Category Archive: aging

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

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SculpSure™ + Sculptra® = Body Perfection

The past few years have seen some pretty phenomenal changes in regards to redefining your body without surgery. As new uses develop for older products and new machines actually do reinvent a better wheel, perfection is within our grasp!
We all know diet and exercise are mandatory not just for a fit body but for a solid state of well being. However that only works on appearance so long…eventually there are pockets of fat that nothing seems to relieve and the skin, well, it just isn’t the same. Cellulite begins to consume the backside, the knees find wrinkles from who knows where, and everything begins to sag: first a little, then a lot.
The first truly effective fat removing device (permanently removing) was Coolsculpt™. This device cooled a chunk of fat down to a temperature that was incompatible with the living cell, thereby destroying it. The only problem is that not only was the treatment dreadfully long, but it removed fat in various areas leaving a “shelf” of fat surrounding the target area. If you did not like that shelf (I understand no one did) then you had to undergo another treatment targeted to that particular area. This proved costly for patients expecting a more even result.
The latest effective fat removing device does not grab the fat and suck it into a container to treat it but rather uses 4 flat pads that transmit laser energy that passes through the skin and targets the fat layer at a 1.5cm depth. The skin is kept cool by circulating refrigerated water at the surface of the pads. Because there is a 30% radius of relayed energy, the fat is removed in a smooth, even fashion. The reduction is a bit more than is seen with the Coolsculpt device.
So now, the only thing that remains is the sagging, crepey, dimpling skin. Sculptra® is an injectable collagen stimulant, not a filler. When placed superficially under the skin, your skin is stimulated to grow fresh, healthy, new, stronger skin that will once again take you back to years ago. Placed in strategic areas of concern, you will once again relive those youthful years when the word “crepe” was reserved only for a paper you put out for birthday parties and baby showers.  Find more about Sculptra by Clicking Here

Refyne & Defyne With Restylane

Introducing the Latest in the Ever-Growing Family of Restylane…

This past weekend I left my beautiful West Plam Beach for Dallas. I spent my time at the Galderma Headquarters getting to know the newest members of the Restylane family; Restylane Refyne® and Restylane Defyne®. While the Restylane family has been proven to be a fabulous dermal filler for decades, the addition of these products will not go unnoticed. Similar but with different crosslinking these two new gels are cohesive and extremely elastic, allowing for a continued smoothness even upon extreme facial animation. Think of a structure supported by a smooth but strong rubber band that stretches nicely but maintains it smoothness completely. Then it pulls back to its original soft form while obliterating lines and wrinkles. Its unique crosslinking leaves the product soft, smooth, and undetectable.
As we move along in life we lose the fine layers of fat directly beneath the skin. This fat covers a multitude of sins and makes the skin and face look flawless. As it dissipates the skin lies closer to the underlying muscles responsible for movement. That muscle begins to adhere to the skin making it resemble the muscle underneath, which is not terribly pretty. Restylane Refyne® or Defyne® can mimic the wonderful fat we used to have, once again making us look flawless!

The Beauty of Volbella

The Beauty of Volbella
The Juvéderm (Allergan) family has welcomed its latest addition: Volbella®. Volbella is a hyaluronic acid (like Juvéderm) but is manufactured to be a soft and subtle addition to the line of products that addresses lips, fine lines, and subtle issues that require a gentle enhancement.
The look of Volbella is refined especially around the mouth where we tend to accumulate the dreaded “smoker’s lines”. The area does not get elevated so the platypus look is avoided and swelling is nearly non-existent. The lips are gently enhanced into a perfect pout, rather than a protruding trout. The luxurious feel of this new filler is heartily welcomed by all!

How to Keep up With the Flying Time

Have you ever thought about something that you think you just did maybe two to three weeks ago and then find out that it was several months ago? In my case I will see a patient on my schedule and think “wow, I just saw them” and when I check the chart it turns out that it was over 6 months ago! What’s happening?
We are bombarded moment by moment by local events, information, schedules, family, and ever frightening world events. How we even manage to complete a day without disaster sometimes seems amazing.
Keeping Balanced
One of the most important things to do is to plan some non-negotiable time for reflection, meditation, Bible reading, or whatever grounds you. Without this time your day is reactionary rather than planned. Walking alone is a wonderful means to clear your head and prepare yourself for the upcoming assaults of the day. Making lists (and remembering to look at them) can also help to keep a sense of organization going, which can be calming throughout the day.
Because time is flying by so fast, we often forget about ourselves. In my world, I remind my patients to make sure that they stay on their skin care and have enough of the product on hand to not have to worry about running out. Since I only recommend evidence-based skin care, the products my patients use are actually keeping their skin not only beautiful but healthy. Apply it and forget it. In addition, keeping on a schedule to receive the little maintenance treatments such as BOTOX helps to prevent that feeling we get when we look in the mirror as if for the first time and say “what the heck happened?!”  Also remember, you’re not alone. The time is flying by for everyone. You can even ask your kids!

