Archive for April, 2011
Like many other little girls, I loved Barbie. Okay… I did hate that she was always loosing her shoes, after all how is any fashion forward girl supposed to accessorize with out a matching pair of shoes. I could spend hours dressing up Barbie and styling her hair. She would even speed around in a remote control Barbie corvette, that included a mobile phone! I had no idea she was a bad influence. No, I am not referring to her tiny waist or large plastic breasts. I am not going to blame Barbie for eating disorders, or the Barbie Corvette for all of my photo radar tickets. I am talking about the tanning habits of Malibu Barbie. I didn’t have one myself, but I remember another little girl had the ” Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie”. The iconic 70’s Barbie came with tanning lotion, sun glasses and a towel. I was so impressed with the way her skin would tan in the sun. Her color would actuually get darker when she was placed under light and the color would gradually fade in a few days. Malibu Barbie actually had the ability to achieve tan lines. Lucky for Barbie she is made of plastic, so she doesn’t have the ability to develop skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, or skin laxity. Barbie wasn’t alone, she had a full entourage of tanorexic Malibu friends. Ken, P.J., Skipper, Francie and Christie were all sun lovers too.
I guess I will let Barbie off the hook, I don’t think she knew any better back then. I just hope that Mattel will be a little more mindful in the future. Come to think of it, my Barbie Corvette didn’t have seat belts or airbags either and I am pretty sure Barbie got her license from a Cracker Jack box.
Hollywood bombshells Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are said to have shaved their face. Shaving offers more benefits than hair removal, it is an excellent form of exfoliation, especially when done professionally. Dermaplaning treatments are popular among Hollywood A-Listers
Dermaplaning also known as epidermal leveling, microplaning or bladeing, is a gentle form of manual exfoliation. A surgical blade is used to gently scrape facial skin removing the outer most layers of dead skin cells as well as fine facial hair, leaving skin completely smooth and baby soft. Exfoliating the skin stimulates the production of new skin and allows for better absorption of topical skin products. Dermaplaning can be done as an independent treatment or used to enhance other treatments such as chemical peels.
Dermaplaning is completely painless in-fact most people say it feels good and there is absolutely no down time. Treatments only take about 30 minuets and regular blading treatments are scheduled about 3-4 weeks apart.
How does the hair grow back?
Despite popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker. Fine facial hair is known as Vellous hair and when it is shaved, cut or removed it grows back the same way. If there is any dark, coarse facial hair present, I usually recommend laser hair removal. Dermaplaning can be used to remove coarse facial hair, but keep in mind that it will grow back the same way.
What if I have acne?
I don’t recommend dermaplaning for acne skin. Acne begins in the hair follicle and when the hair is removed it can aggravate or stimulate acne breakouts. Microdermabrasion is another form of manual exfoliation, and it is more appropriate for acne prone skin.
Best Of Both Worlds AZ, is proud to presents “The Celebrity”
The Celebrity is the Best of Both Worlds Az signature facial, designed by Medical Estheticians Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis. You will truly have the “Best Of Both Worlds” as you enjoy the luxury and pampering of a spa facial while still receiving the benefits of a medical treatment.
Best Of Both Worlds AZ, proudly presents “The Celebrity” a multitasking treatment, featuring the best aspects of a full cast of facials. We open with a thorough Clarisonic cleansing under steam, followed by an AHA/ Intensive Resurfacing mask. Dermaplaning and diamond tip microdermabrasion of the face, neck and chest give a leading performance as they gently exfoliate removing dead skin cells. Extractions and high frequency are then utilized to combat acne. A cooling Rejuvenating mask formulated with hyaluronic acid is applied, to sooth and hydrate skin. Cold Derma-globes are gently rolled and massaged over the skin to reduce redness, inflammation and contract pores. The treatment is completed with a soothing oxygen treatment, designed to nourish and revitalize skin with the use of pure oxygen that is infused with vitamins and minerals. The entire experience is further complemented with a paraffin hand treatment and a relaxing massage of the face, neck and shoulders. The Celebrity skin is healthy, radiant and sure to demand an encore.
