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How To Look Fabulous Forever

Ever since the advent of Botox – the “gateway” treatment for keeping skin looking wrinkle-free for eternity – the non-invasive anti-aging industry has made remarkable progress to do so much more than just “release the crease”. While Botox will almost always be the first line of defense against aging, layering on treatments are proven to not just stop time, but rewind it. Here are some of our top tips for losing 5 or even 10 years in just one sitting.

 

Restylane Silk: Restore Lip Volume

Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved product specifically engineered to target the restoration of lip volume while helping to smooth any unwanted lines, namely the vertical lines that appear on lips as we age. Using an ultra-smooth hyaluronic acid, just one treatment will restore the volume and shape of lips so they look and feel younger again.

 

Restylane Refyne: Smooth Smile Lines

The lines around our mouth – that start from the edge of the nostril and curve around the edges of the lips – naturally increase in depth and recognition as we age. A high-performing filler, like Restylane Refyne, is a next-generation hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to support your skin while helping smile lines vanish. Not only are the results remarkable, but it keeps you looking naturally “you”, rather than overdone.

 

Juvéderm: Erase Marionette Lines

One of the most recognizable names in youth restoration is Juvéderm – and for good reason! Their suite of products practically targets every area of facial aging, including the dreaded marionette lines. These creases, which extend from the ends of the lip line straight down along the sides of the chin, significantly impact one’s overall look. Not only do these lines signify age you, but often times, they make the person look “sad”. Literally turning a frown upside down is what Juvéderm excels at!

 

Voluma: Replace Fat Loss

Especially for women, the loss of fat in their cheeks significantly impacts their perceived youth and characteristic silhouette. With Voluma, you can restore volume in the apples of the cheeks with just one treatment, which is proven to last up to 2 years! Age-related volume loss is also a sign of aging that you can’t fix with even the best topical solutions. Voluma will not only restore the volume of your cheeks, giving you a youthful, supple look, but will also help to reduce any skin sagging and tighten subtle lines across the face!

 

Sculptra: Combat Bone Loss

This poly-l-lactic acid is one of the more revolutionary products to hit the non-invasive anti-aging market in the last few years because it doesn’t add foreign substances to the face, rather, it helps to instigate organic regrowth so you de-age naturally! Sculptra helps to stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen from the inside out while helping to restore bone loss that accompanies natural aging within the facial structure. By doing so, your face will begin restoring bone loss and volume naturally, assisting in rewinding time!

 

Thread lift: Mini Face Lift

In many cases, non-invasive injectables can only rewind the clock so much before something more permanent is recommended, like a face lift. But one of the treatments that is gaining widespread popularity is what’s known as a “thread lift”. While not “new” to the market, innovations in these microscopic threads have greatly improved the efficacy and results of the lifting procedure, which is done on an outpatient basis in just 1 hour! Polydiaxanone threads, armored with barb-like cones, are strategically placed under the skin and artfully secured, holding the face into place and offering an instant mini face lift. While the threads slowly absorb, the barbs help to stimulate the production of new collagen so that when the sutures dissolve fully, the newly developed collagen maintains the new facial positioning on it’s own.

Limited-time special pricing is available on most of the mentioned procedures at the Anushka Cosmedical Centre, along with special-event pricing happening intermittently throughout the season. Call 561-820-8055 to hear about all of our current medical offers and prices.

Never Needing The Knife

For many people (men and women alike) the attitude is not” if they will need a face lift but rather when”. I have had friends who simply planned it early on: “I will get my first face lift around age 45, then when I’m 60 and need another it won’t look so drastic”. As I approach the age where my friends are considering this move, more options are appearing.

Fillers and topicals, our previous mainstay for youthful appearance, can attain significant improvement in most people but sometimes it can be quite difficult to achieve enough “lift” and “contour” to make a considerable difference. Voluma and Restylane Lyft can pick up a face quite nicely but if someone already has significant volume, the look may appear inappropriate. Also, it does very little for sagging neck and jowls.

PDO threads (polydiaxanone) are absorbable threads that are designed to lift and reposition the skin and tissue gently but naturally (in the right hands) and will maintain the position while the body slowly absorbs the threads replacing them with your own collagen. This effect alone can last up to 18 months when a full correction is achieved and there is no contraindication to getting a small touch-up here and there. Unless someone has a huge amount of laxity, the threads could delay a facelift for…possibly forever.

