Believe it or not, Fall is upon us!  As children start their new school year, balmy beach vacations move off onto the 2013 calendar and tans fade, it is the perfect time for Laser Hair Removal.  Laser Hair Removal is a process that takes multiple treatments for best results, so beginning this Fall will allow you to have a hair-free, razor-free, hassle-free summer from 2013 on.

There is a famous quote: “It pays to plan ahead.  It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.”

It is unarguable that planning ahead is one of the most important steps anyone can take to feeling empowered in their home life, their career and their future.  Even if you don’t enjoy planning, every word ever written about self improvement will tell you: like it or not, planning works.

Laser Hair Removal at TriBeCa MedSpa begins with our knowledgeable staff who will work with you to create and support a plan for you to follow that will have your unwanted body hair disappear forever.  At TriBeCa MedSpa we have several different types of hair removal lasers, ensuring you will get the safest and most effective treatment possible.  Our laser experts will chart your individual hair growth cycle and monitor the laser settings for each of your treatments.

Laser Hair Removal usually takes between 6-10 sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart while waxing can take 12-14 sessions a year and shaving can be 52-180 ‘sessions’ a year.  Only laser hair removal offers permanent results and decreases ingrown hair issues with every treatment.  Another reason to plan ahead: Laser Hair Removal won’t work on grey hairs so give yourself this gift sooner rather than later.  With just 6-10 sessions starting now, if someone offers a last minute beach trip come Spring Break, you can say yes without a thought about body hair.  After all, isn’t the best part of planning knowing that you still have time to be spontaneous?

With the summer wrapping up, many of us are looking at the toll that the summer months took on our skin.  Sun exposure, long days with late nights, and summer cocktails can leave your skin dull and dry.  Whiletreatments and products make a difference revitalizing your skin and repairing the damage from the bad behavior many of us indulged in this summer, there is a quick ‘life-style’ cleanse that guarantees to refresh you.

In an ideal world, we could rely on a full 7-8 hours of sleep, plenty of water, a whole-food based diet including organic vegetables, and daily physical activity for a beautiful, healthy appearance.  And while most of us busy-but-beauty-conscious individuals find achieving just one item from off that list out of our reach, there is one simple life-style change that produces an immediate improvement to one’s appearance: cut out alcohol.

I tried a 30-day alcohol cleanse on suggestion from my acupuncturist when complaining about my unshakeable sugar cravings, but the compliments I got on my skin made me think: is this the skin-care tip people haven’t been getting?  At the risk of using temperance party sound-bites or sounding as old-fashioned as a character from Boardwalk Empire, I highly recommend going “dry” to combat dry skin.

Alcohol dehydrates you.  Not only does alcohol work as a diuretic it inhibits the hormones which control water reabsorption.  So even if you are using the college-senior-approved strategy of one shot of water per shot of alcohol, you will be dehydrated.  So for those of us with dry skin, alcohol keeps us dry or exacerbates the condition.  To follow this further, dehydration leads directly to wrinkles as collagen is not being regenerated well so wrinkles come on faster and go deeper.

Alcohol is a vasodilator which means it dilates the blood vessels and causes a redistribution of fluid in the body.  In case you were wondering how one can be dehydrated and puffy at the same time, there is your answer.  While your whole body is affected, the thin delicate skin around your eyes is quick to show this by way of puffy eyelids and under eye bags.  This increased vascular activity can look like a general flush or redness particularly around the nose and cheeks.  Over time or in extreme cases this increased vascular activity can result in tiny broken capillaries sometimes called spider veins.

In a less direct aesthetic attack, alcohol is detrimental to restful sleeping causing tossing and turning and waking up more frequently during the night.  A University of Michigan study actually shows this side-effect to be worse for women than for men.  The subsequent and often indulged craving for a greasy hang-over-cure breakfast is another indirect assault on your skin’s health.

Going alcohol-free is certainly not a necessity for health as there have been numerous scientific studies about the benefits of alcohol; red wine in particular has garnered plenty of good press in the last decade.  It’s important to remember that alcohol, like any controlled substance, has both pros and cons.  If you feel like giving ‘Sober September’ a try, you can judge for yourself.

For those of us interested in health and beauty our relationship status with the sun is “it’s complicated.”  For most of history, avoiding sun exposure and a pale complexion was considered beautiful, desirable and was a sign of wealth.  From the dawn of recorded history through the turn of the century, a tan had nothing to do with health and had all to do with economic class.  Of course, the industrial revolution changed that when jobs came out of the sun and into the factories, and the wealthy began spending their leisure time outdoors.  In fact tanning wasn’t even discussed as an aesthetic topic until 1923 when the famous Coco Chanel accidently brought a tan home to Paris as an unexpected souvenir from a yacht trip.  Ironic that the tanning fad was born in a country that loves mimes, non?   Once color photography took hold in the 1950s ‘sun-kissed’ increasingly became a beauty standard.

