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Anti-Aging Treatment Recommendations from M.B. York

MB York Anti-Aging Treatment Recommendation Rx Skin Clinic

Having been an aesthetician and spa owner, I am well-versed in various anti-aging treatments like microdermabrasion, photo facials, etc. I have achieved great results for both myself and my clients with these treatments, but they can only take you so far. As a makeup artist, I always teach my clients tricks for smoother-looking skin: The right moisturizers, exfoliators, primers and foundations. Still, some clients remain unhappy about the signs of aging, such as sagging jowls and neck, age spots, wrinkles, enlarged pores and uneven coloration…all of which need more help than superficial concealing makeup can provide.

I have had the unique opportunity to observe a wide array of anti-aging treatment modalities offered by the many medi-spas that carry my M.B. YORK products. Even with my extensive knowledge, I am often confused by all this technology, and secretly wish someone could offer a simple explanation of what devices and treatments could achieve profound anti-aging results. As much time as I have spent in these environments, I remain frustrated, still not clear about exactly what to do to receive the results my clients and I am looking for.

One of my makeup clients has flawless skin. When I asked her secret, she told me about Robert Mazurek, owner of Rx Skin Clinic, so I decided to check it out. When I went to his office, he examined my skin with a Wood’s lamp, which reveals the extent of sun damage. He provided a full consultation, explaining how my main concerns with aging (reversing sagging, sun damage, and wrinkles) all need to be treated in different ways. He advised photofacials for my sun damage, skin tightening laser for the sagging, and Pixel laser for smoothing wrinkles and enlarged pores. He noticed the spots on my hands and offered to include two photo facial hand treatments to be added at no charge if I were to purchase the package of 6 face & neck treatments sessions. As a makeup artist, I’ve long been self-concious of my sun damaged hands, since they are always front and center, often closeup on camera to capture my makeup technique.

While I was nervous about how much this would cost, I was also excited as I looked over his compelling before and after photos. He informed me that he has performed over 30,000 laser treatments, and the way he expertly explained everything made me trust him immediately.

My first treatment consisted of a photofacial and skin tightening laser treatment for face & neck. I was worried about the pain as he didn’t numb my skin first— but it wasn’t bad. It felt like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. For sensitive clients, topical numbing cream is available. The treatments took about 20 minutes and there was zero downtime! My skin looked a little red— which was gone in an hour—yet vibrant and stimulated. I couldn’t wait for my second treatment.

A month later I went in for my second skin tightening treatment, followed by my first Pixel laser treatment. The latter required some topical numbing cream to be applied afterward to soothe the sunburn-like sensation. I felt some heat, but no pain at all. Once again, the two treatments were completed in about 20 minutes. My face looked more red than the first treatment, so I was given some topical healing ointment to apply every 4 hours for the next day. I couldn’t wear makeup for 24 hours, since all of the pores were temporarily exposed from the penetration of the laser. Though I felt self conscious, no one could tell a thing unless I pointed out how my skin was redder than usual. My skin also felt like sandpaper as it developed microscopic rough dots where the laser made “Pixel” perforations. You really couldn’t see them, though—I only felt them if I touched my face. After a week, all this “rough” skin fell away and underneath was brand new baby skin. My moisturizers worked better, delivering deeper hydration than before, and my fine lines were disappearing! I also had my first hand photofacial, the results of which Robert said are the equivalent of 2 face photo facials. Any freckles or sunspots became temporarily darker, but not scabby or different in texture. He explained that it would take longer than the face (almost three weeks rather than one) for the spots to completely fall away. I am about two thirds of the way there and my hands are looking at least 10 years younger!

Robert explained that this series of treatments can potentially take 20 years off your skin, and I am already seeing huge progress! I’m excited to see improvements with each session, and of course the final results after finishing the series. And it doesn’t stop there: The improvements continue for five months after the final session as new collagen continues to regenerate and grow. It is like real life photoshopping!

Robert and I are excited to collaborate on a special offer that combines his laser and light-based treatments with my expert makeup applications. All laser packages purchased at Rx Skin Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ will now include a complimentary makeup consultation with me ($150 value). You will look younger, yet incredibly natural. No pulled skin from a face lift—just a younger, fresher, more polished you.

I have asked Robert to offer special pricing to my clients, so if you mention M.B. YORK he is temporarily extending his holiday special exclusively to my clients. I will also include my complimentary makeup application tutorial.