Polydiaxanone sutures have been used in medicine for decades. They are harmless and promote the growth of natural collagen. The threads used for lifting have little (tiny) attachments on them that keep them where they were placed until they absorb. The procedure is comfortable with a small amount of anesthetic being used to make the procedure quick and easy.

The Golden Combo Tucking up the skin here and there is a great, natural way to return the skin to where it used to be. However, the fact that we have lost bone and fat in the face is leaving us deflated and hollow. Combining the PDO threads with the appropriate injectables can takes you back decades, rather than just a few years.

  • Bone loss:  Treatment with Sculptra (a collagen stimulant) just before thread placement will leave you looking better each day as your collagen replaces the bone volume lost in facial areas.
  • Fat loss: Juvéderm  Voluma® can provide the necessary filler to mimic what used to be fat. Smooth and youthful looking, it is placed immediately after the threads.
  • Peri-oral rhytids (smokers lines around the mouth): This area is not addressed in a facelift unless a strong laser peel is given. Restylane Silk® or Juvéderm Volbella® will eliminate these pesky little lines without elevating the upper lip that then resembles a platypus.
  •  Crepey skin: In addition to the “lifting” threads, we have very small threads that when placed in these crepey areas will at first support the skin making it instantly smoother. Then as the body absorbs them new, healthy, firm collagen is created, basically eliminating that crepey surface.
  • Marionette lines: Once the threads are inserted, the marionette lines are subdued. However since this is an area of significant volume loss due to muscle pull and constant movement, some replacement is usually necessary. Restylane Defyne® is an amazing product that is designed to move with the tissues in this extremely taxed area. This leaves the lower face looking fresh and smooth.
  • Small dynamic lines: These are the lines formed most often in the lower face and around the mouth that are created every time you form a word or chew your food. Restylane Refyne® is the perfect answer to this little dilemma. Because this product is very elastic, it moves with every motion of your skin and muscles and integrates right into your tissue for invisible support that only you will know is not original. Now you can forget any fleeting thought of a facelift!

 

The Anti-Aging Pill: Dr. Marting Shares Her Advice

Dr. Marting shares her advice on living a long and beautiful life…

You can’t listen to TV, radio, read a magazine, or browse the internet without encountering multiple messages informing us that anti-aging is possible, “If you only take this supplement, or try that regimen”. Miracle IV infusions have become a one of the more recent “fad” treatments that, I hope, people are undergoing only with extreme caution, if at all. All sorts of hormone replacements are touted regularly, all in the hopes of holding off the dreaded effects of aging, if not eliminating them entirely. Maneuvering through this maze can be maddening, and certainly risky.

There is obviously a great deal of fallacy out there. In general, most product claims remain unproven and many regimens require months and months (if not years) of use to appreciate a difference. Some people will want so badly to look and feel more youthful that they will swear something works, only to abandon it a short while later, after realizing things really have remained the same.

So what’s the good news? There really are methods that actually do increase life span. Though not “au courant”, calorie restriction has been confirmed over and over in studies, proving it increases longevity. This is disappointing news for some because it takes constant discipline. But as with most things, the work is worth the reward.

Life Span vs. Health Span

If the goal is to live longer while looking and feel younger, one has to consider that we are talking about a “health span” rather than a “life span”. After all, who wants to live to be nearly a century old if you are in pain, confined to a wheel chair, or (gasp!) look like you’ve passed away some years ago? As always, it’s much more about the life in your years rather than the years in your life.

It is understood that heavy-duty exercise will increase longevity and health, provided you don’t “overdo” it in the beginning, rather gradually build up your tolerance. The book series, “Younger Next Year”, demonstrates this case after case. Exercise is fully recommended by most practitioners. Additionally, there has been much attention given to the type II diabetes drug Metformin for helping every aspect of your body age slower, and possibly improve. This is because it inhibits the production of glucose in the liver and lowers insulin resistance, which in turn reduces the negative effects of glycation in the tissues – which is destructive over time.  Some experts recommend 500mg twice daily. The side effects of this drug are minimal in the presence of healthy kidneys. I am following the FDA’s clinical trials of the drug and it’s efficacy in regards to anti aging. I suggest you follow along as well on the government’s Clinical Trials site.

As always, my recommendation is to tread slowly and carefully when trying new things. Proven “anti-aging” regimens that I can recommend remain to be calorie restriction and exercise. These will never let you down. Also, smiling whenever possible does keep positivity at the forefront, which is necessary for a long, contented life.

