How to Tone Your Body Without Working Out (Vogue, 9/6)

  • EmSculpt: a first-of-its-kind noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to activate and strengthen the muscles, while creating a metabolic reaction to break down fat.
  • Studies conducted using this treatment show impressive results of “an increase of muscle, while some noticed a boost in strength when regularly working out”.
  • 88% of individuals surveyed by RealSelf said they would consider EmSculpt worth it.
  • While this is “not a weight loss magic fix,” it does tone and improve muscle tone and appearance over time.
  • Ideal Patient: someone with a lower BMI who lives an active lifestyle but wants to target difficult areas such as their abs or glutes.
  • The applicator uses a high frequency of vibrations to contract the muscle to its maximum capacity.
  • No downtime is needed with this treatment with minimal side effects, which might be some soreness similar to how one would feel after an intense workout.
  • It is only recommended – but not required – that you wait about a day before you return to your workout routine, in order to give your muscles some time to recover.

You Asked, We Answered: The Difference Between Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing (Spotlyte, 9/9)

  • Skincare and cosmetic treatment terminology can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming, especially for those new to aesthetic wellness treatments.
  • One of the most frequently Googled topics in medical aesthetics today is the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing.
  • Primary difference: Ablative lasers purposefully uses heat to “wound” the skin in order to boost collagen production during the healing process of the area, while non-ablative lasers to not.
  • More simply, ablative lasers are just more aggressive than non-ablative lasers.
  • “Non-ablative lasers heat up the underlying skin without harming the top layers of the skin, which allows for minimal downtime.” – Caren Campbell, MD
  • Both lasers help reduce the appearance of lines, scars, and hyperpigmentation, and both stimulate collagen production.
  • Ablative lasers tend to create more significant results, but also have longer downtime.
  • Non-ablative lasers: Laser Genesis, Fraxel and Clear + Brilliant®
  • Ablative lasers: CO2 and Erbium Smooth™
  • Factors to consider when choosing between the two: age, the severity of your concerns, downtime.
  • For some skin concerns, your provider might opt for a “cocktail” of both lasers to achieve the best results.

Four Ways to Fix Hollow Eyes (NewBeauty, 9/4)

  • The most common number-one eye concern for people is puffiness, with a close second being under-eye hollows (in the area referred to as the tear troughs).
  • Hollows can be hereditary or the result of volume loss due to aging and are typically more visible in slender faces.
  • Filler Fix: Restylane, Revanesse Versa, and Belotero are hyaluronic acid fillers that give a natural-looking result.
  • An FDA clinical trial is currently being conducted for hyaluronic acid to treat under-eye hollows.
  • Many fillers are too tick or cause too much swelling in this area, making the formula chosen ESSENTIAL for creating optimal results.
  • “I stress to my patients that a medspa isn’t a bargain when you have to go to a board-certified doctor afterward to have your fillers corrected.” – Heather Downes, MD
  • Surgical Fix: Also referred to as a lower eyelift, a blepharoplasty can remove any loose skin under the eyes that makes hallowing look worse.
  • Product Fix: A topical retinoid or retinol is a great way to “improve the quality of your lower eyelid skin by smoothing small wrinkles and thickening the skin to help reduce the appearance of the hollow or dark circle.”
  • Makeup Fix: Using a concealer at least two to three shades lighter than your skin tone will help to conceal the dark hallows temporarily.
  • Combining products with treatments is typically the best way to achieve optimal results when treating a concern.