2016 is your year to do something incredible for your skin. Call now and schedule your complimentary skin evaluation with Robert at Rx Skin Clinic: 480-483-8902

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Laser Tattoo Removal With Astanza Trinity Technology

safe easy laser tattoo removal

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell what the future will bring. No matter how much thought and consideration you put into choosing the perfect tattoo, it’s possible that down the road, that tattoo can become something you’re more interested in covering up than showing off. If you’ve been feeling some tattoo remorse, come out of hiding. Reveal the new you with laser tattoo removal.

Astanza Trinity Technology

I am pleased to offer safe, effective and comfortable laser tattoo removal, using the Astanza Trinity® technology. The new system is a combination of Nd:YAG Q-switch laser and Ruby laser technology, allowing it to work on all skin types to effectively–and permanently–remove all ink colors, including stubborn blues and greens! We are one of the few places in New York City that can treat all ink colors.

Rather than simply burning out the ink like some other alternatives, the Astanza Trinity Laser System breaks up the tattoo ink into tiny, sand-like particles, that are naturally flushed out of the body.

By featuring two standalone lasers, the Trinity System provides unrivaled power and reliability, leading the laser industry as the ultimate three-wavelength laser technology solution. Even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated tattoos, can be removed.

Removing Tattoos in Fewer Sessions

My office also uses the Zimmer Cryo 6 chiller to direct chilled air at the treatment area before, during, and after treatments to numb deep into the skin where the tattoo ink is located. Since the Cryo 6 System makes the laser tattoo removal procedure more comfortable, I’m able to treat tattoo ink more aggressively than other clinics – ensuring that I can remove your tattoo in fewer sessions.

Is It Safe?

Yes! The FDA-cleared Astanza Trinity Laser System is the most advanced laser treatment available for safe and effective tattoo removal, resulting in fewer treatments, faster recovery time, and great results.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

While other lasers can require 15-20 treatments to remove a tattoo, the Astanza Trinity Laser System can in many cases produce even better results, with as little as half – or even one-third the number of sessions. The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person and our treatment providers will personalize a treatment plan during your complimentary consultation.

Skin-baring spring and summer will be here before you know it. Contact me now to set up your complimentary consultation today.

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Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Before the Holidays

Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

Every holiday season, I’m asked about non-surgical options for quick, no downtime pre-party rejuvenation. Everyone knows about using Botox for forehead frown lines and Juvederm to camouflage nasolabial folds and plump the lips, but there are dozens of other, lesser known uses of these products that produce incredible results! Here are just some of those options, including how much they cost, and how long results will last.

Botox Brow Lift

A few units of Botox placed judiciously just above the natural arch of the eyebrows can help to relax the muscles that pull down the eyebrow. This allows the eyebrows to drift slightly higher, producing a Botox Brow Lift that really opens up the eyes. When your Botox kicks in at 4 – 7 days, you can expect to look more wide-eyed and fresh-faced. This treatment usually requires 6 units of Botox (3 units per side). The cost is $120 and results last up to 4 months.

Earlobe Rejuvenation

Let your lovely, festive holiday earrings sit pretty once again! A very small amount of Juvedem injected around the earring hole can rejuvenate the earlobes, so you can say goodbye to sagging, thin, pulled earlobes. An amazing result can be achieved with as little as 0.2cc of Juvederm, and results last over a year. One syringe of Juvederm contains 1cc, or 1mL, of filler and is $750. Bonus: Since this treatment uses only 0.2cc of filler, you will have plenty leftover Juvederm to use elsewhere on the face, and an excuse to use it. We can decide optimal placement together.

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

Not all nose concerns are amenable to liquid, non-surgical Rhinoplasty using a combination of Botox and facial filler, like Juvederm, but if you are among the lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it) ones whose nose can be improved with non-surgical treatment, the results are dramatic, and so are the savings! The cost of the procedure is around $750-$1,000 and results last up to 2 years. Compare this with the total cost of surgical rhinoplasty, around $12,000 inclusive of operating room and anesthesia fees, not to mention the pain and downtime of surgery.

Cheek Augmentation

As we age, we lose volume in our lips and our cheeks. Well-done injectable cheek augmentation can take years off of your appearance. With Juvederm VOLUMA, you can now get injectable cheek augmentation that lasts 2 years! The volume required varies between 1 – 4 syringes.  Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts for one year and costs $750 per syringe. Juvederm VOLUMA lasts 2 years and costs $1000 per syringe.