120 minutes / $275. * Gratuity not included
The Celebrity Facial is offered exclusively at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Imagine a skin treatment that has the ability to treat sun damage, rough skin, freckles, skin discolorations, redness, broken blood vessels, rosacea, acne, kill acne causing bacteria, reduce oil glands, minimize pore size, improve appearance of some acne scars and treat precancerous Actinic Keratose. Believe it or not, such a treatment does exist! The skin treatment I am referring to is PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT). PhotoDynamic therapy is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment with little to no down time.
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) is a 2 part skin treatment that uses the light activated drug therapy, Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) also known as ALA. Levulan is a topical agent that is used to photosensitize the skin prior to light based treatments such as IPL (photofacial) and blue light acne treatments.
Adding Levulan (ALA) to a photofacial IPL treatment, is a bit like putting your photofacial on steroids. The Levulan photosensitizes the skin, allowing the IPL energy to be better absorbed by the targeted pigmented and vascular chromophores. This results in a higher level of correction of freckles, sunspots, skin discolorations, broken blood vessels and redness compared to photofacial alone. Although, Levulan in it’s self does not penetrate to dermal layers of the skin, the heat and inflammatory response caused by PhotoDynamic Therapy does reach the Papillary dermis. This heat stimulates the fibroblast to produce collagen.
PhotoDynamic Therapy is unique because Levulan is absorbed by abnormal cells, such as those of Actinic keratosis (AK’s). Aminolevulinic acid is also absorbed into the oil glands and hair follicles. When the Levulan is activated by the appropriate light or laser it damages the oil glands and reduces P. acne bacteria. Acne can be affectively treated by using Levulan to pretreat the skin before IPL (photofacial) or Blue light treatments.
How is the treatment done?
First your skin is pretreated with an acetone scrub, to remove oil from the skin’s surface. Sometimes microdermabrasion is also preformed before the Levulan is applied. Microdermabrasion will remove dead skin cells and cause blood vessels to dilate, which will result in a more effective treatment with IPL. After the skin is prepped the Levulan Kerastick is cracked open and applied to the skin. Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) doesn’t sting or burn like acids used in chemical peels. The ALA is left on the skin to “incubate”. The incubation time can be anywhere from 1-8 hours, a longer incubation time can cause more reaction as well as more correction. Non-facial skin generally requires a longer incubation time. Once the Levulan is applied, you must avoid sun exposure for 40 hours. Topical anesthetic may also be used. After the Levulan has been on for the determined amount of time, the skin is then treated with IPL and/or Blue Light. The light will activate the ALA. Blue Light is used specifically to treat acne and can be done alone or with IPL.
The degree of post treatment reaction will depend on the amount of skin damage and how aggressive the treatment is done. The Luvulan can be left to “incubate” longer, before it is activated for a more aggressive treatment. Those with a lot of sun damage or active acne can expect to have more reaction. Some people will experience little to no side effects. Similar to photofacial, pigmented spots will become temporarily darker, until they flake and peel off. The treated area will likely appear pink or red for the first few days and peeling may also occur and last for up to 7 days. Some may also experience mild swelling that lasts a couple days. It is important to avoid sun exposure for the first 40 hours post treatment, sun block will not protect skin against photosensitivity reactions caused by visible light. Sun exposure can cause stinging, burning, redness and swelling to the treated area.
How many treatments are needed?
The amount of treatments needed will depend on the skin condition and level of correction desired. There is significant improvement with each treatment. Some people may be satisfied with a single a treatment, however for optimal results a series of treatments are recommended. Treatments can be scheduled as soon as 3- 4 weeks apart.
Schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for PhotoDynamic Therapy, and set up a treatment plan.
Andrew Norelli will appear at Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club, Friday May 6th.
