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November, 2018 Newsletter
Exciting New Treatments on the Horizon!
Promising Research & the Newest Device News From the Most Important Innovators in Cosmetic Medicine

For most of us, our idol criteria changes as we get older. 

The guys pictured to the left were some of my idols when I was in college.  (Don't judge me unless you were there).

My current idols are pictured below but let me explain why, before you judge. again.
Dr Rox Anderson
Dr. Rox Anderson

Dr. Dieter Manstein

Jason Momoa
Woops - Wrong list
Dr. Rox Anderson at Harvard developed almost every laser & device treatment used in cosmetic medicine and continues to constantly find new ways to treat more than just cosmetic problems. As he says, he's "interested in the skin and everything in it". Dr. Anderson, together with Dr. Dieter Manstein, invented the technology for CoolSculpting & the original Fraxel. 

I just returned from the annual meeting they hold in Boston, where I learned about what's new and coming down the pipeline, and not just in the aesthetic world. 

Here's a summary of some of the most promising innovations being researched and some products or devices that will soon be available in the US:

New "Botox" - Nabota, a neurotoxin produced by the South Korean company, Daewoong, has comparable results to Botox Cosmetic & may be available in the USA by Feb. 2019. The pricing for Nabota is expected to be less than for Botox or Dysport.

Facelift results with only 3-4 days of downtime & no scalpels? The new Cytrellis skin micro-coring device uses multiple hollow needles to mechanically remove (not just puncture) up to 7.5% of the skin in a treated area without the prolonged redness of a laser resurfacing or surgical scarring. 

The same treatment can be used to provide dermal filler results in another area. The skin plugs sucked up into the needles during micro-coring can be injected into an area where a filling effect is desired.

A new neurotoxin that acts in < 24 hours but only lasts for 3 -4 weeks is in phase 2 clinical trials and will probably be used more for surgical and scar treatments although if it's priced appropriately, will be a nice option for those who need a fast-acting wrinkle treatment for a special occasion. The company, named Bonti, was bought by Allergan in September.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) for better brain function. PBM is low level laser therapy (LLLT) that uses low-level laser or light emitting diodes (LEDS) to stimulate cellular functions ( read a summary here), using specific wavelengths to stimulate healing or decrease damage (as in the case of cancer radiation treatments), reduce pain and inflammation, decrease pain, and improve brain function as well as general wellness. 

Dr. Anderson is currently conducting a study (most likely with his own customized device) using photobiomodulation to improve mental performance, (not that he needs it).

Visceral fat is located under the muscle

Reducing visceral fat (the fat between your abdominal organs that's associated with chronic diseases) with a type of cold therapy.

Erasing the Results of Thanksgiving Dinner

According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the calories from a single, typical holiday dinner can total over  3,000 calories. 

Holiday meal calorie count

To burn off this many calories, a person weighing 150 lbs would have to pedal a stationary bike for about 14 hours at moderate intensity.

exhausted biker

Luckily, there's a less grueling option so you can enjoy the meal & repair the consequences

Coolsculpting cheers
Our patient enjoying the house wine as her unwanted fat is reduced
This month, purchase a CoolSculpting treatment to any body area (besides under the chin where cavitation can't be done), & get a complimentary Ultrasonic Cavitation treatment (value $130 - $220) to the same area for even better results.

See how our CoolSculptresses Assess & Treat Unwanted Fat
See how our CoolSculptresses Assess & Treat Unwanted Fat

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Valerie Monroe
Valerie Monroe, Beauty Editor at O
How I Leaned to Embrace Aging

"But what if when we looked in the mirror, we saw not an object but a person, the way we see the people we love?"
excerpts from Valerie Monroe's article in Allure Magazine's End of Anti-Aging Issue

A very long time ago, I thought everyone over age 18 looked the same: old. 
More recently, I thought the same thing about people in their late 60s. They, and those who had managed to hang on even longer, were not my people. And now, suddenly (honestly, I don't know how this happened), I've discovered I am one of them, having crossed, while I was busy living my life, to the other side. 

Even when I, a 68-year-old woman, think of a 68-year-old woman, I think of a white-haired, plump grandma type. For the record: I am toned, blonde, and... at home often walk around topless.  I suppose that's one of the reasons I'm happy when I see myself in the mirror. When reality is less harsh in some ways than expectation, the result is usually a nice outcome.

Do you have a mirror nearby? Go take a look at yourself. I want you to be aware of what you're thinking as you gaze into the glass... To your critical eye, your face is an object, one to be judged, manipulated, and adorned to please other people. 

But what if when we looked in the mirror, we saw not an object but a person, the way we see the people we love? Close your eyes. Now imagine your best friend's face. You probably got an image of a face along with lots of feelings about the person who belongs to it. 

The one thing you most likely did not do was take an inventory of the myriad shortcomings of your friend's features, the quality of her skin, her personal collection of spots or wrinkles. But when you looked at yourself a few minutes ago: different experience, right?

There is a better way to see yourself, and I guarantee it will affect the way you feel as you deal with the aesthetic insults of aging. 

Psychologist Tara Well, has been researching the effects of mirror meditation, in which subjects gaze at their reflection for 10 - 15 minutes in a meditative state while having a kind intention toward themselves, allowing them to see how their thoughts affect them through changes in their facial expressions. Well found that in 8 sessions over 10 days, the meditators reported decreases in stress, depression, and anxiety, and a significant increase in self-compassion levels. Women who do this meditation regularly generally report feeling more comfortable with their appearance. 

Though I've found it easier to accept the losses of aging largely because of this mirror exercise, that doesn't man I don't take liberal advantage of the many options available- at home and in the dermatologist's office- to keep what I consider the most egregious aging insults at bay. 

Because I am generally a kind, happy person, I don't like looking like I'm thinking, Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. That's why I regularly have Botox or Dysport injections to minimize the lines that can make you look angry. 

One last piece of advice about self-reflection: No matter how unlovely you think you are, you're never going to look better than you do today. As the late, brilliant Nora Ephron urged: "If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're 34." I'd say 64, but maybe that's just me.

Read Valerie Monroe's article "What It Feels Like to Stop Getting Noticed"

Dr. Elliott Opens Her Heart to Take In Man Made Homeless by California Fires

As an example of her sympathetic nature, Dr. Elliott offered her home to Mr. Gerard Butler, who lost his house in last week's California wild fires & narrowly escaped without even having a chance to get dressed.
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