Botox Neck Lift

Stop feeling bad about your neck! The Botox Neck Lift, also called the “Nefertiti Neck Lift”, uses Botox to relax the Platysma muscle, which creates the horizontal banding in the neck. Results can be dramatic – in a good way. Cost ranges from $400 – $600 and lasts 4 – 5 months.

Please feel free to contact me to book your appointment for consultation and treatment, and as always, feel free to email me with questions!

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Liquid Rhinoplasty Procedures

liquid rhinoplasty benefits

Basically, anything non-surgical, or liquid is exploding in popularity in my office right now. The most popular of the popular is the liquid rhinoplasty. Liquid rhinoplasty is a procedure that uses Botox and facial filler injections to change the shape of the nose. At this time last year, I was performing about one liquid rhinoplasty per month. Now, it’s more like two or three per week!

In this liquid, non-surgical procedure, a combination of Botox and facial fillers are injected to achieve the desired result without a scalpel. In the right candidate, a liquid rhinoplasty can even out irregularities along the bridge of the nose, make the nose appear straighter, raise the nasal bridge, or camouflage a dorsal hump on the profile view. Although you are technically adding volume with filler, the end result is often a nose that appears smaller and more refined. The idea is to change the way light hits your nose, creating a kind of semi-permanent contour makeup on your nose. During a liquid procedure, ice is used to numb the skin, and small needles are used to inject filler and/or Botox.

Not all nose concerns are amenable to liquid, non-surgical, rhinoplasty, but if you’re among the lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it) for whom this procedure can work, you can skip the pain and recovery of surgery. Results are dramatic and instant, and so are the savings! As compared to surgery, non-surgical rhinoplasty saves time, money, and pain. For most patients, there is essentially no downtime. The major downside is that the procedure is not permanent – depending on the filler selected, the results generally last from 1-2 years. Sounds like a good deal, no?

It is important to note, however, as we become more accepting of the idea of being poked and prodded with needles as a part of our routine beauty upkeep, that all of these injections, while effective, and amazing when done properly and subtly, are not without risk.

Vascular compromise leading to skin necrosis (actual death of skin because of decreased blood flow to the area) is the dreaded risk of non-surgical rhinoplasty. It can either occur from filler material actually getting into blood vessels, or from filler material pushing on blood vessels under the skin. While appropriate training and experience can help to minimize the risk of this occurring, the risk is never zero.

Studies have shown a rate of vascular compromise after filler injection of approximately 0.05% even in the hands of highly trained physician injectors. That equates to approximately 1 in 2000 times that facial filler injections are performed in the nose. Thankfully, vascular compromise is exceedingly rare, and when treated promptly and correctly, will resolve without long-term consequences. But that is the key – it must be attended to swiftly and expertly. If not treated appropriately, long-term consequences can be serious.

This is the reason that you should always ALWAYS be sure that your injector is properly trained, and knows how to handle vascular compromise after filler injection, whether they have personally experienced it first hand or not. All physicians who inject hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Belatero, should be stocking hyaluronidase in their office (this is the enzyme that breaks down the hyaluronic acid fillers used for liquid rhinoplasty).

Bottom line: While non-surgical rhinoplasty can be amazing, and is often quick, easy, and effective 1,999 out of 2,000 times, it is not without risks. Choose a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is well trained, competent, approachable and responsive to you and your concerns.

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Why I Had a Lower Blepharoplasty

lower eyelid plastic surgery procedure

We’ve published a number of articles that discuss the latest trends in plastic surgery and how these procedures are not only becoming more mainstream but are no longer a shameful topic that one has to suffer through in secrecy praying that no one is the wiser.

It’s one thing to talk about a general trend of patients coming out of the plastic surgery closet and quite another to give a first hand account of a personal experience, so I thought I’d share my brush with plastic surgery.

In My Twenties

I was an actress and stand-up comedian. One day I was in my weekly meeting with my manager and she suddenly asked me, in a very matter of fact way, if I had a drinking problem.

Lots of Baggage

I was 22 and had bags under my eyes that were too much for even Louis Vuitton to carry. It looked like I was exhausted and routinely partied all night drinking and drugging. My manager was concerned that film directors would be hesitant to hire me to work on $50 million budget films (that was a lot of money 17 years ago) out of fear that I would not be able to make it to work in the morning. The truth was people always told me that I looked tired, so much so that I felt tired. My manager suggested that I consult a plastic surgeon to explore a lower lid procedure.