Photoaging is the term used to describe the multiple aging effects of sun exposure (specifically UVA and UVB rays).  For photoaging, as it is with most health concerns, prevention is always the best medicine.  Along with stricter FDA monitoring of sunscreens, increased taxes, age limits and even outright banning of tanning booths, Americans are taking notice.  A recent public service announcement says it best:

Botox is a medication, and as such has a dosage which is determined by a Medical Professional.  Botox dosage is measured in units.  The best wrinkle-erasing results come from a strategic treatment: a combination of appropriate dosage for each individual’s facial musculature and precise targeting of where the Botox is placed.  This brings us to the practical question: what is the difference in paying ‘by unit’ for a Botox treatment and paying ‘by area.’

Some practices choose to charge a set ‘by area’ price, but at TriBeCa MedSpa we charge our Botox by the unit.  When charged by the unit, you can be confident that you are only paying for the amount that you need.  When you pay per unit, the total price will vary with the number of units injected. The more units you receive, the more you pay. The less units you receive, then the less you pay.  In a complimentary consultation which includes an examination of your unique facial musculature, a thorough explanation of how Botox works and discussion of your desired result, you will be educated on exactly what dosage is appropriate for you.   There will be enough time to also give you the treatment on the day of your consultation, however if you prefer to just have the consultation and schedule the treatment another time that is completely up to you.

When you pay per area the price is set, regardless of the number of units of Botox injected into the area.  When considering area pricing though, you do need to know what each practice considers an “area.”  The glabella (the area between the browns where frown lines appear) is one area and the forehead (the lines that appear when raising one’s eyebrows up) is another area.  So what a resonable person may think of as one area is often considered two different treatment areas by a practice that charges area-rates.  Another consideration is that while you pay one lump sum per area, if you don’t need as much Botox as the next person, you’re paying the same, but getting less.  That just doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Often times, practices that charge by area will not educate you on the dosage you received for this very reason.  While ‘by area’ practices often include ‘free touch-ups’ within 2 weeks of the treatment date, we do not consider this a perk since Botox can take up to 14 days to take full effect.

Then there is the matter of style.  Do you want to erase lines, soften lines, alter shape such as evening out brows, or a combination?  The results from a Botox treatment can range from conservative to frozen based on the patient’s request.  In New York, the preferred look is ‘refreshed’ but unfrozen while the trend in Los Angeles is more frozen and patients may ask for certain expressions to be completely ‘knocked out’ or immobilized.  One is not better than another and there is plenty of room in between the two extremes.  But considering most New Yorkers still want to be able to frown when needed (sometimes oblivious tourists walking 4 abreast on our sidewalks deserve a frown!), we typically use fewer units than our left coast contemporaries.

We pride ourselves on providing a customized treatment plan and tailored experience for our customers at TriBeCa MedSpa.  Charging by unit is part of that experience.  Contact us to set up a consultation.  As Kelly Ripa, one of our favorite New York Girls, says: “I work out absolutely every day. I don’t overeat. I try to drink water but I prefer wine, and when all else fails, I get Botox injected right here, right into my forehead, as much as possible.”

There are millions of sayings about sweat:

But for some of us, sweat isn’t a saying, it’s a diagnosis.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive underarm sweating, is a medical condition that is not uncommon.  Unlike functional sweating, which is triggered by exercise, exertion, and external heat, hyperhidrosis often has no trigger at all or can be a result of emotional situations such as anxiety. In fact the term ‘cold sweat’ is often used because the sweat is not being used for heat regulation or triggered by temperature.  Unfortunately, breaking into a cold sweat has negative connotations including presumed guilt or fear by observers and an out-of-control feeling by the patient.  While certainly not life-threatening, this condition has negative effects on a patient’s lifestyle and self-confidence.  Most patients with Axillary Hyperhidrosis have tried multiple antiperspirants, prepare coping methods (a few go-to jokes, or a small fan in their office or cubicle), and choose clothing strategically based on this condition.

Botox is FDA-approved for severe underarm sweating and works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the hyperactive sweat glands.  As a result, patients will experience a dramatic drop in underarm sweat for six to twelve months. While it can take up to 14 days to see the full effects of Botox, many clients report noticing a difference in as little as 3 days after the injection. Quite simply, this safe and effective treatment drastically improves quality of life for patients who suffer from excessive sweating.

To prepare, we ask that you shave your underarms either the day of or day before treatment, we will then use a topical numbing cream on the area and a series of injections will be administered for each underarm.  The procedure takes about an hour and you can resume normal activity immediately.  Some clients notice a slight sensitivity in the treatment area later in the day as the numbing cream wears off.

It is a New York City summer, and all of us are expecting to sweat or glisten accordingly, but if you are suffering from excessive sweating, contact us to learn about your treatment options.  Then you can contact your favorite shopping buddy to find a strapless dress or tailored button-up shirt.