-Dr. Bonnie Marting, DNP, ARNP

Read more of Dr. Marting’s Articles at:

www.BonnieMarting.com 

http://www.yearserased.com

Beat The Heat Beauty

At Anushka, nestled in the heart of the Palm Beaches, it’s not just hot in the summer months: it’s sweltering. And let’s “face” it, beauty takes a back seat to soaring temperatures, unrelenting humidity and the sun’s beating rays. But, the Anushka experts, who have over 40 years in the beauty biz, have the answers to keeping your cool summer look alive and well. In fact, many of the tips we heard encouraged our beach babes to work with the heat instead of against it. Check out our top tips from our own experts.

“To preserve your beautiful color, before swimming in a chlorinated pool, rinse with cool water. Believe it or not, hair will not be able to absorb chlorine when it is first wet!” says Anushka’s Shawn Butner, Master Colorist, who is also an expert artist in Balayage Color Treatment. To tame your tresses, opt for a Keratin Blowout ($199 and up), a less intense “smoothing” option which helps for those who want a “little help” in the summer months to ward off the inevitable humidity.

The natural elements of Summer: Sun, wind and surf, dehydrate hair so visit your stylist for a restorative conditioning treatment (we recommend Kerastase, $38) or opt for a rich formula at your beauty supply store. To keep the “beach wave” look alive, try a texturizing spray, like Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray ($26), which is a favorite of our Master Stylist, Celete Salas, who’s styling techniques are so in demand, her clients to fly her halfway across the world for a cut and blowout!

For the face, we asked Makeup Artist, Aesthetician and Lashologist, Ellie Malmin, for her go-to summer beauty tips. “Make summer beauty a breeze by choosing the right makeup and treatments that last long into late summer nights and give you the ultimate freedom.”

 Start with eyelash and brow extensions, which are naturally waterproof and look like your very own. This ultra low maintenance solution will make you say “so long” to your eye pencil by brightening the eyes from sun up to sundown, and last up to 3 weeks! ($250 and up for a full set). Add a brow or lash tint for and easy, semi-permanent look you won’t have to touch up for weeks!

Opt for face makeup that is ultra sheer and youthful to compliment your easy breezy summer look. For all day coverage, try an airbrush makeup solution that will withstand the heat and water. Finally, finish with a sheer plumping lip gloss for a perfect pout.

For nutrition and body, we went right to the guru herself, Anushka, who has been reshaping women and men from the inside out since 1974. Her ultimate juice is a must to look swimsuit sexy this summer.

“As far as beauty goes, we often neglect the most foundational part, which is what goes IN first! Start your day off right by powering up your vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake by swishing down a super smoothie! Anushka recommend her Beauty Detox Smoothie. Start with 2 cups of water and add: 4-5 cups of baby spinach (fresh), 4-5 cups of arugula or kale, 3 medium celery stalks, 2 squirts lemon juice, 2 rings fresh pineapple, 1 medium banana, and 10-16 drops of stevia.

“Beauty is a reflection of inner health and wellbeing. It is harmony and balance: a delicate relationship between spiritual, emotional and physical aspects to bring your best features forward and express a healthy appearance and attitude.”, says Anushka.

To learn more about the Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre, call one of our client concierges at 561.820.0500 or dive into all that is Anushka on our online site AnushkaSpa.com. For any of the products listed above, browse our online catalogue at Shop.AnushkaSpa.com were every order receives a luxurious gift with purchase.

 

Beauty Through The Ages

There are radiant rewards to maintaining proper skincare throughout your adult life. The pursuit of a perfect complexion may be just at the end of a well thought out routine that evolves with age. The key is to start early and continue concentrating on maintaining a healthy skincare routine as your body and environment changes. While we are consummately searching for the fountain of youth, at times in the eye of a needle, there are plenty of highly advanced topical products and techniques that can help you avoid invasive anti-aging procedures and help your skin live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Tackling Your 20’s

It’s never too early to begin a youth-retaining skin regimen. You should be cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin regularly to maintain the healthiest complexion – not just at night – but also in the morning. Choose products that are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. During this time, when you may be more likely to be lurking late into the early morning hours rather than catching up on beauty sleep, don’t let your habits affect your beauty regimen: never go to sleep with your make up on! This bad behavior wreaks havoc on your skin, blocking pores with trapped oil and dirt leading to breakouts. Start searching for an aesthetician during this time to visit once a month. Like any other doctor, a licensed aesthetician will be able to give you a personal prescription for your very own skincare routine. Visiting them once a month will help to maintain the beauty of your skin and will help you to tackle challenges as they arise.