Ask Yasmine

That night I discussed the possibility of having the surgery with my mother. She thought I was completely nuts – I was only 22 and she had never heard of such a thing! She suggested that I consult Yasmine Djerradine, founder of Yasmine Djerradine Institut de Beauté in New York City. (Yes, I have known Yasmine for 17 years.) Yasmine suggested that I see an allergist. She felt that I was so young that surgery should only be considered as a last option.

Trip to The Allergist

I went to three sessions where I was poked and prodded with dust mites, mold and all types of god knows what. Bottom line: I was not allergic to any of it.

Remodeling Facials

In tandem, I also had some microcurrent facial sessions that solely focused attention on my under eye area. While it delivered minor results the day of, it really didn’t make a dent.

I’ll Try Anything

I was so desperate, I started applying Preparation H (yes the hemorrhoid cream) under my eyes, after all, it shrinks tissue! Right?! And even began taking juniper berry supplements that rid the body of any natural water retention. Oh and did I mention that I also iced my under eye in the morning for 10 minutes prior to showering? Nothing worked. There was also not enough concealer on earth to hide my puffy lower lids.

Time For a Consultation

I returned for a visit to Yasmine and gave her a full report. She gave me a look that I was not prepared for. Alyssa, you should go for a consultation with Dr. David Hidalgo – he specializes in face and breast procedures and is pioneering a new method that requires no incisions or stitches, so you won’t have any scarring. Unlike most MDs, he also believes in homeopathic remedies and you won’t have any bruising.

My mother hesitantly agreed for me to go for a consultation…

Meet Dr. Hidalgo

I walked into the waiting room and was the youngest person by at least 20 years. The receptionist asked if I was looking for my mother. I was finally called in to meet Dr. Hidalgo. He asked me what he could do for me and I told him that I had serious bags under my eyes and that I was an actress and having a hard time booking jobs with all this baggage. The truth was I was just tired of people telling me how tired I looked. It was wearing on me mentally and physically.

The Verdict

Dr. Hidalgo told me that I had lipid deposits under my eyes and that it is a genetic disposition. In fact, I was a perfect candidate for the surgery. REALLY! I’m not too young? I was shocked. Will the fat cells come back? (maybe in 15 years on my rear end?) No, he said, in fact you will heal much faster because you are young and resilient and the longer you wait, the worse it will get. If you wait, the skin around the lower lid will stretch out and I’ll have to tighten and remodel that skin as well. It’s much like a liposuction, I make a small incision, above your lower lash line, stick a tiny vacuum in, suck out the lipid and voila (he didn’t really say voila.) No stitches, no scaring and he even had a private operating room – I could have the surgery on Friday, go home that day and be back to work on Monday.

My mother was floored but the rationale did make sense to both of us and she saw how much it meant to me. Acting or no acting career, the bags were getting in my way physically and now mentally.

Surgery Prep

Not only did Dr. Hidalgo have a kind demeanor but I was very impressed with his recommended pre surgery prep. Starting a week before the procedure I was to take Arnica Montana 30 ml (cute little sugar flavored pellets that dissolve under the tongue) and Bromelain 500 mg every day and continue it for two weeks after the surgery.

I grew up eating a macrobiotic diet and taking homeopathic remedies long before they were trendy and mainstream and was always mortified by the fact that this was the regimen my mother subjected my brother and I to. This prep felt familiar to me and in fact a little like home.

A Life Changing Difference

I went through with the procedure and have recommended Dr. Hidalgo to many friends and acquaintances over the years. 17 years later, I think I may still be the youngest patient to have had the surgery and my before and after pictures are still on the coffee table. (which I secretly take pride in) And, you would never know that I have had the procedure. Best of all, the effect that it has had on my self-esteem is remarkable.

Which Eye Cream Do You Recommend For the Bags Under My Eyes?

To this day when people ask what eye cream they should use to get rid of the bags under their eyes I am always a little sad to relay the news, but the truth is that there is no eye cream that will. Much of the time people have the same lipid deposits that I had to lesser or greater degrees (you can see my before and after pictures up top) and when I tell them my story, I can see the “oh no, I don’t have that issue” brewing in their eyes. In the society we live in where no one can be thin enough, the thought of having liposuction, even if it’s under your eyes, is a horrific thought. Concealer will only cover darkness under the eyes, but if you are not willing to carry those bags around forever, you just may need to go under the knife.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie

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