Six weeks ago, these women had terrible skin. Can you guess who was the smoker, the over tanner, the acne sufferer and the skin-care neglecter?
The over tanner
"Noninvasive technology has progressed rapidly in the last 10 years," says Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist. "Now, if someone comes in with brown spots or fine lines or scars, we can laser away in five minutes what light chemical peels required years to change."
The acne sufferer
Fusco opted to treat Alison with two Fraxel Restore laser sessions. She also injected Belotero, a hyaluronic acid filler, into the lines around her lips, as well as the "marionette" grooves on either side of her mouth. Finally, she gave Alison a touch of Botox in her forehead to smooth things out there, too. Post treatment, the smoker's lines around Alison's mouth vanished completely (part of the price: As with any filler, she had mild swelling and bruising for a few days). Between her two laser treatments, she followed a simple at-home routine: a gentle cleanser, a cream to even skin tone, a moisturizer, a night treatment with retinol and an eye cream.
Six weeks after Alison began treatment, her skin was totally rejuvenated. The lines were gone, and so was the uneven tone. "It's amazing," she says. "I wanted to do something nice for myself on my 50th birthday, and this is a perfect way to launch my new commitment to taking better care of my skin."
The skin-care neglecter
Francesca Fusco | Cosmetic Dermatologist
Source: More. June, 2013.