Thriving 30’s

Exfoliation becomes more essential at this stage, when you skin texture begins to change. The formation of lines appear at this time too, so exfoliating is especially important as this will help to reduce the appearance of those lines. Exfoliating will also help to diminish skin discolorations, which will become more prevalent as your skin is exposed to more years of environmental hazards. In addition, hormones and pregnancy can dramatically change your skins tone and texture during this time. Adopt products loaded with vitamins and collagen. Go to the experts and book a light peel at your doctor or aestheticians office to help firm your skin and reduce the appearance of lines.

Fabulous 40’s

In this stage, you need to be concerned with defending your skin from environmental influences and what has become the result of natural aging. You may notice that the lines around your eyes and mouth don’t disappear as they used to. Keep certain ingredients in mind that promote firmness, elasticity and collagen like retinol, retinyl palmitate, soy, wheat protein, marine algae and peptides. Ask your aesthetician about adding a growth factor to your routine to help slow down the aging of skin cells as well. For instant firming, check out techniques on how to give yourself a rejuvenating at-home facial massage. This technique will naturally help to firm the skin and tone up the underlying muscles and tissue. Plus, is feels incredibly wonderful, too!

Fruitful 50’s

When many people have decided that damage cannot be reversed, we defiantly proclaim that it is in your 50’s when some of sciences best anti-aging regimens can be used to rewind the clock and keep your skin looking youthful and resilient. Powerful anti-aging potions include ingredients such as peptides, retinoids, alpha hydroxy and amino acids, which can remove damage from the past and radically slow down the aging process. Add a peptide-rich serum under your SPF daily to help build collagen. A hyaluronic acid will help to lock in well needed moisture as well. At night, apply a retinoid before your moisturizer and ask your doctor or aesthetician about a product that contains phytoestrogen; an ingredient that helps with hormonal aging.

What we should all know, regardless of age, is that 80% of what makes us look older comes from sun damage. Protect your skin daily with at least an SPF 15 moisturizer which contains zinc or titanium oxide. If you don’t already have one, find an aesthetician you love who can give you the best advice for your skin. Finally, don’t smoke and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. These two things alone will help to keep your skin looking luminescent and youthful, while helping your body remain hydrated and healthy.

To book a consultation with one of our expert aestheticians, call 561.820.0500 or book your treatment online at Book.AnushkaSpa.com.

 

Peel Better

Reveal Luminescent Skin with a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion Treatment

The Anushka Spa has been delivering cutting-edge technology for beauty and wellness enhancement for over 40 years. Their aestheticians, each boasting an impressive resume of well-known clientele with years of industry expertise, all agree: the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion Treatment, a product of Envy Medical, is one of the most effective treatments for beautiful skin.

silkpeel1The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment is a version of skin resurfacing, similar to a microdermabrasion treatment. However, the technology is far superior at delivering effective and even results. Rather than blasting particles at skin (as with older microderm devices), or pushing an abrasive tip across the skin by hand, the SilkPeel device uses the controlled vacuum pressure to pull the skin up into a chamber in the hand piece, where it is evenly abraded only as hard or softly as the vacuum pressure is set.

 

silkpeelscreens4The SilkPeel treatment combines diamond-wand microdermabrasion technology with a unique solution delivery system that penetrates deep into the skin’s layers. The skin is not broken in any way, but the top layer of skin is gently buffed away with the diamond head. This process removes dead skin cells, any pigmentation on the top layer of skin, and also buffs away fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 

148661The topical solution that is applied during the procedure sinks deep into the dermal layer and begins to activate the cell regeneration process. The aesthetician will decide which topical solution to use based on your most important skin needs.

 

 

In addition, the treatment stimulates collagen production and also delivers any topical treatments deep into the skin’s layers. The result is healthy, strong and resilient looking skin that’s free of fine lines and light wrinkles.

The SilkPeel Dermal Infusion procedure offers a number of benefits beyond conventional microdermabrasion and chemical peels, including:

  • Can be used on almost any skin type
  • No down time. You can return to work or other activities immediately after the procedure
  • Can be performed over a lunch hour – this treatment typically takes just 20 minutes
  • Results after the first treatment
  • Rehydrates dry skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of acne scars
  • Can buff away fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can lighten skin pigmentation

In fact, it has been reported in aesthetic medical journals recently that SilkPeel is being used for an ever increasing number of common skin conditions, and notably, with a great deal of success as well.  From acne, to body treatments, to hyperpigmentation on the face, back and chest, dermalinfusion is making steady inroads to both dermatology and cosmetic surgery clinics.