Andrew has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy.TV, Entertainment Studios with Byron Allen, and Comics Unleashed where he was also a staffed joke writer. Las Vegas, New York, and Boston, where he placed 2nd in The Boston Comedy Festival, are just some of the U.S. cities he has hit. International performances have included The Montreal Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Store and Laugh Garage in Sydney, Australia. See below for a brief montage of TV clips… www.andrewnorelli.net
Andrew Norelli will appear at Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club, Friday May 6th.
Friday, May 6th 2011 at 6pm
Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251
Tickets are $20, and all Procedes will benefit Athletes International (501c3)
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Proceeds from this show will benefit Athletes International
Athletes International reaches the active and retired professional athlete, the collegiate athlete, coaches and other athletic affiliates. Their vision is to use the extensive platform athletes are given to influence the community. With the help of respected athletes, Athletes International improves the lives of young athletes and helps them to realize their potential.
Wow! Now that’s a work out! I can attest to this incredible fitness kickboxing class. I had been wanting to do a kickboxing class for a long time and after driving by Koncrete Gym every day, I finally stopped in to check it out. I decided to try a few classes, and a month later I am still enjoying these sessions! The class sizes are small which I love. Everyone there is very experienced and are always willing to help and improve your fitness goals. They also offer private training lessons for only $22 a session. Your other options are, for $79 a month, you can have unlimited fitness classes or for $99 a month unlimited classes and nutrition boot camp. See their website for other offers. www.koncretegym.com
This gym offers highly skilled, experienced world champion trainers. Its not going to be your typical Lifetime Fitness class. Learn real boxing techniques from the pros, and self defense techniques of martial arts. I even have my own pink boxing gloves (which you can purchase there, or just borrow a pair for free!) Cardio kickboxing has been rated as one of the absolute best calorie-burning workouts around. Get toned and get into shape at Koncrete gym with these cardio fitness/ boxing classes that will kick your butt and teach you how to kick butt!
Koncrete Gym is conveniently located in Scottsdale at 69th Street and Shea
6949 East Shea Blvd Ste 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Whats Trending Now?
Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures have been a hot topic lately. Why? Because the cosmetic industry is boosting and is predicted to continue to growing as the economy improves. It is expected that Plastic Surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures will soon exceed pre-recession levels. The industry peaked in 2004 and saw a big decline in 2009. According to the ASAPS, Plastic Surgery procedures grew by almost 9% in 2010.
I am not sure if the increase in plastic surgery is a sign of an improved economy or not. I will say that I have seen more clients coming in because they want to stay competitive in the work force, especially in industries such as technology, that attract a younger generation of workers. People that are in sales or work with the public feel that their appearance has an impact on their income or ability to obtain a job. I have also seen an increase new clients, that want to improve their appearance before starting a new job. They are taking advantage of the time away from work to recover from surgery.
Top Procedures in 2010
2010-Top Surgical Procedures
#1 Breast augmentation (38.0% saline implants & 62.0% silicone implants)
#3 Eyelid surgery
#4 Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
#5 Breast reduction
#6 Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
#8 Breast Lift
#9 Autologous fat ( Fat transfer)
#10 Forehead lift
There were 1,622,290 total surgical procedures done in 2010.
2010-Top Non-surgical Procedures
#1 Botulinum toxin type a ( Botox & Dysport)
#2 Hyaluronic acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)
#3 Laser hair removal
#4 Laser skin resurfacing (36.0% ablative & 64.0%nonablative)
#5 Chemical peel .
#8 IPL treatments ( aka..photofacial, fotofacial, photorejuvenation,)
#9 Non-invasive skin tightening
#10 Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)
There were 9,336,814 total non-surgical procedures done in 2010.
Men vs Women: Top Surgical Procedures
#1 Breast augmentation
#3 Breast reduction
#5 Eyelid surgery
#3 Eyelid surgery
#4 Breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast
#5 Cosmetic ear surgery.
The ASAPS survey is based on procedures performed by the surgeon, and may not include all of the nonsurgical procedures performed in the office by other staff such as physician assistants, nurses, laser technicians and estheticians .