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  • By Wendy Lewis, Editor in Chief, Beauty In The Bag

    The cumulative effects of sun exposure, gravity, genetics and other factors cause a loss of skin elasticity as well as hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately these two conditions lead to sagging skin and the loss of facial structural support as well as dark spots. Sagging skin can be addressed by procedures available through plastics surgeons and dermatologist offices and hyperpigmentation can be greatly improved with topical treatments.

    Lift Without Surgery

    The key to tightening up loose skin without undergoing a facelift lies in a process known as “neocollagenesis” or stimulating new collagen. Whereas lasers use light to target the tissue, radiofrequency devices use energy to heat the skin below the surface to produce a tightening effect.

    The Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System http://www.pelleve.com from Ellman International is one of the newest innovations in noninvasive, virtually pain-free, non ablative facial skin tightening. The technology utilizes advanced radiofrequency to induce collagen contraction without damaging the skin’s surface.

    Pellevé treats facial wrinkles and sagging without the discomfort and recovery time of other skin tightening systems. It works by delivering constant, gradual radiofrequency energy deeply into the skin, causing heat to build up in the skin. You will feel a deep warming sensation when the Pellevé hand piece is applied to your skin. Some people say it feels like a warm facial massage and is actually relaxing. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles deep under the skin, causing them to contract, thereby stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. This results in tighter, smoother and younger looking skin.

    Pellevé is only available from dermatologists, plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors and physician directed medical spas. Whether for wrinkles, crow’s feet or skin tightening, treatments only take 30 to 60 minutes. Results can be seen immediately, but a series of three treatments spaced three to four weeks apart is recommended. “There will be some immediate firming effects, but the collagen remodeling takes 90 days, so results will appear gradually,” says New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc http://www.lorenc.com.  “Patients can go back to work and resume their normal routine right away, and no one will know they have had anything done.”

    Brightening Without Side Effects

    Hyperpigmentation or dark spots on the skin is a common reaction to UV damage and sun exposure. It can also result from aesthetic procedures such as lasers, peels, injections and surgery. In the past, hydroquinone has been most commonly used to try to correct uneven tone – after all it is a powerful inhibitor of the tyrosinase enzyme, the key enzyme used in producing (or in this case over-producing) melanin. However, hydroquinone usage can cause side effects.

    Thankfully, new alternatives to hydroquinone have appeared on the market over the last few years. A good case-in-point is decapeptide-12, sold under the Lumixyl brand name. Developed by a team of Stanford University research dermatologists, decapeptide-12 has been shown to be more potent as a tyrosinase inhibitor than hydroquinone in clinical studies. Envy Medical Inc. just added a dedicated eye product, Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream http://www.lumixyl.com  to the lineup.

    According to New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Forley www.drforley.com: “Lumixyl can be safely used by all skin types for a longer duration without causing the type of reaction or hypersensitivity that had been seen in the past with other products.”

    The system is even a successful treatment for hyperpigmentation caused by acne flare – ups, which has traditionally been challenging because acne is irritating to the skin to begin with, and can be easily compounded. Not so with Lumixyl.

    Safely used for age spots, sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and photodamage, Lumixyl is available exclusively through physician’s offices and physician directed medical spas.