If you’re looking for a solution to your skin conditions that can be done in non-invasive phases with youth-restoring results, then don’t miss Anushka’s SilkPeel Deal For A Steal Event happening July 23rd 2015. The treatment, regularly $180, is being offered for just $129. Plus, add on a décolleté treatment for just $50, regularly $80, or a signature facial treatment for just $70, regularly $105. For more info and to learn about more offers happening during Anushka’s 1-day only SilkPeel Deal for a Steal, call 561.820.0500.

Forever You-th: Radical Anti-Aging that is Scientific, Safe & Stunning

Celebrities have long been apt to the latest youth-restoring treatments. In fact, many of us turn to them to vicariously test out the claims of new anti-aging techniques. But lately, something has changed. The over-puffy, super stretched faces of old have been replaced with remarkably beautiful and enviable results.

Experts Notate Madonna's Exquisitely Youthful FeaturesStars like Madonna, Demi Moore and Michelle Phieffer, who have all “allegedly” used aesthetic treatments for years, are looking decidedly stunning. Perhaps even better than their natural, younger selves. These ladies, each of which are well into their 50’s now, have somehow escaped the over-plumped, stretched cat-face appearance (think Joan Rivers) that has made stars look undoubtedly “old” for years. And we’re curious to know what this new treatment is.

In the grand scheme of things, injectables have only been around in our popular culture since the early 2000’s, when women were illuminated by the wrinkle-eliminating powers of BOTOX. Since then, the aesthetic industry has experienced an abundant growth of products and treatments to reduce the signs of aging. It’s taken time to figure out the right combination of treatments to produce natural-looking and safe treatments, but it appears we’ve gotten there.

The result has been dubbed “The Liquid Face Lift”, performed in under 30 minutes with no cutting or downtime from the use of temporary, reversible fillers. And the truth is, the results are outstanding. Never have patients had the opportunity to not only look younger, but qualified experts in the field are remodeling the faces of their patients to be more aesthetically beautiful.

Injectable Diagram: Liquid FaceliftTo explain the science behind this procedure, also known as the “Y-Lift”, it’s important to understand how the face atrophies over time. Dr. Bonnie Marting, Medical Director at the famed Anushka Cosmedical Centre, explains the various age signs. “The face thins out in 3 distinct ways with age: collagen naturally dissipates under the skin, muscles atrophy and bone density diminishes. The result is a major loss of volume around the cheekbones, sagging of the jawline, hollows around the eyes and an overall submission to gravity”, explains Dr. Marting.

The liquid facelift first utilizes the power of Voluma, a hyaluronic acid, by placing it strategically under the cheekbones to, as she says, “lift my patients up when time and gravity has brought them down”. Dr. Marting combines Voluma’s power of lift with the collagen-building agents found in Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid. This product effectively rejuvenates a person’s face from the inside out, over time building fresh, healthy collagen in places it has been lost to age.

The art, however, is combining these hero serums with the properly trained practitioner, who understands the scientific nature of beauty. About 10 years ago, scientists uncovered a few formulas for beauty. One is known as the divine ratio, or Phi (1 to 1.618) because it is found in so many naturally occurring benchmarks of beauty. The right practitioner will notice this when, for example, filling in the upper and lower lip. The second is the theory of Y, which identifies that the face is at it’s most ideal when there is an 81° curve between the center of the chin and outer edge of the jawline (this is also referenced as a “heart shaped” face).

Dr. Marting explains that “The liquid facelift lasts between 15 months and 2 years for most patients”, which long enough to be worth the $2,000-$3,000 cost but short enough to dissipate if a patient wants to pursue other anti-aging treatments that the future of science may hold.

Getting back to our celebrity muses, it certainly gives us a lot of confidence to try out the latest cosmedical cures knowing the results are remarkable at turning back time, as well as being reversible. Let’s not forget that just a few years ago the only option was a very invasive, irreversible facelift that was recognizable to practically anyone. Also, anti-aging injectables give us the chance to start turning back the clock at a much younger age than ever before. I’m confident we’ve embarked on a new generation of women and men who will all benefit from this discovery of “preventative aging”.

For more information about “The Liquid Facelift” or the other treatments offered at the Anushka Cosmedical Centre, featured in London’s Tatler as “One of the top ten med spas in the World”, contact our client concierge at 561.820.0500.

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