Holiday-Ready Skin

With the holiday season upon us, clients want to put their best face forward. For many that means matching their looks to their perceived age. According to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 70 percent of women age 45 to 60 feel at least six years younger than their chronological age. Here are a few experts’ solutions for patients who want to look as good as they feel from head to toe.

Face: To create the illusion of a youthful complexion, skin-tightening systems, such as Pellevé, can painlessly lift and tone skin. It is safe and effective for all skin types and the treatment feels like a warm, relaxing massage. “Pellevé is a great option for women who don’t want to have surgery or injections, but want to feel better about how they look,” said Amy Taub, M.D. “There is no downtime and results last up to six months.”

Peels can deliver an effective at-home solution in between office visits for patients. “Thanks to its multi-targeted formulation, ZO Medical Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel is suitable for a wide range of skin types and ages,” says Zein Obaji, M.D., creator of ZO Medical. “It addresses a broad spectrum of skin concerns ranging from acne and sun damage to flaky skin and roughness.”

Body: Peels are also a good choice for removing skin imperfections on the body. The SilkPeel Body System is a combination treatment that polishes away problem spots while delivering ingredients to epidermis. “At The Few Institute (New York), we use SIlkPeel for the Body for patients looking for a fast fix for uneven, touch texture,” says plastic surgeon Julius Few, M.D. “It works wonders on everything from skin bumps, to restoring a damaged décolletage to body acne scarring.”

Clients’ winter hibernation mode is the perfect opportunity for a hari removal regimen. There is plenty of time to get silky, smooth results before summer and heightened sun exposure return. “Patients love GentleMax,” says Anne Chapas, M.D., at Union Square Dermatology (New York). “It’s painless, it eliminates hair quickly and is colorblind so I can treat all skintones safely.”