fat with stem cells to fill lines around the mouth and gaunt cheeks to make thinning lips full again and to free you of under eye hollows. The stem cells create a dramatic improvement in skin elasticity and resilience.

Expert techniques don’t just fill wrinkles…they can actually reshape your face, to restore your youthful facial contours and lift your face subtly and beautifully with no scarring and minimal down time. Recent research shows that precise and targeted placement of these fillers can also stimulate your skin to produce its own permanent collagen and elastin, for better and longer lasting results.

A new addition is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with microneedling the so-called “Vampire Face Lift” that harnesses the regenerative power of your body’s own platelet cells to restore smooth, radiant skin. Advanced PRP is also a successful treatment for hair restoration.

The lowest layer of your skin can be treated with Ultherapy micro-focused ultrasound, Exilis Ultra or Sublime lasers, the newest no-downtime treatments for non-surgical skin lifting. Ultherapy stimulates collagen and elastic tissue to lift your brows and cheeks, re-contour your chin and jaw line and tighten and lift your neck, chest, abdomen, buttocks arms and elsewhere. You will see prompt, long-lasting and completely natural-looking results that improve even further over time. These revolutionary lasers not only tighten and lift; they can also improve loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks on body areas such as your stomach, arms, knees, buttocks and legs.

Kybella injections or LipoLite laser lipo can remove unwanted fat with no down time and no anesthesia to re-contour your jawline. You can also painlessly melt fat away from your hips, abdomen, waistline, buttocks, arms and other areas.

Precise doses of Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or Jeuveau neuromodulators can be injected in the right places to safely rebalance overactive muscles, smooth frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, lines around the mouth and neck wrinkles. Expert treatment preserves your natural facial expressions, gives you a beautiful skin glow, and avoids that telltale frozen look.

Rather than focusing on individual procedures, this multi-level makeover integrates state-of-the-art techniques to achieve the most natural-looking results with no scarring and minimal recovery time.

This highly sophisticated approach does not morph you into a “new you.” Better yet, it balances how you feel inside with how you look outside and allows you to re-discover the real you. Projecting good health and energy can maximize our personal and professional success as we move forward into 2023 and beyond.

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