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3 posts tagged "Chemical peel"

Dr. Marko Lens’ Chemical Romance

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@fairchildfashion.

I’m ready for my first laser treatment and want to know how best to proceed as far as treating my lingering dark spots quickly, efficiently, and with the least downtime. Is Fraxel my best bet?

I am not a big fan of Fraxel as it is painful, and frankly I have not seen that it gives any better results than a standard chemical peel. It’s non-invasive and effectively removes dark spots and resurfaces the skin, but the skin really looks sunburnt for a week. Furthermore, it’s considerably more expensive than a peel. I quite like customized chemical peels that combine alpha and beta hydroxy acids together with TCA [trichloracetic acid]. The combination of acids exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells, but it also resurfaces while removing dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. Based on the concentration of the acids that we are combine, we can determine the depth of the peel and customize it to the patient’s needs. It’s excellent and a much cheaper alternative to Fraxel.

Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.

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SJP Thinks Ink

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We may have had mixed feelings about her hair, but Sarah Jessica Parker still managed to wow us on the red carpet last night by going big with the skin art. How best to accessorize a Chanel Couture dress, you ask? With Peter Philips’ new, limited-edition temporary tattoos from the house’s Spring collection, of course. We noticed this little gem last night when a fellow fashion-minded friend pointed to Parker’s bedazzled wrist and said, “That bracelet isn’t moving.” (Good eye). What do you think of the tats off the runway and on the red carpet?

Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Dr. Brandt Says Lasers, Not Chemical Peels

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I have sun-damaged skin and have always wanted a deep chemical peel, but I’m afraid of the side effects and the cost. Do you think that for removing wrinkles, sun spots, and retexturizing my skin, this is the most efficient way to go?

Laser treatments are increasingly popular and are more effective in repairing sun-damaged skin than chemical peels. Fraxel laser resurfacing removes layers of skin only from targeted areas that require treatment, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected, which significantly shortens recovery time, compared to chemical peels.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Fredric Brandt has practices in both Miami and New York City and has established himself in the beauty world not just as a physician but as an artist, known for his innovations in helping patients sculpt a younger appearance with a variety of noninvasive procedures.

Photo: Reg Wilkins / Retna Ltd.