Your Best Face Ever

Having a beautiful face goes beyond just genetics.  We can seem years younger or more mature by the texture and look of our face.  Armed with the best Aestheticians in West Palm Beach and Dr. Bonnie Marting, a world class trainer in fillers and injectables, we can help you refine, rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin for your best face ever.

At Anushka Spa we offer injectables like Botox, Sculptra, Restylane and Juverderm as well as several signature facials and skin peels.  Whether you want to refine fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, exfoliate ruff, peeling skin or simply get your youthful glow back, we can help with a treatment plan customized to suit your needs.

To perfect your pucker and loose your lines you can try – Restylane, Restylane Silk and Resty Lyft. For lift that lasts Voluma is a great option.  To take ten years off in minutes then Sculptra is the injectable of choice while Kybella can help you to lose that unsightly double chin.  We also offer Radiesse which helps to refine and rejuvenate aged hands.

In our spa department we have several facials and peels like our Dr. Gross Peel, Oxygen Facial, Fire and Ice Facial, Silk Peel, specialty masks and serums for various skin types including dry, oily and acne proned.  We also offer Micro Dermabrasion which is a treatment that  gently sands your skin and removes the thicker, uneven outer layer to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.  It also improves age spots and black heads.

As West Palm Beach’s leading Spa, Salon and Cosmedical Centre, we want you to be confident with your appearance so whether you need a quick fix for an upcoming date night or something which will last a while we can help get you on the path to your best face ever.

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When the Eyes No Longer Have It

What do you do when you wake up one morning and suddenly you see all sorts of things that you “never had before”? Looking back at you are saggy, wrinkled, dark circled eyes that look like you lost out on a week of sleep, even though you just slept a full 8 hours. Out of all the areas to assess when looking in the mirror, the eyes are #1 as they are the area where everybody is going to look first (or should be looking first!).
What to do…
Dark Circles: Dark circles are caused by a variety of factors. One of the most common is a loss of volume under the eye near the lower lid. This is an area of loss that few people can escape, and it is not gender specific. No concealer or cream can fix this because the reflection of light is lost to a valley. The cheek has a nice reflection and the valleys or crevices have none, thereby making it appear dark. Restylane Silk® placed in this area is the ideal answer for this nearly universal problem. Make sure your practitioner has performed this treatment many, many times however before they work on you.
Crepey Skin and Lines: The area of the eyelid is one of the thinnest-skinned areas on the body. Continual movement from the eye muscles and loss of the tiny layer of fat under the skin contribute to this condition that simply makes one look older. A neuromodulator such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® will harness in the unnecessary eye muscle movement and decrease the lines. Using a retinoid (not an over-the-counter retinol) and making sure it gets up fairly close (but not in) the eye will help to generate newer, thicker skin. Newer skin always looks younger. Topping off with a great eye cream (one that “treats” rather than just moisturizes) will also help the retinoid do its job. Skin Medica’s TNS Eye Repair® or Glytone ® Antioxidant Eye Cream with caffeine and 0.1 Red Tea will work to keep the wrinkles away.
Sagging Lids: A little touch of a neuromodulator close to your brow can lift the eyelids a bit. For a more dramatic opening, treating the crow’s feet will accentuate the lift.

Age As Slow As A Snail

As time passes, it is inevitable for our skin to feel the effects of aging and sun damage.  Anushka Spa, Salon and Cosmedical Centre has found a way for you to effectively treat these skin issues from the convenience of your own home, using Biopelle Skincare Products.  Biopelle has discovered that snails can defend their skin from the sun’s powerful radiation by secreting growth factors and glycoproteins.  These special fluids can reverse the effects of damaged skin leaving you looking and feeling younger and more vibrant.

Now available at Anushka Spa Salon and Cosmedical Centre, Biopelle’s Tensage SCA Technology, does just this. This evolutionary product has proven to create firmer looking skin with renewed rejuvenation. It smoothens the appearance of fine lines, coarse wrinkles and increases hydration for softer skin. Also, it promotes faster recovery of skin from dermal procedures and helps skin damaged by photoaging. Anushka pairs Biopelle’s Tensage Intensive Serum 40 with Tensage Serum SCA 15 to achieve youthful, glowing skin that was once sun damaged and subject to aging.

How can I use these products at home to produce the best results? The Tensage Intensive Serum 40 contains 10 ampoules of treatment, apply one ampoule per day, after thoroughly cleansing your skin, for seven days.  Following each ampoule application, apply 1-3 pumps of Biopelle’s Tensage Serum SCA 15 over the affected area. Allow the Serum to sink into your skin. After your seven days of consecutive treatment, apply one ampoule weekly for 3 weeks, applying the Tensage Serum 15 afterwards. You may keep using monthly treatments until your desired results are achieved.

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